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Series Information:

  • Title: The Devil’s Spice
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Tragedy, Romance, Psychological, Cyberpunk, Quasi-Harem
  • Themes: OP Protagonist, Cooking, Martial Arts
  • Author: Kanda Hikaru
  • Illustrator: Kanda Hikaru
  • Editor: Kyle Tolray
  • Volumes: 5
  • Series Status: Ongoing

Recent Updates (Please use the menu bar on top of the page to navigate to the chapters):

  • 04 July 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 15 and Epilogue have been uploaded. Volume 05 is officially complete.
  • 03 July 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 14 has been uploaded.
  • 27 June 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 13 has been uploaded.
  • 20 June 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 12 has been uploaded.
  • 13 June 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 11 has been uploaded.
  • 06 June 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 10 has been uploaded.
  • 30 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 09 has been uploaded.
  • 23 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 08 has been uploaded.
  • 16 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 07 has been uploaded. Cleared old updates from Volume 04.
  • 08 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 06 has been uploaded.
  • 01 May 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 05 has been uploaded.
  • 22 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 04 has been uploaded.
  • 15 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 03 has been uploaded.
  • 11 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 02 has been uploaded.
  • 04 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 01 has been uploaded.
  • 01 April 2016: Volume 05 Chapter 00 has been uploaded.
  • 18 December 2015: Volume 04 PDF has been uploaded.
  • 02 December 2015: Volume 04 Epilogue has been uploaded. Volume 4 is now completely released.

Synopsis:

What does it mean to be fair?

Ageha, chef by day and cyborg assassin by night, kills to confirm his answer to that question.

After taking out one of the richest and most powerful men in Japan, he finds Kaika, the victim’s prodigy daughter, seeking him out, not for revenge, but for her own dangerous ambitions.

The deceptive and mischievous teen offers the young man a deal he cannot refuse.

Ageha needs to juggle restaurant kitchen politics, his own bloodlust, and his new moonlighting job.

Kaika has her hands full orchestrating corporate backchanneling while trying to keep a leash on her incredibly capable, perhaps too capable, new employee.

With life and death on the line, the dubious alliance between these two broken individuals leads to-

*BANG*

“Don’t spoil the meal! We haven’t even served the first course!”

 

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If you like this story, please check out my fantasy web novel Ensis Core.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      The dude who tried to be the omniscient narrator for the story. That’s why the narration ended up being third person limited.

      The much shorter and less revealing synopses in the 2nd and 3rd volumes were given by the smarter and less talkative progeny of the dead guy.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thanks! Glad you liked it! Unfortunately, I am still working on the detailed outline of volume 4, which means it will be a while before anything comes out. I ask for your patience and continued readership.

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  1. worldofshars

    man i have to tell you something. the last few days, i have checked out your story, its not my type of story at all, but i have to say it is godly work, and to say i want to write a story like this would be the biggest understatement ever stated. hypocritical much right? i physically can’t bring myself to read this kind of a story. (manipulation everywhere, human heart being corrupted here and there, trust being gained on false basis, and then being uncovered. a mastermind playing everyone. secrets everywhere. basically intrigue.) but i really want to write a story like this, and i think i can learn much from you. is there a way i can contact you my friend? i would love to get in touch with you.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Wow, thank you for the compliment!

      I’m quite curious why you would want to write a story you personally don’t like reading, but I guess you can elaborate when we make direct communication. You can PM me using my wordpress account or email/message me in my gmail account. I will message it to you.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thank you for your high praise! I’ll do my best in the coming volumes to try and be worthy of your words.

      Have you voted in the best girl poll yet? I’m curious about who you would pick.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      I’m glad you like it enough to donate! But your comments are more than enough motivation for me. I am extremely flattered by the thought, though.

      Really, thank you. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story!

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  2. reihangimaden

    So this is a novel made by yourself huh? It’s very good man 😀
    I always want to try to write a story like this but it’s really hard…..good job anyway!
    I’ll wait for the next chapter for you to release 😄

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you like it!

      About writing, just go ahead and start writing! Practice will only make you better. I remember the very first chapter of TDS. It was practically unreadable. It took many, many rewrites and the help of my awesome editor Kyle Tolray before things got to this level. Things will get easier as you get more experience. The learning process itself, including honing your vocabulary, style, and random knowledge, is very fun.

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      1. Armaell

        I’m back !
        So here is your download link : http://ebooks.armaell.fr/author-Kanda+Hikaru
        One link so I can manage the additions/corrections at anytime. Here are the epubs, plus pdf even though you already have it, but since I do it in the same time, there is no point to not re-add it.

