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Claiomh Solais: The Sword of Light

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Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Tempi
Review:
A great story that brought to light some myths that I hadn't known about before. The BtVS flavor of the story was also excellent. The Buffy/Satsu pairing is just icing on the cake as that is my second favorite Buffy pairing after Buffy/Faith. I look forward to reading more.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you liked it -- most of the world isn't too familiar with Irish and Scottish mythology (me included before i researched for this) but it is some rich material to work with. Buffy/Satsu is my favorite pairing, so I decided to write it that way, although it'll be a slow build into it. Hope you like the rest of the series as it comes out, and thanks for reviewing!
Review By [Tempi] • Date [4 Jan 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from robertlisle
Review:
I am really glad that I decided to give this story a shot. You handled Gaelic Mythology nicely as well as showing a great interaction between Buffy and Xander. Nicely done. I can't wait to see where you take the next story.
Comments from author:
I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Writing this story actually made me much more fond of the Buffy and Xander friendship than I had been before, and I had a really good time writing it. I hope you like the next story as well. Thanks for the review!
Review By [robertlisle] • Date [19 Dec 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Eight" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Review:
Nice wrap-up for the villains. Let's hope Satsu was sitting or lying down when she was targeted and not, say, driving... Considering her body only had three objective (subjective?) minutes to suffer, assuming she was linked with Buffy and Xander's timeline when they caught the Rua express... Yeah, she should be fine.

Heh, I assume Twilight was prepared for Angelus existing a minimum of X Earth hours if not X Earth Days as even if they'd returned with an intact Orb the ritual would've taken some time to prepare. Although it was apparently Balor's idea... Oh well. Argh, Faerie time... I expect that Angel or Satsu will be receiving a summons/vision/dream from Balor assuming he sent one off to 'Angelus' in the days before his death.

Looking forward to Branden meeting Dawn, although Buffy's strong 'hint' that he take her on a modern stye date is gonna be tempered by the fact that most fancy restaurants don't have seating arrangements for centaurs ;)
Comments from author:
Yeah, Satsu's disposition will be discussed in the epilogue, but she wasn't seriously hurt -- more than three minutes or so could have been a problem, but that was fine.

Yeah, Twilight as a bit surprised when Angelus never showed up -- he had been observing Angel and thought, from his opinion on the 'cookie dough speech' that Buffy's love would still be Angel. Twilight planned to take advantage of that, and still doesn't know what went wrong.

I'm happy about my impulsive Bradan/Dawn thing -- I hope I can take some good advantage of it in the future. Anyway, thanks for the review, and the epilogue will be friday! I've already started on the sequel, and I hope that you'll enjoy it as well.
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [4 Dec 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Six" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Review:
Love the horse. Tree jumping is awesome. I recommend checking out Split Infinity by Piers Anthony. His unicorns have a one-beat gait, like a pogo stick, and a five-beat gait, which is some mix of three steps and two half steps that they use to march in time with some of the more complicated musical numbers coming out of their horns ;)

Nice touch with the gorge, I was worried that all three castles and all three/four brothers were aspects of the same one, occupying the same location, only transforming when approached from different directions. A relatively straight gorge is an excellent landmark to use when trying to avoid falling into a trap like that ;)

Buffy transforming is fun. Good having the fairies announce ahead of time that they're policing the items she collects, possibly so the mortal realm won't get contaminated overly and vice versa. Seem to remember depleted uranium and/or cold iron having the potential to cause a miniature black hole if dropped on the enchanted ground of Harry Dresden's ghost/Faerie realms... Something like that.
Comments from author:
Brown Allree started somewhat ill defined in my head when I started writing, but when I started coming up with more things to try and trick its rider, it occurred to me how much a jerk you'd have to be to do that kinda thing. Plus, a horse is normally just a beast of burden, but, despite being ridden, this one is constantly trying to trick and annoy the rider. After thinking about that the horse came together in my head, and you get what I wrote.

The thing about fairies is, they are just annoying enough to try that sort of thing. The original story I took the brothers from had each one married to different sisters of the protagonist, so they were definitely different people.

Yeah -- I knew I had to do the transforming approach after thinking about what a female ram is, and how funny that would be for Buffy to turn into. Fairies in general don't like their works and magics to get around overmuch, hence the gifts going away if spoken about, and returning the tokens.

