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Review:forsakenphoenix says:
I think I read this before but never reviewed - something that will be remedied immediately.

I've always adored everything that I've read by you and this is no exception. There's something dark and beautiful about this story, much like Bellatrix herself. Your descriptions, as always, are perfect. The beginning was gorgeous and very...bewitching. I'm not sure how else to describe it. There was something magical in her word you choose - Bella's "silver cries" and the scene you set for the moment that is never talked about. I can picture everything very vividly and Bellatrix's emotions are so palpable.

I think Lucius's anger with Bellatrix is expected - she's calling out for another man that isn't him. That anger carries on when she tells him she's pregnant. You mention Cissy so very little in this, but the few words we read from Bella's point of view reveal a lot about her thoughts regarding her sister - that she's weak and fearful, not fit to be in the service of the Dark Lord.

It's a clever way to bring Draco into the world - having him be from the other Black sister, born from a night of passion. I thought it was very fitting of Bella's personality to leave Lucius to the wolves, leaving him to tell Cissy how he got her sister pregnant with the child that they were to raise as their own.

Bella's thoughts during Azkaban are chilling and slightly maddening. You can see how she's falling apart, revealing her downfall piece by piece but she still clings to her loyalty to Voldemort, and that keeps her somewhat sane until Azkaban falls and she's able to escape to continue serving the only man she really seems to care for.

Finally meeting Draco was another eye-opener. Interesting how she hates and hurts that Draco is afraid of her. I would have thought she wouldn't care, but I can see how there's some sort of maternal connection, no matter how much exposure they've had to each other. She gave birth to him and having him frightened of her is probably very hurtful, but obviously Draco's feelings for her are nothing compared to what the Dark Lord thinks of her - that would kill her. Very interesting.

I love love love the line: "...the boy who is no son of hers." I don't know why - it says a lot about both Draco and Bella in so few words; it makes a very powerful statement, I think, that she still holds expectations of Draco being her son and when he doesn't meet them, she can't stand the thought of him ever belonging to her.

The last line really ties everything together - the final stage of Bella's descent into insanity, really. It's beautifully written as she gives up everything to the madness raging inside her.

Such a wonderfully well-written exploration of Bella's character with a most unusual plot twist.

Author's Response: Oh! You are so lovely! I value your opinion because your own stories are wonderfully put together no matter what you're writing so everything you've written in this review is being taken to heart!

Literally everything you've commented upon is exactly what I meant to communicate, especially with the line "...the boy who is no son of hers" - you've nailed it! I feel like there's some Bella-connection here or something. Spooky :)

Thank you so much!


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