Scarlet and the White Wolf, Volume 1: The Pedlar and the Bandit King

Scarlet and the White Wolf, Volume 1: The Pedlar and the Bandit King Scarlet Of Lysia Is An Honest Peddler, A Young Merchant Traveling The Wild, Undefended Roads To Support His Aging Parents Liall, Called The Wolf Of Omara, Is The Handsome, World Weary Chieftain Of A Tribe Of Bandits Blocking A Mountain Road That Scarlet Needs To Cross When Liall Jokingly Demands A Carnal Toll For The Privilege, Scarlet Refuses And An Inventive Battle Of Wills Ensues, With Disastrous Results Scarlet Is Convinced That Liall Is A Worthless, Immoral Rogue, But When The Hostile Countryside Explodes Into Violence And Liall Unexpectedly Fights To Save The Lives Of Scarlet S Family, Scarlet Is Forced To Admit That The Wolf Is Not The Worst Ally He Could Have, But What Price Will Proud Scarlet Ultimately Have To Pay For Liall S Friendship

Kirby Crow worked as an entertainment editor and ghostwriter for several years before happily giving it up to bake brownies, read yaoi, play video games, and write her own novels Whenever she isn t slaying Orcs or flying a battleship for the glory of the Amarr Empire, she can be found in the kitchen, her vegetable garden, or at the keyboard, tapping away at her next book.Kirby is a winner of the

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  • Scarlet and the White Wolf, Volume 1: The Pedlar and the Bandit King
  • Kirby Crow
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  • 06 November 2019
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10 thoughts on “Scarlet and the White Wolf, Volume 1: The Pedlar and the Bandit King

  1. says:

    Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw ReviewsOnce again, I m going to gripe about authors who split novels into small parts I don t mind so much if the entire story is written and in my possession I really dislike waiting forever between installments, cruel cliffhangers, and unanswered questions Further, when I pay 4.99 for a story, I want it to be complete Otherwise, I feel I m getting ripped off That said, I really enjoyed this captivating and atmospheric fantasy just as much as I did when I read it in 2011 The author has created an intriguing world, with a variety of races and ethnicities living in close proximity Scarlet is a young pedlar who is a member of the Hilurin, an ancient and dying race Overrepresentation in government and fear of Hilurin magic has subjected them to undisguised resentment and hostility Despite the fact that the Hilurin are a generally reclusive people, Scarlet is restless and enjoys the life of a traveling merchant Liall comes from the far and frigid Rshan and is chief to a tribe of Kasiri charging merchants and travelers a toll to access a busy mountain pass As Scarlet has been travelling the pass for free since he was 14, he resents having to pay a toll, particularly one that involves sexual favors Though Liall is intrigued by Scarlet s background and attracted to his pretty face, the two men don t get off to a good start I thoroughly enjoyed their conflicts and the tricks Scarlet played in order to bypass the Kasiri and avoid paying his toll Calm down, it s only a game, lad Scarlet threw Liall off, wiping his mouth on his sleeve, and stood several paces away, his chest heaving and his eyes spitting hate The silly cap had fallen off and revealed his midnight hair underneath, though his bangs and the fringe of disheveled hair around his face were grimed with the flour he had combed into it With his legs tangling in the wide skirt and his padded bosom jiggling, he looked ludicrous, which only made the men laugh harder No Scarlet shouted over them It s only a game to you I ve lost work on your account It may mean nothing to you if I go back to my family empty handed, but I m only a pedlar If I don t work, I don t eat, and my parents are getting old They depend on me Unlike you and your kind, I can t just steal whenever I need something Buried under Scarlet s deep dislike for Liall is a smidgen of attraction for the White Wolf Yes, Liall was a handsome man, but a detestable one, and as compelling as he was, Scarlet would not be pressured or pushed After Scarlet s life is endangered, though, it is not too difficult to like Liall, especially as the reader gets perspectives on events from both characters and Liall is fully aware of how badly he screwed up.I loved the slow burn of their growing relationship and their adventures, and Scarlet s inner strength and innocence There is a variety of interesting secondary characters and wonderfully detailed and vivid scenes from the world they live in This story also explores friendship, family relationships, and discovering oneself Bad things happen, Liall remains a mystery, and both men have serious challenges to overcome I very much look forward to joining Scarlet and Liall on their journey north Thanks to Lei from Bookie Nookie s Erotic Lending Group for lending this to me.

