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Review of chapter "Epilogue" from SilverWave
Review:
Wow that was dark! You are one sick puppy ;)

Great story glad I stuck with it.

Thanks.
Comments from author:
Yeah, it don't get much darker than that one.
Congrats on making it all the way through!
^_^

And I do hope to do some stuff set after this in the (semi)near future, so now you're all set with the backstory.

Thanks for letting know you liked it.
Review By [SilverWave] • Date [14 Feb 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Eight" from TheatricalBarrister
Review:
Your version of Faith in this "book one" is way darker than any I've seen or imagined before. I never would have envisioned her as actually enjoying killing humans, and I'm glad that I know that she will be redeemed. She is in so much pain, and so lonely, that I can't help but feel for her. This is definitely one of the best conceived, and best written, stories that I've read here, or anywhere else. I'm really looking forward to continuing on with the story.
Comments from author:
Wow, you're tackling the BIG story!
^_^

'Virtue' is very, very dark.
Crazy dark.
And yet, I really felt like it needed to be that way.
The canon version of Faith's 'redemption': crying on Angel's shoulder, sitting around in jail for a few years, doing nothing, accomplishing nothing... that seemed both too easy, and also like a huge waste of time.
This is Faith; if she's going to crash, then she's going to crash spectacularly.
If she's going to drag herself up out of the darkness, then it's going to be a fight, every step of the way.

Hopefully by the end of the book, you feel like she's earned whatever peace she finds... if there's peace to be found.

Good luck with your reading, let me know how it goes!
Review By [TheatricalBarrister] • Date [31 Dec 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Eight" from (Current Donor)MaxGSandeman
Review:
The in-sights into Faith's thoughts and more importantly, her insecurity and place in the world, is rare. Well done.
Review By [(Current Donor)MaxGSandeman] • Date [3 Nov 07] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from misterq
Review:
An excellent story all around. Faith's metamorphosis captured beautifully. Better and more realistic than what happened in Angel the Series, etc.. The only thing thats left me wondering is the dead Yakuza son's Father is going to hear about this, and even though the son tried to take over the organization, he was still family to him. Faith, Alex and Kelly are going to have to watch their backs, I'm guessing. Great job!
Review By [misterq] • Date [26 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from (Past Donor)Jewel
Review:
Fantastic! Really liked where Faith managed to get to - to get past the psycho. I do hope you pursue the sequel idea.
Comments from author:
Thanks!

In a perfect world the sequels will come along eventually.
I hope they will.
Review By [(Past Donor)Jewel] • Date [26 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from (Past Donor)Lupo
Review:
Okay, that was an amazing ride!!! You do Faith better than anyone out there and I hope there is much more to come. I've already added you to track any new stories you post. As I read this story, the song "The Noose" by A Perfect Circle kept playing through my head. It just seemed to fit.

To bad that this is fanfic as I can see this story getting published. You have a great story telling ability allowing the scenes to come alive. Please keep writing.

PS - I hope you continue in this world up to "Bed Time Story"....
Review By [(Past Donor)Lupo] • Date [26 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from Jonathansicari
Review:
Curse You, I liked Taaryu to. Seriously, good job. Thoroughly enjoyable read. I think you have a real feel for writing your action scenes.

About the gun, I thought Calico as you emphasized the "small bullets" and large ammunition capacity. Well, as a gun buff, small to me is .22 or .25 and the Calico is a .22 with hundred round helical clips. Still and all, good story.
Comments from author:
--Seriously, good job. Thoroughly enjoyable read.--

Thank you.

--I think you have a real feel for writing your action scenes.--

You know, I've never, ever heard that.
(^_^!)
Kidding, just kidding.
Yeah, I loves me the action scenes; that stuff usually comes very easily. It's the rest of the story that sometimes feels like work, but you can't have ONLY action scenes, so....

