7 Reviews Found

Review #1, by DumbledoresArmyOfOne 

3rd December 2012:
I thought i'd take this moment to tell you how much i genuinely love and admire this story, and your writing.
There are a few stories out there in the fan fiction universe that contain all of the elements of a perfect story and this is most certainly one of them.
I read this story every chance that I get - this is my bedtime story!
It's such a perfect AU, you combine the best of Harry Potter magic with some of my favourite fairy tales and throughout the whole thing you write so elegantly and seamlessly that this has pretty much become canon for me.
I really admire you and your writing- you are a fantastic author, and I absolutely LOVE this story.
Please continue being flawless.

Author's Response: Oh, wow, thank you!! I love magic in general - the magic that fairy tales evoke as well as the magic of Harry Potter. Combining them was really interesting for me as a writer. I also liked the challenge of molding Harry Potter characters into fairy tale situations, and then gradually phasing into a more realistic, more canon explanation.

Thank you so much for your absolutely awesome review. Totally made my day!!

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Review #2, by dirtydeedsdonedirtcheap 

25th May 2012:
Is Margaret...well, I have two theories.

One: Margaret is Circe and was kind of testing Narcissa? Maybe. Perhaps. It's a long shot but I need to start making theories again.

Two: Margaret is pregnant with a wizards child? Or no. Maybe a werewolf child? I don't know. Her pregnancy sounded really weird and her dying...I don't know...I feel like this isn't the end for her. I really think she's part of the whole Circe, curse thing.

Another theory: Gaspard doesn't want Lucius out of the house because Lucius could take his position (whatever it was again). They might be related some way or the Malfoy's were just prominent figures and Lucius just might be able to sweet Gaspard right under the rug.

I hope Narcissa figures out a way to get to Lucius sooner rather than later and I hope her father is okay too! Am I getting warm with my theories? :D

Author's Response: lololol. Good theories! I love a good theory. I'm constantly theorizing when I'm reading stories.

Margaret originates in this story as a Muggle. Circe struck her a disease - mostly likely a tumor, given the size of it - because Margaret crossed her, and left her by the road to die. That's where Gaspard's henchmen come in. You might be right about this not being the end of her. :3

Your second theory is correct! Gaspard wants to keep Lucius locked up so that Gaspard can sit on his little throne and do whatever he wants without any interference. You will see more about his connection to Lucius later.

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Review #3, by x3CherryWatermelonx3 

1st January 2012:
Another wonderful chapter!

That poor Margaret! :( How awful.

Must get to the next chapter! Talk to you then!

Author's Response: Indeed, Margaret is a victim in more ways than one in this story. You'll see much more of her later on.

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Review #4, by halfbreed 

10th September 2011:
Alright, let me first say, I so take it back. The last review. Because this is just so beautiful. The imagery! HOW do you DO that? It's utterly insane.

Margaret is perfect. I can nearly feel the power and significance of this "mine detour," if you will. I knew you'd make me love every last bit of this thing, and I do. I really do. I am cheering for Narcissa! Though I have no clue how she'll do it, I am so chanting for her to figure it out!

I don't think I've said before how awesome the whole element of fantasy is. And I don't even mean the fairy tales being told; it's more the feelings, the pulls, the strange inklings that Narcissa has that are so fantastical but still so real. They add just the right touch of whimsical to the creepiness and the excellent plot.

Author's Response: Margaret will come into play later - this is not the last you have seen of her.

And I'm rooting for Narcissa, too. She certainly doesn't have a very easy task ahead of her. I think that's what makes her fun to write about - her determination. She doesn't consider the option of giving up. She kind of reminds me of Ginny Weasley and something Ginny said once about how you think just about anything is possible if you've got enough nerve. Narcissa is strong and self-reliant, and if she wants something, she will make sure that she gets it.

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Review #5, by TenthWeasley 

7th August 2011:
I love even more reading this when I am currently in limited contact with you and the rest of HPFF. It's like a bit of you and your elegant, weaving cobweb of words, even if you're not actually just a click away. Your words become that much more poignant for me, and your style which enthralls me so much is a bit more mesmerizing when distractions lessen.

