Jolan has agreed to leave his family and serve Manthor, who saved Thorgal's life. The mysterious mage has promised Jolan an exceptional destiny—if, that is, the young man proves worthy of it. So begins a series of trials during which Jolan, on his own at first, will meet four other youngsters. They, too, have unusual powers. And they, too, are on their way to Manthor's castle. Will they be allies, or enemies?
Thorgal's coming-of-age is painfully similar to the rest of his life: the young man finds himself tied up to the stone of sacrifice by Gandalf the Mad, king of the Vikings of the North and father of his beloved Aaricia. There, the Child of the Stars can do nothing but wait for the coming tide—and death. Until, that is, a mysterious sorceress with flaming red hair comes to offer him a deal: his life, and revenge, against one year in her service. Discover the first two volumes of the adventures of Thorgal, published in 1980, translated into English at last.
When society pushes the ideals of equality to their breaking point, the result can easily become plain absurd. In order to avoid the chronic budget deficit of the healthcare system, for instance, what better way is there but to become a nanny state? Even if it leads to the Medical Police imposing fines on anyone not watching the weather forecast... Three Kafkaesque stories that paint a frightening picture of an over-regulated world.