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Review #1, by TidalDragon Here Comes the Flood

20th April 2014:
Howdy! Here I am, a crazy man on a mission to read and review all the nominees before voting!

I thought this story was great. Blaise is always the Slytherin who I most wonder about. Obviously he was closely connected with Draco, Pansy, and that group, but what did he really do in that final year? What did he do at the Battle of Hogwarts? In my head canon anyway, Blaise was always a bit different and I'm not sure he just "went along for the ride" with the rest of the Slytherins. In my head canon I like to think he at least fought in the Battle (for good) even if he didn't help out during the year. I suppose all of this is really a long way of saying I liked your plot - if I didn't already have WAY too many future projects including one novel length, I feel like this type of plot would be awesome to explore in that length story.

As for the characterization, I thought it was spot on. You didn't suddenly turn Blaise into this good guy. Instead, you took the character he was from the books - more on the fence about the violence and bloodshed than his friends - and had him end up doing the right thing.

I will admit to being a little dissatisfied with how easily Ginny and Neville trusted him in that detention (and Luna later) and gave him a level of involvement that would've been enormously dangerous if he hadn't been sincere, but it didn't take away too much for me.

Almost forgot this! I also really liked how you used the title and wove in the water language, river and dam metaphors, etc. throughout before coming full circle at the end. I love when one-shots in particular come full circle like that while managing to weave the image throughout!

Well done!

Author's Response: Kevin! *hugs* You're absolutely incredible for reviewing all the Golden Paws nominees and I'm an awful person for taking this long to respond!

Blaise has been one of the Slytherin characters I always wondered most about as well. We don't know much about him (it annoys me so much that in the films, he's the one to join Draco and Goyle in the Room of Requirement) and so there's lots of room to explore and imagine a story for him in this year. I should let you into a secret as well - originally, this idea was for a novel length story, way back when I first began on the site. But I didn't have the time or ideas to properly write it, so when I got the chance to write a one-shot for unity it seemed to fit well!

I'm really happy that you liked my characterisation of Blaise in this. There isn't much about him but at the same time I had to take what we know, and I can't imagine that someone who's spent six years before this living with pro-pureblood Slytherins would find it easy to just support the right side. Thank you for that CC! I wrote this story during the Blackout as fast as I could before sleeping so I knew there would be some things to improve! That part was the bit I found most difficult and I'll definitely look back at this and see how I can improve on that!

Thanks for this great review!

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Review #2, by patronus_charm Here Comes the Flood

31st March 2014:
Whoo, Iím here earlier than expected :D

Ah this one-shot was so amazing Sian! The way you fitted everything into canon events and made it all so believable is what amazed me the most because while I was reading at first I was just like no, how could Blaise be part of the DA it just wouldnít have happened, but by the end of it I was cheering him along and hoping that he could be recognised for his bravery in some way or another.

Blaiseís character was really fantastic and I loved how you showed that there was a brave side to Slytherins and that there was a nice side to them too, and I guess most importantly of all, that they wanted to fight against the Death Eaters. I think the way it worked with Blaise was how you gradually built up that thought in him throughout the story until he was fully resolved to join them, and take a lead part in what they did as it made a lot more realistic.

I loved the way Blaise went and got a detention just to talk to the others. It just showed how much he truly wanted to be part of the cause and that was shown again in how genuinely felt for fear for them all. I think the most poignant moment with that was how Luna disappeared and then Ginny, and then there was the risk of Neville going too as it made the danger so much more real seeing it like that.

Then finally the imagery with the water and how the final battle started was really fantastic and I felt so brave of Blaise at that point in how much he had changed and how he really wanted to win this for the DA. This showed house unity so well, and it was such a fantastic one-shot to read too!


Author's Response: Hi Kiana!

I'm glad that I managed to persuade you that something like this could have happened! I had the idea for Blaise joining the DA a long time ago but couldn't get it to work, but I'm glad that it did seem to make sense here! I always feel like Blaise would be the sort of person that wouldn't care too much about the glory of it, but it would be nice for him!

It was really interesting to write from the point of view of a Slytherin during the war, but someone who was kind of toeing the line when the Carrows were in charge, and it was fun to think about his motives for joining the DA and then the way that he actually managed to get them to believe him!

I'm so pleased that you liked Blaise's character! I don't think anyone could go through that year, working for such an important cause, without growing to care for the others he was joined by. The water imagery somehow worked itself in, but I'm glad that you liked it and that it worked well!

Thanks for this lovely review!

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Review #3, by PolyJuice_ Here Comes the Flood

18th March 2014:
Blackout Battle ~ Redo 1/1

*gasps in shock* ohmygoshthiswasamazing. Seriously! I've never thought about Blaise, heck /any/ of the Snakes joining with Dumbledore's Amry, but now that you say that it makes sense! Why not? Slytherin doesn't necessarily mean evil - I should know. :P

But ooh, I loved this. You've made it completely believable, especially about the part where he's all 'ooh, mudbloods can die, I don't care, I want HONOUR and JUSTICE for my family!' Because, he totally wouldn't just sympathize with them. But then, as the story goes on I loved how he watched Luna get taken and goes through that whole struggle.

AAAH. This was simply amazing. You should write a sequel, I'd love to read it! Or a companion from Luna/Neville/Ginny!


