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Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from Gideon
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Well that is as good a reason as I have seen for why Illyria didn't kill Wesley and why she seemed to be affected by 'remnants ' of Fred. I wonder what she will do when she has collected all of the memories? It would be a powerful incentive to offer Wesley.
Turns out the three seers were right to fear Illyria. I wonder if she would have had as easy a time destroying them in person as she did mentally.
Review By [Gideon] • Date [29 Mar 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from deathgeonous
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This was a very interesting fic. I wanted to reread Harmony, but then this caught my eye. Very nice. Well, thanks for writing this, bye for now.
Review By [deathgeonous] • Date [8 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from xtx
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This is probably the best depiction and characterisation of full-power Illyria I've read. The way that you describe the scale of her being and combine it with how diminished she feels really gives the impression of both why she was God-King and why she find the machinations of the Fang Gang so small and meaningless. Well done.
Review By [xtx] • Date [11 Feb 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from laoshi
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Why not use Feigenbaum Lord of Chaos, Fred's stuffed bear from the flashback of her leaving home to go to college? I suppose it might of had to much of a resonance for readers when obviously you wanted us to focus on the shell. It was an interesting choice to have Illyria leave Wesley unaware of her knowledge of the seers attempts to gather Fred's memories. Anyway the story as a whole is a nice exploration of a character who can easily seem to alien to empathise with. People talk about the Mayor casting a shadow over season three. But I think if ever a character out-loomed the episodes she was portrayed in, it is Illyria.
Comments from author:
--Why not use Feigenbaum Lord of Chaos, Fred's stuffed bear from the flashback of her leaving home to go to college?--

You mean, as one of the items Wes gives the Seers to use in locating Fred's essence?
Well, that IS Feigenbaum. Watching the episodes while writing this, that sure didn't look like a bear to me (unless he's awfully skinny and has very long ears); looked like a bunny.
o_O

Anyways, I'm glad you liked this story; I think it's a pretty kick-ass Illyria story myself.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [4 Mar 08] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Six" from laoshi
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Tacos are Life!
I enjoyed all of the glimpses into Fred's memories but my hands down favourite is the conch shell episode. Call me soppy but I liked Wesley pretending the shell was magic and Fred worrying she'll scare him away with her dorky-geeky-etc-ness.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [4 Mar 08] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Five" from laoshi
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It's easy to say, to be blase about, Illyria being millions of years old, living seven lives at once. But to show the true scale of such a being is inherently difficult. Words like vast, enormous, gargantuan don't really do it justice. You do an enviable job in this chapter of doing just that. That Illyria has to protect the seers from herself, because she could destroy them with something as insignificant as an accidental thought inspires just the right kind of awe. The Fred flashback was fantastic. I can see Fred taking exactly that attitude to Kenny Hodges and it gives Illyria the beginnings of empathy with Fred. Determination is something she can admire. Another great chapter.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the compiments.
I like the images of Illyria's mind too; I think it works pretty well.

The flashbacks are okay, but like you, the seashell bit was my favorite.
(Yes, I am sappy/romantic too; kind of broke my heart to see the two of them being so happy with each other... but then, Illyria thought it was interesting too, which was sort of the point of the story.)
Review By [laoshi] • Date [4 Mar 08] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Four" from laoshi
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It's easy to forget Demon is an insult to Illyria. Her humanoid fighting style Nurith Ai-Seftaaj sounds vaguely Arabic. Did you base it on a real language or just pull it out of the clear blue yonder? The phrase the immaculate conception of war sounds vaguely familiar, is it a quotation? I liked the metaphors the seers employed to describe the effect of Illyria's resurrection on Fred. Just why is it Illyria hasn't taken Wesley's spine as a trophy on general principle. Is it a remnant of Fred's affection for him or something, which has sprung from her sense of isolation? Oh, and slowtime, I'm still enjoying those compound nouns.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [4 Mar 08] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from laoshi
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No where else are we ever likely to read "sat,roiled, or sloshed in consternation" I don't even know what roiling is, but its sloshed that really does it for me in that phrase. It's just such a wonderful expression. We had another compound noun later in the chapter I also enjoyed. Spellwebs is a neat little word.
Comments from author:
--No where else are we ever likely to read "sat,roiled, or sloshed in consternation" I don't even know what roiling is,--

^_^
Yeah, that phrase probably wouldn't show up more than a few times if you googled it.
(and they would all be for this story, in various locations)

'Roiled' is another word for what water does when it boils; the actual movement of the water, though it can apply to any sort of active upwelling of water or liquid. Not sure if I'll ever need to use it in another fic.
'Spellwebs': I just like making up compound words like that. My spellcheck program always nags at me, but I'll often ignore it if I like the way something looks (even though it's technically 'wrong').

