Reviewer: Zdenka (Signed)
08/02/16 - 03:38 pm
I've been meaning to comment on this for a while now. This story is suitably creepy and horrifying--it gives me chills. And sad, too--I hadn't thought about the implications of the Barrow-wights for the people living (and burying their dead) on the edge of the Barrow Downs.
I always enjoy reading your Aragorn and seeing more of Nethril and the other Dunedain.
Reviewer: Independence1776 (Signed)
04/27/16 - 03:55 pm
Wow! This is an utterly riveting story that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I love the adventure and the horror, horror that is even worse than what the Hobbits faced due to the characters' connections with their dead (especially Arathorn!). Utterly fantastic.
Reviewer: pandemonium_213 (Signed)
04/01/16 - 06:47 am
Really an excellent read! As noted previously, you write action sequences so well. These are breath-taking and move along at good clip, pulling the reader deep into the action. The story is so atmospheric, too...the mists, the light. Speaking of atmospheric, I listened to Wardruna while reading this...made for a complementary soundtrack in my opinion.
And Gandalf! Loved his initial meeting with Nethril and Aragorn. Very much in character with his unannounced comings and goings. His arrival in the nick of time when the band of wights is approaching the village is perfect (also part of an excellent action sequence), and I deeply appreciate his words of power.
Poor Adanel! That is supremely unsettling - that a malevolent spirit took possession of Arathorn's remains. Your whole conceptualization of the barrow wights is great - that they are corrupted Maiar and that unlike the shambling undead of The Walking Dead or Shaun of the Dead, these animated corpses are much more agile and fast.
You capture Nethril's feeling of dread effectively. Additionally, you're showing that not only does she have cause for dread from the wights, but also her worries for Finnael. I think the two fronts of stress work very well together, and I'm glad you retained that subplot. Nethril is a wonderful character, wholly in her own right, but it's also neat to see the canon characters, e.g., Aragorn and Gandalf, through her eyes. Little Mercy is an excellent addition to your compendium on the women of the Dúnedain and further develops Nethril's story and overall character. Well done!
Reviewer: curiouswombat (Signed)
03/31/16 - 12:05 pm
Excellently scary and unsettling, whilst giving us insights in to Aragorn's development as well as Nethril's.
Interesting, too, to see both the relationship between Gandalf and Lady Adanel, and the Lady as fallible; I hope she recovers well from this shck, though.
Thank you so much! I have hopes that Adanel will recover in time--I felt bad for putting her through the wringer, here :(