The gun: Yeah, I read up on guns occasionally, and watch the stuff on History/Discovery channels about nifty firearms. I've seen those helical clip deals, and they're kinda neat, but she needed something with a little more stopping power. The SMG rounds *looked* small to Faith, but she's not that experienced with guns, beyond 'point it at the other guy and shoot'.
If you really wanna talk about something I screwed up, weapon-wise, check out how I misspelled 'Katana' as 'Katanna' all the way through the story. I can't believe no one here has commented on THAT.
::Sigh::
::Is Shamed::
(But not enough to go through and change it in every chapter)
Review By [Jonathansicari] • Date [26 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from ShyBob
Review:
I've read a LOT of Faithfic over the years and I believe this to be the most impressive development of Faith I've seen. She has depth; there are human motivations behind her actions. No one-dimensional rage at Buffy here. And she's a hot superpowered chick, to boot. Dreamsmith is my new favorite Faithcentric writer, even ahead of litmouse and nwhepcat (gasp).
Comments from author:
Well you know, I couldn't ask for a nicer review than that.
Thank you very much!
This novel kicked my ass for most of a year, and it's nice to know people both enjoy it and 'Get it'.
Review By [ShyBob] • Date [25 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Epilogue" from becuzitswrong
Review:
OMG, I LOVE this story. What a great depiction of Faith! No one writes her better. Thanks so much for the story. I could read your stuff for hours. I added a recommendation for this story. Definitely one of my favorites.

Now, if I could just persuade you to finish "A Thing of Terrible Beauty"... *grins*

P.S. Okay, I've pasted it into Openoffice, changed it to my fav font, and PDF'd it. Now I will reading for the next few hours. Woohoo
Comments from author:
Thank you for the Recommendation!

AToTB--Ack!!!
I'll admit that I occasionally toy with finishing that, even if it IS a huge, weird story that I started writing before I knew HOW to write.
Hmm.
o_O
Review By [becuzitswrong] • Date [25 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Forty-Four" from Jonathansicari
Review:
Yay. Loving the fight (and the actions of the Storm). You killed Itai (insert south park reference). Is the gun she took a calico?


Thank you very much for the continuing ride.
Comments from author:
Poor Itai.
Well, at least he went down fighting.

The guns... I'd have to go back and look at my notes, but I'm pretty sure the handgun is a Walther P-99, and the SMG is a customized/modified MP-5 with an extended clip and a huge honking sound/flash suppressor on it.
I've got images of both that I put in the original posting, but the links kept getting broken, so I didn't bother with it here.

--Thank you very much for the continuing ride--

You are very welcome!
Thanks for the reviews!
Review By [Jonathansicari] • Date [25 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Forty-Four" from (Past Donor)Kiwikatipo
Review:
"She was no doctor, but where her own body was concerned, Faith was an expert. .... one of the things she'd learned while a Slayer was how to monitor and guide the healing process. With practice, it was possible to direct the body's resources, to speed up or slow down certain activities; lots of different things."

Interesting idea as how a Slayers healing worked was never properly explained.

I have speculated that bruises show up and take a disproportionately long time to heal so people in a Slayer's village would not be suspicious of their supernatural healing powers.

I liked this line too but think you might have a typo in there somewhere.

"And I can't die until I finish this. I don't them to say 'Oh, did you hear? Faith's finally dead, and she screwed up her last try at being more than a skanky ho, too.' I can just see Willow being all smug and superior about that; the bitch."