Author's Response: Hi Liz!

I'm so happy you liked this! I'd had the idea in my head for a while and when the task of writing about Gryffindor and Slytherin came up for the blackout I thought it was a great opportunity to write it. I really wanted to show that there could have been many unsung heroes in the war, and that they weren't all in Gryffindor!

I'm so happy you thought it was believable, too! Blaise has to be really careful to protect himself and he can't be seen to care too much for anyone, so revenge seemed like a plausible reason for him to want to join. I'm glad you liked the way that evolved, too, and that spending time with the DA members made him see things differently.

Thank you for such a brilliant review, it means a lot to me!

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Review #4, by Sado Here Comes the Flood

14th March 2014:
You did a very good job, showing Blaise in a whole new light.I like every bit of the story. You described all of the situations very accurately. Thank you!))

Author's Response: I'm really pleased that you liked reading about Blaise in this way! I wasn't sure what people would think so it's great you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

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Review #5, by Lululuna Here Comes the Flood

13th March 2014:
Hi love! :) This was amazing, I'm so impressed at how you pulled it together so neatly in such a short amount of time! It fit the prompt of Slytherins and Gryffindors so perfectly.

I like how Blaise's Slytherin characteristics are an asset here - how he's good at sneaking around and keeping secrets, how he's very determined and resourceful, but in a quiet way. You made him fit well with his canon characterization while giving him this entirely different spirit which expanded upon his role in the books. I did like the mention of how he thought Ginny was attractive, as that played well into canon. Also, his rationale for wanting to join the DA was great as well, and I liked seeing his progress throughout the story as he started to see more and more how important it was to fight.

The imagery of the water flowing and leaking through was beautiful. I thought it was the perfect metaphor and each use was simply flawless. :)

There were so many little moments and characters I enjoyed here. Seeing the more hardened and suspicious side of Neville. Seeing how Blaise grew attached and protective over Luna, and how her innocent kindness was able to inspire that in him. How Draco was shown to be both terrified yet using his Death Eater status to continue to be a bully and have respect. How Blaise warned Neville they were going after his Gran. There were just so many pieces of the puzzle which were blended so flawlessly.

This was a wonderful story, Sian, and a perfect missing moment! :D Your writing was amazing, and I loved it! ♥

Blackout Round 3- 17/20

Author's Response: Hi Jenna! Aw, thank you for coming and taking the time to review this story in the Blackout! (And I'm sorry I'm so bad at responding to reviews compared to your awesome speediness!)

I really wanted to make sure that Blaise's Slytherin characteristics were on display in this story, so that it didn't just seem like he'd been wrongly sorted and should have been in Gryffindor all along or something. There isn't much about him in canon but it was fun to play with what we have - like the mention of Ginny, I'm so glad you picked up on that! I felt like he definitely became an asset to the DA in this because he was in Slytherin, and I wanted to show them working together well. I'm really happy you liked his reasoning for joining the DA here, and the development of his character over the story!

I'm so happy you liked the imagery of the water in this story! I was a bit worried that it would feel forced but I was writing it so quickly that I couldn't think of alternatives that seemed to fit as well.

I'm really glad that you thought those little pieces of the story seemed to blend together well to build up to the bigger picture! It was really important to me to attempt to show some of the changes that had happened at Hogwarts over the time, and the changes in the characters there which Harry didn't necessarily see the full extent of in the battle.

Thank you so, so much for this wonderful review, dear! ♥

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Review #6, by Silver Prongs Here Comes the Flood

13th March 2014:
I always wondered what happened at Hogwarts while Harry took care of the Horcruxes. I love what you did with the story and putting it in Blaises point of view. Overall it was a great story I can't wait to read the next chapter, I would like to know what became of him.

Author's Response: Hi! Unfortunately this story was just a one-shot so there won't be a next chapter, but I am tempted to write more about Blaise as a sequel to this story. It's based off an idea I've had for a long time, so I'm really pleased you enjoyed it.

Thank you for reviewing!

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Review #7, by MissesWeasley123 Here Comes the Flood

13th March 2014:
Oh Sian wow, you wrote this so quickly and i love it. It is now my head canon, and if I may -- I'd love to make Blaise be in the DA in WtDB. You just. You rock okay.

This is my first super short review in a million years I am SO sorry but there isn't much I can say. It's so brilliant and wow, I love it so so much. You wrote so much more to Blaise and it was breathtaking. I loved it, honestly. Gah. *flails*

And I don't know but that whole part about Urquhart was just so canon in my mind and I loved your though process and literally everything perfection and I really admire your awesomeness haha but it's because this is a stupid phone review but you go ♥

Thanks for writing such a wonderful piece for us! *hugs*

Author's Response: Nadia you're awesome, you know that? *blushes* I'd be honoured if Blaise was in the DA in WtDB, really! Especially if that means that I get to read more of the story soon! *hint hint*

Never apologise for leaving one of your awesome reviews, Nadia! It means so much that you take the time to leave them at all. I'm so pleased that you liked the way that I wrote Blaise and thought I fleshed out his character more!

I'm glad it seemed like it could have been canon - you know that's something I always look for! I felt like Blaise had to have a believable reason for joining the DA in the end, and from what we'd seen of his character so far that felt like it could be a plausible explanation.

Thank you so much for the lovely review, my dear! ♥

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