Thanks for the multiple reviews on this; sorry I don't answer you more often. Long, in-depth reviews sometimes leave me flummoxed, and I just read them, and appreciate them, but then move on without trying a fancy, intelligent-sounding reply.
But I do appreciate them.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [4 Mar 08] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Two" from laoshi
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Wesley is such an analytical, rational character, but he is in a highly unstable emotional state so his rather amateurish mistake with the seer's magical wards is understandable. I love the line "When she smiled Wesley's heart would have broken... if it had not already suffered that fate, three days earlier." Illyria's tracking down Wesley was a great opportunity to show off some of the powers Illyria still possess, which weren't touched on in the show. What made you choose worldline for Wesley's spatial-temporal presence? Why not something like fatethread or life line? I've always liked the word suture, it comes from the Sanskrit for thread. It has the same root as Sutra. Great works are called sutures because they are supposed to contain a thread of wisdom. That's your bizarre factoid for the day. I liked Illyria's self-referential comment on what Wesley would have thought of her time. It's strange what an ancient goddess finds weird. It's been a long time since I watched Angel season 5 but hasn't Illyria declared Wesley her new high-priest-with-the-unpronouncable-name at this point in the timeline?
Comments from author:
Illyria never ever actually said that Wes was (or would be) her priest. She called him her 'guide', but that's about it. So here, I've got her thinking that he has some kind of connection, and it might go that route, but at that moment she's still not quite sure.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [4 Mar 08] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from laoshi
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Before I start with the review proper I just wanted to comment on the the Series Introduction. I think it gives a great little sketch of Illyria's uniqueness. I especially enjoyed the uppity muck line. As for the first chapter itself, I think the dual perspective structure works well. In the part from Wesley's POV you manage to create a nice sense of his feelings without going into too much depth. He is overwrought by Fred's death but is still calculating and methodical. The comparison between mice, men and Illyria does a great job of portraying Illyria's sheer inscrutability. I liked the juxtaposition of cutting Illyria's hair with a blessed knife and then binding it not with something as mundane as a rubber band.
Having set Illyria up as thoroughly alien you do a great job of making her more understandable in the second half. Of course Illyria the character is a human creation so her thought processes cannot be truly incommensurate with our own. Puzzlement, Indignation and Curiosity, as well as the desire for power are all human emotions. A promising beginning.
Review By [laoshi] • Date [4 Mar 08] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from ShyBob
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Great characterization of Illyria...and a good one of Wes. Your focus on your protagonists gives them a depth usually lacking in fanfic. I read this story a few years back (and remember it well--vivid imagery) and I'm glad to see the series being continued.
Review By [ShyBob] • Date [1 Jan 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Seven" from purrfus
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Never, never, never, ever post all of the chapters on the same day.

I might never have seen this if that other author hadn't given it a glowing review.

I feel sorry for all of the people who missed the chance to read this.
Comments from author:
Hey there.
Thanks for the multiple reviews!

As for the all-at-once posting... yeah, I suppose that might have been a mistake.
It's basically a question of me posting several fics on here, some of them quite long, and not wanting to come across like a spammer, burying the site in endless chapters.
I'm hoping to get back to writing some more Illyria at some point soon, though.
Review By [purrfus] • Date [10 Sep 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Six" from purrfus
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Out with a bang.
Review By [purrfus] • Date [10 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Five" from purrfus
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That last line really says it all.
Review By [purrfus] • Date [10 Sep 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four" from purrfus
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Great fight sequence. The attention to detail shown is amazing. It really comes across that you spent time thinking through the potential strengths and weaknesses.
Review By [purrfus] • Date [10 Sep 07] • Not Rated
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