Thanks for the review!
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [26 Nov 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Five" from SlowMercury
Review:
Oh my goodness, this story is wonderful. It's a good mix between the darkness of old fairy tales and the ridiculousness blend of horror and mundanity of the regular Buffy-verse. I haven't read the Season 8 comics, but I am *definitely* enjoying the Buffy/Xander friendship.

Things I particularly liked: Buffy teasing/selling Dawn out by agreeing to let a were-salmon ask her for a date; Xander being glad he'd given up on dignity; the horse's tricks; and the fairy gifts.

I can't wait to see what happens next. :)
Comments from author:
I'm very glad that you are enjoying it. Fairy tales and mythology really do offer a lot of good material for stories, and I like the way it feels blended with Buffy myself. I actually liked Season 8, although I think the second half of it (after about issue 25 of 40) went a bit off the rails, and I really disliked the way that it ended. The Buffy/Xander friendship was a great aspect of it though, and I wanted to get that across during this fic. I'm happy that i seem to be succeeding.

The Dawn/were-salmon thing was completely spur of the moment thing when I was writing that section, but I already plan to expand on it during sequels to this story. I haven't decided all of the details, but that will be a recurring thing. Xander never really cared overmuch about his dignity, especially compared to someone like Buffy who is pretty vain and has a strong sense of pride. I can't picture her doing anything but fighting tooth and nail to escape her cage, but Xander? I can see him taking advantage of being underestimated. The stuff with the horse is based on the original material (in fact, in the story I took Brown Allree from, it eats bread and drinks alcohol, and can talk, although I decided to skip that stuff in favor of new ways for it to run strangely). I like stories where the characters get small things like the fairy gifts, and they get remembered and used in intelligent ways later, which is what I'm aiming for.

Normally I get a review or two before this long has passed after posting, so I was getting pretty anxious. I'm very glad you reviewed! Thanks!
Review By [SlowMercury] • Date [23 Nov 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Four" from Cordyfan
Review:
This is very different to anything I've read here before and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. You seem to have merged a lot of Irish mythology and it allows a very different feeling from the usual crop of big bads that pop up in Buffy stories. As a Scot, a lot of the mythology also feels somewhat familiar to our own tales.

Keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
I'm very happy to hear that people are liking it. I spent quite some time researching Celtic mythology before I started writing, with an emphasis on Irish myths. I'm especially happy to hear someone familiar with the stories of the region approving; I used a few Scottish elements as well as Irish stuff, in particular the Bridge of Two Hairs I mentioned in passing (which comes into play in a few chapters) which I found in a Scottish story about the Sword of Light.

Thanks for the review!
Review By [Cordyfan] • Date [19 Nov 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Four" from moringstar
Review:
I like the way you got the x-man twisting every one against each other. Keep up the good work.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you're enjoying it, and thanks for the review!
Review By [moringstar] • Date [19 Nov 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Review:
Sweet. Good assortment of dangers and wonders
Comments from author:
Yeah, an entire mythology gives one plenty of material of all types to draw from. I'm glad that for the first time this story has drawn more than a single review in a posting! I was getting a little worried. Anyway, thanks for the review!
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [16 Nov 12] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Three" from kalibex
Review:
How fun! Irish Mythology FTW!!
Comments from author:
I'm glad that you are enjoying it, and thanks for the review!
Review By [kalibex] • Date [16 Nov 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Two" from Mcspender
Review:
Oh, I really like a lot Ireland's myths and legends, it's so cool to see them here. Thank you for using them =).
Cool chapter, see ya!!!.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you are enjoying it. I spent quite a bit of time researching for this, so I should be making quite a bit of use of them. Thanks for the review!
Review By [Mcspender] • Date [12 Nov 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Teline
Review:
Good start! There aren't many stories featuring tales and myths from Ireland here. They're mostly just mentioned in passing. Please continue.
Comments from author:
I'm glad you like it! This story will delve pretty deeply into celtic mythology, which is such a large field it'll still be barely scratching the surface. I update on mondays and fridays, and I'm actually most of the way through this already, so you don't need to worry about me finishing it. Thanks for the review!
Review By [Teline] • Date [9 Nov 12] • Not Rated
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