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Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from Angelinasway
Oh... Oh god! This was by far the best crossover Fanfiction I have ever read... I just can't get over how absolutely beautiful, and just stunning this was... I will admit, I did try to read this about three years ago. When I was a bit new to crossovers in general. I had to stop, because I knew how horrible and awful it was gonna get when Buffy, and just everyone, found out about Vashnek and what the Powers had done. I got incredibly afraid! So I stopped, but I'm happy to say I pushed through this time, and I am so happy I did. This was just so amazing. I literally bawled through a good portion of this, but I am so happy to reach the end, and to have Buffy and Legolas so close... Just thank you, thank you for this. It was masterful! I would like to leave you with a quote that to me describes this story perfectly. It's taken from the 'Lord of the Rings' movie, right near the end of 'The Two Towers'. It's what Samwise says to Frodo... :

"It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass."
Review By [Angelinasway] • Date [30 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 1" from Jave
This is my favorite story ever! I must have read it about a dozen times! I really hope the new hobbit movie (full with legolas :D) inspires uou to finish the sequel :D
Review By [Jave] • Date [14 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from WhippingDawn
Such a magnificent story! It almost made me cry as I shared Buffy's despair. You truly are a talented writer.

It makes me sad that you have only ten stories here. I could read a thousand.
Review By [WhippingDawn] • Date [21 Mar 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from (Recent Donor)Luna
LOVED it. Really wonderful.

(would say more but it's 2am and I'm sleepy! I just had to finish this story before bed! :)
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [25 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 29" from (Recent Donor)Luna
"I've been through more battles with Buffy than you can ever imagine-"

"Oh, here we go," Angel groaned as Spike began to snicker behind one upraised hand.


And Whistler = Istari! I guessed but wasn't sure. Nice!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [25 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 26" from (Recent Donor)Luna
AW! I LOVE it when someone from BTVS is placed in a different world and then it is reunion time! YAY!!!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [25 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 22" from (Recent Donor)Luna
I *really* love this story. It pains me to head to work and not continue to read!
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [24 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 13" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Okay, the Ludacris part was HILARIOUS! I was snickering as I read it :)
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [24 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 1" from (Recent Donor)Luna
"That's not Giles,"

Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [22 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from MarcusSLazarus
The opening dream raised some interesting questions about what role Buffy would play in Middle-Earth’s upcoming war, and your idea about how to ‘negate’ the balance disruption caused by Buffy’s resurrection certainly worked; I read a story or two where characters tried to kill Buffy to restore the balance, but you made the simple-yet-excellent point that the First’s been trying to kill Buffy and therefore that idea just doesn’t work.

Her subsequent confusion about her purpose in Middle Earth is well-developed- nice touch with your decision to avoid the easy path and set this AFTER the War of the Ring, on that topic- and her interaction with Legolas as she explained where she came from and why she left very effectively captured her emotions on the need to make such a difficult choice.

The concept of Buffy ‘evening out’ the balance in favour of the other side of the equation was a drastic twist, but you handled it very well as Buffy is forced to confront the nightmare that her presence has unintentionally created, and while a part of me felt that her allies showing up just when they did was a bit ‘deus ex machina’ it certainly worked in terms of dramatic effect, and your subsequent explanation for their ability to travel there certainly worked (I particularly liked Angel and Buffy’s last goodbye; it’s nice to see an interpretation on their post-W&H relationship where Buffy DOES understand why he took control of the firm and recognises that his mission remains the same, rather than avoiding him because she thinks he’s evil).

In terms of practicality, I still have my doubts that the orcs could have created an army of that size in a few months- mystical healing is all well and good, but surely Buffy’s metabolism could only replenish what she lost to a point?-, but given the mystical nature of the transformation I suppose it’s possible that some of the ‘recruits’ could have used their own blood to trigger a transformation in others while it was still ‘fresh’.
Still, while the ending felt a bit abrupt- all that build-up to the final battle, and it’s over in two chapters with no chapter for the aftermath?-, there was still a certain satisfaction to it, and the interesting twist on Buffy’s dream-warning was rather effective regardless of the initial confusion surrounding it.
Comments from author:
Thank you for your review on this monster of a fic. It's always gratifying to hear back from someone on something that consumed so much of my life for so long, but doubly so when the review is as well thought out, and so eloquently written. I appreciate the time it took to write the review, and thank you for the effort. It's always wonderful to see that in same ways, this fic continues to live on and find new readers.

Thanks again.
Review By [MarcusSLazarus] • Date [9 Dec 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from AtotheM
Oh my goodness. That was so amazing.

You wrote in Tolkien's world SO well. And you crafted Buffy into it so perfectly, and the idea of using her blood--brilliant. I am enthralled and amazed. Great job!

Just fantastic.

And I was really crying at the death of a certain elf.
Comments from author:
*grins* Thanks so much for the review! I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed it so much. :)
Review By [AtotheM] • Date [14 Jun 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from Jave
OMG I LOVE THIS STORY; In the past few years I must have read it at least 12 times.

One thing: you promised a sequel years ago and I still check every week if one is published. Is there still a sequel on the program?
Comments from author:
Jave - there is indeed a sequel on the program. I think I just needed to hear enough encouragement from people like you to finally pull it from the shelf and get back to work. *grins* I think my muse has had a long enough vacation, don't you? So while I don't foresee the story hitting the posting boards anytime in the near future, for the first time in many years I'm working on the project - and hopefully I'll still have your support and reviews for when it finally sees the light of day.

Thanks for the kick in the butt - it was needed!

