Oh my /gosh/. I just... I don't even have any words left in my brain. Is this real life?
Amanda, this was one of my most gorgeous things I have ever read in my entire life. And I've read other things of yours, and each time I am more and more impressed and pleased, but this is by and large my favorite. The tone I have come to associate with you, this beautiful and enviable delicacy and lightness, was above and beyond here, and I am just sitting here and letting this wrap around me. SO AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL.
Your recurring use of darkness was perfect -- I can't think of anything that could possibly be better. I mean, it's shadows, it's darkness, and while in itself it hold a certain elegance, you made it so lush and rich here that I literally got up and looked out the window, while your words were still running in my head, just to evoke what you'd written. It's things like that, your ability to see beauty in everything and convey it perfectly, that duly impress me.
I just literally cannot find the words for this. I am so blown away. The characterization of Bellatrix and Voldemort, the canon details about Horcruxes and the hiding of the cup. Bellatrix's emotions, the symbol of the darkness, her own thoughts. They were all so /spot on/. I literally cannot even tell you how much I loved this -- by and large, my favorite thing of yours to date. :)
Absolutely tops, Amanda. This was incredibly, wonderfully gorgeous, and it's going immediately into my favorites. SO much love for this. ♥
Author's Response: Jane! You are an angel. I was feeling really unsure about this piece, and to wake up to a review like this really cheers me up.
I'm so happy that you liked the tone and really felt yourself getting carried away with it. It's always nice for an author to hear that her work really pulls the reader in, as I'm sure you know. It's great to hear that you liked the imagery, as I did work very hard on it and I was worried that I tried too hard to put more of it into the story. Your compliments, though, suggest to me that it really was effective.
Oh, I'm so happy you liked the characterization! That was my real concern, as it seemed like the film noir aspect really clashed with canon more than I had expected. It's so wonderful to hear that you liked everything and that it all flowed together for you.
The fact that this made your favorites AND that you recc'd it over on the forums completely and totally makes my day. I simply can't thank you enough ♥