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The Brink  by Aldwen 6 Review(s)
perellethReviewed Chapter: 6 on 7/20/2021
Despite all it is comforting to still see traces of who they used to be. This is beautifully written, thanks.

Author Reply: I am glad you like it! Thank you!

RenataReviewed Chapter: 6 on 5/31/2021
...and here we also see how strongly the Sea calls Elros, how strongly learning and lore call Elrond, and that the parting of the twins was inevitable.

A lovely ending with the resurrection of hope in Maglor to at least do some good, and with Maedhros softening towards the boys.

Thanks for another wonderful story.

Author Reply: Thank you so much for reviewing! I am very glad you enjoyed it!

EllynnReviewed Chapter: 6 on 5/31/2021
One of the great benefits of being a beta is getting to read the story first, before everybody else! :D
I really enjoyed reading this (as you already know), and I'm looking forward to read something new - be it Maglor, Celebrimbor or somebody new.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! :)
Something new is in progress. ;) Not sure how much time it will take though; the next few weeks are quite demanding.

RenataReviewed Chapter: 5 on 5/29/2021
Another wonderful chapter!

How interesting that Elrond is already operating in the Gift of Foresight at such a young age.

You did a marvelous job portraying Maglor's stew of emotions as he persuaded the twins to come with him and Maedhros. If it is this bad for him now, I can only imagine the future moments of reckoning - first, when the boys realize that their parents are never returning, and ultimately, when the learn the full truth of what happened in Sirion.

I can't say that I will ever really come to like Maedhros, though I do very much sympathize with, and am coming to like, Maglor.

Author Reply: Thank you so much! Yes, I thought it would be interesting to bring in Elrond's foresight. At this age those around him would think of that as only of dreams and imaginings, but the readers, of course, would know better.

A part of the compliment about Maglor's emotions actually goes to Ellynn who beta-read this story. :) It was slightly less cruel in the beginning, but she persuaded me to torment poor Maglor a bit more. :D

The eldest sons of Feanor are very interesting to write - there is something of their characters sketched in in Tolkien's works, but enough blank space to have sufficient room for imagination.

The moment of twins learning the truth will be a very bad moment. It will come in another story.:)

RenataReviewed Chapter: 3 on 5/25/2021
Another lovely chapter.

Poor Maglor; I can imagine his despair at the thought that maybe he had lost his music. I am glad that he quickly found it again.

Interesting take on Maedhros' power of words - but then I think we saw a glimpse of that in another story of yours.

Poor Elrond and Elros; tomorrow is not going to be a good day for them, nor for Maglor and the rest of the camp. I have to wonder how the truth (hopefully they will get the truth, if maybe not all of it) will be presented to them.

Author Reply: Thank you!

I think, the image of Maedhros as a storyteller comes from a combination of two facts: I really, really like the idea of storytelling, and he is one of my favourite characters of "The Silmarillion". :)

RenataReviewed Chapter: 1 on 5/21/2021
I am so glad to see another story from you, so quickly. And what a wonderful start! You describe the natural world so well, that I could almost feel myself on the cliff with Maglor, and then down on the beach with the tide coming in, and then back atop the cliff again, with the grasses.

I am looking forward to the rest of the story, and seeing how Elrond and Elros work themselves into Maglor's (and his brother's?) heart.

Author Reply: Thank you so much for the review! I am glad you like the beginning! :)

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