Reviews by Kitt Otter
Summary: The First Volume Of The Diamond Hunters.
Categories: Book-verse Characters: Other Canon Character
Genres: Fantasy
Warnings: None
Series: The Diamond Hunters
Chapters: 41 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 80861 Read Count: 41995
Published: Jan 06 2009 Updated: Jan 31 2009 [Report This]
Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Hey Origo!
I've fallen in love with your writing style... yeah, I've said it previously, but it's got that fantasy rhythm. Not everyone can do that.
The party has grown indeed! I like the background stories. There's still some mystery in there, about these disappearances and Ricgretor's wife. That's so sad.
Where do you get these names? They're very creative and varied!
No, I don't have msn BUT I do like to keep in touch via e-mail. : )

Author's Response: hehe :) thanks Kitt.. i get the names off a name generator for Dungeons and Dragons.. im glad you liked it :) thanks for the Review :)
Date: Jan 17 2009
Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
I read in your bio how this (to quote Gandalf) does and does not take place in Middle-earth... or, you know what I mean. That's very creative!
This whole chapter smelled of delicious adventure brewing. I never tire of Dwarf doors. They're exciting and this one is particularily interesting: only opens once a year for five minutes. That makes me feel anxious somehow... that's a pretty narrow space of time!
And the scene of the inn was a little frightening. I mean, here they are trying to have a merry meal and the enemy's servants are outside. I'm surprised they could eat. (But then we are talking about dwarves and hobbits.) Hmm, all that food makes me hungry. *checks clock and sighs* Still seven hours till breakfast time. Wow, that was off-topic.
With the weekend coming I should be able to read more soon. : )

Author's Response: I wanted to start off with something a little bit like Lord of the rings.. but not a carbon copy.. but yes, it DOESNT take place in Middle Earth, i need something people are used to.. then change it, thats how i work.. i draw you in then leave you hanging in the air :)
Date: Jan 22 2009
Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Yay! The diamond hunters! Wheh, their task seems literally ten times worse than Frodo's: Not only must they find ten diamonds but also they must destroy them all?
I liked the sphinx guardians. The three dead bodies was kinda creepy on the wizard's part, yet he was in a hurry.
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: but they have something like thirty in their fellowship.. they should sail though it.. lol
Date: Jan 28 2009
Title: Chapter 41: Chapter 41 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Ah, moldy bread. Maybe that’s why the goblins so mean. :P
Seriously, I do kinda like them, even though they are opposed to the Company… Very suspenseful place to leave off! This Belneiros is certainly no pushover.
Well, I can’t believe I’m finished with volume 1. Now to volume 2! Very good job so far!!! :)

Author's Response: thank you :) Volume two is way better :D
Date: May 28 2009
Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner! You’re welcome; I do love your story, and ‘course I had to shout it out on my bio. I almost had heart failure seeing my name on yours! *deep breaths*
“If I can do that, I think I can do them all” I was deeply touched by the first scene. I always find words like that encouraging, when I must do something hard: “If I can do this, whatever comes after, is nothing!”
I’m wondering right along with Ricgretor about the elves. I’m a sucker for elves, you know. You write them very well! Mysterious yet… yet, I dunno, cool. : )
Splitting up usually ends up in a bad way. But I guess I’ll have to see… And how close could this dark lord be to finding the diamonds?

Author's Response: Hehe :D the shout out is a small Thank you for helping me with my story :)
Date: Feb 01 2009
Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Tense time for that town leader. Sure must stink when no one follows your orders!
Ooh; liked the one-way door. It was like in Harry Potter, only walking into a mine instead of a train station is far... scarier. That machine is freaky too; almost makes me want to hyperventilate.
I hope they can get out without, well, dying!
-Kitt :)

Author's Response: LOL its going to get a lot more scary :D oh.. and i love all of your reviews :P
Date: Feb 02 2009
Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
“Kill the women and children that are not able to fight. Bring me the men to me, I will sort them out” – Now that’s foreboding! I feel bad for the party of men, having absolutely no idea they’re scouting for nobody.
I think it’s a great achievement to have goblins work for 6 straight hours without a single complaint. : D
Ooh, more creepiness: Grafalcon can just feel he’s being spied on! Don’t wanna mess with that guy.
Poor gnomes! I don’t see how they’re going to get out of this. Hmm, whatever could Ianster be doing?

