Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, how have I possibly missed this?! How have I not seen this before? Because, like, Tudors and medieval England is my thing - gah, I studied it, I love it, I read all the fiction about it! - and this is so amazing...
So yeah, I'm so so glad I've finally found/got a chance to read this - expect it to be added to my reading list and a favourite soon enough ;)
I loved the first section, I have to say that first. With time, and all that jazz, the talking about the map fo time, the way you described it almost like a tapestry or a piece of spun silk... such a beautiful, lovely metaphor! And the way, like how JKR did with Death in the Tale of the Three Brothers, you characterised Time, made him alive and person-like, gave him a personality and the capacity to feel emotion - hatred, spite, etc. Such a lovely addition! :)
I love the idea that Rose is suffering from going back in time, that she's, effectively, dying because of it, but she doesn't really regret it. It's such a powerful start (and end, I guess, in a way) for her and says so much about what happened and how she felt about it... she's such a wonderful character so far - a criminal, dying, still desperately in love, almost hopeless, clever... such a unique bunch of traits! I don't think I've seen a character quite like her before.
So, the king... Richard III... I'm so curious as to why you chose him. I mean, I think he's pretty fascinating (even more so since his body was discovered! - I'm guessing that's why you mentioned Leicester University? :P), but he's not known as a popular king... still, that just makes him more fascinating. I love the idea that somehow he fell in love with Rose, because she would have been a complete stranger in that era, no idea how to manage it, and, gah, I'm just so curious! :) I loved the little details of the time, as well, with the ermine over his shoulders and the doublets and things... so good! :)
Just as an fyi - I'm pretty hot on all the historical events around that time, peerage at the time, etc. so if you need anything to do with that, feel free to pm me and I'll help as best I can! :)
This is an incredibly unique idea and I love it already. I'm definitely going to come back to this and read on at a later date - favourite and reading list, for sure! Because I'm just going to have to finish this story - you've completely hooked me! :)
I love this. Seriously.
Author's Response: Hello! :)
Yay, another history lover! :D I'm so glad you got a chance to come check this out, it's so exciting to hear from others interested in medieval England. :)
I'm glad you liked it! I really loved writing it and imagining what it might be like to see Time. I really loved that metaphor as well so I'm really glad you commented on it. I felt that in a time travel story, it's all pretty unbelievable anyway, so throwing in Time as a character would help with the fantastic quality to it.
Yes! Rose has to pay a price for her actions, and I felt like it was important to play around with the timeline throughout the story even if it gets a little confusing. :P It really means a lot to hear you like her character so far - of course, she still has a long way to go before getting to that point, but I do love writing her so much.
Haha yes, good picking up on Leicester University there. :P I'm not really sure what draws him to me either, I suppose because he's so infamous and controversial that it's a challenge to turn him into an appealing character. I'm really interested in historical propaganda and how history sees Richard, and despite having such a bad reputation his actual personality is quite unknown and his life is tragic in its way. I could never write a time travel romance about Henry VIII, for example. :P
Ah I will definitely take you up on that! :) I've been a little slower on writing this story since NaNo ended but the part I'm working on now is very political and involves a lot of historical detail, so I need all the help I can get. :P Thank you!
I'm so excited that you liked this, and I hope you continue to enjoy it! :D This story really is my baby and I get really excited about it, so hearing that you like it is really wonderful!
Thanks so much for the beautiful review! :D ♥