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At Hope's Edge  by Cairistiona 14 Review(s)
inzilbethReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/14/2008
We can only guess at how dreadful is the aftermath of battle, but it seems very realistically portrayed in this chapter, as is Aragorn's crashing despair at the lost of yet another of his men. The foreshadowing of worse to come is also most skilfully woven into the plot. Great stuff.

Author Reply: Thank you, Inzilbeth! And as you say, losing yet another man after the hard losses of the summer, especially such a young one... he would very much feel crashing despair. Thanks again for your review!

meckinockReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/14/2008
Wow, the sights and smells and physical aftermath of battle are grimly and realistically portrayed. The draining of adrenalin and the quiet, frantic headcount, and the dismayed realization that another man was lost. This is grim and gritty and quite matches the chapter title! Looking forward to more...

Author Reply: Thank you! "grim and gritty" ... I like that! That's definitely what I wanted, that and the (again I love your word choice) "quiet, frantic" feel to the chapter. I do think that too often in stories... whether fanfic or novels... the physical effects of the aftermath are glossed over at best or ignored. I wanted to be sure to show that Aragorn had the same sort of reactions as any man after a fight like that.

More to come next week. Thanks again for your review!

EstelcontarReviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/14/2008
What a wonderfully poignant and insightful first chapter. Your description of the battle was so vivid, I felt I was there with Aragorn fighting that orc, and feeling exhausted.

His pain at the death of Mallor is just right too. It illustrates beautifully the kind of leader Aragorn is: one who loves and cares for his people as if they were his own kin. That Mallor felt as if Aragorn were his father was a good point too because it shows the kind of close knit relationship a fairly small people like the Dúnedain of Arnor share.

It so sad that Mallor had to die so young. He was such a sympathetic character. His death, though, highlights the self-sacrificing life the Dúnedain of Arnor led in order to protect their ancient territory.

Author Reply: Thank you, Estelcontar! I'm glad you mentioned the close-knit aspect of the Rangers, because I agree with you in that they would no doubt form very close bonds. Going through hardships together is something that binds men closer together than just about anything else, I think, and there definitely was plenty of hardship for the Dúnedain of Arnor to endure. And I often wonder how many young men they lost to battle, like Mallor. Scary times they endured.

Szepilona10Reviewed Chapter: 1 on 12/14/2008
How sad! Mallor was so young(older than me, but anyway). His poor mother! Update soon please!
God Bless!


Author Reply: Yes, it is a sad start, isn't it? Poor Rangers, and poor Mallor, and yes, his poor mother.

Next update will come Sunday or Monday. Thanks for reading and reviewing ... and God bless. :)

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