Author's Response: haha.. all of those questions will be answered :)
Date: Feb 05 2009
Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
*shivers* I don’t like the thought of strong breezes echoing through the dungeons. Eek! Like ghosts.
I still feel sorrow for the men. Will they be able to help the gnomes?
Really, these mines are creepier than the Mines of Moria. All these traps and *gupls* blackness. Walendithas disappearing from sight doesn’t sound good, even if he IS a wizard.
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: haha.. yup those mines are creepy.. sets it up for the darkness ahead :)
Date: Feb 07 2009
Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Ouch! That’s a major understatement. Being whipped for hours ain’t exactly a day in the park.
“Grafalcon started to smile as he slowly pointed the blade towards the man’s neck.” –Creepy! I don’t think I blame Vicward for blabbing, but still… that’s Not Good. Poor fellows. Of course, Grafalcon being EVIL won’t just let them go with a stash of cakes and lemonade.
Epic battle scene! Yay! I like – well, the drama of it – the way the leader decided to die with his city. That was a pretty sad end to that battle. Or is it ended? ;)

Author's Response: lol.. it could be finished.. yet again, it might not.. youll just have to read on :)
Date: Feb 19 2009
Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
“How long do you think they have been gone for?” asked Ricgretor.
“They are still here” said Graendithas.- Ooh, wrong question, Ric!
Tons of suspense here. I do (and don’t) want to know who’s going to die. And still I’m burning to know how the Gnomes and the Men’s misadventures are going to play out. Good job on winding together all three stories – like I said, adds enormous suspense.
I like the burning thing and the subterranean trees!
Hmm, so is the wizard going to be the one to die? : (
*feels queasy* I sooo would not want to jump down that hole. Glad it wasn’t me… *sighs in relief*

Author's Response: Haha.. You'll soon find out who's going to be written off..
Date: Feb 09 2009
Title: Chapter 15: Chapter 15 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Yay! A conveniant gap! And yay again: a troll! No, wait, that's baaad.Right. : P
"They knew that they could both die." That's tense. This action is hitting me hard right now, since I failed misserably at my fencing lesson today. (I'm just happy to be sitting by my laptop in one piece). I just can really appreciate the men's determination here. Swordfighting is complicated stuff!
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: hehe.. yup, troll is bad.. in fact anything that can kill you with one push is bad..
Date: Feb 11 2009
Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
You weren't kidding when you said it will get scarier. *covers face* Poor gnome!
A moving floor and a pit that leads to doom... stuff of my nightmares... : P Really, very creative. And I can't believe they're all captured. (*gasps* Good guys are supposed to get away.) I'm frightened for them. Will one of them snap to Grafalcon? After all, what other tortures more terrible must he have. Ugh, ugly thought.
This just keeps getting better, Origo!
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: THANK YOU!! "Will one of them snap to Grafalcon?" No comment lol.. youll have to see (partly because i forgot what happens and partly because i dont want to ruin it for you lol)
Date: Feb 14 2009
Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 26 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Hah! I knew the men would find a way to escape!
I can't believe Ianster walked out like that. Or maybe I can... being tortured and all that.
THE DIAMOND! YAY!!!! Interesting it has such a painful effect on Ricgretor.
I really like Oloven and Ricgretor's close friendship: "The two of them smiled at each other."
What? Now they must find gold coins to reach the next diamond? Unexpected! Things just are never easy.
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: yup.. gold coins :) nine more of them.. and im glad its unexpected :) thats the way i work.. even i dont know whats going to happen next lol
Date: Mar 01 2009
Title: Chapter 18: Chapter 18 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Aaah, that was tragic. Hauntingly tragic. I mean, Vickas died, just like that! It makes everyone seem so much more vulnerable.
That heat you descirbed in the beginning made me thankful it's still cold and wintery!

Author's Response: Thanks Kitt..
Date: Feb 17 2009
Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Despairing way to begin the chapter! They’re outnumbered… cannot win… and they’ve no way to escape. It just makes me so thankful to be safe in my bed. : D
Pretty callous not letting those people into the gate. Almost goblinish behavior.
Things sure don’t look too hopeful. Will no happy fairy flutter in and save them? Right, that’s silly, but I’ve no idea how things will work out…
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: nah.. i dont think a fairy will come down.. shame.. but the men have to figure out how to win :)
Date: Feb 18 2009
Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
I'm glad they made it out! Even with the threat of a goblin army in the mountains, I think it's preferable to being stuck in the clausterphobic mines.
Sooo, Grafalcon needs furnaces, does he? *snaps fingers* Yes, it had to be something Evil. An insult to injury to the townsmen who survived, to see their home leveled and turned into some sort of war factory.
Oloven seems well in his intentions, though he isn't very prudent in voicing his thoughts. Poor guy; he must still be very shaken up over their lost companion.
I don't care what Walendithas may say, I'm a little worried for the Elves going on ahead.
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: yup.. war factories.. the gate way to a bigger army :) you best be worried for the elves lol
Date: Feb 22 2009
Title: Chapter 22: Chapter 22 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Tense, tense scene between the men and gnomes. I can't believe the gnomes betrayed them like that! Sure they're the bitter remnents of their race... but they could have gone extinct with some dignity. *shrugs* Well, that adds more conflict. Conflict's good for an epic!
M-making goblins? Sounds icky. And the prisoners for food! Right. I shouldn't be surprised by that.
Oh, the men are having a very bad time. :( I almost want to go up to Grafalcon and tell him... hmm... he's MEAN.
-Kitt :)

