Just as it seems all hope is lost, as the Sigurdian soldiers surge on the fort, the Horned Warriors of Leren, an old foe of Sigurd, emerge from the wilds and attack the Sigurdian forces. Freya tries to recruit them as allies, but the Leren warriors’ only motivation is to cause harm to Sigurd, not to become friends with anyone. Freya realizes that Sigurd has made many enemies in its path to dominating the continent, and joining forces with them may be the only way Tyr will survive against this Goliath. Freya and her brave royal guard set out to invoke old alliances and gather enemies of Sigurd.
Now that Freya has a real quest to tackle, it seems like the first four volumes were mostly setting up the world and the characters, and it worked really well. Freya has already begun to have growth as a character, and we were also able to get to know her knights a lot more before committing to an extended fetch-quest storyline. The warriors of Leren are mysterious and powerful, so I hope they are woven back in to the story again at some point, and maybe even we’ll get to learn more about them and why they wear deer skulls into battle.
Sara’s Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
This review was made possible with an advanced reader copy from the publisher through Net Galley.
Reviews of previous volumes in the series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
ISBN: 9781974720163 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, War, VIZ Media
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