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Overall, nothing in the main story arc has advanced. This book was just a series of side stories and little snippets the author decided to write. In the ending word from the author, he says that the main reason for writing this book was to give some stories from Holo's perspective for a change from the main story, where it is all from Lawrence's perspective. If you have already watched the anime, this book is a little disappointing because you will know two of the three stories. Nonetheless it is still a fun read if you are a fan of the series.
If you have been keeping up with the novel releases, you'll be happy to know the publisher, Yenpress, has decided to once again increase production speed. Their goal is to release a new book every 4 months or so. So, Volume 8, which will continue the main story, releases in April, 2013. Quickly following it is volume 9 which will be released in August.
The first story is the longest of the three and what for most will be new content taking place a few centuries before Lawrence's time. It follows a somewhat forced journey between a young and naive boy named Klass, who thinks he has things figured out, and an almost bewilderingly unaware girl named Aryes. It is read from Klass's perspective and seems to match up well with the mindset of a ten year old boy. Later on Holo is introduced and seems much her usual self, though it reveals just how deceptive and malicious she can really be when her companions can't keep pace with her plans. It shows her responsible, almost sisterly side, but it shows quite a bit of her irresponsible side too when she takes things a bit far.
The second story is one you've most likely partaken in already, but that doesn't mean you should stop the book there. Lawrence and Holo have agreed to continue their journey past the town of Pazzio with the excuse of Holo's debt keeping them tied together. But before they leave, Lawrence has matters to attend to. You'll read about a trip to your favorite cambist, some shop and trade, and enjoy the subtext that comes with reading instead of watching.
The third story, although gone over before, is probably my favorite of the three. The celebratory dinner with Norah the shepherdess. Reading it from Holo's perspective is really an enlightening experience into the character and her way of thinking. You learn far more from it than watching in my opinion. There are times when you might think she's set a trap for the unsuspecting Lawrence, but if this chapter serves as a good example for the others, than such is not the case. While she DOES set traps and make sport of him it doesn't always seem to be the object of the game. If you read this chapter you'll be guaranteed to close the book with a smile.
All in all anyone who loves the series will buy and read this book cover to cover without a second thought when it comes down to it. Many won't even bother to read any of these reviews because they know what they're getting into at this point. But for those of you who do bother to read this, do yourself a favor and keep picking up the books even if you think you know what's inside. Within it's pages will always be a familiar friend and a malicious smile.
"In a break from Lawrence and Holo's ongoing adventures, author Isuna Hasekura presents Side Colors, a series of short vignettes focusing on the series' favorite characters."
Anyways, just finished reading it this morning and loved it! Great addition to the series!
The novella is set in a time when Holo was a mere two centuries old and therefore many years before Lawrence's arrival on the scene. In it Holo meets, befriends, then accompanies a 10 year old boy, Klass, and a 12 year old girl, Aryes, who have been evicted from their home and are attempting to journey to the sea. The story is told from the boy's viewpoint. Holo is her usual maliciously helpful,teasing self, but while that worked for me when she was dealing with an adult like Kraft, who possesses at least some ability to give it back, acting that way towards a 10 year old came across as a little much. I found the story to be more cute than interesting.
The 50 page story, Wolf and Amber Melancholy, also is included in the second season of the S & W anime and in volume 6 of the S & W Manga. Here it is told exclusively from Holo's POV, which I liked quite a bit since it provided insights into the character's way of thinking. The other short story, The Red of the Apple, the Blue of the Sky was treated in the first season of the anime as Wolf and a Tail of Happiness. The story is a little vignette where Kraft gives Holo a lesson in economics and learns that Holo is no slouch when it comes to bargaining. An enjoyable tale.
Overall, this is one of the less impressive S & W efforts. It will appeal primarily to those already invested in the characters, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone new to S & W.