Spice and Wolf, volume 1

192 pages

English language

Published Feb. 23, 2010 by Yen Press.

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3 stars (1 review)

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 and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of "Holo the Wisewolf" to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be …

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An Interesting Twist on Fantasy

3 stars

I'd been aware of Spice and Wolf for a long while. I wasn't sure that focusing on trade and a merchant's life would keep me engaged, but I enjoyed reading this first book in the series. I don't think I could read through them all in sequence but it's a fun enough deviation I would be open to eventually reading another.


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