Spice & Wolf, Volume 1 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Spice & Wolf, Volume 1, by Isuna Hasekura.

From the Back Cover:

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?

No Game No Life, Volume 1 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel, No Game No Life, Volume 1, by Yuu Kamiya.

From the Back Cover:

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…!

Accel World Volume 3 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Accel World Volume 3, The Twilight Marauder, by Reki Kawahara.

From the Back Cover:

His life completely transformed since meeting Kuroyukihime, the most beautiful girl in school, Haruyuki has grown up into a magnificent knight, fat and bullied though he might be.
As the season turns to spring, a strange new student appears before Haruyuki and his friends, now in eighth grade. This mysterious seventh-grader has mastered the art of using Brain Burst in everyday life, despite being curiously absent from the Duel-matching list.
With Kuroyukihime away on a field trip for the ninth grade class, this new member of the student body, in the guise of a warped duel avatar called Dusk Taker, steals “something precious” from Haruyuki with overwhelming force. Cast once again to the bottom rungs of the school-hierarchy ladder, Haruyuki is driven into a corner, and his only course of action is–?!

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick-Up Girls In A Dungeon? Vol.2 |Light Novel Review

Review of the 2nd volume in the light novel series, Is It Wrong To Try To Pick-Up Girls In A Dungeon? (aka DanMachi) by Fujino Omori.

From the Back Cover:

“Nice to meet ya, white-haired mister!” When someone calls out to Bell with these words, he discovers that the voice belongs to a small girl, who introduces herself as Lily, a supporter. Somewhat goaded into teaming up with her despite the many doubts running through his head, Bell has a successful turn in Dungeon with his new companion. Though their alliance is short lived, the negative rumors swirling about the guild to which Lily belongs, the Soma Famiglia, are anything but. And then there’s the ale they sell, said to steal the hearts of all who drink it–!?

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Vol. 1 | Light Novel Review


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My review of the light novel, The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Volume 1, by Satoshi Wagahara. The review is of the English release from Yen On.

From the Back Cover:

Being soundly thrashed by the hero Emilia, the Devil King and his general beat a hasty retreat to a parallel universe…only to land smack in the middle of bustling, modern-day Tokyo! Lacking the magic necessary to return home, the two are forced to assume human identities and live average human lives until they can find a better solution. And to make ends meet, Satan finds gainful employment at a nearby fast food joint! With his devilish mind set on working his way up the management food chain, what will become of his thirst for conquest?!

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Log Horizon Volume 1 | Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Log Horizon Vol. 1, The Beginning of Another World, by Mamare Touno.

From the Back Cover:

Thirty thousand Japanese gamers awake one day to discover that the fantasy world of Elder Tales, an MMORPG that was formerly their collective hobby, has become their cold hard reality. Severed from their everyday lives, they confront a new horizon filled with ravenous monsters, flavorless food, and the inability to die! Amid the chaos, veteran gamer Shiroe gathers his friends, the guardian Naotsugu and the assassin Akatsuki, and together they embark on an adventure to change the world as they know it!

Accel World Volume 2 | Light Novel Review

My review of the 2nd book in Reki Kawahara’s light novel series, Accel World, The Red Storm Princess.

From the Back Cover:

Since meeting Kuroyukihime, Haruyuki has managed to grow up a bit. But suddenly this mature Haruyuki is confronted by Tomoko, an elementary school girl he’s never met before–who calls him “big brother”?! When Kuroyukihime sees the two of them flirting, the look she gives Haruyuki is like a cold knife stabbing him in the gut! Meanwhile, in the Accelerated World, something very mysterious is taking place…
A cursed piece of Enhanced Armament called the Armor of Catastrophe is making the rounds, polluting the minds of the duel avatars that don it and causing those avatars to attack at random with no regard for friend or foe. Only Silver Crow, the sole duel avatar with the power of flight, can apprehend the relic. Is Haruyuki up to the challenge on this mission to subjugate the Armor?!