The way your plot is becoming more twisted and deep, extending more hooks with each chapter, is probably the thing I simultaneously envy and revere most in your works. You never come across unsure as to where you're going. The mystery you sprinkle across always makes me want more, and you always, always deliver a better plot than my wildest imaginings could invent. It's such a talent to write stories with plots like yours have, and I just cannot tell you.

You are so going to be famous. You already are to me. :D

Dreamy sequence? Brilliant. And the portrait thing makes another reappearance! I caught it, never fret. I have just stopped guessing what mastery you'll spin out next, because you never fail to go above and beyond my expectations.

My iTouch is about to die, so I'm being forced to cut off here. But honestly, Sarah? You are quite literally one of the most talented writers it has ever been my pleasure to read. I am anxious as heck to get to chapter 15!

Love you!

Author's Response: loool forever about reading without distractions. We were tweeting the whole time!

Your reviews are amazing. My head is such a balloon. But I fear that much like my pressure on you for Sneth, I'm beginning to worry that my story will begin to fall short of your expectations. I think this is good, though - it will force me to be creative and keep me on my toes.

You've had your eye out for that portrait. That portrait was one of the first things about this story that popped into my head when I was planning it out.

Thank you so much for your undying and unconditional support. It feels like we're a team, cheerleading and supporting each other. Your encouragement and confidence makes me try to be a better writer, just for the purpose of impressing you. I love knowing when I've written something that you approve of. It's very important to me.

So much love.

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Review #6, by EvenstarMUA 

31st July 2011:
I'm actually dying here.
This is amazing
I just get lost in this story.
Love it.

Author's Response: Thank you! That makes me incredibly happy. I'm glad you like it. ^_^

Thank you for reading and reviewing.

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Review #7, by academica 

30th July 2011:
"In December, I dreamed of Lucius for the first time."

What a romantic opening line! It immediately pulled me in to this chapter. I love how you intertwined her dreams of Lucius into her arduous everyday work. Her trust that it was him, though she did not have visual proof, was very touching. To me, this is the foundation of a true partnership, and it's much more effective than any depiction of snogging or overt gestures. I also loved that he began to take on a more handsome form in her mind, becoming a physical parallel of the kindness he'd shown her while she lived in the manor.

I also loved the way you visually depicted Gaspard's unyielding avarice, as in the walls bled dry of gormite. I really felt a deep hatred for him while reading this, especially when he "gave" the sapphire to poor Margaret. Speaking of imagery and depiction, you did her suffering and death quite well. I could really picture her wasting away in my mind.

Narcissa's escape and ensuing realization were incredible. I sort of pictured her like Alice in Wonderland, getting lost in a world where reality and dreams bleed freely into one another. You once again tugged at my heartstrings when Narcissa promised solemnly to save her fallen prince.

This chapter may be your finest feat of imagery yet. Your description of Lucius, sitting literally frozen in time before his beloved piano, was my favorite part. I have always been a fan of Lucius/Narcissa, but picturing Narcissa as she longs to rescue Lucius from his prison really cements the tenderness of their relationship in place for me. I can hardly wait to see what you'll do with them next!

academica :)

Author's Response: Wow, this review is amazing. You have worded everything so much more concisely than I could have. It's like you perfectly summarized EXACTLY how I wanted you as the reader to feel and interpret the story. So. Yeah. I'm dancing on my fluffy cloud right now.

Alice-in-Wonderland type imagery will crop up a lot, because Narcissa will find herself in several rather unworldly situations. And admittedly, I just like the freedom of writing it, of pushing the Potterverse boundaries until it's a completely different kind of magic.

I'm glad you appreciate the relationship between Lucius and Narcissa, and the way she didn't have to see him to know it was him. That was my favorite bit to write in this chapter, because of the Lucius. I can't resist writing about him, so it will come as no surprise to anyone if he pops up here and there while he's still asleep. :)

Thank you so much for reading and reviewing.

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