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

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,175 ratings  ·  76 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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Jun 10, 2014 Lola rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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
Jul 11, 2014 TL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Lola
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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...more
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."
Damon Suede
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)
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
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...
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
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...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...more
Sala Bim
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
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
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...more
Lilia Ford
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...more
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
amelia cavendish
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...more
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...more
Ðムムム刀ζ乇!!!! (ÐEÆτĦ ՅՎ ץค๏เ!!!!)

How many times have you and readers alike stated that the worst book of a series is the second book? There are few exceptions to where the sequel is rather disappointing, dragging the other companion books with it. Not Mariner's Luck. In fact, this book merely enhanced the deep emotion and heart-pounding plot of this beloved series, and I honestly cannot say I like one book over the other. I love both Scarlet and the White Wolf and Mariner's Luck as awe...more
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.
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...more
J.T. Hall
I enjoyed the first book of this series, although the pacing was a bit slow for me. Things pick up in a nice way in this book with not only more emotional development between the men but also a more consistent outside threat as well. I found it ironic that while Scarlet tries to be prickly and hotheaded as he was in the first book, the lack of space on board and the dislike of the crew force him to engage with Liall. The movement in this book is much more internal than external, which some reade...more
Jul 11, 2011 Cayce rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Oh, the tension and the teasing. The weather gets colder and colder, but between Scarlet and Liall everything gets hot and hotter :)
G.B. Gordon
End? *flip, flip* what do you mean, 'end'? Dammit.
Malxox ♥

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Book two of Scarlet and the White Wolf – boy where do I even start for this one?

Liall and Scarlet could not be more different from one another, and yet as the saying goes – opposites attract. Love does not care one way or another, nor does the crew of mariners having to put up with it. And so Liall makes sure that they don’t have to, though more for Scarlet’s sake than for any others. Four long months he the wolf spend on that god for...more
Wendy Ann
I was very thankful for the great recap of book one at the start of this second book since it had been a while between reading them. Scarlet is so very out of his element in this story and quite dependent on Liall. The voyage he embarked on in the spur of the moment is hard on Scarlet and the crew of the ship barely tolerates his presence. His status as a foreigner makes him pretty low in their opinion and a couple guys cross the line in their treatment of him – thankfully, Liall is pretty much...more
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Emanuela ~plastic duck~
4.5 stars

The first book of the series Scarlet and the White Wolf was centered more on Scarlet than on Liall. In this book I felt that Scarlet was less important, he didn't really grow in this book, while Liall - who's returning back to his kingdom and his status - is the real protagonist of the book. He is still frustrating, because in this book too we gather pieces about his past, but his refusal to share it with Scarlet is extended in a way to us readers too. The last revelation of the book di...more
3.5 stars. This book picks up right where Scarlet and the White Wolf left off. Scarlet and Liall are on a ship destined for the northlands and Liall's home. Scarlet is unsure why Liall is being so secretive about his reasons for returning home but it's clear to the reader and you can see exactly where the author is going with the story (which was kinda a let down). Scarlet is feeling trapped and agitated on the ship because everyone distrusts and dislikes him because he's an outsider. He's put i...more
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