  2. says:

    Hey there Little Red Riding HoodYou sure are looking goodYou re everything that a big bad wolf could want Well of course this song came to mind for me Come on nowtell me you re surprised I mean really we have a cute guy, named Scarlet, in a red hooded coat who travels through the woodsok, he kind of travels all over the place he s a peddler and we have a big, hunky, aggressive, use to getting his own way bad guybut not really who people refer to as a wolf but in fact goes by the name Liall It s inevitableright I really have no problem with this because Scarlet and the White Wolf goes well beyond the traditional story of Little Red Riding Hood Kirby Crow gives us a whole different world for this story to evolve in and to be honest for the most part it s not a pretty world It s filled with conflict and strife, often times the law of the land is survival of the fittest This is not planet earth and our rules, values and morals don t apply Anyone who reads fantasy with any regularity knows that s one of the first things you have to remember It doesn t mean that there aren t values and morals to be found or followed, just that they may be different than what we would expect.I was totally enchanted with this story it s two of my favorite genres fantasy m m and for me it was really well done As is often the case with fantasy books set in a fictitious environment there were many new things to be discovered the least of which were some of the words used by the characters I had no problem with this as I found that for the most part the words were used in such a way that their meaning was easily discernable from the content surrounding themat least it wasn t Klingon because lordie I never did get a handle on that one or elvish, it totally eludes me What I really would have loved would have been a map of this world Mostly because geography was never my strong suit so visualizing this part of the story for me is the hardest part but give me a map and I m golden Scarlet And the White Wolf is the beginning of this series and it was a fan freakin tastic beginning I admit it I ve already stuck my nose into the next book.Last but not least a big thank you to my friend, Ma rella for pushing me to read this book and for all the visuals of Scarlet and Liall Lady you are awesome.4.5 fantastical stars rounded up to 5 becauseyeah, still no half stars here.

  3. says:

    Review for the whole series well currently including up until book 4, but there is to come I don t have words for how much I loved this whole series I love fantasy, but so far most fantasy I ve read was lacking in the romance department So to find a series that combines both, and in such a great way, makes me super happy So happy I ll just have to add it to my small collection of favourites.I found these books, because I was reading an anthology by the author and really liked her style She also uses language so beautifully that I simply had to look for books by her And I was not disappointed I m a new fan and will read everything she ever writes Everything And I can t fucking wait for the next books in the series.I can t even decide whether I love the high fantasy setting or the lovely, lovely romance between two most amazing guys, Scarlet I love that name for a man, by the way and Liall.So I ll start by gushing over the world and how extraordinarily it comes to life We have different races, politics and intrigue, magic and beliefs, and mysteries in the past and unknown futures We have the most beautiful places that give so much rich atmosphere to everything that is happening and Liall s home country is really growing on me Well, I could do without most of the people there but the country itself wow I m in love with both Scarlet and Liall They are very different and have very different roles to play, too, and while I first fell hard for cute, stubborn, proud Scarlett, Liall captured my heart right after.I think their relationship is most rewarding for a reader It is really, really romantic, there is sexual tension between them, there is conflict to overcome that is never annoying and I get annoyed very easily, believe me I love their banter, their declarations of love, their hopes and fears, their passionate sex I just love them.I love how Scarlet, who has a less important position in the scheme of things, is never set aside or becomes just an attachment to Liall He s got agency, a role to play, although he isn t in the best position to do just that.So, this is the perfect book series for me, and I really, really want to read right away.You can find the notes I took for each book separately here, and there is also a teaser from the first book, a text passage that I loved very much and made me smile so very much So you thought you could slip past the Kasiri, did you Whence comes such confidence The pedlar stood and stripped the severed leather laces from his hands before he angrily kicked them toward Liall with the toe of his boot I m not confident I have to get to the other side of this mountain and you won t let me by That s all Ah, but I will for a price I don t like your stinkin mucked price, he snapped Behind him, Peysho chuckled, then prudently coughed and looked away.Liall dropped his voice and moved a little closer to the irate youth The price, or me The pedlar met his eyes unflinchingly but did not answer immediately, and Liall saw that he was struggling with his answer He fought down a surge of irritation Princes had knelt at his feet once Who was this illiterate merchant to refuse him Who did he think he was Come now, he coaxed You will not injure my feelings I am no charming prince, this I know But still, am I an ogre No, the pedlar judged after a moment, studying him You re a wolf And you do not like wolves I like wolves fine, so long as they stay clear of my path Wolves and men don t mix Or men and men, Liall supposed he would have liked to say Peysho had shooed the tribesmen off and taken himself away with them, leaving Liall with the pedlar, the campfire, and the soft snowing night around them What about wolves and pedlars Liall asked softly, daring another step I don t the pedlar began He stopped and swallowed hard, looking up at Liall There was no fear in his eyes I don t see why you re vexin yourself, is all Vexin Local dialects often threw Liall He waited for the boy to explain Why are you going to so much trouble on my account I can t be worth this much bother Liall began to suspect that this one was not terribly experienced with the desires of men Are there no mirrors in Lysia Give me your name, he urged I The boy closed his mouth Let me pass Liall shook his head slowly It made the pedlar angry again Damn you, why not Because I m not through vexin myself, I suppose Notes Book 1 the writing is fantastic, as is the setting world with it s races cultures, magic, and entanglements the main characters Scarlet and Liall are both intriguing and lovable I think I love young and forthright, stubborn Scarlet a little because cuuute but Liall has already captured my heart, too very slow burning romance with an enemies to lovers theme that had me smile very much Notes Book 2 great development of characters, their love for each other, and the whole world and plot in the sequel beautiful language, vivid description of the voyage and Niall s home country OMG, such sweet and passionate love scenes believable struggle in the relationship, without it getting annoying, and the promise of a lot to over come the new situation for Scarlet and Liall is a tricky one and I hope their relationship will not strain too much under it, but so far they got stronger through everything I hope Scarlet will not take the backseat too much, but I am confident the author will do right by himNotes Book 3 everything cool I said about the first two books D intriguing new secondary characters loved the queen and Cestimir I love him especially , hated the bitch what s her name Liall and Scarlet sigh, they had some very lovely scenes together, but they needed to overcome a lot in this book, too, which was not always pleasurable to read, but I still loved it Maybe a little less drama would have been better for me, but it s all good I love how they always make up and talk, and that s really mature Liall might be surprised by turn of events in the end, but I wasn t, so I m really looking forward to the next book also Scarlet s future seems to be getting and interesting DNotes Book 4 sigh best ending ever I can t believe I have to wait for books now While the conflicts are not really solved, I loved how the story was paced, and I can t wait to find out I am so curious and excited for the next book I love my guys I love how they grow in their relationship I even love how they struggle and hurt with each other I love them So much I want the next book Now.

