Mariner's Luck (Scarlet and the White Wolf #2)
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? Well...it 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
Unfortunately part of Liall's efforts to protect Scarlet involves keeping secre ...more
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...more
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
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."
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
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
Still, it was good and I enjoyed it, and the parts we did get to see of "the land of night" were pretty interesting.
A thrilling continuation of the lives of these charaters. I will definitely be reading these books again.
(Full review to follow)
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
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!)))
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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.
Starting the 3 now, book 2 end as book 1, with a cliffhanger.
(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
That being said, I enjoyed this installment of Scarlet and Liall's adventures. I ...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. ...more
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
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
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
Kirby is a winner of the ...more