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Starlight at Eventide  by Ariel 7 Review(s)
EstëReviewed Chapter: 6 on 2/17/2006
This was a powerful scene – I sensed all the emotions they were going through.

This gets better and better.

Author Reply: *Wags tail*

Oh, I am glad. I worked very hard to get the right tone to that scene. I am glad you thought it worked.

aprilkatReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/31/2006
What a loving frank conversation between two mature people. Well handled!

Author Reply:
Thank you! I couldn't see folks I liked as much as I do Tolkien's hobbits having anything less. ;)

InklingReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/30/2006
Gosh, I wish I could get my sons to obey me like that, LOL!

Back to the gender dynamics issue, your women in this story are all so wonderfully strong…Esmeralda laughing at her worrywort son and capable of running Brandy Hall in her sleep, and Estella in this marvelous scene. The closing lines were breathtaking!

Actually, the old fellow has been on my mind lately. Would you believe I have two bunnies for him? I can't wait to find the time to actually write them up.

Oh goody! I eagerly await them…in fact, let me know if there’s anything I can do to hasten their arrival—beta help, etc.

Author Reply: Gosh, I wish I could get my sons to obey me like that, LOL!


You do note the 'fantasy' element of this tale? Hehehe!

And thank you for your comment about strong women. I see so few of us written really strong, not caricatured or Mary Sue'd, that I really enjoy writing them. I like 'us' and enjoy writing us strong.

And I may take you up on the beta offer. I dislike overloading any one beta and there aren't many who'll willingly beta racy material. You got yourself a deal, friend!

lovethosehobbitsReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/30/2006
Marvelous! You write so beautifully, I always look forward to another update.

Author Reply:
Then I will happily provide them! And thank you for updating your fic on rpf - I haven't been able to find a moment to read it yet, but the first moment I get to myself... ;)

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/30/2006
Oh my! My heart goes out to both of them, and yet in a way, I envy them, for they now have an adventure ahead of them in re-discovering the depths of their love, and in kindling a new passion which will be even fiercer for the trials they have endured.

Do you know what I like best about this chapter? It is the frank and open honesty between your characters--exactly what I would expect of them, and yet what few authors grant. In most "romance" (in the modern sense) fics, such a trial would be extended on for several chapters of angst, while each of the principals misunderstood, got things wrong, indulged in hurt feelings, etc. But that is just not realistic. I am sorry to say that, for it is a convention of most fiction, but for a couple truly in love, the effort to communicate will be there, and to load it up with all sorts of artificial misunderstandings and half-truths just for the sake of a bit of conflict is, at best, soap opera-ish.

I find myself looking forward greatly to the visit of Aragorn. I think good old Strider will have some words of wisdom for his dear friend, and perhaps some other sorts of help as well--the hands of the King, you know.

Thank you for a mature and adult story--in the *true* sense of the word.

Author Reply:
Oh, I couldn't agree with you more about modern 'romance'. Honestly, isn't there enough real conflict, real emotional turmoil that you can write about rather than artificially inventing some? It never reads as true as what you could actually experience.

Thank you for a mature and adult story--in the *true* sense of the word.

And thank YOU for that. I probably bore the under 25 crowd (the majority of fanfic readers) with this kind of work, but I write what I know and am interested in. It does my heart good to know there are a few mature readers out there who are reading and appreciate it.

harrowcatReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/30/2006
She nodded and smiled, but her mind was no longer on his words. Her eyes fixed piercingly on him and Merry felt a sudden strange thrill, as if he was seeing into a room of her being that she had never before held open to him. It was vast and strange and within it he felt he would be as a feather at the mercy of a mighty wind.

Well there is an adventure waiting to happen isn't it? And, of course, a visit from and with the King isn't going to hurt at all either!

Great chapter Ariel.

Author Reply:
The King's visit will be very timely indeed. An adventure? LOL! Well, they have some exploring to do, that is certain.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/30/2006
The Lady lives in this Hobbitess, I see. At least he's being honest, which assists both, if he'll let go his fears.

Author Reply:
Yes, indeed, though I would argue she lives in all women, but few of us look for her.


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