Author's Response: haha.. you can tell him, but i think you better start running as soon as you have lol
Date: Feb 23 2009
Title: Chapter 23: Chapter 23 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
*claps hands* We got to see the dark lord! He was just as evil as could be: "Kill them" Hehe.
The leader's still a pig-head! "you have just sent 300 men to their deaths" sends chills down my spine. I hope that's not true... but that's a weak hope...
-Kitt :)

Author's Response: lol.. in this world hope is all that keeps you going :)
Date: Feb 26 2009
Title: Chapter 24: Chapter 24 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
*poking wizard* Ah, come on, Walendithas, trust the Elf!
Hah! I like how he appeared out of nowhere "I've been tracking you for three weeks." What a blow the the Hunters' leaders' egos! (Elves are sooo cool.)
This situation looks rather desperate... What are Ricgretor and Oloven going to do? They're only hobbits after all. (Well, I shoud know better. Hobbits are quite resourceful.)
-Kitt : )

Author's Response: Elves are good silent trackers.. in this world anyway. Walendithas is suspicous of anyone that comes near..
Date: Feb 27 2009
Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 28 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Woah. Walendithas' departure was so sudden! What does Graendithas know about it that we don't? Ohhh, I'll have to wait, eh?
The fishermen gotta think that's its a strange day. First a gaggle of halflings "borrow" their boats, then a group of weapon wielding dwarves and Graendithas show up, saying they want to ride out into a storm...
More suspense! I hope they can get to the hobbits before the storm does.
-Kitt :)

Author's Response: me too.. especially with ricgretor and the diamonds on there too!!
Date: Mar 04 2009
Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 29 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
What??? *mouth hangs open* Graendithas is a murderer??? That could not have been any more unexpected! He's always so noble; I mean offering to stay up and watch even though he's dead-tired is good... Oh, I don't know what to think.
Happier note: I'm so glad they all made it off the lake in one piece. I felt bad for the miserable hobbits, being rained on multiple times and splashed by that cart. At least the beds made up for that!
I like seeing more of Ricgretor's character, how he doubts his abillity to go on with the quest, how he misses Walendithas, Vickas and his home. I don't like to think about loosing more of his friends any more than he does.
-Kitt :)

Author's Response: yup.. he is.. and im glad that that has shocked you.. everything in the story is meant to confuse and shock you,, and its working :)
Date: Mar 09 2009
Title: Chapter 38: Chapter 38 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
It must be possible to sympathize with goblins because I do: Elster’s party’s quest does not seem like its going to be pleasant. More Torogs! Bleh.
Ah, at least I now know what the Hawkmoth does. :)
So did the Diamond party just find the wizard again?
What? The leader’s bailed from the town? It doesn’t surprise, me though.
Thanks for putting me as a favorite author! :D

Author's Response: Yup, they found him :) and favorite author is because of all the reviews youve done for me :D thanks :D
Date: May 12 2009
Title: Chapter 34: Chapter 34 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Sorry, it's been a while! :)
Could it be that the Elves are too curious for their own good...? I was thinking Indiana Jones for a bit. :D
I am shocked at Vicward's death. I have the vague feeling too that it could have been avoided. Well, that's just the way it goes. It was also a little shocking to see Martumal snap. Will he regret his decision to leave? Hm. Almost seems to me he just needs a good night's sleep. I really do feel sorry for them all, especially Graendithas for having to stay strong though the company grows tired and rebelious.
Ahhhh, both scenes end with a mysterious voice. Who and what could they be?

Author's Response: its alright :) yup, a voice in the dark. good or evil?
Date: Apr 18 2009
Title: Chapter 35: Chapter 35 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Udohorn is interesting. I wonder what use his dream catchers will have? Anyway, they sound fascinating and I hope to know more about them.
So, he was the strange Elf too. I hope he can prove to be useful! (And that he really is not working for the enemy or something worse...)
Their meal made my mouth water. I shall have to make dinner now. :)

Author's Response: he might be useful, then again, he could have a darker side :D
Date: May 01 2009
Title: Chapter 36: Chapter 36 Reviewer: Kitt Otter Signed
Xavtumal’s gotta be the best name so far!
So… Dwarf this voice turned to be nice. Kinda funny, but understandable, Frufalcon likes his shop quiet and customerless.
“butter and jars of jam…” It seems I cannot go through a chapter without getting hungry. :D
Hawkmoth the sword! What powers must it have? Something cool if the wizard wants it, I guess.
Another 5000 orcs for these poor Men? Grafalcon such a... but I already had that rant. Right. I root for the men but again it seems rather hopeless.
Just a few more chapters left on this one! :)

Author's Response: the Hawkmoth plays quite a big role in the story in the next couple of volumes :D and yup :) just a few more chapters.. thanks for the reviews :) really helps..
Date: May 07 2009