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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, 234 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Yen On (first published February 10th 2006)
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J.L.   Sutton
Sep 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
“Lawrence remembered a song he’d heard from a traveling minstrel. It claimed that the reason a god needed a festival every year was because it was lonely.”

Review: Spice and Wolf – Spring Log (Vol 18) – English Light Novels

In Isuna Hasekura's Spice & Wolf, Vol. 01, traveling merchant Kraft Lawrence's life changes when he finds a wolf goddess in the form of a girl with wolf ears and tail asleep in his cart. I wasn't really expecting much of a plot beyond that, but was pleasantly surprised by a fairly tightly woven plot that explained more about the world. This is
“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
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
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
"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 tsundere lo
Jo (The Book Geek)
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
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
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.
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 approaching a small
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-lns-misc
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
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
Jan 11, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
Spice and Wolf is a great anime series, that I give one of my strongest general recommendations. Sadly, it did not get the third season promised some time ago, but the two existing seasons are very good. It comes from a light novel series, that I avoided for some time purely because I couldn't justify the shelf space of all those oversized books. Thankfully, the books finally became available in electronic format a while back, and here I am.

This book is the initial storyline, which took six epis
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
Lois Bujold
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Spice & Wolf, Vol. 1, by Isuna Hasekura (2006), English translation 2009 by Paul Starr


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 Japan
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 Horo ha
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
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-novel
Nice start.
Gage Jarman
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A better love story than twilight
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
This light novel and the ones that come after it inspired the anime, but I saw the anime first. I had actually heard about this book long before I saw the anime, mainly because of the controversy over the cover. The cover image you see in my blog is not the cover the original Japanese version of this book had, and, from what I can remember, it was extremely difficult to get the version of the cover with the original artwork. I remember assuming that the cover re-design was an attempt by Yen Pres ...more
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
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. ...more
Stephanie Carr
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Most definitely one of my favorite light novels. It's like a fun twist on a fairy tale setting. A traveling merchant meets a wolf goddess of the harvest in her more human form - and the two embark on an adventure as he promises to take her back to her home town in the north. And the romance is so slow and subtle as they simply grow closer on their travels and discover the many ups and downs of taking risks in such a business. Oh, it's a lot of fun and I love it so much. ...more
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.
Hayley L. Morgan
Oct 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
very slow and holo is randomly naked at times (y?!)
Ben Wright
Jul 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
A really fun read !
Mitchell Victoriano
Sep 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Frankly, I hold this series in a special regard. I decided early on that I wanted to one day read this series in its entirety in Japanese as part of a long term goal I set for myself when studying the language so many years ago.

At the moment however, I want to read the series in English as hopefully I can use it to cheer myself up due to my current situation and experience the story past the anime.

Even though I have read this first book way back about 6 years ago it still felt wrong to skip as
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
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 all ce
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There has always been a bit of charm and amusement whenever I have read the manga for Spice and Wolf and I have been meaning to try "light novels" for a bit so I finally got around to choosing this for my first experience (while I am still reading other mangas mind you) and I was not disappointed. Certainly the manga is easier with the whole world fleshed out before your eyes so you are not require to read about some of the little details but then again it is because you are reading them (and yo ...more
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