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Review:Aspiraine says:
This was absolutely amazing. I'm beyond gleeful that you continued this story.
(copied from ffic. net)

It seems ffic. net isn't forwarding my messages back so I did not see any indication this had been updated past chapter 1. Please take my ever enthusiastic (and possibly annoying) goading to continue.


So far, this third installment has been extremely emotionally gratifying. Although considerably dark, all of the deaths and bad events have been in a way, required by your driving of this powerful plot.

I love how this story is weaving the whole tale of the war out so fantastically as a side story to the main canon. Considering all the foreign implications and the description of life during the war was an absolutely inspired tactic.

Poor poor Tanith. She held up so strongly until news of Tobias' death, which I believe you did amazingly right in showing her breakdown. Your illustration of her knack of keeping everything within herself is so well done. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love your characterization of her. There is such a beauty in her resilience.

Your scenes are absolutely colorful and full of imagined detail. I can't remember exactly what you describe but I could see totally clearly the whole scene of Ritter's corpse in the Ministry unfolding in my mind's eye as clearly as if it was a movie screen in front of me.

The scenes of Tobias are equally well done. The parts in Russia are done so well that they feel totally necessary towards the plot and also exceedingly well done in how brilliantly vivid they are.

I really like your fleshing out of Gabriel and Cal's story. It makes them feel more rounded out. They are the two characters I have a harder time understanding emotionally or being empathetic towards.

The muggle David was rather interesting. I was kind of hoping to see it go more places emotionally though. While I understand how Tanith's personality makes that difficult I think it would have done well to also see how she let off some of that steam.

On that note, I'm going to end this. I do not have a way with words... but I do with music. I've been looking for a title for an arrangement of one of my own pieces. The original was called "A Brilliant Resilience". This arrangement, if you don't mind, I would like to be an homage to your writing. "Tanith"

Aspiraine

Author's Response: (also copied from ffdotnet, 'cos bugger that site's reliability)

The good news is that I have finished writing the story. Clocking in at 44 chapters there's still a long way to go, and I intend to release updates on a regular basis! I am also working on a post-war piece to wrap up the loose ends which would make for a rather rambling epilogue but would stand alone fairly well. So there's plenty more to come, and it should come swiftly and regularly.

I am immensely gratified at your feedback. It's great to know my work's enjoyed, and it's great to know the emotions I'm aiming to evoke are, in fact, evoked. While originally I could claim Tobias to be the protagonist of the Anguis series, I think FTS is more Tanith's story than anyone else's, considering this is a tale intending to embrace and explore the canon which Deathly Hallows didn't and couldn't, and she's the one standing at the front lines of that canon. As such, that her emotional journey is one people can appreciate is important. As for the others, Gabe and Cal (especially Cal) suffered somewhat in my plotting, but Gabe's story will only grow and develop from here, and Cal is by no means out for the count. I hope the story to come with those two satisfies. On the matter of David, the emotional impact he's going to have on the story in general and Tanith in particular is not over, one way or another. Watch this space.

I can't say much more, really, than thank you! It's a great thing to wake up to such an in-depth and appreciative review. As for your request, I am utterly flattered and would be truly honoured if you wished to name an arrangement for Tanith. Brilliantly resilient indeed. My only request would be that I have a chance to hear it!

Many thanks for reviewing,
~ Slide


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