Barbarian Lord

A sword untried is a sword untested, says one raven to another as they set out to witness the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner, Barbarian Lord When he is cheated out of his lands and banished, Barbarian Lord begins a quest for allies and for justice, encountering monsters, ghouls, gods, and mediocre poets along the way.Combining the rich traditions of A sword untried is a sword untested, says one raven to another as they set out to witness the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner, Barbarian Lord When he is cheated out of his lands and banished, Barbarian Lord begins a quest for allies and for justice, encountering monsters, ghouls, gods, and mediocre poets along the way.Combining the rich traditions of the Vikings and Nordic lore with sword and sorcery and slyly understated humor this graphic novel introduces an original hero with classic flair, brought to life in Matt Smith s beautifully drawn, detailed, and action filled black and white illustrations.
Barbarian Lord A sword untried is a sword untested says one raven to another as they set out to witness the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner Barbarian Lord When he is cheated out of his lands and

  • Title: Barbarian Lord
  • Author: Matt Smith
  • ISBN: 9780547859064
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Barbarian Lord”

    1. Written in the style of an old Nordic saga, “Barbarian Lord” is both a tribute to the ancient tales of fighting armored men and a sly send-up of the sword-and-sorcery genre. This is the tale of a grim fighting land owner who responds to insults, taunts and physical attacks in the same brutal fashion and whose expression never alters from a low-browed, open-mouthed sneer. This graphic novel is a masterfully told story of a man who slashes his way across a dangerous land with sword, spear, axe [...]

    2. First Reads Review - Barbarian Lord by Matt SmithI think I'm close to the ideal audience for a book like this, a fan of comic books and of shows like He-Man, as well as someone who has a passing fascination with Nordic mythology and stories. Because Barbarian Lord is one part Conan, one part He-Man, one part Beowulf, and one part Brock Samson. There's a forthrightness to him, an honesty and simplicity of concept that is refreshing, and the whole project oozes charm and fun. I enjoyed the mix of [...]

    3. I got this to review through the Vine program. I love graphic novels and was excited to read this one. It probably wasn't fair to this book that I just finished reading Vinland Saga, since that book is absolutely awesome and deals with similar subject matter.This is about a Barbarian Lord who gets exiled from his home country and is forced to seek refuge in a neighboring kingdom. There he must prove his worth through a series of quests.I honestly didn't enjoy the art style that much. The lines [...]

    4. Really impressive! The degree of fidelity, in tone, to the Icelandic sagas stunned me. But this is a comic book, right? Sure, and that doesn’t hinder its being a really excellent story. Matt Smith knows his medium, and knows that a little cartoonish-ness goes a long way. (Heck, don’t forget that the sagas had the origins of the soap opera in them.) And the art is clean and simple, solid as oak but energetic. I hope enough graphic novel readers give this one the time--the time to seep down, i [...]

    5. "Barbarian Lord" is basically a graphic adaptation of a Norse story (though an original one). Barbarian Lord has been wronged and he must go on a journey (he has been banished from his lands by an old enemy) to find help fighting for his land back. Along the way he fights, he drinks, and he even has a battle of words. A little help from the gods and you get a great epic feeling story with a whole bunch of Nordic flavor.

    6. If you ever are in need of figuring out how an epic fight/battle sounds (Examples: "Guh/Gaah/Klaang/Hraah, etc."), this is the book for you!If you love the sound of the language of Beowulf, this is the book for you.If you love unexplained circumstances; talking animals; strange happenings; extremely tough guys; and revenge, this is the book for you.

    7. I wanted to get this out sooner in the month than this but because of schedule difficulties and my wanting to be very thorough with the book (I read it twice back to back and some parts multiple times) this is as soon as I could get it out. I received my copy of Barbarian Lord by Matt Smith through First Reads. Before I begin with the review I want to thank everyone who made it possible to have this opportunity. Lastly a fair warning, there will be spoilers.I was interested in this book because [...]