        Now the question which is killing me… Man or Woman ? è_é since I quickly searched on the net and Kanda is gender-neutral graaah. Well not like it will change my life, but when you get a doubt, so hard to ignore xD

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      2. Armaell

        Then for not saying it, for the itch which will follow me each time I’ll your name, I’ll just hate you ahah. But ok, I’ll probably live with it.

        It’s my pleasure (truly), and I have to say, between doing the epub and writing the story, I have the easy job in many ways 🙂
        Thank you again !

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  3. Demize

    5/10 liked the story but i hate this kind of “kill everyone” close to the Mc, and forcing shit way overboard…and finally using some retarded shit like nail torture, you should know how that affects the psychologic capabilities and reason stands for the shitty NtR part gg wp

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Sorry the story didn’t match your preferences, but thanks for reading and the feedback anyway!

      The darker and vomit-inducing parts are intentional. They are designed to bother the person reading and add a sense of permanence and weight to ultimately “light” light novel stories.

      Unfortunately, those parts also deter many readers. About 1/4 of the readers drop the story by a certain infamous chapter in volume 2, and that’s understandable. As I writer, I decided to take that risk and accept the consequences.

      This gives me the chance to appreciate those who actually did stick to the story until the latest chapter. Thank you.

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      1. Demize

        It is indeed a pretty good story as i said but the turn from gray to full darker than black was too much, at first this was a good action/tragedy/comedy/romance but then ….boom just crashed exactly at the 2nd volume, but even after that i continued and finished the volume.

        Sadly the reason of droping this wasnt only that…it was the Mc being so….silly? I mean he doesnt “trust” his employer, yet there he goes again to suck up to her even after the super vol.3 plan to get him back….that was a mega fked up stunt…and truth being some people wouldnt be able to tolerate that kind of thing…i would just send her to fuck herself, and with that girl willing to sacrifice her own sister, nah just…..no….even if this have a happy ending it would feel pretty forced, unless this end full tragedy with the Mc death and maybe even Saya sadly…at least that would not feel forced…

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  4. Gingerbread_man

    I love this story so much that I basically stalk the site every day. 9/10 because nothings perfect, setting that aside tho I actually can’t think of anything to actually complain about…. anyway Great Job on the story, I look forward to the next chapter!

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  5. renzchiong

    Ok, so I’m re-reading the novels and I just noticed something. In Vol. 2 – Winter Storm, during Kai and Ageha’s conversation about how he is so petty and egoistic when it comes to cooking, did Kai just break the 4th Wall? The actual line was, “Honest to a fault. You could’ve used that touch of softness in your character you know? The reade-“.

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Good eye. Yes she did. I added that to reference the typical 4th wall breaking that happens in a lot of light novels. There’s another one in the flashback chapter of the 4th volume.

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      1. Renan C

        Thanks. Well, I’ll continue on and be on the look out for that. Anyways, you’ve got a great novel going on. I really like how you make a good balance with the action, comedy, romance, and tragedy. Almost like a perfect Lemon Meringue Pie: fluffy at the first bite then a burst of zest in your mouth but smoothly subsides and ends it with an aftertaste that’ll make you want more, only to find out you finished a whole pie. So out with the 5th book already! Hahahaha! Just kidding. (>‿◠)✌ More power to you and thanks for all your hard work! ᕙ(^▿^-ᕙ)

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        1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

          That’s a very flattering, as well as appetizing, analogy. Thank you. It is comments like yours that make me think writing, while challenging and time-consuming, is completely worthwhile.

          Volume 5 is on the way. I just finished the draft for chapter 9, so the text is more than halfway done.

          I’m glad that the balance I’ve been trying to create and maintain so far was not lost in the actual text. I hope you keep reading (and enjoying) the story!

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  6. Demyu Teitoku

    Omg. This is a godly work. Haven’t read that much since the release of Overlord. Hahaha! Nearly dropped this LN because of the “dark” chapter on volume 2 but the show must go on. I don’t know how many times this LN broked my heart because of unexpected cliches but I’m truly grateful this LN got released.
    Thank you Author! ❤ I'm gonna start Vol 4 later xD

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thanks for reading!

      I’m not exactly sure what unexpected cliches mean, but I’ll take it as a compliment!

      The first chapter of Volume 5 is coming out hopefully next week, assuming I finish illustrating the cover page. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story!

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  7. mihai mihai

    can someone who read raws or something what happened to rin or ran(the non “cyborg girl” , im so fked up about that he left him after he “Loved”” him so much ….dunno just please if someone can tell what happened i really appreciate….thanks…

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Unfortunately, there are no raws. However, I can probably answer your question.

      Spoiler:





      Are you asking about Rin after she split up with Ageha? It should be covered in the 4th volume, which is already released.

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  8. LOTD

    Hello there, Kanda-san. I don’t know if you’re going to see this post, but I would like to ask your input on it, in any way. So here goes.

