Ok. Woah. Composing myself before I'll be able to say anything...
Here from review swap!
I have always thought of the losses of the Dark and how they dealt with it but this characterisation and story is beyond words and compliments. I have a lump in my throat right now, I won't be able to continue studying or writing right now and I'm pretty sure I'll go to sleep tonight still thinking about this.
So beautifully written and relationships so tactfully described...I mean, I don't know how and what to say.
The idea of black and white, white and black was so effortlessly put into the story... I could see the colours merge. Your imagery is so beautiful, I could see the story happening in front of my eyes.
I especially loved the trio of sisters and how they drifted away, never to come back to each other. I loved her recollections of all the people she lost.
This is the perfect example of how one can lose people without them being dead. Because some things are worse than death.
I always thought Narcissa was the one to be pitied most in the Dark, for she lost the most in the Wars and knew, understood she did, which is more than we can say for anyone else fully in the Dark. This inner view of her thoughts perfectly fit Canon. So did all the other characters... Again, woah!
Wonderful job and I'm now pretty sure I'm going to read your other stories after I finish swallowing and digesting this one,
Author's Response: Hey - thank you so much for stopping by! And thank you so much for the swap, I really enjoyed it! :)
(This was honestly an incredible review to get, so sorry in advance if I'm kinda speechless and unable to reply other than 'thank you thank you' haha!)
Yeah, it's a topic I always thought about too, because there's so much focus on the light side and the losses they suffered because we see the books through Harry's eyes, so I always found it fascinating! I'm so so glad you liked it, and so honestly amazed that it's made you think and all that... honestly, thank you so so much! :)
I'm so glad you liked the black/white imagery - I know it's overdone, but I wanted to use it because of the light/dark and good/evil connotations with it, you know? Plus, haha, it's coincidentally the colours in marble... :P
Thank you! I always thought the sisters and just everyone involved in that is to be pitied so much because they all really lost everything in the end. If they didn't die, they lost their families and friends, and were brainwashed into a war for no real purpose, I think. And definitely agree with you there - Azkaban and just losing someone permanently like that is so hard! You know they're there, but they're not...
Yeah, I did kinda big up what she lost in the first war a little, perhaps, but ah well :P And yeah, I definitely think she was the most compassionate and the most understanding of them and could appreciate war for what it really was other than the sort of facade of glory and revolution.
I'm so so overwhelmed by this review. Honestly. This made my week when I got it - it still blows me away and makes me smile every time I read it. Thank you so so much! :)