I'm definitely with you on the canon question. You don't have to know anything about canon to write AU, but generally what comes up will be something so warped it has nothing to do with the original universe. Not at all interesting, in my opinion. But when someone knows all his facts and *then* sits down and writes an AU something fascinating will surely come out. Because only then you can do the source and the characters justice.
I'm also reccing the hell out of this story, so I hope a few readers will stop by:)
When looking for a good story, you know your usual suspects. But then coming across an author whom you've never before seen in fandom, only to find that she managed to write a story with so many fresh and gripping ideas: Priceless! I enjoyed this *so* much - well, apart from the days when I refused to read on because I was a wee bit afraid of where you were going to take the plot. But with me that's always a good sign, storywise, because it's saying a lot about the talent of the writer!
I'm a fan of AUs, and this one was convincing from beginning to end. It's a LOTR in fast-forward, everything happens a lot faster (or much earlier) than it's supposed to be and I guess that factors into the tidalwave of evil and hopelessness. I can see all of that happen, all the characters were in-character for me. And even Elrond, whom I tried NOT to despise so much was a logical extension of his canon-self. But especially I liked Legolas in this. I love when he's written as a strong character. And I guess he doesn't get any stronger than in this story. He's determined and loyal to the point of giving himself up. He's admirable...
I'd love to see more of this. I have a few suspicions about where this story might turn (I tend to believe Arwen in this - a lot of darkness before the light), but I'm sure you already know how the story end. This is such a heavily plotted story, I can't imagine you haven't come up with the final scene yet:)
Thank you for such a fantastic read! Your story blew me away!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for taking time to read and review! This story was a labor of love that wouldn't leave me alone even after I had moved onto new fandoms.rnrnOne of the big things I tried to do in this story was keep it close to canon - to make sure I stayed as close to Tolkien as possible so that the places I diverged would have all the more impact. I really wanted to make people see where Elrond was coming from, he was never evil, just determined to do what was right in his mind. The character of Legolas was tricky because I had to take more of a leap with him growth wise than any other character. Book/Movie Legolas is much lighter than this one - and that's just the beginning. So thank you so much for saying you liked his character. I have to admit, he frustrated me in this story and even now, I see more of his faults than strengths.rnrnThis story is plotted all the way through since pretty much chapter three - though it has changed greatly since then. The final scene is definitely planned - something I hope will wrap up my story and pay homage to the original end. rnrnOnce again, thanks so much for your kind words. It's always nice to know that someone else in enjoys what you're writing!