Review By [Jave] • Date [18 Jan 10] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from NeedlessNoodles
I was actually about to cry before the very end of this. I'd assumed that it was Legolas the dreams were talking about - "...he wont choose you." Made me want to cry. Not fair, her having to be alone. I thought it really was going to end with her death. Well, truly a story fit for Buffy. Well done.
Comments from author:
*grins* Thank you so much! It means a great deal to me to continue receiving feedback from a story, even though it was written many years ago. And moving my readers emotionally is always one of my biggest goals. Thank you for the response!
Review By [NeedlessNoodles] • Date [19 Dec 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from Nightscream
I've probably re-read this story at least 4 times now. I love it more and more each time. It makes me laugh in so places and cry in others.

But I do have one question. I would love to see a 2nd part to this, as its an open ended fic. Will she always be alone? Will she never find someone to be with, or even a lover to comfort her (or 2, I love the twins but that's just me)?

I would love to read more about her life in middle-earth in the fic world you've created.
Comments from author:
Thank you for the wonderful review, and I apologize for the many months that have gone by without a response. To be honest, I wasn't sure what the response would be as I had always hoped to write a sequel, and truth be told, the first chapter has been written for years now. I guess I just needed enough encouragement to pull it off of the shelf, dust it off a bit, and get back to writing. Your review was a large part of that much-needed encouragement, and I thank you for that. *grins* Hopefully you'll still be around and reading by the time I get this thing ready for posting.

Thanks again!

Review By [Nightscream] • Date [9 Oct 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter 36" from Horizon

That was kind of mind blowing. And, well, it was a privilege to get to read that story, because it's probably one of the best works of literature I've ever seen, published or not. Thank you so much for writing this, and for sharing it with the rest of us little people.

The concept of forcing someone who'd always been a hero, had died being a hero, into being the villain is at once bitterly unfair and a stroke of utter brilliance.

First off, I'd like to say I think you've really managed to capture the essence of each character here, and kept them true to form through hardships faced and battles fought [Fred's thoughtfulness was a nice touch]; Buffy especially. Though the tearing down part was kind of painful [yep, I admit it, I totally sobbed like a baby when hallucination Giles appeared and did the whole inspirational speech thing], the rebuilding of her strength and determination later on was all the sweeter for it. I've always adored Buffy as a character, imperfections and all, and you write her so well, so kudos for that.

One pet peeve of mine besides crappy characterizations? One dimensional heroes and/or villains. Thank you for avoiding that pothole. Vashnak was certainly... intriguing. And when he went all shade of gray before he died, I kinda sorta felt a little - dare I say it? - sympathy for him. Sue me.

And also, nice job combining the humor and levity with the bloodsweattears - no story is complete without a little of both. Elladan and Elrohir always cracked me up, and of course, I was going through boxes of tissues the whole time I was reading this, especially near the end with the Legolas - insert eardrum bursting fangirl squeal here - and Buffy angstfest. Nice to know that she could eventually find the inherent selflessness and forgiveness that has always set her apart.

Lastly, thank you for the realistic, well-pulled off story line, and for all the gorgeous, poignant lines scattered throughout. They really hit the right chords, and I have the mangled Kleenex to prove it.

Personally, I'm still crossing my fingers and wishing real hard at 11:11 exactly that real life will cut you a break long enough for a sequel.

[please, please, with cherries and yummy elves on top?]

No pressure though. xp

Again, great, great job. You should be proud.
Comments from author:
There are some reviews that I respond to immediately - those are usually the reviews that go something along the lines of "Great job. Well done." And then there are reviews like yours that sit in my inbox for... well, months. This process is completely backwards, for if there is ever a review worthy of a response, it's a review like yours, but the problem is that reviews like yours are so insightful, inspiring, and delightful to read that I leave them sitting in my inbox where they can mock me daily. My hope is that they'll serve as the inspiration that I need in order to dust my muse off, pull it from the shelf, and start back on the sequel that has never quite made it past the first chapter. Last week, all of these emails piled in my inbox, mocking me as usual, finally served their purpose and for the first time in years, I've pushed my creative juices towards the long-promised Equinoxium sequel. In other words - I hope the promise of that sequel can be an apology for the abhorrent length of time it took me to respond to such a wonderful review.

So thank you, Horizon, for such a wonderful, humbling review. I'm so delighted that you found everyone to be acting within the realm of their character. There's nothing that kills a story faster for me than OOC behavior, and I strive to always keep our characters working within their quirks, passions, and foibles. And yes - I thoroughly enjoy tearing down my favorite characters, but never to leave them broken. Broken is only fun provided that you then take the time to fix what you broke - hopefully in such a way to make the character all the stronger for their brokenness.

And Vashnak... ah Vashnak. Yes, one dimensional villains are boring. My greatest aim in writing is to make the reader feel something - joy, anger, pity, love. If the reader can feel even a portion of what the characters are feeling, I think it makes for a better read. It draws you in and makes you a part of the story, and the one-dimensional villain is nothing more than a prop device - the red shirt that serves a part and nothing more. But Vashnak was more than just a plot device. He was the creation of Buffy's blood, and while he started out with the orc mindset of death, destruction, and mayhem for the sake of the evil, with time he began to develop those lovely shades of gray that Buffy lives, fights, dies, and loves within. While writing him, he took on a shape all of his own, with thoughts, feelings, desires, and a personality that begged to be brought to life. And then death, for the story couldn't have had a proper ending without the death of Buffy's great antagonist.

Wow... soap box. Heh - not my intention, I just couldn't help but talk about some of the characters and developments that took up so much of my life during the writing process. And the characters that are again invading my every waking thought as I plan their next set of adventures. So thank you, again, for helping to get the muse off of the shelf. Hopefully you'll still be around and reading when I start posting the sequel.

Thanks again,

Review By [Horizon] • Date [2 Oct 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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