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Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 1." from VillageOrchid
Review:
Quite plausible, but I thought he'd have Buffy suffer some what more before killing her. But then we have the POV of knowing that the Master will fall.
Comments from author:
What I wanted to put across, is that for the Master Buffy is mostly a tool - he knows about the Slayers, and needs to stop them forming some kind of resistance movement. Capturing Buffy and executing her immediately sends a strong message: 'This is your great hero - and look, now she's gone. I didn't even bother keeping her around, that's how little she means. And that's how easy it is for me to get rid of all of you!' Plus, Buffy is *our* hero, but she's not the focus here; it's not *her* story. I liked how it sent everything a bit off kilter, hopefully undermining people's ideas of where the story was going... ;)
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [26 Jul 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from (Past Donor)Charlotte
Review:
I don't have adequate words to describe how much I enjoyed this. A brilliant description of Illyria at her core.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much! I adore writing Illyria, and had a truly wonderful time writing this - even understanding certain aspects of her better by the end of it.
Review By [(Past Donor)Charlotte] • Date [13 Jul 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: Not Fade Away." from LetsRandom
Review:
I moved on to this after last night and must say it was thoroughly enjoyable. My question is why did you leave the scene with the Master after killing Illyria out? I personally really enjoyed that small section on your lj. I am thoroughly excited for your sequel whenever it comes out!
Review By [LetsRandom] • Date [17 Oct 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from vitruvian
Review:
Excellent, except in one respect... since the Master in fact failed to ever harness the Daemon's power, he should in no way be able to counter Willow's magic with a simple "Subsisto". I can see that you needed him to be able to counter her abilities somehow in order for the plot to unfold, but the means shown don't actually make sense in terms of the Master's demonstrated lack of ability to throw magic around in all his encounters with the Doctor, or even against the Doctor's companions when not near a friendly Time Lord.
Comments from author:
Well first of all thank you! And as for your complaint then this is actually something I've given a fair bit of thought, the explanations just never made their way into the story except in oblique references (“Humans. Very attached to each other. It makes for good leverage though.” “I did my homework." "Whoever wrote the reports on you left out a lot of juicy details...") Firstly, then the Daemons were a long, long time ago, and (for the sake of my story, at least *g*) let's presume that the Master has learned from his mistakes. Secondly, then he knew about, and therefore specifically targeted, the Slayers, and in order to do this as effectively as possible he learned everything he could. In the background story in my head, he forced older Watchers to co-operate and tell him all their secrets (notice that he has the Cruciamentum drug and knows everything about the Deeper Well and Willow's story), which he did by kidnapping/threatening their families (like he did with Professor Docherty). Thirdly, he doesn't actually *use* magic as such, only deflects it - my thinking was that he might have forced some witches or shamans to create a kind of magic dampener around The Valiant which he could then tap into to stop attacks. (And he still nearly fails to save himself from Willow's final attack...) I hope that works for you. :)
Review By [vitruvian] • Date [29 Sep 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from Gideon
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What a terrible story! A horrible, hopeless, meaningless pain that is nothing more than an extended betrayal. I'm glad it is only three chapter long becuase I don't know if I could cope with anything longer. The most horrible thing is that it is so true to Illyria's character, not only is it something she would do but it was what she must do.
There are a couple of questions I would like answered from this fic, like what did they do with Dawn's energy? Maybe save it for invading another dimension on a rainy day? Also what was it that Willow did to him? I'm almost suprised she was as coherant as she was after everyone dying. I guess she still had more control than just after Tara died. And as an ultimate tradedy for Illyria, she showed *human* emotion and cried when the Master died.
Oh, and when you mentioned Connor - the leader of the resistance, I immeditely thought of the Terminator movies. Some destinies cannot be escaped :) Maybe he could be Angel's son at the same time? I'll have to see if there are any fic like that.
Keep up the superlative writing :)
Comments from author:
I'm guessing it's not often that calling a story 'terrible' can be a compliment, but in this case - *thank* you! :) Especially love your description - that it wasn't just what she would do, but what she *must* do: That's it *exactly*! I loved how this tied in with her words in Time Bomb, 'Betrayal was a neutral word in my day, as unjudged a word as water or breeze.' It always puzzled me, but in writing this story I suddenly saw how it could be true. (I, too, am glad it wasn't longer. Apocalypse fic isn't usually my cup of tea - too much angst.)

As for your questions, then I fear I don't really have any answers, although your idea for Dawn sounds very plausible. Willow, I think, had about a hundred different plans, having carefully tried to think of any and every eventuality, and her attack was one that was meant to kill both of them, the Master only managing to shield himself at the very last fraction of a second. Oh, and I forgot to say that the reason she survived the explosion was that she teleported away - so she had a large dose of survivors guilt mixed in with the grief, which I think helped balance her somewhat. And yes, Illyria crying. I loved that image (and how it mirrored the Master crying over her - did you read the tie-in story?), and how they're both betrayed by their feelings, [in their own eyes] making them less than what they want to be/see themselves as.

