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Review:Whimsical Diva says:
Oh dear! That meeting was excruciating.

I don't know whether this has been mentioned before, but Gabriel reminds me a lot of Sirius. He might be a lot less of a heart-on-sleeve type as Sirius had been, but deep down there are a lot of similarities. I think this chapter also offers a lot of insight into why Gabe turned out to be the way he is, and it's sort of surprising he turned out as well-adjusted as he has. Pureblood families often get romanticised in fan-fiction, but from what JK has ever written about them, these old money types invariably come across as deeply unpleasant.

Though does Jen know about Gabe's plans of becoming a spy? It seems she does, but I don't remember reading about them having a conversation about it.

And Toby… oh well, he seems to have got the bit between his teeth. He's starting to come across as a tad Percy-esque now.

Anyway, I haven't been reviewing as frequently as I'd ideally like to, and I haven't reviewed Ignite yet, albeit it being my most favourite fix at the moment. Will certainly review it soonish.

Brilliant as usual.

Author's Response: An important thing to know/remember about Gabe is that he wasn't just being cute when he said he came back during the war for his friends. Not for higher principles or ideals, which is arguably what motivated Sirius. Without his visions, I imagine Gabe would be a good deal more selfish and a good deal more closed off. They forced a lot of empathy on him and drove him closer to first Tanith, then Jen. His family - his father - left a lot of marks on him, and yes, I am keen to avoid romanticising that sort of a household as fanfic likes to. This is one of two chapters in BTP which really get under the skin of Gabriel, and why is he how he is, so I'm glad this one came off well!

Jen does not know about the conversation with Daedalus. If it seems at all like she does, that's 'cos she's smart and knows SOMETHING is up, but she's not yet pushing on the matter. Trust me, that will be a talk I won't gloss over! Toby is being a wee bit obsessive. We should start digging under the surface more soon on his particular foibles, hopefully to demystify or de-Percyfy (though I like Percy!) him.

Hey, reviews are reviews, however frequent; thanks for taking the time to leave one! Glad to hear you're enjoying this, and glad to hear you're enjoying Ignite! Cheers!


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