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No Better Name  by Cairistiona 22 Review(s)
acairfearannReviewed Chapter: 13 on 10/25/2011
A wonderful story, I have thoroughly enjoyed the balance struck between secrets and friendship. Your ability to describe expressions and actions is very strong. And that ending, beautiful! Looking forward to the next piece.

Author Reply: Thank you so much, acairfearann! I'm glad you enjoyed the story! I'm hard at work at the next one, though just at the beginning stages at this point. Fingers crossed it flows out as smoothly as this one did.

SuzelleReviewed Chapter: 13 on 10/25/2011
And though he would never admit it aloud to any man, half the time the deer bounded away unharmed; Flora was actually a far better shot than he could ever hope to be, and it was usually she that did the hunting.

Bwahahaha, did you put that in just to make me happy??? Because it worked XD. Go Flora!

I will leave it for him to tell you that tale, for it is long and harrowing, for he came fully to manhood at that time, and such rarely happens without hardship and sorrow. Suffice now to say that he swore never again to be without a spare.

I'm assuming/hoping we will get the full story behind this in your eventual Halbarad-coming-of-age story, correct?? *is excited*

As for the rest of this chapter...what a perfect end to it all. Bowen's reaction to Strider's precautions/training are quite perfectly suited to his character. Hopefully he will pass on what he's learned to little Owen Estel as well as tales of Strider and his companions.

I especially loved the exchanges between Bowen and Strider at the end...it's clear that Bowen has been forever changed by what he's learned of and from these Rangers.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a delight and a pleasure this story has been to follow. It bears your trademark mix of lightheartedness and weight, comedy and heart-moving drama. Hopefully it won't just be Bowen who comes away from all of this with a fuller life--I like to think that the Rangers are deeply happy to know they have one more friend among the Bree-landers. I'm sad to see this tale end, but it couldn't have ended in a better way. I look forward to that not-too-distant future! :)

Author Reply: Ha! No, I didn't write that line to make you happy, although as soon as I wrote it, I immediately thought, "Oh, Suzelle will be happy!" LOL It just seemed to me that given the way I think about the Dunedain women being capable of handling a bow, so might a Bree farm woman living on the edge of the Wild as they do. And it went with Bowen's character somehow to not be the best shot ever. He really is more of a peacemaker than a fighter, though when pressed, look out!

And yes, you will see the genesis of Halbarad's little obsession with making sure he always has a sword in the young Halbarad tale, whenever I finally get that done. The third Rushlight story has priority for now, though. (And yay, I spent an hour or so hammering away at timelines this morning and I *think* I have it sorted out now... gah, I HATE figuring out timelines and what happened "away from the action" and when.)

I'm so glad you enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed writing it! I'm really sad to see it come to an end, but getting started on the next installment is helping in that regard. It will be fun to take everything that happened to Bowen in this story and apply it throughout the rest of his life. :)

Thanks again for all your reviews!


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