Rusty's World

Northlanders Book 3: Blood on the Snow | November 22, 2011

Northlanders is a very solid read in TPB format (I never read the individual issues). This volume wasn’t as strong as the first two, but that is not a damning statement, as the first two were very good.

I guess the big thing is that the shorter arcs meant I never felt as invested in the characters. The Shield Maidens story and the opening piece about the young Saxon in particular made me feel like I wanted to hear more about the characters than what there was room for in the allotted space.

Two stories that worked VERY well in the format were the Sven the Immortal piece and the ‘duel’ piece. Sven is a bit of a cheat because it doesn’t REALLY stand alone. It works as well as it does because as you read it, you recall Northlanders Book One.

The single combat piece works DESPITE giving you no reason to care about either character. It is all style and writing (in fact, the art is a little… sketchy), and it works.

Good book. Recommended.

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