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Isuna Hasekura's debut novel, SPICE AND WOLF, earned the Silver Prize in the 2005 Dengeki Novel Prize with the series going on to total seventeen novels and both manga and anime adaptations.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316245461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316245463
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those who are reading this review have more than likely read the previous Spice and Wolf books and know what to expect from this one. Deep economic discussion, slow character development, subtle hints of romance, and thoroughly entertaining adventure. While I've condemned the series before for being too slow in developing the characters and teasing at a romance that never gets anywhere, I'm beginning to enjoy the tease. You know that Lawrence and Holo are close and you know that soon enough there will be a push for more than just holding hands, and when that time comes it will surely be heartfelt and wonderful. And strangely enough, the only reason I read this series is to see Lawrence and Holo's romance develop. The economics and such are alright, but this is a series that truly depends on its characters to push it forward. With Col and Eve thrown into the mix, this book provides a good, albeit short, bit of entertainment that is sure to satisfy. The cliffhanger ending will leave you wanting more.
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By JC on June 26, 2013
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First, a clarification. The reviews dated earlier than today are not reviews of this book, but of the S&W novel volume 8.

This 8th Volume of the S&W manga continues the accelerated pace of the last book. The first third of the book finishes the story of Holo and Lawrence at Tereo, adhering closely to the plotting of the 4th novel of the series. The next, and longest section of the book, covers all of Volume 6 of the novels, our duo's trip down the Roam River from Lenos to Kerube, but with an interesting twist in the storyline. The manga author decided to essentially drop the whole complex episode in Lenos that was the heart of the 5th book of the novels. Instead the turmoil in the city is reduced to a single page explanation, with no mention whatsoever of the complex dealings Holo and Lawrence had with Eve, the female trader. H and L's motivation for the downriver journey changes from pursuing the treacherous Eve to avoiding the chaos in Lenos.

The last section of the book, about 25 pages, cover's their arrival at Kerube, along with Col, a boy they pick up along the way. There they stay at an inn, and deal with an innkeeper, and encounter a masked trader. The masked trader is then revealed to be.... Eve!

I'm in favor of most the changes the author has made in the storyline. The Tereo episode was handled very nicely. Volume 6 was certainly the least of the novels and its rapid work through I also appreciated. What I'm not so sure about is the apparent intended combination of some parts of the tales of our duo at Lenos and Kerube. I'm not sure how far the manga author tends to go with combining things, but am certainly curious to see and will give him the benefit of the doubt.
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After the side storied in the previous novel its nice to catch up with the group after the semi cliffhanger they left on in book 7. In this book the gang is heading to Kerube to find out about the alleged wolf leg bone that has been rumored. Like all the other books it has some nice art in-between the chapters and whatnot and lets the spirit of the anime continue on.

The book itself seems to be a bit smaller than the previous releases but this book is mainly the set up for the next one(Due to being part 1 of 2). While not a ton happens in the story progression department I still found it a nice read and blasted through it in one night. While the main story arch doesn't progress as much you still get some insight into the cities problems and more exposition into Lawrence's thoughts.

The character development in this book adds some new twists with Col's experiences with Kraft and Holo and how they slowly see him learn new things and start to grow as a person. It's also amusing to see his reactions to Kraft and Holos usual banter that we as readers are used to. I also liked some of the characters that they interacted with and finally tied some loose ends from previous books.

I say this is def worth picking up even if it's a smaller book than usual and is only one of two parts. I liked the random town drama that comes into play and they toss some more hints to what may lie ahead in the future for Kraft and Holo.

Positive:
• Drawings still just as good
• Finally progressing the main story
• More Col character development
• Some loose ends tied up

Negative:
• Little bit on the short side at just 181 pages
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What can I say: I'm addicted to the adventures of Lawrence and Holo! This is an adorable little story with a crazy amount of romantic tension and light humor. If you like something a little different with memorable characters that you instantly fall in love with and a few minor lessons in economics and finance, look no further. What am I saying, though, you already know all of this if you're on Vol. 8!

Just keep up the great work, Isuna Hasekura!
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I assume at this point you know what you are buying as this is the 7th volume, so theres no need to convince you to buy it for the story.
But I will let you know that I received it in perfect condition and in great time.
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This installment continues where volume 6 left off. Its a bit on the short side, but it is a part 1 of 2.

For those who are fans of the anime the light novels are definately worth a read. Volume 6 picks up right as Season 2 of the anime ends.

Now all there is left to do is sit and wait till August so I can get my Spice and Wolf fix.
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