Oh my god this was fantastic, I can't believe I only just found this story. It is by far the most original founders story I have yet read and the writing is intellectual with no notable mistakes. Even the AU parts fitted well with the original story as well, e.g the parts about Helena being Rowena's adopted daughter. I often found myself stumbling across parts of your story and thinking "I wish I had thought of that"
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Hello. Just wanted to say that was briiliant and the best fanfic I have read. I especially liked the epilogue and the battle scene partly because I always find action difficult to write but mainly because you could piture everything that was going on. Well done :) Report Review
*in a yorkshire accent* That were well good that were...
Brill, really liked it. Report Review
I just read your entire story... it was fantastic!! I'm just wondering, have you read A Song of Ice and Fire? idk if it was a coincidence but this story reminded me of that for some reason. Anyway, you're an excellent writer!! Report Review
This is simply brilliant! So well written and I'm drawn into the story already! The way you weave your words together flows so well and it really sets the scene for the era. I don't know much about this time period, and you said that it is not historically accurate, but I think the way it's written, with the vivid descriptions, the dialogue and the references to Vikings and Celts and such really paints this picture that I can place the story in.
I love reading Helga as this strong woman here, conquering Britannia and the origins of all four founders are so interesting here. Queen of Cornwall and Salazar being from Constantinople especially. The idea of Salazar as a servant from the East seems such an obvious choice now that you've written it that way, although I would never have thought of it on my own - I can imagine him like that from now on. Everything you've written makes everything so believable, which is always brilliant in AUs. Mostly, I am blown away by how elegantly written this chapter is. Amazing start!
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fantastic retelling of the founders! a worthy read Report Review
The Four Founders- you have truly turned the genre on its head and made the story and its characters your own. It is all so captivating and you had me enthralled from the very beginning and right up until the very end.
It is not only the overall story that is to be complimented but also the legend behind the smaller things- like the Black Lake, the Forbidden Forest, the Sorting Hat and so on.
And I love that no matter how completely AU this story is, you still managed to melt it with canon and create this wonderful and surprisingly rational account of the founding of Hogwarts.
This story was such a pleasure to read! Report Review
Excellent chapter. Excellent, excellent, excellent!
Helga's final moments, her final musings were so insightful and Salazar forcing Riol, of all people, to kill her was disgustingly cruel.
All in all, this chapter had me so agitated. I was so hoping that Godric would see reason and spare Riol or that Rowena would speak up and expose Salazar. This story is so amazing though, in that it is not predictable and can stir such feelings in the reader. Report Review
You have skillfully paced this story. I feel like everything is coming together now and that the next chapter is going to be nothing short of remarkble. Report Review
This chapter is brilliant!
I found the action of battle to be so incredibly well written and I also loved the raw emotion and heart in Conall's speech about Hogwarts. Really fantastic.
And the twist of having Rowena in disguise as Ailbhe- I did not predict that and albeit marred by the loss of her men, I must admit that it was a pleasant surprise to learn that she had not completely abandoned Hogwarts. Report Review
A battle? I sure hope so!
You know, I am so happy that I am reading this story now that it is completed because I am so painfully curious as to what Salazar has planned and what role Rowena is playing in his plans and also what it will all mean for Helga and Godric. It is all so enthralling, I think I would have a hard time waiting otherwise. Report Review
So Helga has another book for the shelves of Hogwarts and if I am not mistaken... the Sorting Hat?
This chapter is great and illustrated just how well you handle multiple point of views. The story is always moving forward and flows so fluidly, it is such an incredible read. Report Review
Another great chapter!
And like I said in an earlier review, I am really enjoying your potrayal of the four founders. Each of them are equally compelling but they are so in very different ways. It makes for an engrossing read.
Also, you have now introduced the diadem, cup, locket and sword (in very creative ways, I might add) and I am excited to see what other objects might make an appearance. Really brilliant writing. Report Review
And so the plot thickens. You are really setting this story up for quite an ending. I find myself insanely curious as to what exactly Salazar has planned and what role Rowena will play in it...
All in all, great chapter! And I apologise if my reviews begin to get repetitive but each chapter really is as brilliant as the last. Report Review
I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter!
I really feel that the story and characters are taking shape now. Salazar may have been disappointed when he saw Hogwarts Castle but I was thrilled because I am really looking forward to more Ravenclaw. Report Review
I love how original and incredibly well-written this story is!
And I am enjoying the characterisations of the four founders. I like that you have made them your own because so often they are reduced to the traits of their respective house. I also like the way you have included both the cup and the diadem into the story. Report Review
This is an absolutely brilliant start!
The knowledge you have of both history and Harry Potter has made for a very intriguing story. I am excited to see where you take this story. Report Review
Good story. I was thrown for a loop at first because helga was so ambitious. But the epilogue really tied it together. The only problem I saw was that the sorting hat would have known the true story. That is fixed by the fact that helga is odd and loyal to her ideas. But still very well written. Report Review
this is amazing! you write so beautifully! is the feast for worms a reference to Hamlet? we just finished reading it in school so it's kinda on my mind. Great twist at the end. Report Review
Brilliant brilliant story- excellent twist on the hogwarts myth, and you have real talent as a storyteller. convincing setting (not easy to do, in the past) lovely mixing of wulfric and the sorting hat, but it's your writing style that makes this such a pleasure to read. Keep writing! Report Review
Wow! What a story!
I really enjoyed your ideas about the founding, very original. It all made sense in a way though too, I can almost believe that's how it really happened. Your descriptions and details were great, it was a very vivid read.
Wonderful work, I think I have to go read some of your other stories now! :) Report Review
Wow. What a fascinating story. It was bizzare and alternate universe until the last few hundred words. Then, somehow you made the whole thing fit perfectly with canon. I was wondering how you were going to wrap this story up and I had doubts that you could do it in a satisfying way. I'm happy to report that I was more than satisfied. What a brilliant twist at the end. Thanks for the read. Report Review
This story is so well written! It really shows that you have taken the time to look t particular aspects of how you see the Founders Era.
Plus, your A/N made me smile :) Not many writers hope I have a good week! :) Report Review
Lee Anne, I just -- I can't even. I am without words. I wish I could say more, but here's what I can say: I read through this entire fic tonight and I have been squeaking and OMG-ing and aeorisdhguk-ing at the end of every section, let alone chapter, like a maniac and esjidfghkd. I can't even begin to tell you how eye-opening this fic has been for me, I can't begin to say how much in awe I am of it, and therefore of you. It is brilliant and eye-opening and awe/envy-inspiring and I'm kicking myself because I didn't read this sooner (although the apparently agonizing wait period makes me glad that I did wait so long). But... GAH. I can't even. I am... iweprithf HOW DO YOU DO THIS. You are a goddess and I am so jealous and so inspired and I can't even. I'm so sorry this review is so awful and consists mostly of keyboard-mashing, but behind the random groupings of letters is the very sincere feeling of being flabbergasted and shocked by, in awe and a little terrified of, and totally in love with a story. Thank you for writing this, and please never stop writing. ♥ Report Review
This was a perfect ending.
I was enthralled from the very start, perhaps because I was so excited to see how you were going to tie everything together, and to explain why the story of Hogwarts we know is so different from the one you've told us. All of that was done masterfully. One of my favourite parts was the reference to the Black Lake--it's the little details like that which have made this story so enjoyable to read!
Salazar's final revenge was the perfect note to end this on. As a recently-graduated history major, I would also like to say that I love how this story, especially the ending, shows how human history can be completely manipulated, and how careful you have to be about accepting one version of events.
Amazing job...thank you for writing this story! Report Review
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