    8. Barbarian Lord was a book about a person who lost both of his parents in a battle, so he became a ruthless warrior being on his own from such a young age. The other main character Skull Head is his enemy and he tries to take Barbarian's land away from him as his farm is the best in the land. Skull Head lies and is a really bad guy and gets the courts to banish Barbarian Lord for 3 winters. Barbarian punches a troll in the face and throws him into the ocean, then he uses the troll as a boat to ge [...]

    9. Matt Smith's BARBARIAN LORD is probably best described by its influences. Take a bit of Jeff Smith's Bone, mix in a large amount of Conan and Thundarr, steep with a large dose of Italian barbarian films, and add a bit of Swedish mythology. Finish off with a dash of wry humor and you're done!If this sounds like something you'll like, go for it, because thats exactly what it is. Gorgeous, stylized line-work mixed with intentionally stilted dialogue, talking animals, and the usual barbarian blood f [...]

    10. Got trapped in the library by a passing storm and wandered into the graphic novel section to find something to pass the time. This is what I found. It has Barbarinas, talking birds, skull-headed men, witches, Ravens with blood feuds, a quest, battles, trolls, gods, sea-serpents and POETRY! The story is fun with more than a few laugh out loud moments. The art is cartoonish, but constantly well rendered. This was a quick, fun little read that will make you not notice when the storm has passed.

    11. An excellent fantasy heavily inspired by Norse epics. The art is a tad simplistic for my tastes, but it's a pretty simple story at heart. There's a lot of touches that give the whole thing the air of a tale that might have been recited in a torch-lit mead hall, like the poetry recitations and the eloquent last words.

    12. 3.8/5 starsThis is such a cool concept/style for a graphic novel, IT’S SERIOUSLY LIKE ALL NORDIC MYTHOLOGY AND NORDIC STYLE AND STUFF how cool is that??? It’s not a perfect graphic novel but it was an enjoyable read 👍🏻

    13. The saga of Barbarian Lord, a farmer who is banished unjustly from his lands, undertakes a quest for a neighboring king, and then comes back to fight those who stole his land from him. Filled with entertaining fight scenes, Icelandic/Nordic mythology, and poetry, it’s a fun read for all ages.

    14. Sadly just not terribly good.Maybe if I was feeling more patient.But when I read this it completely failed to capture my attention.I put it down almost immediately.

    15. Barbarian Lord was the first book I've received through GooodRead's first reads program, so I was more than a little eager to give it a shot. Being a fast reader, I wasn't expecting it to take very long to get through, but I was pleasantly surprised in the amount of content included. It's not a short, glossy graphic novel the way Marvel or DC might put out, but instead a significantly longer complete tale. The quality of the ARC I received was good, and while the size of the book is a bit awkwar [...]

    16. In an ancient Norse land, filled with men, skull-men, trolls, wolves, and witches, Barbarian Lord has made plenty of enemies. One plots to get him outlawed and seize his land, with the help of a witch, and succeeds. Barbarian Lord heads across the sea to the court of a different king, and accepts a quest for which he hopes to gain enough rewards to return home and enact his revenge. It’s a difficult quest—retrieving a frost hammer from a ghoul protecting it in the mountains—but woe betide [...]

    17. I had a super hard time getting into this book, but once I actually did it read quickly and became more and more satisfying as I got through the story. Some of the language is archaic - I assume it's a purposeful style choice - and poetically worded in such a way as to make it a bit difficult to parse. It definitely fit into the chosen swords and sorcery genre, but as a style choice in a youth friendly book, I think it makes it a bit unnecessarily difficult.Barbarian Lord owns the finest farm in [...]

    18. The Barbarian Lord is a warrior who was evicted out of his own land by his own people. In order to get back his own land he has to journey to another land to seek help. With the help of his god Hrook, his journey begun and end with his home coming and the final battle.

    19. Fantastic artwork, great story, barbarians, bloodshed, and poetry stand-offs. what more can a person ask for? (How about a sequel?)Barbarian Lord fell into a nice sweet spot for me. One, it was released on my birthday and I just had to get a present for myself. Two, I'm a sucker for Norse sagas. Three, I grew up on a steady diet of Tolkien, Thundarr, He-Man, and Conan; things the auhor was inspired by and that I seen little influences of inside this graphic novel.I spent a lot of time looking in [...]

