|Review:||Pacific Wizard says:|
Eldy: Brilliant, just brilliant. You have a magnificent plot and subplots, your characterizations were perfect and I love the banter and the humor. You tied up a lot of loose-ends and opened up the main concern for everyone: HARRY. He's living way out on the edge. Anymore and I think even Ginny and Hermione will start to balk and seriously rebel. Thank goodness for the link but that won't save a marriage or relationship. I really liked what the Warden said to Harry at Azkaban. It was very telling and Harry needs to heed the warnings. Harry should realize what he means to those that love him. All the victories, awards, money, recognition, etc..., mean nothing to them if he is not around. Ginny, Hermione and Ron will never attain the happiness they deserve without Harry in their lives. As always, Reckless Git and Dangerous Ponce were hilarious.
You are the man. Your stories are amazing and you take us on these incredible rides with your stories. Thank you for your talent and creativity. Well done. PW
Author's Response: Hey PW!
When I get a review like this, I can't help but feel like all the work that goes into my story telling is worthwhile. It seems that everything I was trying to accomplish in this tale got done. That is extremely satisfying.
Dealing with the wand-lock, the two-wand dueling and the origin of Disgorgio were all things that I wanted to wrap up. But (and you hit it right on the head), I felt I desperately needed to underscore just how worn Harry is by this time in his life. Although I felt I touched on this a bit in Pitch and, to a lesser degree, in the Proposal, the tone of those tales just wasn't quite "dark" enough to properly lead into "Crusade." I needed a bridge from the relative happiness of my pre Crusade world, to the thousand-yard stare mess that Harry expounds upon during his talk with Ron by Dobby's grave in Crusade.
You caught that and it is exceptionally gratifying.
RG and DP is a flourish I wish I'd come up with when I was writing Crusade because its one of my favorites. So much so that I have re-written Hermione and Ginny's talk on the beach in Chapter 3 of Crusade to have them refer to their wizards with these nicknames. I just thought it was vital enough to warrant a ret-con.
Once again, I must thank you for all the praise. I always look forward to getting reviews from you.
P.S. Ah, one final thing. Due to HORRID real life pressures and the untimely passing of siledubghlase, I've had to stop betaing for a number of authors.
Lillygreeneyes (author of "In The Heart of the Battle") was, unfortunately, one of those that I had to abandon. And I feel wretched about it. However, I recommended to her that I thought you would make an amazing beta. She wholeheartedly agreed and asked me, the next time you leave me a review, to pass on her request to you. If you're interested, let her know in a review response and I'm sure you two can find a way to correspond directly either through personal messages at the forums, or via emai.
Keep in mind, the ToS doesn't allow review and responses SOLELY for chit chat, so I'd caution that you make sure to leave a regular review, with a note similar to this one when you contact her.