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Review:lia_2390 says:
Hey Susan, this is one of (hopefully) many reviews you will get for this story - for the TGS review exchange. I'm so sorry you never got yours (even after all this time). So we're trying to correct that for everyone on that list.

I started to read this a while ago, and I can honestly never get bored with it. There are so many themes you've created while writing this story and I don't think I can get to all of them in this review alone! I'll be reviewing as I read so bear with me.

In this chapter so far, you've given us some back story about Helen Black. Other than the main conflict from chapter one, there are others to be discussed as the story continues. For one, it's the 1920s, she's an unmarried woman in a strange place, and she's broke. Did I mention it was the 1920s? It fits though. It's after the war - not one as catastrophic as the other which will come 15 or so years later - but women had to advance themselves since men were absent or too injured to do it. I think she's awesome.

Helen is hilarious. The narrative is very witty and reminds me of a Jane Austen heroine that you're channelling.

Ah Moody. Why must you be so muscular and persistent? And an American farm boy? For me, this is a case of where fandoms collide, and it's a joy for you to bring both of them together. HP and The Mummy. I think I mentioned this in an earlier review. If only Helen was with her brother…I hope you have a sidekick written in. I also love the historical aspect of this fic. A rather prolific one at that.

I love how you're able to transition from a seemingly light-hearted tone to one that makes the reader unsettled. Definitely a sign of what is to come, because Helen's wit and Moody's persistence would not be enough :P

Oh...and of course Helen happens to look like
Ankhesenamun. ..of course.


This fic has so many things! Ahhh! I'm sorry I could not find anything constructive to say :( But I've enjoyed this a great deal :)

Lia

Author's Response: This is a wonderful surprise! Thank you very much, Lia, for taking the time to review this story - and so many chapters of it too! I can't express how much it means. ^_^

You've captured the time period in a nutshell. It feels like it should be the complete opposite of the period described in the prologue, but at the core of both stories, Helen and the princess aren't that different - they both have this powerful dynastic history behind them, yet they look onto a bleak future. They're still confined by patriarchal structures, which leads the princess into an unwanted marriage with the wizard and Helen into poverty (and she herself barely escaped an unwanted marriage). Hopefully I'll be able to do more with these parallels as their two worlds collide.

Haha, yes, how could I help being inspired by "The Mummy"? XD It's actually more of an influence than I thought - I didn't even notice those connections!

Thank you again for reading and reviewing this story! I hope that you enjoy the rest. :D


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