Yay for visual novels! Seriously, right now (for the next 10 days as of when I’m writing this) Humble Bundle is offering a sweet selection of various Sekai Project visual novels for a really good price. It looks like they’re not all just dating games either; there’s some interesting variety. Probably the highlight to me is the complete World End Economica by Isuna Hasekura–creator of the beloved Spice & Wolf. I’m curious to see what else comes of this set, though.
You can find this bundle at https://www.humblebundle.com/sekai-project-bundle.
Also, for anyone who’s interested, HB is also offering an ocean-themed set of games for Ocean Day (didn’t even know that was a thing, but cool) and a selection of Eisner-nominated comics as well. Enjoy!
Author: Isuna Hasekura
Illustrator: Jyuu Ayakura
My rating: 4.5 of 5
As the old gods are forgotten or driven away by the church and more modern ways of life, Holo, the wolf god of the harvest, quietly slips from the fields she has watched for centuries . . . into the cart and life of the lonely merchant traveler Kraft Lawrence. Usually a cunning and successful man, Lawrence is, frankly, baffled by this capricious, wolf-eared girl. As Lawrence and Holo travel, bargain, and survive incredible danger together, they develop a friendship that is truly a pleasure to watch grow.
Spice & Wolf is a delightful light novel, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel volumes in the series. I admit that the beginning is a bit difficult to get into, but it’s well worth the effort to push through the first chapter to the point where Holo and Lawrence meet. From that point, the story (not to mention Lawrence’s life) is dramatically altered. Holo is such a fun character to read–precocious child one moment, wise ancient the next, but all fitting together like a multifaceted gemstone. The storyline itself is well-written also, a nice blend of intrigue, action, and character development that takes place in a well-realized world perched on the brink between ancient paganism and the age of exploration and commerce. This is definitely a recommended read, particularly to those who like stories involving the careful barter and gamble of political intrigue.