Hi there! I'm finally here for your requested review from forever ago, and I'm so sorry for taking this long! RL has just gotten crazy lately, but I'm here now and read through your first two chapters, which were very enjoyable so far!
I like the original premise for the story: how it's postwar, but not focusing about the Weasleys or Dramione, but simply Draco as a young man trying to make his way in the postwar climate. I wasn't sure at first about him as an Auror, but of course his future really is open-ended and I think you wrote him into that role quite well. He still retains some of the darkness and snobbery of the Draco from Hogwarts, but is also more refined and purposeful, and committed to his relationship and career. But I loved how his history as a Death Eater made him useful to the Auror department as well. I really enjoyed your characterization of him, especially when he was interrogating Anaxandra; it fit well with this new, more controlled and mature Draco.
Anaxandra seems very interesting and unique as an OC as well, and I'm very curious to find out more about her! The scene in the first chapter was so vivid and heartbreaking, especially when she heard her little sister scream. Although I did notice that her sister's body wasn't mentioned in the Auror report.. hmm. Assuming that the report at the beginning is actually about Anaxandra's family, since their last names are different, and presumably if the Ministry was unable to identify Anaxandra then probably her parents wouldn't have been on record either, right? Anyway, you've got me asking lots of questions, which is always a good thing! :)
The whole "Hunter" idea is very intriguing as well. I wonder, will it be revealed the role the family would have played in the war? I thought at first that the people who attacked the family might have been these creatures who they hunt taking revenge, and since I tend to think of goblins and werewolves as "good guys" relatively in HP I'm curious about how Ana's work will be received and if it will turn out that she's been deluded into hunting these creatures who aren't always dangerous! Again, lots of questions, which is great! :P
In your request you were concerned about losing readers, and if the plot is interesting enough. So far I think it's very intruiging and individual, and I'm certainly curious to read on and find out more about the mysteries of Anaxandra and the postwar HP world which you are creating. This is such a wonderful start, and I hope this long delay hasnít scared you off re-requesting! :) I promise to be faster next time, and really look forward to reading on in your brilliant story.
Author's Response: Oh, thank you very much! I understand about craziness IRL, so don't worry. I'm glad you like this chapter. I was very focused on making a different world from what I've read. I tried to make Draco the Auror something that could be very plausible, so I'm glad that Draco still seems very Malfoy, but not too Malfoy.
Anaxandra is... kind of a complicated character. Very fun to write, but complicated.
I've gotten a couple of people asking if that report is her family, and it is not lol. I didn't really think about that. But the case file in there is solely there for getting an insight into Draco's changed personality.
I am definitely formulating more and more new ideas about the Hunters as time goes on and the story evolves. It's going where I want it to go, but there have been a few changes here and there.
It hasn't scared me off, lol. Thank you very much again! I know it takes a lot effort to take time out of your day and review stories you don't know if they're terrible or great. Anyways! Thank you again, and I'll be sure to re-request! :)