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Mariner's Luck (Scarlet and the White Wolf #2)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,628 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
In this second book of the Scarlet and the White Wolf trilogy, Scarlet the pedlar and Liall the bandit find themselves among hostile company aboard a Rshani brigantine headed north through icy waters. Liall has been summoned home to Rshan na Ostre by way of a cryptic message. Scarlet, after a near-fatal encounter with bounty-hunters seeking Liall's head, recklessly follows ...more
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Published 2006 by Torquere Press
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Lola  Reviewer
Jun 10, 2014 Lola Reviewer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans/lovers/maniacs of M/M romance.❤
**3.5 stars**


See that ship? Think you'll forget it soon? Do NOT worry, because it's the principal setting of this book (75% of the story takes place on it to be precise.) Seems boring? sure is sometimes, especially at the beginning. Unlikely its precedent novel, this book does not have a very rich world building. It is principally concentrated on characterization and dialogues (which I don't mind--ever.) Dialogues + great and developped characters rule a book, as in my opinion. BUT, wo
Mar 14, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mm
'Mariner's Luck' is the second book in Kirby Crow's series 'Scarlet and the White Wolf' the main focus of this one seemed to be the development of Liall & Scarlet's relationship as they travelled to Liall's homeland. Scarlet has proven himself to be brave and courageous beyond measure as he comes to Liall's rescue on more than one occasion and Liall is no less fearless in his attempts to protect Scarlet from harm.

Unfortunately part of Liall's efforts to protect Scarlet involves keeping secre
This is such a great fantasy series, it's truly epic and up there with the best of them if you ask me. This book takes place mostly on a ship, travelling back to Liall's kingdom. Scarlet is a foreigner, and is viewed with contempt and loathing by the crew and is seen merely as a possession of Liall's, something which Scarlet detests. There are still plenty of secrets between Scarlet and Liall but at last they are closer and they have a relationship of sorts. This is a very enjoyable read and I w ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-romance
I am liking this series more and more. Here, we have some strong female characters at least, so my criticism regarding the first book promoting a patriarchal society/gender stereotypes is not really valid here.

And I love the dynamic between stubborn, brave Scarlet and mysterious rake Liam. Whereas the plot is still as gripping as it was in book 1. This series is not perfect, but so terribly addictive! I cannot stop reading, to the point where it is very preventing me from both studying and sle

Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I loved this one almost as much as the first one.

Seeing Scarlet out of his element and on the sea while simultaneously seeing Liall in his element and among his people was fascinating to me. Scarlet and Liall get much closer in this one. They start to accept the situation they are in and act on the feelings they have for each other. At the same time, we start to understand Liall more and find out why he's so harsh on himself and reluctant to return home. Where Scarlet and the White Wolf is abou
Jan 25, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, lgbt
I think Mariner's Luck suffered somewhat from middle book syndrome. Not much seemed to happen in the first... seventy-five percent of the book, or thereabouts, and then a lot of things came out in the end. Most of the book is taken up with a journey which consists mostly of Scarlet being endangered repeatedly, and Liall and Scarlet repeatedly hurting and misunderstanding each other. There is one big hint at Scarlet's power, but little comes of it. Then, in the last quarter of the book, they reac ...more
Connie Cat
Feb 05, 2015 Connie Cat rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-couples
4.5 stars. I was thoroughly engrossed in this book. Excellent world-building and writing. Love the two MCs, especially Scarlet. Moving on to Book 3.

Nov 07, 2012 Dreamer rated it it was amazing
Scarlet and Liall finally get it on in the second book of this excellent m/m fantasy trilogy.
Scarlet's expression flickered. His smile grew warmer, and he lifted his hand out of the water and cupped Liall's face. "I won't be offended if you touch me, you stupid Kasiri bastard. I want you to."
rating: 2.25/5

I couldn't help but be disappointed with this second novel in the series. The first novel set up an interesting world with two very different and unique characters. And even though the plot was a bit simplistic, their interactions were slow, their relationship simmering under tension.

