Book 1, Sven the Returned

Wood, Brian

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"Out of the shadows of the first millennium come those who will define the next. Circa A.D. 980, an accomplished Viking named Sven returns to his family estates in Orkney. Used to lush Mediterranean palaces, exotic women and epic combat, Sven only intends to claim his inheritance before excaping this cold backwater forever. But his ruthless uncle Gorm has stolen Sven's birthright. Viewed as both an outsider and a traitor, Sven embarks on a one-man war against his uncle's organization, only to find himself drawn back into a past he'd tried so hard to leave behind" -- p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics/Vertigo, c2008
ISBN: 9781401219185
Branch Call Number: GN WOOD 2008
Characteristics: 196 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm


From Library Staff

I am cheating a bit here, as the History Channel's first ever dramatic series "Vikings" is as close as you'll get to Brian Wood's phenomenal ongoing saga. The steel is cold as is the setting, but this series shows us 8th century Scandinavian life wasn't glamorous or easy.

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Feb 02, 2011
  • redwallflower rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Just finished Book One of the Northlanders series and noticed that the OPL has Book Three and Four - but what happened to Book Two?

Jan 13, 2011
  • Vilka rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I picked this up because, hey, Vikings, should be cool. In fact, it's a dull mash-up of boring violence, rambling pointless cynical-speak and bed-hopping. You can't even tell they're Vikings because the main character talks like a cranky arts student and nobody else seems to think or act much like a Viking, or even much like any person of the time. The writer tries to make it all tough-guy and bad@s$ with gratuitous f-bombs and sex scenes, but it fails to impress. The setting doesn't come through at all--nobody seems to think or act much like a Viking, they're just playing dress-up.
Art: 3/5 (nice chapter title-pages, everything else is kinda blah)
Story:1/5 (very thin and uninteresting)
Enjoyment: hey, I couldn't even finish it and it's just a skinny little volume.


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