I could see Willow being smug and superior too, she did not like Faith and her dislike was way before Faith turned evil.
Comments from author:
Argh!
I think it's basically impossible to squish every typo in a story this long; at least the omitted-word type like this one.
::Sigh::

Faith's healing--I'm saying she's developed it more than most Slayers ever would, both because she had so much time to fiddle with it, because she loved exploring her powers, and also because she's just so kick-ass.
^_^

The antagonism between Willow and Faith is well-known, and it isn't minor, neither. I'll get around to doing something focusing on that at some point....
Review By [(Past Donor)Kiwikatipo] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Forty-Four" from Lady
Review:
What I've glimpsed at looks interesting. I did find your website but thought the formatting would be easier to work with here. I load it into PDA so I can sit in a comfy chair with chocolate & read.
Just thought I'd review and encourage you as you seemed down. Oh shades of B5 with the death incarnate line, not a complaint Susan was always a favorite of mine.
Comments from author:
--I did find your website but thought the formatting would be easier to work with here.--

I like the way stories look on this site; yep, yep.

--I load it into PDA so I can sit in a comfy chair with chocolate & read. --

I wanna be able to do that!!!
Seriously. I've looked around a little, but so far haven't found a PDA with an outrageously beautiful display that costs nearly nothing... so I'm still holding off.

--Just thought I'd review and encourage you as you seemed down.--

Don't mind that, I'm ALWAYS down. It's just a thing.

--Oh shades of B5 with the death incarnate line, not a complaint Susan was always a favorite of mine.--

Hm. You're right.
That might have been in the back of my mind as I wrote it, can't recall.
(My favorite character was the emerging demigoddess Lyta Alexander)
Review By [Lady] • Date [24 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-Seven" from (Current Donor)Ironbear
Review:
Yeah, I'm kinda surprised that this isn't getting more reads than it is. Along with Return to Normal, this is one of the better fics in Latest right now.

Oh well. Look at it this way: it's what we get for bucking the trends. ;) Don't sweat it. Good stuff, you have a following, albeit a small one, and this's definitely an off-the-beaten-path type of fic. ;]
Comments from author:
--Along with Return to Normal, this is one of the better fics in Latest right now.--

I was digging 'Return to Normal' for a while there, until the 90% 'telling' and 10% 'showing' writing style became too irritating. I might check it out again at some point.

--Good stuff, you have a following, albeit a small one, and this's definitely an off-the-beaten-path type of fic. ;] --

Story of my life; a handful of people like my stuff, but at least they REALLY like it.
^_^
Thanks for the review.
Review By [(Current Donor)Ironbear] • Date [23 Oct 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-Seven" from Jonathansicari
Review:
Three terrific chapters of set up. Can't wait for the rousing crecendo.

I really should cheat and try to find your website...

*edit in response*

Gah, can't type this morning. Yes it will work ('cause I'm lazy and a sucker for guilt trips).
Comments from author:
It's not hard to find, if you look.
And it would be fine.
::Sigh::
Yep, yep... you'll just be making me cry, by making the hits/reviews for this story even lower than they already are.
::Extremely Heavy Sigh::
It's not like I feel bad, when I see how all the other stories here get more love than mine....

(o_O)
(I wonder if that'll work...?)
Review By [Jonathansicari] • Date [22 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Thirty-One" from (Past Donor)Lupo
Review:
Wow, Wow, Wow.
How do you keep coming up with this stuff? Each chapter is better than the last and the anticipation just keeps growing. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping Faith teetering on the sane/insane line. Bringing out the inner strength in Alex may give him a better understanding of what is driving Faith, letting him know that anyone is capable of anything when the right buttons are pushed. Kelly is going to have a long, long road ahead of her, unless between the withdrawal and terror she experienced, the knowledge of what happened to her is erased.....maybe with some flash backs that will make her more like Faith?

This has got to be be one of my all time favorite stories!!! As for the violence? Keep it coming cause it all fits.
Comments from author:
I'm very happy you're enjoying it.
Alex... well, 'inner strength' is one way of putting it. 'Suicidally reckless' might be another, given the way he keeps hitting her, and yelling at her, and, well, hitting her....
o_O

Teetering Faith is the best kind of Faith; I agree.

Oh, and if you like the violence, you're going to loooove book four.
^_^
Review By [(Past Donor)Lupo] • Date [19 Oct 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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