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Review of chapter "20 Xander's Story" from rhiowen
just read up to chapter 20 and i have to say Xander's story you came up with is so absolutely ridicules and unbelieavable it kind of ruins the whole story and i really don't think i can keep reading.
Review By [rhiowen] • Date [2 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from deathgeonous
Really nice and amusing read here. Thanks for writing this, bye for now.
Review By [deathgeonous] • Date [18 Jun 10] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Prtysmile
I love this story!!! All the little mini-series to it too.
Review By [Prtysmile] • Date [9 Sep 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Dragonelf
This story was just as good as the last time I read.

::Starts reading the next story in the series::

Be bold and mighty powers
will come to your aid.
- Basil King
Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [21 Jun 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from MarcusSLazarus
Intriguing concept, to say the least; bringing together two of supernatural fiction’s most interesting ‘dark magicians’- they’re both magical beings who rely on magical methods of combat; it seems the most apt term to describe both Willow and Cole- come together to create a very… INTERESTING… life for themselves.

I’m really not sure which bits I preferred more, really; the parts featuring Cole interacting with his new family, or the part where he has to meet the old one all over again.

On the one hand, I definitely felt he was treated a bit unfairly in Season Five, given that he wasn’t technically responsible for his actions when he was ‘possessed’ by the Source (Something I’m working on addressing in my story “The Love of a Vampire”, where Angel was sent to help Paige rather than Buffy- second part of a series I’m writing-; Angel encourages the sisters to give Cole another chance after he returns because he knows the differences between the demon and the soul better than most), so it was good watching the Halliwells having to learn NOT to distrust him, but on the other hand, the parts showing how well he gets along with his children and Willow’s own friends- particularly with his children calling Giles ‘grandpa’- were VERY moving...

Of course, the moments where Cole and Willow’s ‘demons’ ‘called’ to each other when they were at their most... emotionally heightened... certainly made for an interesting additional touch; they might have made a happy life for each other, but at least you made it clear that there’s still an element of risk in their relationship regardless of how happy they are together.

Plus, of course, interesting touch with Xander’s sacrifice to secure Angel’s soul; I might think it was a BIT extreme for him to go that far, but I freely acknowledge that part of that’s just based on my own personal low opinion of the guy’s relationship with Angel- no matter what anyone else thinks I still say the only reason he never told Buffy about Willow preparing to re-curse Angel was because he was jealous rather than any ‘finer’ intentions- rather than a problem with your writing, so I’m prepared to ignore it in favour of his new Whitelighter status (If nothing else, his method of putting Wyatt in his place was actually kind of amusing).

Admittedly, I wasn’t exactly wild about the occasional negative treatment of the Charmed Ones- it’s not like they had much CHOICE but to operate on instinct half the time (They basically had to hit the ground running after they gained their powers and, with their work, social AND demon lives to take into account, never really had enough time to look up something they WEREN’T dealing with at that moment)-, and I was particularly unsure about the fact that they STILL ended up virtually ignoring Chris over Wyatt even after they had ‘advance warning’ of what that kind of treatment would result in, but the resulting ‘confrontations’ as others pointed out the Halliwells’ parenting shortcomings DID make up for that...

(Generally undecided about the Keiran thing; the idea of Buffy and Angel raising a part-Darklighter has potential, but it would have been better if he’d appeared for more than just the last couple of chapters)

Still, that aside, good job; keep up the good work!
Review By [MarcusSLazarus] • Date [19 Dec 08] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Harry
A very fitting ending to this story. Both families are working together, having a good time. And I think that little Buffy and a certain Halliwell sister are going to get along just fine!
Review By [Harry] • Date [17 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "28 - And Baby Makes Three" from Harry
Well, you asked for Cole's insight into this child and he gave it! Now, the question is, how will Paige, Leo, and Xander react to this child.
Review By [Harry] • Date [17 Sep 07] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "27 - Interlude on a Jet Plane" from Harry
Spike remember, NEVER mess with a Slayer, especially one who is a MOTHER! You do, you WILL suffer! And messing with La Croix is a sure way to end up as DUST!
Review By [Harry] • Date [17 Sep 07] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "26 - A Raid On Market Street" from Harry
Well, the majority of the group has been taken out. And I was right about Piper. She DOES want to sink her teeth into Ben's recipes and maybe hire Ben for her place when he gets older! And Kent? Could that be Clark Kent, the last son of Krypton? That would explain why he felt odd around Cole and why he heard what he did.
Review By [Harry] • Date [17 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "25 - Visions Aren't Enough For A Search Warrant" from Harry
Well, for ONCE Phoebe used her head! And it didn't take long for Cole, Leo, and the others to figure it out once the pieces fell into place. And to think that the sisters ACTUALLY asked Cole for help as well! Looks like the two families are putting the past behind them.
Review By [Harry] • Date [17 Sep 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter 24 Fudge & Pigs Feet" from Harry
Well, I am glad that Piper finally decided to pay Willow a friendly visit! And wait till she gets a taste of Will's cooking! I think she is going to be in Chef Heaven!
Review By [Harry] • Date [17 Sep 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "23 She Doesn't Call Him EVIL ANymore" from Harry
Well, it sounds like Cole and Phoebe have made peace of some sort. Now, lets see about putting this group out of business! Because when Cole says that they are going OUT OF BUSINESS one way or another, HE MEANS IT!
Review By [Harry] • Date [17 Sep 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "22 Buffy's Bad Night" from Harry
Little Buffy hearing the voice of the Goddess? That can only mean that Cole is going to be in for a MAJOR SHOCK! And he is going to want to get drunk, because his little girl has a destiny! And he does NOT want her to have a destiny!!!
Review By [Harry] • Date [16 Sep 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "21 Phoebe's Face Off" from Harry
Well, Xander got Phoebe to THINK instead of using magic! And he did it logically as well. Now, if only the REST of the family could do the same!
Review By [Harry] • Date [16 Sep 07] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "20 Xander's Story" from Harry
Well, now we know. And BOY, has Leo's respect for Xander gone up! To do what he did and willingly, puts him in a special category. And the fact that Ben was willing to talk to his father about what he felt, PROVES that he is a child that is of the mortal realm, not the underworld!
Review By [Harry] • Date [16 Sep 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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