|Reviews for Reading the Will|
| Snarky64 1/1/13 . chapter 8
Very enjoyable, well plotted story. Nicely emotional in places without every lapsing into mawkishness. I enjoyed it. Thank you.
| MuggleCreator 12/17/12 . chapter 8
| Irma.Arisa.Laye 1/20/11 . chapter 4
Still crying... :'(
[I've always had a soft spot for Sev, even from book 1... (well, especially because of book 1, I guess- when they keep thinking the evil dude was him, and then got it totally wrong in the end.) ...and I was devastated after the 7th because he died... :'(]
| Irma.Arisa.Laye 1/20/11 . chapter 3
God! I can't stop crying... :'(
| Pamelakatt 5/2/10 . chapter 8
What a wonderful, well-written, heart-wrenching, and most of all fitting end to the tale of Severus Snape. I have read so many different stories, often not making it past the first chapter for any number of reasons. But this, an excellent job. My compliments on your ability to craft a story. Thank you.
| Lowenna 2/4/10 . chapter 8
Nice and very uncommon idea to write about:) Liked it!
| Vera Rozalsky 12/20/09 . chapter 8
Shacklebolt is a very credible cop here... after all, that's his first professional persona, before he turned into a covert operative or a politician.
The "last word" is wonderful, and adds the last note to the deepening darkness of the tragedy.
| Vera Rozalsky 12/20/09 . chapter 7
Oh, very nice. I can _almost_ hear Petunia, Lily and Severus as children... but not quite, as all that's beyond the Veil and you make it quite clear. Dudley is interestingly written: from having been a rather horrible child and adolescent, he's turned into a passable adult. There's a kind of sheepishness in his manner that suggests he might be thinking over what went before. Petunia is wonderfully waspish and defensive and yet I can feel the old hurt behind her words... the sister left behind.
| Vera Rozalsky 12/20/09 . chapter 6
Oh, this one is painful... definitely too late. Much too late.
Aberforth is wonderfully written here, as is Andromeda. The sense of what isn't mentioned when they talk about the _last_ war is really heavy.
I think the thing I like best about this story is the sense of the past as a presence that never goes away. It has a very realistic post-war feel to it.
| Vera Rozalsky 12/20/09 . chapter 5
Very nice characterization of Draco, who is so very unpleasant and yet (we realize about halfway through) still a child. There's only a hint toward the end that this may be about to change... and one is left feeling rather sorry for him, because he didn't grow up in time.
| Vera Rozalsky 12/20/09 . chapter 4
This one is impressive... a penance that actually _cost_ something and that really means something. The tone of the note from Snape is sharp and guarded, and makes one wonder all the more as to what was really going on. It's the _work_ that speaks for itself.
I have always wondered why Snape had it in for Neville... and it strikes me now that it must be a very complicated story.
| Vera Rozalsky 12/20/09 . chapter 3
Rosmerta is wonderful in this, and I like the music of the dialogue between her and Angelica.
The burning of the last things... very powerful. Again, you invoke the sense of _absence_ and things being over, decisively and forever.
| Vera Rozalsky 12/19/09 . chapter 2
A very spooky (and sad) sense of both presence and absence, as Harry looks at the ordinary and not particularly mysterious things, and the letter from Snape explains what they might have meant to Lily. The language in the letter is stiff and distant (in character for its writer) and yet gives the sense of suppressed emotion. Very eloquent.
| Vera Rozalsky 12/19/09 . chapter 1
This first chapter is a brilliant case study in "show don't tell." You build a sense of mystery by showing the place, absent its occupant, and listing all the things the investigators _didn't_ find.
There's something very sad about the little box of childhood momentos... I think because it's such a sparse collection. Not much to show for a life.
| Delilah Kelley 10/11/09 . chapter 8
A very beautiful story. Very moving. I like the way you handled the aftermath of Severus' death - left me pretty much thoughtful.
I loved the way you explained he wished to make amends with the ones he had really, unfairly abused, like Harry or Remus, or how he expressed his undying devotion, whether to Lily or to Angelica. Till the end, love governed his life, even if he would be the last one to admit it.
I enjoy this occasion to invite you to read my fanfic dealing with the immediate aftermath of Severus' death - could be a nice prequel to your story. It's posted on here :
Please know that I really enjoyed your story. So sensible and sensitive. Keep up the good work !