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Review:CambAngst says:
Hi, Kiana! I've been meaning to read this for a while. I love a good story about the Black sisters. Their life is like a completely twisted fairy tale.

Ah, so Andromeda was meant to be betrothed to Lucius in your imagining of things. I like the idea, actually. With his pureblood bigotry, he's definitely the type that would have eventually driven her away no matter what. Here, however, he seems so small and helpless. Frightened out of his wits, really, which is probably how I would have been at that age if my mom had taken me to visit people who decorate their home with house elf taxidermy.

Apart from Bella who is a lost cause. Father often says that about Bella. -- That line cracked me up. In general, I love the sense of humor you've given Andromeda. It's age-appropriate and really very clever. Also dry, which I think is a perfect match for the middle daughter of the hopelessly screwed up and Ancient House of Black.

Poor little Cissy! I felt the worst for her out of anyone. One of the things I loved best about the books was the moment in Half-Blood Prince when she emerged from the shadow of her family and stood up to Bella. That moment is obviously many years away at this point, but she at least has the intellectual curiosity to challenge her mad oldest sister.

I'm assuming that Bella has already started Hogwarts at this point. She's definitely already developing a bad case of the crazy. I can't wait to see her more directly through Andromeda's eyes.

Awesome start to the story! I shall soon return to see more!

Author's Response: Hi Dan! I know what you mean about the Black sisters having this sort of ethereal draw to them, almost as if their life isn't really real.

Oh good! I was a little worried the whole Andromeda/Lucius thing was a little unorthodox but I couldn't help but throw it in so to show the way marriage works in these circles. I really liked showing this sort of helpless side to Lucius here. He always seemed to be clinging on to something in the books, as if he's trying to hide his former side and it worked out like this.

Haha, writing pureblood humour was a ton of fun! I often wonder whether they would have a sense of humour which wasn't related to muggleborns dying or whatever, so trying to incorporate it into here was a challenge.

I know what you mean about the HBP moment, it sort of defined her character in such a shocking way which was followed through in DH when she lied about Harry being dead, and I really tried to show this building strength and anger in her throughout this story.

Yes, she had just started (well, that's what I was imagining). She doesn't actually feature directly in the stories after this one but her presence continues to impact upon everything!

Thanks for such an amazing review!

-Kiana


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