With this one Scarlet turns whiney. The plot is disorganized and writing uneven. Even the world building stalls in the first half which I spent bored out of my mind. The relationship turns to eye-roll
Jul 11, 2014 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Lola Reviewer
Shelves: favorites
If you want to see my casting for Scarlet/Liall, hop on over my review of the first book:)

This one picks up right after the first novel's ending, with Scarlet and Liall on the ship journeying to Liall's homeland.

Most of the plot/action in this installment takes place on the boat, giving Scarlet and Liall time to quarrel and grow closer together, but still keeping secrets from one another.

Even though I knew he had his own demons and was also trying to keep Scarlet safe, I still didn't like the wa
Mar 18, 2016 Swati rated it liked it
I was looking forward to seeing what Liall's country looked like, but was really disappointed when I realised that over half the book is set on the ship... I was also quite frustrated with Liall in this, he wouldn't tell Scarlet anything and treated him as a child through the entire journey.
Still, it was good and I enjoyed it, and the parts we did get to see of "the land of night" were pretty interesting.
Damon Suede
Apr 02, 2011 Damon Suede rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ravishing, seductive, heartbreaking and subtle. Everything I could want from High fantasy M/M and more.

A thrilling continuation of the lives of these charaters. I will definitely be reading these books again.

(Full review to follow)
Sala Bim
Dec 06, 2012 Sala Bim rated it it was ok
This story was basically a blow-by-blow rewrite of “Prisoner of the Raven”, which I hated for a number of reasons. A very long sea voyage during which one protagonist gets sick (while being nursed and fretted over by the other protagonist), then protagonist #2 gets sick (and gets nursed by protagonist #1) and then repeat this cycle again and again, ad nauseum. Almost everything was redone here, right down the UTTERLY POINTLESS heterosexual encounter. What, again, was the point of writing a scene ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-read, z-2012
This second book in the series focuses mainly on Scarlet and Liall's sea voyage to Liall's homeland. As a foreigner, Scarlet is viewed with contempt and dislike by the crew of ship and, at best, he is seen as Liall's possession. It was interesting to watch the interaction between Scarlet and Liall as their relationship developed. Despite this being the second book, the two men had spent very little time alone together before they boarded the ship and now they are forced into spending a lot of ti ...more
Lilia Ford
Jan 27, 2013 Lilia Ford rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-fantasy
First off, I very highly recommend the series; I think this is the weakest volume, but I could not put it down, and the moment I finished it I started the third volume.

Spoiler: picking up from my review of the first volume, my main problem is with the long delay of consummation between the couple. It doesn't really happen until the third volume, and given that this book consists mostly of a four-month long sea voyage in which the two would-be lovers are trapped in a cabin together, bored out of
Jun 29, 2015 YullSanna rated it really liked it
Ха! А эта мне прям понравилась! Хотя... ничего удивительного, во второй части герои по большей части медленно томятся в собственном соку, а тушеные книги мне всегда по душе!
Сюжетные излишества в виде придворных сплетен и скандалов меня как раз угнетают, но это необходимое зло.
Буду надеяться, что у Scarlet o'Hara разовьется его талант и он там всех во дворце шокирует своими пиротехническими умениями!)))
Дальше пошла читать.
Dec 30, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading about this world and have already started book three. I want to see how the adventure ends - as an epic fantasy book, I really enjoy it.

As a romance book, the interplay between Scarlet and Liall is still fun, but the sex scenes are pretty simplistic and not very descriptive. Still one of my favorite gay romances, but it could have been written with a bit less emphasis on the relationships and have been a straight fantasy story, with a bit of homosexuality.
Oct 06, 2012 Bookwatcher rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, glbt-gay, fantasy
Very good, but it made me wonder why book 1 and 2 couldn't be just one volume. I'm the only one that like longer fantasy books? Book 1 and 2 were so short I really think it would be more logical one, not two books.
Starting the 3 now, book 2 end as book 1, with a cliffhanger.
Oct 27, 2012 Ilhem rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy
This second book is more focused on the romance development. It was less thrilling but I still enjoyed it very much. The end lets me hope for obscure machinations...
G.B. Gordon
End? *flip, flip* what do you mean, 'end'? Dammit.
Oct 17, 2014 Scarletine rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
A super sequel to the Pedlar and the Bandit king. This book see's Scarlet follow Liall on the four month sea voyage back to his homeland. Full of adventure and danger and romance, Liall really comes into his own as he realises the intensity of his feelings for Scarlet. Chaste as ever, Scarlet wrestles with indecision about what he wants and what he is prepared to give to Liall. Stuck in a cabin together with agressive Shipmates on the otherside of the door they have nowhere else to go but into e ...more

