Back in March, announcements about an upcoming Vinland Saga started popping up around the web, but it’s only in the last couple months that the reality of it has started to sink in for a lot of folks (myself included!). For those unfamiliar with the series, Vinland Saga is mangaka Makoto Yukimura’s second major work following Planetes (also highly recommended, but slightly outside the scope of this blog), following protagonist Thorfinn as his life falls apart around his ears and gets built back up again in the latter years of the 10th Century. Although fictionalized, Thorfinn and a significant number of other characters are real figures; his companions throughout the manga include Cnut the Great, Leif Erikson and Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, among others. If you know nothing about Viking history, it’s a great, action packed read. If you have an interest in Viking history — like Yukimura himself does — Vinland Saga is a must read. It’s hands down one of the best pieces of Viking or Viking-adjacent fiction I’ve read and has grown volume by volume into one of my favorite pieces of fiction, period.
But just in case that’s not enough of a sell, here are 4 reasons you should definitely read Vinland Saga.