    I’ve just started reading your novel, and I would very much like to create a compilation/e-pub of the chapters. (Well, I’m creating it for my personal use in anyways.) I was wondering if you would like to take a look at it once I’m done with it. What I’ll be doing with it is compiling the various chapters into a single e-pub/pdf of each of the volumes. I’ll be doing some basic edits here and there as I find it necessary, and so forth.

    I’m working on it in my free time (of which there is, admittedly, not much), so I don’t know how fast I will be getting through it.

    I just though I’d give you a heads up and hear what you have to say about it. If you would like to talk to me about the whole idea/project, then feel free to email me.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      There are already PDFs for the completed volumes. As for the e-pubs, you’re welcome to create them as you will. I can try and take a look at them, but I don’t think I’ll be able to contribute anything outside of that.

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      1. LOTD

        Of course I don’t expect you to do mich, you have already done so much in the writing. It’s just a hobby of mine, and I prefer that the author/translator know that I’m doing what I’m doing.

        Keep up the good work. I’ll comment again when vol. 1 is finished.

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  9. ǝɔı

    Hello, I noticed that there were PDFs for the current four volumes on Baka-Tsuki, and decided to check them out. The quality of those PDFs aren’t really that great, but I’m not saying that they are bad either. So I thought that I should drop this link down here. It has the PDFs that I made a while ago. You could replace these with the ones over there if you want to.
    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7bU4m8I-QD2WXUzWF9xa2ZlX0E&usp=sharing
    PS: Ignore the ePUBs as they aren’t of a great quality.

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      1. ǝɔı

        What do you mean by that? The first three volumes were made on October, 2015. As for the fourth, that was done in December.
        If there are some things there were edited after December, I could just go ahead and remake them right now. It won’t take much of my time.
        Also, note that I used your website to make them, so I didn’t use the first volume that’s posted on Baka-Tsuki.

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          1. ǝɔı

            I used Libre Office and Adobe Acrobat. Libre Office for everything such as, inserting images, text, and what other things there are. Adobe Acrobat for modifying the images. Something like cropping them to remove the white borders that are on the image’s page.

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  10. lastorderblog

    Dear Hikaru Kanda,

    “The Devil’s Spice” is the best novel I have ever read.

    I would like to get your permission to translate your original light novel “The Devil’s Spice” and your fantasy web novel “Ensis Core” in to russian language, of course not for commercial purposes, but as an amateur translation and post it on a different free websites. It could serve as a promotion of your work in the russian-speaking countries.

    Naturally, I intend to leave a link to your original English translation and your webpage.

    In case you approve the translation if needed i could send you reports about the translation progress.

    Best regards

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  11. Kanda Hikaru Post author

    First of all, thanks for reading my works! I’m ecstatic from your praise.

    I’m completely fine with your translation project, provided you give credit to me as the author and, as you already mentioned, link to my sites. As a former translator from Japanese to English myself, I wouldn’t dream of stopping you from sharing my stories. This is actually very exciting for me because someone actually likes my work enough to go through the challenging process of translation. Again, thanks for reading, and I hope you continue to follow both stories until the end!

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    1. lastorderblog

      Thank you that you have allowed my translation of your web novel. I suppose i will translate one ore two chapters a week. At the moment I have already translated up to the third chapter of the first volume of “The Devil’s Spice” (You could find it here: http://tl.rulate.ru/book/458). I think, in two or so weeks I will begin the translation of the first volume of “Ensis Core”. Supposedly the translation of the first two volumes will take about three months. My e-mail address: killgore1979@yandex.ru

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    1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

      Thanks for reading!

      No, this novel is not being tled, but it is still being written. This is originally in English, after all. Fate Go and God Eater have been eating up my time recently, but both have almost reached a good stopping/relaxing point. Volume 6 progress should shoot up in the coming days.

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      1. Lincoln Nguyen

        I see~ Well, I’m on volume 4 right now and I have to say . . . the pictures you drew are getting so much better! TBH, while reading the first few volumes the pictures made me feel uncomfortable, but the picture of Tsubasa convinced that you could be a real light novel artist haha. How’d you learn to draw? Do you use palmie? How long have you been drawing? Thanks for answering!

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        1. Kanda Hikaru Post author

          I just drew on paper and took a picture with an old canon digicam. Then I used Photoshop to do the rest.

          I learned to draw by practicing hard at it. I don’t have the talent most artists do. I compensate by learning PS tricks and sheer hard work.

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  12. Janus

    Having a blast reading this, though I do find the whole ntr thing going on in vol 5 a tad bit irritating. There’s a reason in NU this is labelled a harem. Another gripe being that the mc seems to be suprised at a lot of things considering his role is an assasin though that might just be my bias. Otherwise great novel and easily re-readable.

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