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Review:Lululuna says:
Hi there! :) I'm here for your requested review, and very sorry about the delay!

This is such a great start to a story, and I really like the approach you're taking to Regulus. I only ever seem to see him crop up in fan fiction as the damaged love interest or antagonist to Sirius, and it's really interesting to see what it would have been like as a young man joining the DEs. It's great that you're branching out from your usual genre- you write youthful, entertaining stories so wonderfully, but I'm excited to see how this darker novel turns out.

I really like the little details that characterize Reg- like when he's annoyed that he has to scramble to keep up with Bellatrix, it gives him more humanity and shows how he doesn't really fit well into this world. I loved the descriptions of Dolohov as well, and how his breath smelt horrible - it was a gruesome image but set him up well as an antagonistic character.

I'm also curious to see how his relationships with his cousins will be revealed and develop. Narcissa here seems quite afraid, in comparison to Bellatrix's habitual crazy, and I wonder if she will prove a friend to Reg or feel it best to lie low.

The memory of killing the Muggle woman was horrible: really, really poignant. It made me dislike Regulus, a little, for no matter what fears and doubts he may be harbouring he's still quite weak in my eyes, at least at this point, and he got himself into the situation of becoming a DE. But it also suggests that he might be able to change.

Regulus' self-doubt and inner turmoil was very believable, and the door swinging open as if they knew he was there was so creepy, and very typical of the DEs.

I'm excited to learn more about what exactly motivates him to become a Death Eater, and what kind of trials and horrors he will have to live through. His story is so tragic in that it ends when he's so young and inexperienced, and how he has the potential to be a kind of anti-hero. All we really know about him from canon is how Sirius talked and how he wrote that note to Voldy featured in your summary, so I'm curious to see how he'll find out about the Horcruxes and decide to be brave and take a stand to destroy them.

This is a wonderful beginning, and feel free to re-request! :)

Author's Response: No problemo!

I definitely find writing the more youthful light-hearted stories a lot easier - more of a way to relax. So this is definitely more of a challenge, but I'm already enjoying writing it!

Regulus is definitely a little unlikeable and definitely a slightly weak character. I don't think he'd be Regulus without these qualities but I definitely want to explore the more positive sides of his character!

Thank you for the great review!


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