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Spice and Wolf, Vol. 2 [Paperback]

Isuna Hasekura
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June 15 2010 Spice and Wolf (Book 2)
Following his good fortune in Pazzio, Lawrence is confident that he is on the path to realizing his dream of becoming a town merchant. One ill-informed business decision, though, leaves him teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and ruin! With no assets to his name - other than the cunning of his fetching traveling companion, Holo the Wisewolf - Lawrence may need to resort to illicit means to put his affairs in order. With all of the merchant's plans hinging on one beautiful young shepherdess - for whose vocation Holo holds no affection - Lawrence's prospects, both personal and professional, are looking grim!

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Dec 18 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This light novel was interesting. Especially Character is well developed. Horo is so cute. The story itself was also good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of The Figment Review at Figment[dot]com April 28 2011
By The Figment Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
by Matt Reeves

It's a sad fact that sequels usually fall short of their original predecessor. Very few times do authors manage to replicate the success generated by their first novel. This is especially true of bestselling books, for which expectations can be raised quite high in anticipation for their release.

In truth, sequels can be a very daunting task for any author. Not only are the world and the characters no longer new, but you are now faced with the task of making everything seem even more magical then it had before. A sequel can at times make or kill a book series's future, not to mention an author's potential career.

So of course, when I picked up the second book of Spice and Wolf, I was slightly worried. Would Hasekura's sequel fall short of my own high expectations? Could he make me fall in love with his world all over again?

For those unfamiliar with the book series, Spice and Wolf is the story of an average trade merchant and his not so average traveling companion. It's set against the backdrop of Medieval Europe during the strict rule of the Roman Catholic Church and introduces a world to readers that is as foreign as it is familiar. So what makes this book series stand out so much from the rest? The merchant's young companion of course. Though you'd never realize it by the way she dresses, she's a wolf.

No, I'm not describing her personality. She's literally a wolf, a living breathing wolf in human form.

To make a long story short, she entered into an agreement with the young merchant. As long as she repays all her expenses, she can accompany him on his way north towards her old homeland. Unfortunately, their journey proves to be far from serene and with the Church ready to burn the young girl at the stake should they discover her, there's never a dull moment for the two.

Volume 2 continues the journey from where it stopped in the original debut. This time around, Lawrence finds himself in deep trouble from a business deal gone sour. Faced with substantial debt and no legal way of repaying it, the young merchant must accept a plan proposed by his female companion that is more than borderline illegal.

With that little bit of description out of the way, I have an announcement to make. I am in love with this book series.

Not only did Hasekura manage to write a book as gripping and enchanting as his debut, he managed remarkably to write a sequel that proved even better! Whether it was by the improved writing, the deeper character development, further hints of romance, the more detailed world or the wittier comebacks, Spice and Wolf, Vol 2 grabs readers by the throat and finds no trouble in pulling them back through time with ease.

As with my previous review, I cannot find anything wrong with this book series so far. It is YA perfection wrapped in a neatly tied bow with bright attractive wrapping paper. The translation is top notch, the typos are nearly nonexistent and the paper quality is as high as always.

To be quite honest, this book series is coming dangerously close to becoming my all time favorite. It's already moved up to third place. One more stunt like this from Hasekura, and well, I may well soon have a new book taking center place in my heart, if it hasn't already.

Spice and Wolf is one of those unusual book series that really do deserve more attention than they are getting. With a storyline that stands to redefine werewolf fiction in America, a cast of characters that reach out from beyond the black and white print, and pages that nearly flip by themselves, it's a book series that almost anyone, fans of wolves or not, can come to love.

There's another two months to go before Volume 3 is released this December. My pre-order is already placed, and after you read this book, I suspect so will yours.

Note: This is a direct sequel to the first book. As such, it is not recommended that first time readers of Spice and Wolf start with Volume 2. It is highly recommended that readers interested in this series start with the first book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great history... Sept. 25 2010
By Jose Bernal - Published on Amazon.com
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I got hooked waching the anime, the light novel is way better. Any fan of Spice & Wolf need to read it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spice and Wolf Dec 13 2011
By Wolves - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. Read the other reviews for info about the content, I don't really have anything to add to them. I just wanted to say that the cover image displayed is not the same as the one that came with the book; it's not the anime one. Doesn't change anything really, just wanted to mention it in case someone was looking for the Japanese cover and expected this book to have it.

EDIT: Sorry, I'm an idiot. The International image is just on the dustjacket. Underneath is the Japanese image. So you get both ;)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first one! July 6 2010
By ChibiNeko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you've been hesitating to purchase this volume due to the cover art of the previous volume, rest assured- Yen Press has heard your complaints. The books now have the original artwork on the book itself, while the "realistic" covers are now a slip cover. That really is a marked improvement, I must say. While I understand what they were trying to go for, the target audience for these books is the manga & anime crowd. (Especially since these books are almost always placed in the manga section in bookstores.)

In this second volume of "Spice & Wolf", we find our favorite merchant & wolf girl attempting to sell a bag of pepper for a large price. When they discover that the man buying it is using less than honest means to secure a good price, they manage to finagle a good amount of expensive armor from him. Unfortunately they all too soon discover that their "good fortune" was anything but & Lawrence is now in a very sizable amount of debt. In order to avoid being sold to a slave ship, Lawrence & Holo must undertake a very dangerous scheme involving their debtors, a lovely young shepherdess, & a dangerous stretch of woods!

I really enjoyed this more than I did the first volume. The translation seems to be far smoother than in the first book. I also enjoyed the information on the merchant trade, which seems to be one of the big driving forces of the series- second only to the slow chemistry that is building between our two main characters. Hasekura could have easily made this book into something more supernatural & romance driven, but his choice to make the merchant life the focus has served him well.

I also enjoyed the new characters in the book- it'll be interesting to see if any of them pop back up in the series later, especially Norah. As always, the illustrations in this are gorgeous, especially the full color versions at the beginning of the book. (Holo fans will be glad to know that they will see quite a bit of her in one of the illustrations!)

If you haven't read the first book, I recommend that you start there first. Even though it is only the second volume, there is already enough going on to where newcomers will have a bit of a problem catching up on the story. Even if you read about the first volume on the web, you are still losing out on a treat! (Now I just have to track down a copy of the first version that has the slipcover with it!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and beautiful! Aug. 11 2014
By Samuel Castro - Published on Amazon.com
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This light novel is absolutely beautiful. Amazing drama, amazing characters. Everything in this little book is brilliant. If you liked the first one you will definitely love the second volume. The only thing that made me like less than the first is that the pictures in the second volume and apparently in the next volumes are not colored, but equally impressive!
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