  4. says:

    Deception, Fate said Be on your guard You will be told a lie or you will fall in love with one, and you will follow it to the ends of the earth I ve read The Pedlar and the Bandit King years ago, right about when I started my entry into M M fiction In the almost three years since then, I ve revisited this book several times, I can say for certainty that this series still holds a dear place in my literary heart Yet for some reason of insanity, I haven t written a review So here s me, and my review Scarlet is a pedlar, and has been since fourteen With the wilding in his heart, his journey has brought him far and wide, but he always finds himself coming back to his hometown, Lysia, where other Hilurins dwell And it s on one particular journey back that he meets a giant of a man with amber skin and white hair leading a band of bandits.Kirby Crow has done something special with this book She creates a world that s experienced instead of told, and the overall picture is vibrant than one would expect at first It s normal to be confused when reading about the different races, locations and politics But as you read into this book and further into the series your understanding of this world universe will shape itself out to be something rather great While this series is what I would consider high fantasy, it s also romance To be honest, I haven t had much experience finding a book series that has a good combination of the two Usually, high fantasy very little, to no romance whatsoever But the gravity between Scarlet and Liall is beautiful There is no instalove here, but the relationship does develop over the whole book, and gets tested in future entries I prefer my romance that way, as it creates a multilayered relationship built from the ground up.Despite all my gushing and fanboying, I feel this book s greatest weakness is its pacing Don t get me wrong, I still love it But in retrospect, I realize that this whole book is nothing but a setup for things to come I didn t realize this during my first read through, but on subsequent ones, I did feel like I wished things would hurry along quicker Yet the patient part of me realizes that doing so would most likely damage the overall world building and characterization.So overall, if you like high fantasy, romance, and the start of something very intriguing, then look no further than The Pedlar and the Bandit King I just hope you all love Scarlet and Liall as much as I do.

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    Review edited on 27 2 2014Did not finish this book.Being gay, or accepting of queer people in general, is not an excuse for misogyny I say it when bloggers like Perez Hilton sexually harass an actress claiming I m gay so it s okay and I ll say it when a book is riddled with too much misogyny for my brain to process.It s one thing to enforce gender roles in a society inspired by our own It s another to create a society from scratch where polygamy is allowed, and each wife is essentially a slave Not even necessarily a sex slave, because this book apparently assumes every man is secretly gay and or homo leaning bisexual I guess women are inferior lovers on top of inferior beings, or something.Oh, and it s one of these books where the heteronormativity is still present, apparently Add the misogyny to that and the passive men in a same sex relationship are mocked as much as women I think one of the main characters is good because he only mocks him instead of outright calling him a non manly abomination Yeah no Thank you but no.Also, I really don t need to be told on every page that the characters are handsome.ETA I don t know why it took me so long to notice, but I haven t even mentioned the worst part about those two chapters The premise of the romance in this book is rape.I m not kidding Maybe it gets better later on, but when Scarlet and Liall first meet, Liall goes I want to fuck you, but I won t physically force you, so instead I ll prevent you from taking this road which means I m taking your livelihood from you.Rape is not just physically forcing yourself on someone Consent under pressure is not consent So this is rape.

