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Spice & Wolf, Vol. 01

(狼と香辛料 / Spice & Wolf: Light Novel #1)

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The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine-that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears a ...more
Paperback, Novel, 234 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Yen On (first published February 10th 2006)
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Asteropê It's the name of a river. From the novel: "The river Slaude meanders slowly across the plains."
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It's the name of a river. From the novel: "The river Slaude meanders slowly across the plains."
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Melanie
“I'll always remember that you chose me.”



Lawrence is a traveling merchant that is very trusted throughout the land, even though that land is very heavily controlled by the church, who will do anything to make sure the gods from the past are no longer worshiped. This doesn't affect Lawrence what-so-ever, until he finds one of these old gods sleeping in his wagon cart after a Pagan harvest festival.

The adorable god he finds is Horo, a wolf god! She can shift between forms, even though it's no
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Ulagon
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amazing what happens when you're flipping through channels looking for something to watch and your significant other says, "Stop!" So, I stopped and saw this woman with animal ears and rolled my eyes. "It's a catgirl. Please, let me find something else." And after being shushed I listened to the dialogue and sat through the remainder of the episode in pure disbelief. The first chance I had I bought the first season. We watched through all thirteen episodes in two days. "Then" I discover it's bas ...more
Jo (A follower of wizards)
What a delightful find this was! I came across this in the bookstore, and I'll admit, the cover intrigued me, and really, it lead me to purchase it. What has thrilled me the most about this series, is that the main female character, Horo, is a cute little wolf God. She is that good, she can actually shift between forms, and when she is human, she still is left with the fangs, ears and a long tail. Her very existence all depends on a sheaf of wheat.
I get the initial feeling that this story is a r
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Mary
"Though he might travel the world and amass a great fortune, the one thing Lawrence could never have was right here."


Light novels sold in the US are predominately cheap, smutty fanfiction filled with underage girls sold to a predominately male audience. As such, it's very difficult for myself to care for them when I honestly want something with more substance.

Thankfully, Spice & Wolf caters beautifully to readers who want more than your average "fanservice" big boobed anime girls and tsunder
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Megan Lavey-Heaton
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Who would think that a series centered around economics would be appealing? Craft Lawrence is a traveling merchant in the Middle Ages in a land that is controlled by the Church and has done its best to squelch the pagan gods that were once worshipped. However, Lawrence comes face-to-face with one of these gods in the form of Horo - a wolf-god who just wants to return to her true home. The series features a fantastic chemistry between its leads and is very intelligent. It's not a quick read despi ...more
Chibineko
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've been hearing a lot about this series, mostly from people who are saying that the series deserves more attention than it is currently getting. After reading through the first light novel, I can agree that Spice & Wolf deserves more attention than it currently gets & is sure to become very popular. I also want to let people know that even though this is NOT a manga, it is worth purchasing.

This first volume of Spice & Wolf begins with the traveling merchant Lawrence slowly approach
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Selena
I have to say, this was an amazing book. I'd heard that the book was better than the anime and manga renditions, so rather than check those out, I read this instead. Let me tell you, it was worth it.

The book's a light novel that follows the story of Lawrence and Holo. Simple as that.

Holo is epic, my favorite character. She's tough, clever, and strong. Lawrence was pretty good too, but I definitely like the "Wolf" in Spice and Wolf.

It was neither too long nor too short, the perfect length.
Sarah Hayes
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-lns-misc
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Caprice Rose
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up from the shelf at Dymocks with a vague interest. It completely blew my mind - I am in love
Marty Preslar
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A well written story with compelling characters. I would also suggest the anime version, which is very true to the book, with the exception of one character that is changed (for the better, in my opinion...)

The real strength of this story is the realistic development of the relationship between the two protagonists, despite the fact that one of them is a "harvest goddess" with ears and a tail. This isn't one of your standard "magical girlfriend" stories where the characters are in love from the
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Mike
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kraft Lawrence is a clever traveling merchant traveling a medieval countryside hoping to earn enough to realize his dream of owning his own shop. His life gets significantly more complicated when he inadvertently gives a wolf goddess a lift away from the village she's been watching over for centuries. Wanting to go back to the land of her birth, Holo vows to help Lawrence in his trades in exchange for traveling with him.

At the center of Spice and Wolf is a well developed journey with compelling
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Steven Phan
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Characters: 5/5
I really enjoy the characters of Spice and Wolf, especially because of the small cast. You have a merchant, his apprentice, and a WOLF GODDESS. The cast seems to be fairly realistic, but corny at times with it's clever antics and wordplay. This is due to the old wording style of the novel with lines such as, "All, be they human or animal, look on my form and give way with awe, and treat me as special. I have tired of this treatment"(Hasekura 29). The characters grew on me staying
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Mandy
Spice & Wolf is the story of Lawrence a merchant heading through town during a wheat festival that picks up a stranger along the way with wolf ears and tail. She says that she is the ancient wheat goddess who’s decided that she wants to travel up north. Falling for her charm Lawrence agrees’s to let her tag along little did he know that the wolf girl is more than she appears and may just be assets if she doesn’t get him in trouble.

