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Review:In The Shadows I Dwell says:
Wow, that is about the only word I can use to describe what I have just read, what a fantastically unique take on not only a personality switch, but in fact and entire life switch for both characters, never have I once imagined what their lives would be like if they had the other's life even slightly. But you've created such a vivid mental image of what this could quite possibly be like for the both of them, and with such insight into how their characters might be under these circumstances! I must say I loved James's appearance so early in the story, and I felt it was an interesting touch considering Lily is now a Pureblood witch. In fact there was very little at all (if anything) I could actually find to dislike about this story, it was beautifully written and I felt it flowed very nicely from perspective to perspective, without seeming at all forced.

I also loved the opening, moving from the House Elves to Snape's life, which really set the entire scene of the story and made me wonder about who actually writes all those letters and sends them out, because up until now I assumed it was McGonagall... But that seems like a little too much work for her now. I also felt it was the little details about this story that really added my continuing need to read on, I'm always one for detail and it was the small things like mentioning Snape's parents names (something that's often forgotten) in particular Eileen's background in potion making, it's the small details which make stories like these so amazing to read! Well done on creating an amazingly, do I dare say it... In character yet at the same time AU role reversal, it certainly isn't something easy to create as convincingly as you've done and it's truly marvellous to see it done so well!

Congratulations on winning the challenge, and I'll be back to review the next three chapters very soon!

- InTheShadowsIDwell

Author's Response: Wow! I'm so glad you liked the story, and I'm honored to have won the challenge! (It was quite a good challenge, I think.)

I'm happy to hear you liked the concept for the story. I worked hard to develop a parallel existence that would satisfy the requirements of the challenge but go beyond doing just a simple swap. Lily's pureblood nature will obviously be important when she joins the Death Eaters, though I am sorry to mention that James will not play a role in the story beyond this point. I think I could have written an entirely separate tale by giving him a larger role, but alas, my muse led me in a different direction :)

I'm so pleased you liked the detail! I also love when authors include little details, and writing about Eileen's little creations was one of my favorite parts. And I loved writing the beginning as well. A lot definitely goes into the process of acceptance at Hogwarts!

I appreciate your thoughtful review and look forward to receiving the rest of them! :)

academica


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