  6. says:

    I found it hard to really get into the story at the beginning but, when Scarlet met the White Wolf, I got hooked and couldn t stop reading.It was predictable but yet so beautiful and remarkably memorable I really want to know what is going to happen next, you damn cliffhanger I LOVED IT

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    There s a reason why I waited to read this book I m stupid I am probably loving this book a bit than it s rationally justifiable, because there is something about the world Scarlet lives in that is eluding me and there are things about Scarlet s parents that weren t perfectly consistent, in my opinion, but when I re read it, I will probably clear my head about it I can t let go of this picture of Scarlet in my mind, of this slender, beautiful, brave, confused young man in the red coat, wearing out his socks and boots in walking, making small but significant trades, alone and proud in this cruel world, this rare and precious soul, reserved and chaste, but with a small flame of passion.Liall, the White Wolf, is mysterious Even when the story is in his point of view, he hides his secrets Like Scarlet s father says, he keeps them locked down in his heart and he might shatter anyone who tries to take a look at them Scarlet inspires trust in him and Liall begins to open himself to the young pedlar, recognizing a fellow soul, or possibly a mated soul I m looking forward to learning about Liall s past and the traditions of his land.When Scarlet and Liall first meet, the Wolf tries to exact a kiss as toll to cross a mountain pass For Liall the dare is just a joke to provoke the stern and pretty pedlar, but he doesn t take into consideration the problems it may cause to Scarlet Scarlet is too proud to accept, also because he thinks Liall is a sort of brute, a thief and a bandit and in his seriousness, instead of laughing off the joke, he offends Liall It was very interesting to see how they both regretted their behavior later, how the similar traits of their personality made them collide.There is a building and unresolved sexual tension in the book and it made every casual brush and touch incredibly significant The attraction Scarlet and Liall feel for each other frustrates them, but they both kindle it privately Liall does it with melancholy and remorse, it s an attraction tinged and molded in his past for Scarlet it s a promise for the future, a fearful aspiration he is afraid he ll regret to let go.If you like your books steamy, it might not be the book for you, but if you like to be swept away to another place, read it

  8. says:

    Just finished re reading and loved it as much as the first time, maybe even so, because the second time brings out the details that I didn t think significant before Moving onto book 2.

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    I m writing this review after I ve read Scarlet and the White Wolf for the third time To say I enjoyed this story even this last re read is an understatement.I loved Scarlet and his pride and Liall and his games The fact that both of them can t help but desire each other, even with Scarlet in denial, made the story all the better Especially since Scarlet has been searching for something for such a long time and doesn t realize until almost too late that Liall is what he s looking for.I loved the world that was created for this series It s so detailed and adventurous and I enjoy reading about it all I really love the fantasy aspect of it and the fact that it s not tainted by technology This is one of my favorite series and I m looking forward to re reading the rest of them Originally read 9 9 09 with a 4 star rating

  10. says:

    This is a clever, very loose, reinterpretation of the Red Riding Hood fairytale but with a young man named Scarlet as the lead character Like Little Red, Scarlet an odd name for man feels the lure of adventure, of breaking away from the home hearth to dare into dangers of the world And he meets his big bad wolf in the guise of a mysterious leader named Liall.I want this to be all about the beautiful Scarlet hooking up with the virile Liall, but the author insists on building a rich, compelling world full of tribal rivalry and maneuvering to set their romance against This is a journey of patience, not only for the innocent, almost asexual Scarlet or the determined Liall, but the reader as well There is a lot of information to keep track of and there is the whisper of Liall s mysterious background unfolding.I do like that the author doesn t take the easy way out with the romance Both Liall and Scarlet remain true to their characters throughout they must fight their way towards understanding and empathy There certainly is an attraction on Liall s part, but for Scarlet, it s a very slow, rather reluctant awakening I appreciate this build up even as I want , and want it sooner In the end, the story development and world building are fluid and quite wonderful This is a bit frustrating read at times, but the story is so strong and these two are left in such a place that I just have to keep reading on to the next book in the series To see how it all unfolds.

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