3.5 stars

(If you haven’t read Book 1, The Pedlar and the Bandit King, this review will contain spoilers)

This continues Scarlet and Liall’s adventures directly after book one. After a terrific action-packed scene, they gain passage aboard a ship bound for the far North, to Liall’s homeland. The author continues with the same great imagery and compelling story about these two men from very different backgrounds who are inexorably drawn to each other.

Most of this book tells of their long, four mon
Mar 09, 2012 Evaine rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
First off, I must reiterate that I nearly pitched the e-reader across the room at the way this book ended. Seriously, I think it might have been better all around if the author had put all 3 books of the series together in one volume. This, volume 2, is a short, quick read and the ending comes so abruptly that I was annoyed. I see no reason for the split at all and I'm hesitant to think it was done because of greed.

That being said, I enjoyed this installment of Scarlet and Liall's adventures. I
Mar 07, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Picks up exactly where the first book left off. This book felt like one really short book followed by the beginning of a second book, in order to make it long enough to sell. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it was a little confusing afterward. The pacing in this one felt even better than the first, and in this one, I actually felt sexual tension between the characters. The way it was resolved was, imo, inspired. The first two-thirds of the book is a great story, and the last third sets u ...more
I also started noticing some decidedly odd things about the world-building. Like, it's all nice and great that you want your Northern people to be tall and large, but okay, extreme cold weather??? Like really, why are they large, and how is that sustainable?
And interestingly, this whole "fantasy ppl in cold climes in fantasy love vibrant colors" thing...I've seen it before in at least 1 other place, and for me, that's apparently enough to make it a "thing," so it's interesting that it is.
Emily G
Jan 14, 2011 Emily G rated it really liked it
So the story of Scarlet and the Wolf moves on, as Scarlet and Liall sail northwards towards Liall's homeland, Rshan. A place that Scarlet has a hard time believing exists outside of legend.

In this volume, Scarlet has to deal with a long voyage, the sailors' prejudice and hatred towards foreigners, cabin fever, sickness, attacks on his virtue and life, and not least, working out exactly what Liall means to him when he finds out that Liall's status in Rshan is more than he could ever have believed
Sep 07, 2014 Alex rated it it was ok
normally authors break chapters at voyages, or even books, picking up after the voyage is over. Sometimes they probably spend about 2 chapters on the boat, you know, if something interesting happens on the voyage.
not so here.
I have never known a book where so little happens. there's no real threat, no real plot, the entire thing is just a transition book between two islands.
don't believe the blurb, mutiny and spies play very little in the plot at all, and I got very pissed off at Scarlett inde
Don Bradshaw
Most of this book takes place on the ship taking Liall and Scarlet to Rshan. It explores the deepening relationship between the innocent Scarlet and the no so innocent Liall. It also exposed Scarlet to the prejudices of the Rshans and the hatred they have for the Hilurins. There was not as much adventure in this part of the story but I enjoyed seeing both Scarlet and Liall at their emotional weakest. I felt bad for Scarlet when he found out just who his white wolf was. I thought Liall should ha ...more
Elisa Rolle
It's official: Kirby Crow is a teaser! I read this second chapter eagerly, to see how our heroes learn to live togheter and


in the first book they share the first kiss in the last page, in the second book they have sex in the last chapter: 300 pages for a sex scene!

So, you will think, I don't like the book... and you are wrong. The book is enthralling, well written, adeventurous, full of legends, and war, and peace, and princes...

Definitely a book I reccomend to those who love the old
Jul 10, 2015 Mandapanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-romance
3.75 stars
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  • The Pedlar and the Bandit King (Scarlet and the White Wolf, #1)
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