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Upon the Edge of a Knife  by Conquistadora 3 Review(s)
Eruanneth_LuinReviewed Chapter: 1 on 7/11/2006
Oh, Coriel, how beautifully you captured the essence of Man and Elf with their unbridgeable differences and startling similarities. Elven wisdom learned through centuries of practical experience is something brief mortal man cannot begin to fathom.

The unique feel of the two perspectives went from the hurried anxiety of Boromir to the accepting peace of Legolas. Even in the reading of it, the sense of divergent beings was subtly, but truly noted. You have a lovely gift.

Author Reply:
Thank you. ^_^
Interaction like this seems to be one of the litmus tests of character authenticity; I've always liked practicing it, hoping I could make it work the way it should. If I'm going to make a career of this sort of thing, it's good to know I'm getting the hang of it!

elliskaReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/21/2006
Great discussion of the reasoning for why they are on the quest rather than fighting at home. Of course I loved Thranduil's interjection into the story--that does seem so like him. And I enjoyed the internal conflict you showed us here--I love that sort of thing. (Sorry if this is less than coherent--I'm being a bad employee at work).

Author Reply:
Ooo, shame upon you. ;)

You know I can't write anything without at least mentioning Thranduil! ;D

French PonyReviewed Chapter: 1 on 6/20/2006
There is something definitely compelling about this. It's certainly a portrait of a Fellowship that hasn't quite jelled yet. Both Boromir and Legolas seem prickly and uncertain about each other, and it strikes me as a nice touch to see that. I also like the way Boromir is beginning to recognize the degrees of alien-ness in Elves -- some are wholly foreign, while others are more like him. He's beginning to see them as people rather than some monolithic bloc Other. Boromir's troubles and worries seem very realistic.

Author Reply:
I tried to imagine just what it would be like for this troop of very different people to suddenly be sharing such close society. It would certainly be an eye-opener for some of them.

Thanks for the review! ^_^

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