Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Merchant's Ransom: Spice & Wolf (Vol 1)




FORMAT: Paperback

PUBLISHED BY: on 15th December 2009


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 too wild to tame?



Spice & Wolf was one of the first animes I watched and I loved it. It as different from everything else I was watching and very unique. When I really like an anime I make sure to try and go back to read the series in its original form (if there is one)


Holo, one of the main characters, is a harvest god of sorts. And we all know how fun it is when gods start meddling with human affairs.


The plot in Spice and Wolf is pretty slow and steady. It's a short book, but things still take their time and there isn't a lot of action. Lots of merchant talk (the finer points of economics and such can be confusing) and character interactions and stuff that's lovely to read, but some people might find boring. Once I got into it I was quite absorbed by the tale, which basically encompasses the major plot of season 1 of the anime (if I remember correctly)


The writing in this was pretty nice but I don't know how much I can really tell you about its quality. Everything flowed well, there were some beautiful lines, and it was fairly easy to read. There were sometimes Big Words but not too many. Why am I so unsure? Because it's translated from Japanese and I'm not sure how much that changed things.



If there ever was a steady character that you knew you could rely on no matter what, the best of them would probably be Kraft Lawrence. He's sostable. A travelling merchant always carefully considering his decisions, very smart, and has a big dream to settle down one day. And he's quite nice and considerate and mature (well he has been a merchant for 10 years so ). He is also a very, very lonely man whose trade never really allowed him to make friends, which is sad.


Holo is basically the complete opposite of Lawrence. Childish, vain, very aware of her strengths and her effect on others she's pretty fun to read about. Holo never misses an opportunity to tease Lawrence, and it turns out she's a pretty wise wolf as well She also turns out to be surprisingly good at selling things (though not too surprising considering she manipulates others as well). But, like Lawrence, she's incredibly lonely, and this is a loneliness that's spanned centuries.


No actual romance happens during this volume of Spice and Wolf, but the seeds are starting to be planted and I hope it grows slowly and beautifully into something magnificent and asaklshalfhsajfhworthy.


* Holo x Lawrence

* Lawrence x his own shop


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