And I was *totally* thinking about Terminator when I thought of Connor's role. (And he'd be wryly aware of it too.) Plus, having grown up in Quor-Toth he, more than anyone, would be prepared to deal with Hell on Earth. And a Terminator crossover fic would be awesome!

Thank you again for your wonderful, and very insightful, feedback - it's the sort of thing writers live for!
Review By [Gideon] • Date [27 Sep 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from zili
Review:
Amaaaaaaaaazing story. I hope you do a sequel (trilogy?) because this is so well written and thought out and just awesome. It was so hard to do work today because I wanted to know how you played this story out.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for your comment! It has made my morning! *beams* And yes, I'm planning to write a sequel (dealing with events up to - and including - Children of Earth, although probably not how you imagine), all I need is time... But I'll get there. I've got it all worked out! :)
Review By [zili] • Date [26 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from (Past Donor)zephyrRS
Review:
Brilliant! I am stunned!
Comments from author:
*blushes* Thank you *so* much!
Review By [(Past Donor)zephyrRS] • Date [22 Aug 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from ForSpite
Review:
A very good piece and the Master/Illyria romance ended perhaps the only way it could (I say perhaps because there's a small chance of her beating him, but winning the Toclaphane's loyalty seems unlikely).
You're right, though that they seem made for each other. "To conquer all and never die" is very much the Master's credo. Besides the fact we pretty much always see him attempting conquest, he is one of those villians who has gone to incredible lengths to circumvent mortality-- to the point where no one can ever believe that any fate he meets is final (and perhaps it never will be). And that's not just hyperbole, when Yana is revealed as a time lord, the Doctor's first impulse is to make sure he DOESN'T open the watch. Not the reaction of a man expecting a happy reunion with a comrade, it seems almost that he suspects who the only other timelord who could possibly survive would be.
And Illyria probably would respect the Master as so many apparently stronger creatures find themselves doing (including the Daemons).
Comments from author:
First of all, thank you so much for this lovely, and very insightful comment. (And for reading of course!)

Now I *love* the fact that you described the Master/Illyria relationship as a romance, because it really is, even though one of them would inevitably end up killing the other. (I really have a thing for warped love.)

And I'm glad you picked out that line of Illyria's since that was what started the thing in the first place - I think there might be a slight difference, since Illyria does (at least on AtS, the show ended before she could be developed further) think that death would be preferable to being 'reduced', whereas the Master will do, and endure, anything to survive. But their goals are definitely the same.

"it seems almost that he suspects who the only other timelord who could possibly survive would be." Yes, indeed. Surviving is the Master's trademark you could say. (I love that he is known in fanon as Koschei, because it just fits so beautifully.)

And good point re. Illyria and the Daemons - the Master is incredibly ambitious, and that is certainly something that creatures like that admire.
Review By [ForSpite] • Date [11 Mar 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from PhoenixRe
Review:
A worthy sequel
Very nice writing.
You present the characters perfectly
Comments from author:
Thank you! (Again)

Although I have a 'proper' sequel in the works, dealing with all the things that happened on Torchwood. (Because *of course* Buffy and Jack run into each other again! *g*)

Also I feel I ought to give you some sort of trophy for getting through the whole thing. ;) Thank you lots an lots!
Review By [PhoenixRe] • Date [24 Jan 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from onefreeman
Review:
Wow, that was a fantastic read. Thanks!
Comments from author:
Thank *you*! Very happy you enjoyed! :)
Review By [onefreeman] • Date [17 Dec 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from Ansku
Review:
Intense :)
Comments from author:
Oooh, thank you! That's what I was aiming for, but it's a bit tricky when everyone knows how it pans out...
Review By [Ansku] • Date [4 Dec 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from Twoboots
Review:
There are no words for how impossibly awesome this is! Can we get a sequel?
Comments from author:
*flails helplessly* Thank you so much! And yes there'll be a sequel, don't worry. I've got it all planned out...
Review By [Twoboots] • Date [29 Nov 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from Tanydwr
Review:
Sensational. Looking forward to the sequel - especially as Jack will remember a meeting with Buffy that never happened. A death that never happened.

Keep up the good work.

Lol, Tanydwr
Comments from author:
Eeee! Thank you! :) And I hope the Buffy/Jack reunion will live up to your expectations! (I've got it all planned out - all those memories...)
Review By [Tanydwr] • Date [26 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from GoldenRat
Review:
OMG! Newest crossover OTP and always ends with one killing the other.
Comments from author:
They're my OTP of evil! :) And yes, assured mutual destruction. Brilliant, isn't it?
Review By [GoldenRat] • Date [26 Nov 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Between Canons: The Year That Never Was. Part 2." from FaithLestrange
Review:
Wonderful. I think having Illyria and The Master together makes alot of sense and you wrote it spectacularly.

I wonder if the return of the Master in the show at the end of the year might inspire a Part 3? :)
Comments from author:
Thank you! *beams* It was one of those ideas that just wouldn't leave me alone, and then proceeded to grow and grow...

And I'm not making any promises re. more Master/Illyria - partly because this story was absolutely impossible to write! (Don't ask me why, it just was. *sigh*) But I'm very, very pleased you liked it! :)
Review By [FaithLestrange] • Date [25 Nov 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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