Today’s review is a double whammy of Viking goodness as I share my thoughts about two comic books by Patric Nystrom and Per Demervall.
Title 1: Siri the Viking: The Emperor’s Treasure
Title 2: Siri the Viking: Mimir’s Well
Author: Patric Nystrom
Illustrator: Per Demervall
Translated by: Joseph A Davis
Publisher: Eken Press
Category: Historical Fiction/Children
My Rating: 5 Star
Siri the Viking: The Emperor’s Treasure:
It is spring, and the Vikings are preparing to set sail for Miklagard. But Siri is told she has to stay behind! Her Dad, the chieftain, says that the journey is too dangerous for a little girl. But if he thinks that is going to stop her, he’s wrong. She stows away on his ship. Aboard the same ship is a mysterious box meant to be delivered to the Emperor himself. But the villainous duo Ivar and Grim are eager to get their hands on the box, and Siri has to use all her courage and cleverness to protect it. Luckily, she is helped by Zack, a mysterious boy she meets in Miklagard. But who is he really?
Siri the Viking: Mimir’s Well:
SIRI IS BACK for another adventure! This time, the brave Viking girl and her friend Zack are searching for a lost treasure. They are helped along by Ansgar the monk, who is looking for his stolen books. A series of clues point them toward a mysterious place called Mimir’s Well. But the villainous Ivar and his clumsy assistant Grim are hot on their trail, eager to get the treasure for themselves. Once again Siri has to use all her cleverness as she faces baffling riddles and dangerous traps. If she makes it through, perhaps she may find the answer to the greatest riddle of all: what precious treasure lies hidden in the depths of Mimir’s Well?
Did somebody mention Vikings?
When I was invited to review Siri the Viking: The Emperor’s Treasure and Mimir’s Well, comic books about a young Viking girl, I jumped at the chance. Firstly, I’m obsessed with anything related to the Viking Age, and secondly, it’s a comic book!
It’s years since I’ve read a graphic novel, and this experience hurled me back in time to lazy days and snuggling up with my comics.
Within the opening frames I was reminded how wonderfully enjoyable comic books are. The illustrations are gorgeous and detailed. The story is one of strength, courage, and lots of humour. I chuckled at some of the scenes which were made all the more humourous by the complementary pictures.
There’s plenty of historical fiction, but children (and adults) will also love engaging with the story of friendship, finding solutions, standing up for yourself, and good vs evil.
The educational sections at the back of each book give the reader historical facts about elements of the story such as Traveling Traders, Viking graffiti (seriously!), and runes.
I would say these comic books are aimed at the 8+ age range. I’m WAY above the target audience, but I loved every moment of being in Siri’s world.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous gift for a child who loves comics, funny stories, and history, then I can highly recommend Siri the Viking.
*I received copies of The Emperor’s Treasure and Mimir’s Well, which I was happy to review and share my honest opinion.
BUY your copy of The Emperor’s Treasure:
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