Monday, May 30, 2016

Spice and Wolf, Volume 6

Spice & Wolf, Vol. 6Spice & Wolf, Vol. 6 by Isuna Hasekura
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The sixth volume in the Spice and Wolf series is... relaxed. I don't have a better way to describe it.

Thus far, all of the previous volumes have been fairly formulaic: Lawrence and Holo arrive in new town, a deal opportunity presents itself, Lawrence tries to make money, fails, Holo steps in to save the day, and then Holo and Lawrence end up saving each other. This formula has worked out well in the past few volumes. That said, I'm kind of glad that this volume changed things up a bit.

Starting where the fifth volume left off, Lawrence and Holo are still in Lenos. However, they come up with a course of action to chase after Eve, who, in the previous volume, betrayed Lawrence after he tried to renege on their deal. While they do go in the same direction as Eve, volume 6 isn't actually about the chase.

I mentioned it before, but this volume is more relaxed. There's no major plot in here, no person who needs saving, no deal that gets Lawrence in trouble. It's just Lawrence and Holo traveling down the river with two new characters.

One thing I really liked about this novel, and this series as a whole, is how it deals with the fact that Lawrence is a human and Holo is a wolf deity. A relationship between an immortal and a human can never last. They both know this. They both know that the journey must eventually end, but they keep journeying in spite of that.

While I mentioned this volume being very relaxed, it was still quite emotional. And of course, Lawrence still shows his ignorance. I'm actually somewhat surprised by how Lawrence still seems to get on Holo's bad side. I'm even more surprised that he couldn't figure out why he upset her and everyone else could. If there's one failing to this volume, it would be the feeling of having a forced argument for the sake of drama. It didn't feel natural this time. That said, it still wasn't enough to take away a star.

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