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Alquien
07/26/17 03:23 pm
Hi everyone! I'm back, and I had a great time! Now to unpack, nap and eat some more lol -- back eventually! ::hugs to all::
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07/25/17 08:53 pm
I was only thinking about her earlier today. It's such a tragedy. RIP Nightwing.
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Some v sad news for those long serving fanfic writers and readers; Nightwing passed away 2 weeks ago. Cancer. May she have rest now.
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Yay - Glad you're getting better, Ziggy. And a Black Arrow update - what more could I ask for?
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Hello sparkyTAs! You too:) And Spiced! Just posted a silly chapter of Black Arrow to say thank you to everyone:) I am loads better.
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Title: ~ A Far, Fierce Sky ~ by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 377]
Summary:

Book II of of A Crucible Of Stars

Following on from events in A Light in the East, Legolas continues his journey south with Vanim
Category: Fiction
Characters: Glorfindel, Legolas, OFC, OMC, Sauron, Thranduil
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, AU, BDSM, Drama, Dubcon, Erotica, Explicit Sex, Hurt/Comfort, Mpreg, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: A Crucible Of Stars
Chapters: 51 | Completed: No | Word count: 255572 | Read count: 153556

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Published: June 30, 2011 | Updated: March 16, 2017



Reviewer: Yseult Signed
Date: January 13, 2017 Title: Chapter 48: Chapter 48 ~ The Uncovered Night ~

(...) He knew after, that he slept. It was the music that drew him down, a song he pursued through the doorways of his mind, opening one after another, drawn to the singer who eluded him, was always one step ahead.
Maglor! he called, angry, frustrated, running, until he found himself abruptly awake, the name on his tongue, and the prick of a sword at his throat.(...)

To me, this scene so 'delicately and at the same time brutally' captures the frustration and helplessness Van must so often feel, but does not allow himself to show.
I just imagine the beauty and tragic, if he should ever be able to let himself go and truly share his pain with Maglor.

(...) He gathered his hair, started to braid it. To his astonishment, Maglor stepped up, drew it from his hands and took over the task. Heat prickled through his scalp.(...)

Ah, the intimacy in such a small gesture... And Van's astonishment at it. It says so much!
I love these kind of scenes in your writing where you pick a single moment and so skillfully paint the scenery of all that is unsaid with just a few words.

... and why do I have this foreboding feeling that Sauron is not at all oblivious about what's going on around him? ;)

I hope, I will have more time to review over the weekend! There is so much to say and to discover!
Happy Friday, Spiced!

Author's Response: To me, this scene so 'delicately and at the same time brutally' captures the frustration and helplessness Van must so often feel, but does not allow himself to show. I just imagine the beauty and tragic, if he should ever be able to let himself go and truly share his pain with Maglor.

That's very thought provoking, and something I didn't consciously think of when I was writing it, Yseult, but you're very right, it's a good analogy for his buried feelings of helplessness.
And ooh, because I am writing something you might find interesting with regards to his sharing his pain.

Ah, the intimacy in such a small gesture... And Van's astonishment at it. It says so much! I love these kind of scenes in your writing where you pick a single moment and so skillfully paint the scenery of all that is unsaid with just a few words.

He is so rarely touched with any care at all, that this, especially from Maglor, really did startle him., especially as he knows how conflicted Maglor is about him.


Aww, thank you. So kind :) I am so glad you're still enjoying the writing :) And happy Friday to you. Hope you have a lovely weekend.



Title: ~ Magnificat of the Damned. Book IV: Anvil ~ by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [Reviews - 48]
Summary:

From Angmar to the Dagor Dagorath. The final story in the Magnificat of the Damned series.

The Doom and destiny of the Noldor, and Vanimórë, son of Sauron, grandson of Fëanor, will be fulfilled.




Category: Fiction
Characters: Balrog, Beleg, Caranthir, Celebrimbor, Celegorm, Daeron, Eärendil, Ecthelion, Elrohir, Eluréd, Elurín, Eonwë, Fëanor, Fingolfin, Fingon, Finrod, Gil-galad, Glorfindel, Ingwë, Maedhros, Maeglin, Maglor, Mandos/Námo, Manwë, Melkor/Morgoth, Mouth of sauron, OFC, OMC, Orc, Oromë, Sauron, Thranduil, Turgon, Túrin, Ungoliant, Varda/Elbereth
Content: Action/Adventure, Angst, AU, Character Death, Drama, Explicit Sex, Incest, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: None
Chapters: 10 | Completed: No | Word count: 48520 | Read count: 3966

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Published: November 22, 2016 | Updated: June 02, 2017


Reviewer: Yseult Signed
Date: January 03, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~ Into The Shadows ~

Dear Spiced, thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us!

