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Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: an Empire's Wrath" from Orion
Review:
Great! I was really pleased to see that this has been updated. I've very much enjoyed reading this and continue to feel that way about this one.

Thanks for writing and sharing it with us.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review - glad you're still enjoying the story.
Review By [Orion] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: an Empire's Wrath" from HMaxMarius
Review:
Oh dear... has the Asgard High Council stepped on the old crank?

We know Kharillon did. Heh... serve him right if he is caught sneaking out the back door of his palace disguised as a beggar-woman... =D

Ya know... I think standing orders for the home fleet should be to immediately beam up the Astria Porta as soon as the Faceless One appears on a world. Thus trapping it in a single location for destruction at the leisure of the ship's commander.
Comments from author:
It may have somewhat. The Tallurans aren't going to be happy, anyhow.

Kharrillion is a dead man - just haven't decided on the method yet....

Nice idea, the problem is that the Faceless One may be about to spawn.

Thanks for the review.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: an Empire's Wrath" from DarthTenebrus
Review:
This has been long and patiently awaited, and with an equal measure of gratitude is it received. Your mastery of the narrative and the emotional aspects of a good story is once again well demonstrated.

With but the minimum of verbiage you paint a very vivid picture of an Empress's great sorrow and terrible wrath, such that I have questioned why Drayana did not opt to increase the measure of her Empire's retribution to the extinction of the Khkerikk race.

To imagine such a holocaust makes my blood run cold as it would anyone's blood, I expect. In the matter of the Faceless One, the creation of Illyria before her choice to side with the Tau'Ri and help protect them, though it seems that space-based heavy plasma weapons may harm it, I can envision a strategy forming in the near future that will entice that foul unbeing to arrive on a desolate world where a hundred thermonuclear devices will be waiting to deliver the only sure means of its complete destruction.

The limited interference policy of the Asgard has its good points as well as its bad ones. With their inability to evince emotional responses or to empathize with others, they are limited to only logical justifications for their decision to stand by as billions of Tallurans and Khkerrikk combined suffer the ravages of total war. One would hope that Asgard logic has taken the response of the Tallurans into account.

Let not the next installment in this opus of yours come quite so late.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the enthusiastic review.

Angry though she was, Drayana wasn't yet ready to resort to genocide. Another similar attack, however...

The main problem with luring the Faceless One anywhere is its habit of popping up unexpectedly in different places, all over the galaxy. It may also be about to spawn...

The Tallurans won't be happy, but Drayana might have calmed down a bit by that time. They've been allies of the Tallurans for millennia (as opposed to minutes in galactic terms with the Tau'ri).

Glad you enjoyed it - I'll try not be so long next time.
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: an Empire's Wrath" from Rich
Review:
Let's see, where to start....WOW.

You haven't created a new character, or a new story; you've created an entire universe, with multiple species, nations, and histories. The character of Drayana alone is worthy of her own fandom (I want a tee shirt !), and I look forward to the eventual "concise history of the Talluran Empire" in three volumes.

The military action is clear and concise, the strategic aspects are easy to understand, and the characters are completely believable. And in this chapter, you also achieved something that I'd hesitate to attempt - you wrote an inspiring political speech which was actually inspiring.

I'd say keep up the good work, but it would be superfluous, because I know you will anyway.
Comments from author:
Creating the Vedda Galaxy and its characters and races is actually the most enjoyable part of this.

Glad you think the characters are believable, even in a different context. I had some help from my beta, Vidicon, with the speech.

I will indeed keep up with this. Thanks for the review and glad you're enjoying it.
Review By [Rich] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: an Empire's Wrath" from Dragan
Review:
Drat was hoping to see the Tauri's reaction to Polar Bears as Sentient.

Great Story
Comments from author:
Oh, you will... Especially Faith's - she might make some good friends there.

Thanks for the review, glad you're enjoying it.
Review By [Dragan] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Old City, New Friends, New Enemies." from (Current Donor)Sulien
Review:
Could have sworn I'd recommended this story long ago, but found out I hadn't when I was going through to make sure this entire series was recced after talking to a friend of mine about it. Oversight corrected. :)

Edited to reply: generally speaking, I'm allergic to WIPs, but you're one of those authors whose stories I love so much I'm willing to wait however long it takes (you're in the top three on my list for this). This whole series has been awesome (yes, that word is vastly over used, but it applies here) and this is my favorite story in it, just because I love your world building and the original characters you've fleshed out so well. You're an amazing story teller and if you're not published, you should be. If you ARE published, please email me with the titles of some of your books so I can buy them! I may nit pick a few things here and there in private reviews, but I love your writing. /fangirling
Comments from author:
Thanks for the rec - glad you're sticking with it!
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [10 May 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from Alkeni
Review:
Another excellently written chapter.
Comments from author:
Thanks - glad you're still enjoying it.
Review By [Alkeni] • Date [25 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from Godot
Review:
Great update, looking forward to the next chapter!
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review - glad you're enjoying it.
Review By [Godot] • Date [19 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from maxthehobbit
Review:
I went back a couple of chapters to the start of the war to get a better picture of the whole thing.