I like Lawrence he’s a good guy who quickly accepts that Hor
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Jonas
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, ln
Holo is one of my all time favourite characters from anime (I saw both season from this series long before reading the light novel). Still, reading it instead of seeing the two main characters interact, made it much more repetitive. There is very little character development. Their banter is always the same: Holo oscillates between meek and bold, Lawrence acts accordingly. I'm not sure if the anime hid this better, or if my expectations are higher in this regard for written works. The writing st ...more
Gage Jae
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A better love story than twilight
Kenchiin
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-novel
Nice start.
Rebecca McNutt
This wasn't the best graphic novel I've ever read, but the way it frames a fantasy story using anime art is one that really makes the book stand out.
Nadina
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I started reading this in manga form, then decided to check out how the light novel compared. I realized this light novel follows the first two volumes of the manga and 2/3 of the third volume.
It was cool to see some of the thought processes and movements that were not obvious in the manga, but otherwise the novel and the manga match up pretty much perfectly.
I liked the characters and like the potential they have as well as the growth that was shown throughout.
I don't know how I will be re
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Wolgan
I seem to be on a streak of reading entertaining well written books that have very shallow and flat male leads. No exception here. Overall the story was interesting and I enjoyed reading it, but there never felt like there was any chemistry between Holo and Lawrence. If there had been, I might've continued the series, as the premise was interesting, but I just wasn't able to connect with the characters, so I'll be passing on the rest.
Heather
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved Spice and wolf the Anime so I thought I would love the light novel version. But, I almost felt as if they were different things. The Novak was so dense with merchant lingo that it made it almost boring and way out of my depth as a normal human being.
Kole Ravenscroft
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura is a great book. I loved watching the show; so I knew what was going to happen. I usually don't like to read about games of tv shows due to the books get boring and really in depth compared to the fast paced action. But this book didn't bore me to death. It was like watching it all over again.


The book follows a traveling merchant called Kraft Lawrence. He has been a traveling merchant for about seven years now; being a traveling merchant is a lonely occupation. H
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Jennifer
May 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: light-novel
2.5 stars

I enjoyed this light novel, but couldn't really bear giving it 3 stars, since 3 stars for me is usually a default rating for many books much better than this one.

However, one must keep in mind that this is a "light novel," and isn't expected to be great literature. I often feel that light novels are stories that the writer had too many words to make a manga. I haven't yet read the manga, and I don't know if I will, but I feel like that would be a better media, since, while reading Spice
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Alicia Wright
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You may have come across Spice and Wolf as an anime or a manga... both of which are awesome. I first saw it as an anime and that was what hooked me.

Now then. The novel?

I was disappointed when I first started reading the novel... It started out like any other 'guy finds magical pixie girl in bed' type anime. And the way it was written at first... just for a page or so... was 'Hey, look how pretty and cute and adorable she is!!'. I hate that. I hate being TOLD the character is pretty or cute or w
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Lois Bujold
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Spice & Wolf, Vol. 1, by Isuna Hasekura (2006), English translation 2009 by Paul Starr

So...

Having, upon rec, seen and rather enjoyed the anime adaptation of this, I was a bit frustrated by Netflix not having Season 2. I checked the Hennepin County Library, and found they had a scattering of the manga adaptations, plus this translation of the original Japanese light novel upon which both were based. I'd been hearing for a while about the "light novel"... format, form, I'm not sure which, in J
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Brandon Varnell
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: light-novels
For original review, go here: http://pokemaster12.blogspot.com/2015...

I've been meaning to write this review for a while and have finally decided to set my butt down and write this out.

This review is for volume 1 of what is one of the more illustrious Japanese light novels to have hit the American market. Translated by Yen Press, Spice & Wolf is the story of a traveling merchant who picks up a companion in Holo the Wise Wolf, god of the harvest. Having read the first novel, I can say with al
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Sassa Mifrass
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
--Addition, July 4th 2011--
I just got a comment from the translator! Wow!

Just like to amend my original review below - I criticised the "show, not tell" writing style and wasn't sure if it was the translator trying to faithfully reproduce the writing style or whether it was something lost in translation.

Paul, the translator, filled me in: Hasekura's writing style really is just that long-winded. This was my first "light novel" so I think I was expecting more than really that genre is intended to
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Nathanael Chan
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my personal favorite. when i first picked up this book i thought that it would be a normal romance story, but i was wrong it had more to it. unlike other romance genre books this one had adventures and and a unique setting to the overall plot. The setting took place in the around the mid century where peddler and traveling merchant exist. The story resolves around a traveling merchant named Laurence and a wolf spirit named Holo. What makes the story good and worth reading is ...more
Alman1234
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow...I'm stunned by how great I anticipate the entire series to be. It wasn't my hate for books that inspired me to read this, no not that at all, rather my love for the anime Spice and Wolf which didn't have enough content for my liking. Silly how I'm now bent on reading the entire series before finishing my Senior year in high school. On to the book though. This is the story of Kraft Lawrence and Holo, the wise wolf. Kraft being the lonely merchant that he is has never really had any connecti ...more
Paige
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anime
I thought this was an amazing manga and wished I could read the other volumes. When I picked it pick from the book store I wasn't really sure what to expect but I got instantly hooked and go sighed it within a day.

The story is very good and all the characters are perfectly exaggerated.
Jessie
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have a new obsession and a new ship, enough said.

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