I have to admit, I have been ghost reading your stories for a long time. But 2017 is the year, I decided not to be silent anymore and start reviewing ;)

Your stories give me so much joy day after day, your characters are real in their complexity, stunning in their actions and reactions, and the world you draw is deep and rich, tragic and painful. A selfish request... but please, do never stop writing!

That said, I actually don't know where to start, lol! There is so much to comment on - and so much to explore (I keep re-reading your stories while waiting for updates, and there is always something new to find).

With the death of Coldagnir, this chapter has indeed a touch of "finality" thinking about where this will lead to. But as in all good story telling, you manage to keep us on the edge of our seats, unable to avert our eyes to the inevitable.

I especially enjoyed the little "sparring" between Fëanor and Fingolfin in the beginning. They will never be able to resist each other. I guess, with all the grief and pent-up energy after this battle, Fëanor will try to make another move on Fingolfin?

I am also wondering what Van feels about the quick death of The Mouth. Relieve? Or even a certain betrayal that the Mouth did not "suffer" enough (as payment for all the cruelties he has inflicted on others?)

Thank you for this wonderful New Year gift - can't wait to see where this is leading to in the next chapter!

Author's Response: Aww, gosh, Yseult, thank you so much for your kindness. It's a glorious treat, getting a new reviewer. I can't tell you how much it means when some-one decides to review! :) I am so very glad you've been enjoying the stories :)

Your stories give me so much joy day after day, your characters are real in their complexity, stunning in their actions and reactions, and the world you draw is deep and rich, tragic and painful. A selfish request... but please, do never stop writing!

Oooh. Thank you! That is such an encouragement! To know your characters seem real to the readers is just...amazing! I only write them, and what they do.

Other people have said this chapter brings a flavour of endings to the story, but while this is truly where the Noldor begin to strike back, there's really few wars to get involved in at the moment, so it will not all be doom and gloom and battle. Of course it will end at Dagor Dagorath. But time-wise, as n years/centuries that will not be for a long time.

I was so sad to lose Coldagnir (not that he is really, utterly lost) but he did make a vow long ago, which he has fulfilled, so I hope there is a sense of completion, too.

I think Fëanor would definitely want to spend some time with Fingolfin, but it's not all that easy in their current situation. Not that Fëanor is banned from Fingolfin's camp or anything, it's just as very high-profile people they can't really move without it being remarked on, (and also Turgon is here, who'll be watching them like a hawk, along with others of his people) so Fëanor will probably have to rein in his needs for a time.

Van wanted to kill the mouth, oh wow, yes, but he was willing to cede the honour to Túrin. It was (if you like) a way of giving him confidence, making him feel as if he had accomplished something in this new life. Van could have destroyed him, and it would certainly have been satisfying, but this symmetry, of Túrin destroying a great evil, is part of his story, and so Van stepped back for him.

Again, thank you so much for your encouragement. It was such a treat to find this review :)



Reviewer: Yseult Signed
Date: January 09, 2017 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~ Into The Shadows ~

Thank *you*, Spiced!
I am so glad, if - by reviewing - I can give you something in return for all the pleasure you give me by sharing your stories! Well, I wouldn't mind paying you for reading them, but... ;)

Turgon. I have to admit, I find his character rather interesting. He does not seem to be intimidated by either Fëanor nor Fingolfin, but whatever his motives, I do believe, he cares about his father (maybe his defiance can partly be interpreted as being protective of him?) I am wondering what will become of their relationship in the future...

Again, thank you so much for writing and sharing your thoughts in the reviews as well :)

Author's Response: I think Turgon has never (probably will never) get over his jealousy that his brother was besotted by a Fëanorion and that his father also was. (Because he was not stupid, I am sure he had an inkling of his father's relationship with Fëanor in Valinor) I believe he is wary of Fëanor rather than frightened at least now, in this new life where he's not insane or mad with grief.

