Absolutely soul-wrenching stuff.
I have been thinking recently that there seems to be a fanfiction doldrums at the moment, almost as if, save for a few people, ennui
has fallen on the fandom. Very little stands out to me.
I am glad I've had a chance to catch up with this today, because you are one of those exceptions; mature, vivid, creative and extremely deep - there are authors more than double your age (both published and in fanfic) who have never managed to infuse a story with the amount of feeling you have explored in this work, nor can they paint the imagery you do.
This gives me a hell of a lift, because it's truly epic, mature and gritty work.
I hope you are proud of yourself, because you should be.
I look forward to the next story, as well as the gap-filler.
Thank you so much for the praise! Your review really brightened my day...I'm glad you enjoyed the story! I wish I had better words to use for my response to your review, it seems like whatever I type is much to generic to thank you for the high praise you've given me. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my story, and I truly hope that the gap-filler and book two as well as book three continue to live up to your standards. Thanks for the review!