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About the Author

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: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press; 11/13/11 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759531102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759531109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Isuna Hasekura's skill as an author seems to age like fine wine, which is to say that each volume he releases his storytelling improves greatly. I believe after reading this volume it has shown me how skilled he is as an author to pull off previous volume.

By previous statement, what I mean is that volume three gave a sense of urgency and fast-pace, but this time around the story goes at a much slower pace. I believe this is more due to the fact that Holo and Lawrence are getting accustomed to their new understanding of each other's feelings.

The story begins with Lawrence and Holo out on the road travelling to their next destination. Diana from volume 3 has mentioned there was abbot who collected pagan legends from all over the world, and this would be the person they seek out here in volume 4 to find out more about the town of Yoitsu (Holo's home). They arrive in the small town of Tereo to find out more information as to the whereabouts of the abbey, but they are soon confronted with yet another issue that only serves to hold back any progress of Holo finding out what happened to Yoitsu. Will Lawrence and Holo once again outwit their opponent(s), or will fate finally catch up with them?

This volume also confronts an issue that has worried Lawrence since the ending of volume one. One that Lawrence fears the most about facing on his travels with Holo. You'll have to pick up this volume to find out what happens!
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In this third novel, the series really shines; we now have a general understanding of Holo and Lawrence, so no more text is necessary for character introduction. The story within this book describes an economic battle between Lawrence and a rival, intertwined with the continually developing relationship between the two main characters. This all comes together in a well-executed manner, and it offers a compelling, enjoyable conclusion. If only it wasn't another six months until the next release!
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Finally the events post season 2 are being told. I have been waiting for this release for a long time and couldn't wait to read about what happens after the crazy events that took place previously. This also starts right after the last book ended and you feel a sense of urgency right at the start. Kraft and Holo talk about the events that happened in the fifth book and what that might mean for the future.

The boy they meet, Col, is quite an interesting character and we get to see a side to Kraft and Holo that is actually quite amusing. Speaking of which; it really seems throughout the series so far that the characters are slowly changing. The author does a good job in creating character development and makes me wonder how much more knowledge the characters will get by the end of the series.

While no action really happens in this novel, I still found it to be a really fast pace reading. It could be the fact I have wanted post season 2 story for a while now, but I was really sucked into the story and never got bored. Character interaction really shines in this issue and so many really cool people are added. Most of them are just secondary characters, but most are really unique and interesting.

The setting descriptions laid out by the author are really well written and easily imaginable. I never found myself confused or had a hard time in trying to visualize what is happening around them. I think this is the first time shipping is introduced into the series. Lots of details are given into the boating and goods process and the mercantile benefits to using it (with the Kraft Lawrence in-depth descriptions about it).

Just like the other novels random illustrations are added at key moments of the story.
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Without spoiling too much, this is the best book yet. There are significant developments in the relationship between Holo and Lawrence, and realizations about what's important on the journey. The plot is compelling with wonderful dialogue. The ending is not a cliffhanger, but portends future stories, which makes it an even harder wait until the next entry in the series.

Note also that this is equivalent to the second half of Spice and Wolf II (anime series).
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I quite enjoyed it. This is the book where the story catches up to the most recent episode of the anime. Now let's get into the new content! Hurry up and release the next one!

If you bought the first four books and wanted more, this one will doubtfully disappoint you. If you're looking to get into the series, go back to book one, seriously. This book has some nice moments that you won't be able to appreciate nearly as much if you haven't followed the characters through the series up to this point.

Without spoilers, I think this book was a nice opportunity for characterization for Lawrence--you get to follow along with his inner stuggles between the natural tendency for "avarice" as a merchant, and the changes that having a traveling partner introduce to his priorities. You also get a good contrast between him and Eve in the narrative.
I also thought it a nice bit irony, Holo calling God cruel for letting people suffer--compared to how the townsfolk began to dislike her for not always letting the crops grow at their best. I'm not sure if this irony was intended by the author or not, but it stood out to me nevertheless.
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