It was pretty funny that the Malhenthia were worshiping Faith and the way Faith reacted. Also Dawn saw her Mother was almost killed in that other planet. Gives Dawn a glimpse of how her Mother feels about her risking her life sneaking out her window and roaming around Sunnydale at night, but Dawn is different, she just might think she has to prove herself since the rest of the family, even her Mother are risking their lives ... Dawn logic (so funny).

The Khkerrikk, or rather their leader using biological weapons is going to be very expensive. Drayanna has no choice but to retaliate and do it viciously or other enemies may also use illegal weapons. I almost thought the Khkerrikk military might revolt and they still might, but with the use of biological weapons on the Tallurans, it's far too late.

With the Terrans going to the Imshai world all kinds of things may happen. Will Dawn's quirky ways be appreciated or will they just want to kill her ... the Imshai aren't really patient, but who knows maybe they've never encountered someone like Dawn. Faith will get along well with them, she'll have plenty of partners to spar with and the Imshai may be impressed with her strength and skills. Maybe even Lam will even find their way of living to be interesting.

Great Update!
Comments from author:
The Malhenthia's worship may, or may not, prove to be significant. Hard to say how Dawn will react - at the moment she's just scared, both of mother putting herself in danger and of what might happen to Tallura Prime (also slightly annoyed at Drayana for sending her away).

The Khkerrikk nukes actually killed a lot more than the bio-weapon (it was used against a small planet) and it's equally anathema to specifically target civilians with nukes. The Khkerrikk army - or elements - might yet revolt, but as you say, it's much too late.

The Imshai might actually like Dawn - they don't like the stuffy element, like Ilarius. Faith will get along very well with them.

Thanks for the review - glad you're still enjoying it.
Review By [maxthehobbit] • Date [17 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from (Past Donor)boo
Review:
I just love this story. Your characters are so well developed and the story is awesome. I can't wait for more!
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review - glad you're enjoying the story so far.
Review By [(Past Donor)boo] • Date [16 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from GraysonPaladin
Review:
MAD, she's invoking MAD protocols... and I cannot blame her one bit. The war will be over soon
Comments from author:
Perhaps not full scale MAD, but certainly a massive response that'll make even Kharrillion's eyes water.

Thanks for the review
Review By [GraysonPaladin] • Date [16 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from grd
Review:
This is an Empress that if she survives will be one of the truly Great ones. Forged in the fires of battle and adversity. Love how Diana, Joyce, and Dawn have become part of it. Earth will seem very small when they eventually return.
Comments from author:
Assuming she doesn't either crack or turn into a clone of her ancestor - it's a lot of pressure for a sixteen year-old. Earth will seem very small, but if the Tallurans can crack that distance problem? Goa'uld look out!

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [grd] • Date [16 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from HMaxMarius
Review:
Somebody call Sig Hansen and the NORTHWESTERN... That's a KING Crab!


While the call's out, someone find a Technomage and the EXCALIBUR. =D
Comments from author:
After a couple of smart grenades, it's now crab paste...

Unfortunately, the Khkerrikk bioweapon works a lot faster than the Shadow plague. Some parts of the Khkerrikk Empire are likely to end up as radioactive galactic-scale parking lots, as a result.

Thanks for the review - glad you're still sticking with it.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [16 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from lunalurker
Review:
Another intense and exciting wartime update! The saga continues to enthrall, and I can't wait to find out where its all going.
Thanks for writing and looking forward to more of the series. :)
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review - glad you're still sticking with it!
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [15 Mar 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from (Current Donor)Speakertocustomers
Review:
There is a good author called Cordyfan
Who writes as well as anybody can
And ‘Key to the Stars’
Is better by far
Than Battenberg cake topped with marzipan.
Comments from author:
Thanks for your limerick review. I can't rhyme to save myself, but glad you're still enjoying it.
Review By [(Current Donor)Speakertocustomers] • Date [15 Mar 14] • Not Rated
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