    20. Barbarian Lord by Matt Smith is an excellent new graphic novel, and hopefully a new series. The adventure centres around the titled "Barbarian Lord," a no-nonsense man who enjoys fighting and poetry more than dealing with people. When his farm is taking away by a skull faced villain, he journeys far and wide to create a horde to take it back, and exact revenge.The story is an interesting mix of Nordic culture and fantasy, with a colourful world full of magical creatures as well as cool tidbits o [...]

    21. This contemporary Norse saga begins with two ravens relating the tale of Barbarian Lord’s ancestors and how he came to be so savage and strong. After the devious Skullmaster’s machinations force Barbarian Lord from his farm in Garmrland, he finds his way to Krigsland. There, Barbarian Lord’s skills as a warrior and a poet impress the chieftain. After many bloody and deadly fights, Barbarian Lord retrieves the chieftain’s frost hammer and is granted men and a boat to return to Garmrland t [...]

    22. As a disclosure, I received a free copy of Barbarian Lord as part of the "First Reads" program. I had no idea what to expect ahead of time, but was pleasantly surprised.Barbarian Lord is a very simple tale about well a barbarian lord. Pretty straight forward. The story isn't ground breaking. Its a tale of revenge against an enemy who has done the barbarian lord wrong. Along the way there is action, comedy, and slam poetry. The action is pleasantly interspersed with bits of comedy. The book seem [...]

    23. Barbarian Lord is cheated/chased out of his land and farm by the Skullmaster and goes to another kingdom to gain weapons and warriors to take his own land back. He fights men, monsters and even has a poetry duel with the king’s chief advisor. After a lot of mayhem, he prevails and reclaims his own again.This graphic novel is meant to look and sound like a Norse saga. The author lists influences ranging from Icelandic sagas to the He-Man cartoons he watched as a kid. The story is fast moving an [...]

    24. This was really great and I see it becoming very popular. I think it would be liked quite a bit by boys and girls. Barbarian Lord is seeking revenge for being banished from his home and hunted. He finds a few allies along the way and loses a few too. The book is filled with great things for imaginations to run wild with: trolls, beast-men, witches, talking animals and much more. Matt Smith's tale is pretty epic and keeps you very interested. The illustrations were very good too and really helped [...]

    25. Barbarian Lord is an excellent story for both kids and adults, particularly fans of Icelandic Sagas and Nordic Mythology, which Matt Smith has clearly studied and for which he has an obvious passion. This book would be perfect for introducing kids to this mythological world; however, it's not merely a retelling of classic Nordic tales, though some of them are certainly incorporated. Rather, Barbarian Lord is a unique combination of all these and more, even a bit of Tolkien and He-Man, Smith ackn [...]

    26. Matt Smith draws on many influences He-Man, Viking Sagas, and the great pulp writers such as Robert E. Howard but make no mistake Barbarian Lord is refreshingly original. Matt's illustrations are imbued with movement and emotion in such a way that the story jumps off the page. This book is wonderfully illustrated and Matt's attention to the small details makes him a cut above. The story follows The Barbarian Lord though trials, tribulations, and the settling of scores. The unwilling hero would r [...]

    27. Barbarian Lord is an epic quest graphic novel. Fans of mythology will enjoy this addition to that genre. Full of action, fascinating black and white scenes transform this book into serious eye catching goodness. Readers will enjoy the lyrical language and blood thirsty plot. While readers can easily experience the saga through the illustrations, the ballad like verses of the Barbarian Lord are well worth the read. So far, there are 3 volumes in this exciting series. It is up the reader to determ [...]

    28. I feel like this book would have been a bit more enjoyable if Matt Smith's A word from the Author statement had been moved to the beginning of the book instead of the end, to give some insight on this comic. I really wanted to enjoy this. I am a huge fan of 80s films that Smith describes was his inspiration such as Conan the Barbarian and Beastmaster, etc.Instead of describe my complaints, because all of them seem to be related to the inspirations behind this book, I am just going to say I did n [...]

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