He'll never really forgive the Fëanorions for their abandonment in Araman, because he considers they indirectly killed his wife, and he's not at all happy with the flagrant overturning of the Valars laws, not because he had any love for the Valar, (or is even particularly against same-sex love) but because it's so different to the rather stern society he ruled in Gondolin. It was just easier to carry on with them. The only people there (in Gondolin) who dared to openly flout the laws were Glorfindel and Ecthelion and even they were not too obvious. And they were extremely important; he couldn't really turn them out; they were his lieutenants.

I think there is an element of protectiveness in his relationship with his father, considering what happened last time. Never trust a Fëanorion! But if Fingolfin were publicly exposed as being in an incestuous relationship, and the people revolted against it, it might serve him. He's used to ruling. He's ambitious – in canon he was one of the most keen to leave Valinor. Yet it would also besmirch him, he thinks, because he's Fingolfin's son. At the moment, he would just rather recreate Gondolin, rule there and forget about the others.
I am sure he loves his father, but does not understand him. I think, with Fingon entranced by Maedhros from a young age, he also was quite a lonely child, and moved to create his own household when he was fairly young. Not that Fingolfin neglected him, either, or any of his children, but it was probably clear to Turgon that his father had some 'interest' that was not his children or his wife. You do know. I remember when I was a child, my mum when she was having an affair – it was secret, but she was 'different' excited, head-in-the-clouds, thoughts elsewhere, like a fire was lit inside her. I am pretty sure that even though Fingolfin tried to hide his feelings, they did show to some-one observant. Fingon, spellbound as he was, didn't care, Turgon did.

It is so marvelous to have comments, and know you are being supported, I can't explain it, but I am so thrilled you decided to comment :) Thank you!



Reviewer: Yseult Signed
Date: January 22, 2017 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 ~ Stars That Bloom On The Edge Of Night ~

Oh, Spiced, thank you so much! After a busy, busy week with no time to read or review, this chapter is such a treat!
It's like the hidden spark of a smouldering fire... and I just imagine what would happen, if Fëanor and Fingolfin would allow the flames to burn high!

Fëanor is not the type of man to hide his thoughts or feelings, but yes, he is learning, and sharing his pain and fear is just such an intimate (trustful) moment. The doubt whether his brother still is in love with him or not (oh yes!), this tender insecurity... beautiful!

The admittance of hurt at Fingolfin's repudiation, but also acknowledging his own betrayal, the reflections on their time together in Valinor - these scenes give me so much to think about. Their relationship has such a depth, and I am tempted to shout in Turgon's face "Who are you to judge them!"
(Thank you so much for your thoughts on Turgon in your response to my other review. Yes, love does show - and so does jealousy. Both can be such strong drivers in a relationship, good or bad...)

I am surprised that the Ithiledhil will remove to New Cuiviénen (since they are not only of the Noldor), but I am sure Edenel has his reasons to lead them there, eventhough it might provoke some uncomfortable questions about their past.
However, I am worried about Bainalph (Edenel and the Ithiledhil were such a support to him). His relationship with Thranduil remains unresolved (how has Thranduil treated him the past 15 years, I wonder?), he does not seem to be really healed from his soul-wound, and his strength as a leader of his people will be needed in the war to come. I fear, he will be living only for his duty to his people... in this Bainalph and Thranduil are not so unalike, it seems.

That reminds me, I have to go back to the previous chapters to review! I must admit, I do have a soft spot for complicated relations - and there are plenty where Fëanorions are involved ;)

Again, thank you so much for making my day, Spiced! Can't wait for the next update!

Author's Response: Awww, thank you so much for your review, Yseult. I hope you have had a restful weekend after being so busy.

I think it's easy for us to forget Fëanor has doubts and vulnerabilities – but he does, and I thought this a good chance to explore them a little. I mean, both these half-brothers do, but they have recognizable 'public' faces that seem (in different ways) to have no weaknesses.

