Very nice. Love the ending. Your vision of Legolas is exactly how I see him. I see it has been many years since you posted this story, and I do hope you have read all of the books by now. But to tell you the truth, from what I read here, I would never have know that you had not read all of the books. I'd say you knew just enough. This was a great little story. I am glad I stumbled upon it.
I must agree with you on the fact that there is a little good in everything. No one is born evil and I truly believe that. I think the exchange between Sam and Legolas is very well written and I can feel Sam's intrigue. I mean, who wouldn't be in awe of an elf?
I've been reading your story non-stop until I finally caught up. This is the best Haldir story I've read. You make him sound so sexy and your love scenes are full of passion. Even if it is just a touch or a look, it makes my skin tingle. There is so much mystery in your story too. I absolutely love it and you keep me on the edge of my seat with every chapter. I urge you to keep going with this one. I am completely hooked.
Author's Response: Awesome! A new reader!! I don't know if you'llread this reply, but I just wanted to say thanks so much! I'm writing a novel of my own, and writing these stories is practice for me, plus I LOOOVE Haldir, and I wanted to do himm justice. I also wanted to write a more realistic mary-sue story. Sarah may be a girl from our time, but she faces the troubles anyone would face coming into Middle Earth from a place so different. Thanks so much for your wonderful review, and I hope you leave many more! THe story is hardly half over, so there will be many chapters in the future. DOn't lose hope in my writings, either, I pray, because even though it might take me a month or two to update a new chapter, I am constantly working on it and trying to make it as good as possible! Thanks again!!
First, I must apologize for not reviewing lately. I have been busy trying my hand at this writing thing. However, I am finally caught up and I must say, this is my favorite story. You work magic with every chapter. It is unpredictable which is what makes it so intriguing. You are just such a wonderful author and a great example. Now with that being said, where is Thranduil? My heart is racing to know what happens next. All in good time I'm sure.
Author's Response: Anita, firstly, there is no need to apologize. Everyone has their own lives and schedules. I am merely flattered that you take time out of your busy life to read my story. Secondly, I wish you the very best in the writing! It always appears easier than it seems. I myself have taken a break of about 5 years from this story, and even so certain chapters still drive me insane. Sometimes I stare at the screen for about an hour with just one sentence written, less even. So just be patient :) Now, thank you ever so much for still reading this story and enjoying it! I must admit myself when I sit down to type out a new chapter, I always have random new ideas coming into my head that I have no notion of their origins. Keeps things interesting, and so far it has worked. That's where all the little side stories have come from. As for Thranduil, fear not, the mighty King will re-enter soon.
I have been reading your story and finally caught up. This is wonderful writing. Thranduil is so complicated and you have done a great job representing him. This last chapter has gripped my heart though. Amorith has finally told her story. I know how it feels to keep something bottled up for too long. I'm just glad it was Haldir she opened up to. Your version of Haldir is so different than how most write him (arrogant and stubborn). Here you make him seem so loving. How could she resist him. I know I couldn't. Still, I know how much she has connected to Thranduil. A girl can dream. This was my favorite chapter and I can't wait for more. But since you have asked, I will wait patiently. Happy Holidays to you too and have fun.
Author's Response: Anita, thank you for the review! I am really happy you are enjoying my story; it has been so long since I have written anything, fanfic especially, that I am afraid I am losing my touch. Yes, Amorith has kept so much bottled up it is a wonder she hasn't already exploded. I wanted to show her at a weak spot, so slice away the layers of the Sindarin personage she has been hiding behind to show her real self: the destroyed proud Noldo lady that she is. And as for the one she told being Haldir, he is her Captain, and she has put him in some trouble. And as mentioned, nothing escapes the observations of Haldir. I wanted to portray him differently, and hopefully in the next part of the series more will be revealed of him. There's more to Amorith's story with Thranduil, and Haldir's story with his maiden, then meets the eye. I hope to get the next chapter up tomorrow. I hope you continue to read and enjoy :)
This may not be a very in depth review but I just have to say... Haldir is hot. You've written him beautifully. You make me want to be Amorith. Oh to wake up in his arms, it's just too much. Thranduil better straighten up or Am's gonna be gone for good. But I know your story is about so much more than that. I just got overly excited is all. Enjoying this. Keep it up.
