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Smoke & Mirrors  by Lialathuveril 115 Review(s)
MlleGigiReviewed Chapter: 15 on 1/4/2017
Well, all is explained now -- and it turns out that I wasn't all that far off the mark originally. I suspected that she had been in love with a young man -- one of her father's knights, perhaps -- who'd been killed on the Field of Pelennor or perhaps at the Black Gate. It turns out that Lothiriel DID lose a young man whom she had loved -- but although he was a man of Gondor, he was not one of her father's men (more the reverse) and he died in a different time and place than I had imagined. It's lovely to see that she and Eomer have managed to clear up all their misunderstandings and admitted that they've fallen in love with each other in spite of themselves!

Author Reply: Yes, you were pretty near the mark, weren't you! When I first wrote the wedding night scene, I actually included a few more hints, but all my test readers guessed at the identity of the man she was in love with, so I took them out again to muddy the waters ;-D

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed the ride!

Lia

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 8/24/2016
So lovely that you chose the last scene to happen at the cozy hunting lodge. The first time this hunting lodge was mentioned in the previous chapters, I wondered when they will return there, added bonus is that Elfwine is part of the chapter. Thank you for posting your story and this is the literal equivalent of a chocolate cake for me.

Author Reply: I thought the hunting lodge would be a place where they could just be themselves and I wanted to show their new family life.

And I'm so pleased to hear you liked the story - I love chocolate cake, so comparing my story to one is a big compliment ;-)

Lia

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 15 on 8/24/2016
Enjoyed this chapter very much, it's so romantic and reads like a wedding night. Sort of a second wedding night, I think.

Author Reply: Yes, exactly! Only this time round much nicer, I hope.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 14 on 8/24/2016
I enjoyed the scene with the Dunlending's female leader, Lothy is such an invaluable asset to Rohan too.

I'm glad they will finally have the "talk".

Author Reply: I think that Eomer too knows she's an asset, just finds it a bit difficult to admit at the moment. And yes, 'the talk' coming up ;-)

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 13 on 8/24/2016
Their reunion scene was so romantic, I'm very curious about how you will portray the Dunlendings.

Author Reply: Thank you! I feel rather sorry for the Dunlending women and especially children, losing all the men.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 12 on 8/24/2016
Very awkward but funny scene with Eomer bulldozing into Aragorn's chambers. The detail about their active use of the palantir for tactical reasons. I've always thought that it's a very useful tool

Author Reply: Yes, I thought that even though only the Orthanc stone is really still useable (so no communication between stones), it could still be useful to spy on the enemy's movements.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 11 on 8/24/2016
I'm thankful that the battle was concluded fast, Eomer's conversation with Faramir and Aragorn were very helpful in giving some insight about Lothiriel.

Author Reply: I like Faramir and Aragorn very much, so it was nice to be able to include them in this story. And Faramir in particular would of course have known Lothiriel from childhood.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/24/2016
Felt so sorry for both Eomer and Dordes in this chapter, wish Eomer didn't have toleave but I think this time apart will also help them evaluate their feelings for each other.

Author Reply: Yes, absence might make both of them take a look at their feelings and realise what they are.

whitewaveReviewed Chapter: 9 on 8/24/2016
Very sweet domestic scenes of Eomer and Lothy, wish they had confessed their feelings around this time, it thrills me to read when they are reunited.

Author Reply: Wow, you've been busy reviewing - thanks so much! But if they had confessed their feelings in this chapter, the story would have been over much quicker ;-)

curiouswombatReviewed Chapter: Epilogue 2 on 8/22/2016
A very fitting end - thank you!

Author Reply: Thank you for reading :-)

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