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Review:TheHouseElf says:
Hey Susan! I've been wanting to read this fic for ages and have finally gotten around to doing so. I love the characterisation of Regulus. His story was briefly touched upon in Deathly Hallows, but in this one shot you paid tribute to the 'lesser' Black brother and really expanded on his emotions. I loved all the references to the tales of 'King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table' and other pieces of literature such as Hamlet. These really helped with Regulus' characterisation as for me it just emphasised how young he still was right before his death, and how he yearned for his own quest and his own glory.

I also liked the comparisons between Regulus and Sirius. Outwardly, their views are very different, Sirius being the rebellious Gryffindor, Regulus the obedient, perfect son. However, in this fic, you showed us how very similar they are, despite their words and their positions.

Your descriptions are glorious and vivid as ever. They flawlessly catapult the reader into Regulus' dark world. You even made the sea, which usually has the connotations of happiness and sunny weather, sound cruel and uninviting.

All in all, this was a masterpiece of a one shot and I truly enjoyed reading it!

Author's Response: This is a lovely surprise! Thank you very much for stopping by to read and review this story - it means even more to hear that you've been looking forward to reading it. :D

It's fantastic to hear that you like this portrayal of Regulus as well as the allusions to Arthurian legend. It seems like the kind of heroic past that Regulus would turn toward, seeking to embody the strength and nobility of the legendary knights. Yet it's something that's out of place in Regulus's world - there's no room for chivalrous knights. Instead, it's a world seeped in the kind of corruption that eventually consumes Arthur and the Round Table, and Regulus can't escape the fate of drowning (now that I think of it, the lake in the cave is a strange inversion of the lake from which Excalibur came - there's a "treasure" in each lake with immense power, and while the lake in legend is inhabited by the Lady of the Lake, the lake in the cave is filled with Inferi.

Wow, I wish I had noticed these things sooner! There are a lot of amazing connections here!

Thank you so much for the compliments - eek! I don't know what to say except to thank you for them. It's just fantastic to hear compliments about the style and descriptions in one of my stories. *hugs*


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