Ookami to Koushinryou

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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?

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Spice and Wolf
Sói và gia vị
狼と香辛料
狼与香辛料(小说)
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v.3 c.1-2 by Baka-Tsuki (05-03-2008)
v.1 c.3 by Baka-Tsuki (04-22-2008)
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Aicila
Aicila rated it
January 27, 2016
Status: --
Fantastic.

Spice and Wolf is probably my favourite LN series, which is strange because slice of life isn’t really something i’m particularly fond of. So don’t be put off by it. The story follows Lawrence, a traveling merchant who originally traveled around in a fairly set pattern which followed the seasons to make his living. After meeting Holo, he decides to instead begin to travel North with her towards where she claims her home is. A combination of Holo’s knowledge due to her longevity and quick wits often helps Lawrence with... more>> his business decisions, and she soon develops from someone providing advice to a partner.

Disagreements, sometimes poor business decisions, and Lawrence’s inner conflict over whether to continue with Holo or settle down with a shop (which had had always been his dream) create tension between the two. But ultimately, Holo, someone who is carefree and unrestrained on the outside, begins to show a generally reserved Lawrence that there is more to life besides saving money and peddling wares. The conversations and relationship development between Lawrence and Holo is the highlight of the series, and the translations thankfully convey this very well. Holo is incredibly quick witted, and the conversations between the two often carry a variety of subtle meanings which is very entertaining to read.

Characters apart from Lawrence and Holo are generally written quite well, and the author is very persuasive about giving the reader the intended impression. Characters that you initially distrust (which is common for medieval setting trading) can slowly develop into reliable people and most of the influential characters are given significant development to their own respective backstories which helps flesh them out. The worldbuilding in Spice and Wolf is appropriate for the setting, but is fairly standard with concepts.

Overall, Spice and Wolf is a very entertaining series. It is often laid back, but it also knows when to be serious. The take on trade in a medieval/historical setting is very well thought out and is written accordingly. The intelligence that has been put into Spice and Wolf is by no means insignificant, and you will find yourself wanting more when the journey finally reaches a conclusion. <<less
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tallrice
tallrice rated it
December 20, 2016
Status: v12
A classic and one of my first light novels.

This is really the gold standard for light novels. The world building is superb (and original!), the romance is delightful, the characters are deep and compelling. The author manages to paint all the slices of life you could want in this Northern European inspired fantasy setting.

Whether it's the smells of the market, the bite of a late autumn wind, or a travelling partner's sarcasm, the leer of a plotting aristocrat or the shrewd bargaining of a merchant or coin exchanger, Wolf and... more>> Spice has it all. And a giant, loveable kitsune-mimi heroine to boot.

If there's anything to criticise, it's the pacing and the episodic nature. Laurence and Horo move North, each volume being in a new location along their route (until later on, when they stay in some places for longer periods of time). Very few characters make it from one novel to the next (again, until later on in the series). Wolf and spice actually explores the cityscapes and politics of each place they stop in, and has no lack of quips between our main pair, so prepare to spend a long time basking in their slow developing romance. <<less
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wayofflow
wayofflow rated it
March 7, 2017
Status: Completed
What an epic series. I finished the light novel and the ending had a nice wrap to it, although I wish it was a bit longer.

I'm a little sad that it is finally over. This is a great slice-of-life story with rational protagonists.

It is very hard to find a decent story without cookie cutter characters and spice and wolf is one of them. If you are looking for a long, detailed story with multi-dimensional characters, this is for you.
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Kenja
Kenja rated it
August 26, 2017
Status: Completed
The MC is a Bonafide Peddler (Traveling merchant) and Heroine is a giant Wisewolf.

This is a slice of life anime about the journey of the MC and heroine, about meetings and partings, about finding the meaning in life which is but a fleeting dream. Oh, It has very extensive playful banter between the protagonists and that is definitely one of it's selling points.

Characters have depth: Characters definitely have personalities (even more so than some real people) and they are progressing during the story, whether it be about them confronting their... more>> own fears or confronting each other even with their constant playful banter, they are moving forward.

It has story depth: Sometimes playful and sometimes serious, the protagonists tackle various issues and solve them, whether that be a major trades or failed trades or learning to fight for their precious things and learning to give up for the sake of their precious things. Things are mostly episodic, but there are many recurring characters except the Protagonists.

A Masterpiece! I've read hundreds of novels in my life, regardless of the genre this was one of the best. It is a definite masterpiece. No matter how hard I try to explain the novel with the few words I can spout here, it would be lacking to explain how fun reading it was, Unless you experience it for yourself. So I invite you to go ahead and read it! Do not miss experiencing this masterpiece :) <<less
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