Fëanor wants to create a world, a society where his relationship with Fingolfin doesn't matter; he's beginning to see now that this will not be easy; somehow the Noldor have to transcend their old selves and the old laws. Fingolfin in many ways is more politically savvy and has a lot more experience, and has always known Fëanor could lose the Noldor completely if he does not tread softly. And perhaps Fëanor wouldn't even care that much, save that he wants to lead the Noldor against Morgoth – all of them, and not just for himself, but for every man, woman and child who suffered. And that's after he's dealt with the Valar (for the same reasons).

The Ithiledhil will follow Edenel because he's been their captain from the first, and there in the East there are still Elves around that are not Noldor (Elúred and Elúrin and Daeron used to have some contact with them when they lived there) so it's not like they'll be stranded among the Noldor, although, like Edenel they really think of themselves as a separate people now. But yes, there is the problem with Bainalph. I think in the last years, he and Thranduil have maintained a very 'formal' relationship. Thranduil's wife is back, and Bainalph is not getting involved in that situation again! And he cannot really leave the Wood, or cart all his people off somewhere else. I will have to come back to Bainalph as this is an unresolved situation, (deliberately so) but sadly not all situations are easily resolved.

Thank you so much again. I am very pleased you enjoyed this chapter :)



Reviewer: Yseult Signed
Date: February 25, 2017 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 ~ The Eve of Departure ~

Oh, Spiced, this is just fantastic!
I have been looking forward to Vanimórë and Celebrimbor having this conversation about their shared past for a long, long time!

There are so many hidden layers in this dialogue - the things left unsaid, and still such a deep understanding. I keep reading it again and again!

Yes, and I do hope Celebrimbor will be seeing Sauron again! Can't wait to read what all that "unfinished business" will entail... ;)

And then! Fëanor and Vanimórë. Brilliant!
This chapter is so "rich" in the way you handle the interpersonal relations between these very dominant characters. I honestly don't know where to start (and end) commenting.

It pains me to see Van's reaction when being touched with affection. He cannot give into it, or even accept it. However, if Maglor were the one giving him such affection openly (and being witnessed) how would Van react to that?

Very interesting is, that even though Vanimórë himself realized that Elgalad's behaviour changed (when confronting Dana), he doesn't seem to want to dig deeper into this. He is not a person who usually deceives himself, but Elgalad is his weak point.
It would be interesting to see, if he dares to confront Elgalad about it?

When it comes to Fëanor, I was thinking, that we sometimes forget how "young" (not only in years but also in experience) he was when the events in Valinor happened. He seems much more mature now - but without loosing his fire (grateful for that!)!
I very much enjoy how your characters develop and grow with their experiences - brilliant writing! You are really talented!

I wish, I had more time to review and discuss. I am so curious about all the ongoing story lines...
What happened to Finrod and Celegorm after their one-year marriage? And is Orodreth still with his brother? Has Bainalph ever met and talked to the queen? What about Maglin?
My brain is on fire when reading your stories :D
Can't wait for any updates!

Author's Response: Thank you so much, Yseult. I am so glad you liked this. I did think about how Van would react to Maglor, but at this moment, Maglor wouldn't open himself like this to Van, so …

Van did 'sort of' question Elgalad after that episode, but he got so much non-reaction that he felt guilty, I suppose and didn't push it.

I expect we will address the other issues you spoke of in later chapters :) Thank you so much again!



Reviewer: Yseult Signed
Date: March 05, 2017 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8 ~ The Veil ~

Beautifully written! It’s as if, every time a though comes up here or there, you take it and tie all the loose ends together into one epic scene.

Now you have me want to sit down with you in front of a fire, sipping a glass of hot wine and discuss all the endless possibilities of thought and the seemingly vastness of the universe!

I was wondering, if Sauron, or better Mairon in this case, has visited the Timeless Halls in hunger for knowledge and demanding answers in the same way. I see a strong resemblance in father and son here. And I can well imagine them having such conversations in one of their oddly “peaceful” moments together.

Another thought came to me. What if the love and yearning Vanimórë feels for his father could be another reason why he keeps his distance with Fëanor and his elven heritage? The subconscious shame for wanting someone who has brought such pain and destruction to his mother’s people?

Author's Response: Aww thank you, Yseult - I should love to have a chat with you :)

I did mention in a previous chapter that Sauron/Mairon did come here, it was where he met Melkor.

I think you are quite spot on with Van's motives and hidden feelings (not hidden to Eru) about his father; their relationship is extremely complicated. Thank you so much :)