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Review:Roots in Water says:
It's Roots in Water here with your review to thank you for reviewing the podcasts!

I really liked this story, especially since it was centered around Regulus. I've always liked him as a minor character and there aren't too many stories written about him. And I loved your summary- it does a beautiful job of summarizing Regulus' life. Second to Sirius before he left, unable to truly live up to his parents' hopes and dreams after he left. And the disaster that became of his joining the Death Eaters...

Regulus' fascination with the knights and tales of glory of the past was very interesting and I liked how you weaved it into the story. His disappointment when his first opportunity for a quest (a quest!) was taken away from him was very real. As well, I liked how he based many of his decisions off of the morals of his beloved tales. He could justify his crying because even his heroes cried.

I also liked how you weaved his story through one moment of his life- his death. It was a little confusing at times, to try and figure out what he was remembering and what was currently happening, but I really liked the off sense it gave the story, as though Regulus wasn't quite sane.

I really liked this line: "The Dark Lord would never see that immortality could only exist in death". There was a definite sense of beauty in this idea, as well as truthfulness.

As well, I really liked the way in which you described Sirius- it did a great job of capturing him in only a few words.

All in all, I really liked this one-shot and I'm glad that I chose to read it! You did such a great job with the characterization of Regulus!

Author's Response: Thank you very much for reviewing this! It's lovely of you all to volunteer reviews - I'm thankful for the time you've taken to write up such an excellent one, too! :D

It's great to find another fan of Regulus - I don't know why more people don't write about him, though he does appear from time to time in fanfiction (there was even a short time when Regulus/OC became popular). It's not so much that one can do a lot with his character, but the things he did in his short life are the stuff of great fiction, particularly great tragedy. What were his motives? What did he think about his brother, the Death Eaters, the war? What was it like for him to grow up with all of those things going on around him? I wish I could write more about him.

You're not the first person to mention that moment of disappointment, and it's wonderful that it sounded realistic. It's that significant moment between childhood and adulthood, and although I didn't intend for that moment to be the turning point of the story, that's what it ended up being - that moment when Regulus's world begins to crumble around him, and he's forced to step back and reconsider everything he thought to be true, only to discover that it was a lie. But it's reality that betrays him, not the dreams, and that's why he wraps himself within them - at the end, they are his only protection, something for him to believe in. That's a lot more depth than I ever thought I could get from this story, and I'm amazed at how all the pieces came together like that. :)

I'll stop rambling and thank you again for taking the time to read and review! It means a lot that you enjoyed this story, confusing as it is, and that you think highly of its portrayal of Regulus. :D


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