I figured since you were reviewing a Christmas story of mine, this was the appropriate piece of select of yours, and we could come full circle. This was fueled more, too, by the fact that I saw it was a Hermione/Krum story. I have a secret -- not love, per se, but admiration, for this ship, and I know that you've written some really good things in the past. If anyone could do this well, you could, and my intuition was well-founded!
Your imagery was absolutely gorgeous -- from the first paragraph, you had me drooling, and that expectation did not wane as the story progressed. My absolute favorite was the description of the grass and the dew, and it seems like such a small thing, but that was an extremely beautiful way to describe something so common and everyday. I just... It blew me away.
Viktor's emotions are so lovely, poor man. I just want to give him a hug. ♥ One of the most accurate representations of devotion I've ever read here, because it just translates as so pure and real. He can remember every detail about Hermione, and he treasures the mere way she writes his name, and it almost makes me want to ship Hermione/Krum. Like this line:
He may be miles from her, but he would stand strong where he was, extending her the tiniest of courtesies: he was resolved never to act against her, never to hurt her.
I /adored/ that -- it speaks volumes without taking volumes to say it. It's so lovely. This is rambling now, but it's all just beautiful, gorgeous writing.
You can definitely expect me back here at your author's page -- a couple of your banners featured Snape, and I'm such a huge fan of Snape that I was actually mourning the fact they weren't one-shots. But that just means I can snuggle deeper into your writing later, and I'm actually really excited for the chance to do so! You are a fantastic writer, Amanda -- never stop using this gift. :3 Thanks for giving me the opportunity to drop by!
Author's Response: How do I even respond to this?!? Oh MY. I have received some flattering reviews in my day, but this one... Jane, you're too much. TOO MUCH.
The imagery! I love imagery, and I'm so happy that I did it justice here. I always try to put a decent effort into setting the scene by focusing on little details, like the shadows and grass, and weaving them into the entrance of the main character and the beginning of the plot.
Hermione/Krum is so underloved, but I think it's a really adorable ship, and I'm glad you admire it. I'm pleased as pudding to hear that I executed the emotion well. People don't tend to think of Viktor as an emotional being, but he was obviously a bit sentimental about Hermione, and I can easily imagine him rushing in to save the day with his strength.
You know, for being such a huge fan, my Snape work is not what I would consider my best. "A Tale of Two Princes" and "Disgusted" are both rather maudlin compared to my more recent stuff, though "At Great Personal Risk" isn't too bad, if I do say so myself. Also, if you're still in the Christmas spirit, you might check out "Belief". It's a Lily/James piece with a similar sort of feel to this one.
THANK YOU! I know I've probably already said this, but this review made my day :)