Author's Response: There's no rule on reviews; I've left one word reviews myself! I appreciate your honesty :) I've always wanted to write something about Haldir and Thranduil, with a different take than most. I am glad you like my portrayal of the Captain. He is difficult for me to write, almost as difficult as Thranduil. And Thranduil will lose Amorith if he doesn't wake up, just as you said. Glad you got excited, it means my writing is still effective! Keep on reading and reviewing!
It's good to see Amorith's playful side. She is quite a mixed bag isn't she? Kind of a love hate relationship not only with Thranduil but herself also. And Haldir is throwing himself right in the middle of it. Great story. Love how everything is coming together.
Author's Response: Amorith is multi-layered, with many dimensions, as complicated as anyone. She created the image of Amorith, her stronger points, to hide her vulnerable weaknesses as Vanimė. You definitely picked up on her love-hate relationship with herself, as well as with Thranduil. She is refusing to blame herself for anything. Then there's Haldir, just as you said, throwing himself in the middle. Glad you are enjoying it.
I really feel like I am understanding all of the characters better. With every chapter you lead me a little deeper into their minds. Yours is the kind of story I could definitely go back and read again, and that's a good thing. Sorry to be late with a review. The holidays just snuck up on me.
Author's Response: Thanks Anita for the kind review. I am trying to provide a depth to the characters and the story, and each time I think of uploading a new chapter I review it carefully, so that if you look at the original format there are some pretty serious changes/additions. I am glad you appreciate my story, and I thank you for your honesty. I hope you had a great holiday, and wishing you a happy new year.
Very nice chapter. I especially like her talk with Haldir at the end, about the battle in her head, heart and home. A few sexy moments with just enough spice. So she is finally off to Mirkwood. Can't wait to see what happens with Thranduil. Very well written.
Author's Response: Vanimė is finally starting to acknowledge to herself that hiding in the Golden Wood won't solve anything, and she realizes it is time now for her to decide her path. Her being torn in too many directions is not healthy for her anymore. She also wants to reaffirm to Haldir that she will accept him if, and only if, he can handle her. Vanimė knows she is a very difficult person, and while she longs for warmth and love, she is being more wary this time around. The sexy moments shows this longing of hers, her core revealed when she feels secure.
Legolas is so passionate here yet so sad to see father and son seperate. My favorite is the memory of little Legolas and Celemire. I can just see her standing there shivering in the cold. Amorith seemed so loving. Thranduil had to be very angry to send her away like that, knowing that his son and Celemire loved her so. But I think with his realization he will also redeem himself, eventually. Great chapter once again.
Author's Response: It is sad when a father and son seperate, and neither can bring himself to forgive the other. Both are hopelessly stubborn. Am happy you enjoyied the little memory--it was something that came to me so suddenly as I was reviewing the original chapter's content, and it felt so natural. Poor little Celemirė just wanted her share of the fresh syrup and to join the fun! Through these flashbacks I am showing how Vanimė really is. And yes Thranduil was beyond anger when he found out who she really was. He had loved her with every fiber of his being. He is starting to awaken now, though.
Reading this is like waiting for a tsunami. You know it's going to happen and it won't be pretty when it does. You want to turn away, but there is too much going on, you don't want to miss a thing. Great writing. Can't wait for more.
Author's Response: Anita, I love the way you described your feeling of waiting! This chapter was hard for me to write because I wasn't sure at first how I was going to weave Thranduil into all this. Then it just flowed, slowly. I am glad you are enjoying it :)
OK you've got me interested here. You managed to set a very descriptive scene with only a few words. Please update soon. My curiosity is peaked.
Author's Response: Thank you! So very much! This is my first fanfic and I'm really happy you liked it. I did't expect to get a response so quickly, thank you so much, I'll update VERY soon. :D <3 <3!
I have always loved this character combination. You write beautifully. It's nice to see these three friends enjoying some real bonding and relaxation with each other. Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.
Author's Response: It just works somehow, doesn't it. I'm glad you liked the bit of male bonding in the steam room- I couldn't resist. I'll post the next chapter soon- there are only two but I do feel like writing a bit more of this. Thank you for your review.