|Reviews for The Lady's War and the Gentleman's Engagement|
| Doll-Fin-Chick 12/15/11 . chapter 71
Wow she's really been making some headway over the past few chapters. Of course, every time I've thought this in the past Guthwyn took about 20 steps back lol We'll see So Daddy Elf-King wants to get involved and meet her? Wow I'm not sure how you'll make that go. Hopefully he won't be too mean to her XD More likely he'll piss of Legolas who'll defend Guthwyn I think
Looking forward to another update! :D
| anolinde 12/15/11 . chapter 1
| ZapZapYotsuba 12/6/11 . chapter 70
Oh my gosh! This series has gotten so friggin good! I mean with the Legolas being in love with Guthwyn...it was actually very unexpected after reading the last four books. I can't tell you how much of an impact that has made on the story to have this relationship start between the Guthwyn and Legolas. Just to see those subtle interactions, especially on legolas part, between the two just sends butterflies to my stomach. It just makes me so happy that he is able to give Guthwyn some peace and ease.
Though, I will add that Guthwyn's does not learn from her mistakes and that's a bit unnerving. But it is expect, my mother went though something almost similar to Guthwyn...she was unable to escape a wretched childhood, it wasn't until she was 18 did she start her recovery from almost two decades of abuse. And that was when she met my father, he became someone she could trust and he protected her - and still does to this day - my mother is in her mid-fifties and she is still recovering.
It's alarming how accurate you are to how Guthwyn would be acting and continue to act...I commend you on being truthful...regardless of what other reviews have said...I know first hand that when someone has suffered through years of horrible abuse, the recovery is a day to day process that takes a whole life time to heal.
I think it is very upsetting to see Guthwyn still go through the same actions and reactions over and over again...I am glad I stuck with this story because as you have promised you were spending all of that time and chapters leading up to something crucial...The smallest details became so drastic, and I found myself holding on to the littlest in reactions between Guthwyn and Legolas...I was so excited to see that she was getting over her fears and letting go, piece by piece, her past.
Anyways, I could go on forever...I can't wait for the next update! Soon please!
| My Silver Angel Wings 11/19/11 . chapter 70
You just made my day complete. Thank you for updating!
| Brynhilda 11/16/11 . chapter 70
Nice (and fast) update !
I like this new development of Nestadan and Nanaendis's parts in the story. This feels more like a whole world with many people, each with his/her personality, than a simple story.
I remember how Peter Jackson had to cut huge parts of Lord of the Rings to make and be able to end his movie trilogy.
I regretted it because I'm a big fan of the books.
I don't know if anyone has tried to count the pages of all the parts of Rohan Pride, but I'm beginning to think it will be even much longer than LoTR... :)
I'm not complaining about the length of your story, I love it so much, I'm just a little worried that it is going so many directions at the same time that it might become difficult to handle as well for the readers as for you.
But maybe you have already written the end and I'm worrying for nothing ?
Take care and don't forget to give us a bit of romance from time to time ;)
| Livia09 11/16/11 . chapter 70
Finally Guthwyn will get the help she needs the most. Talking therapy will do her good! Thanks for the update!
| Kiiimberly 11/15/11 . chapter 70
Thank you for updating anolinde! I always look forward to reading another chapter. I suspected the woman was Nestadan's wife and I was right. I like how Guthwyn finally admitted out loud that she wants a husband and a family. She's making progress :)
| funnygirl00 11/15/11 . chapter 70
Thank you very much for updating so soon. You made my day. This is a very good series and it is a pleasure to read it. I can't wait for the next one.
| Doll-Fin-Chick 11/15/11 . chapter 70
Oh wow, I didn't see that coming. Interesting twist. -nods-
| funnygirl00 11/5/11 . chapter 69
Update soon. I'm anxious for when Guthwyn tells Legolas. (I atayed up to 1:00 to read all four.)
| ChatterChick 11/3/11 . chapter 69
I've managed to read all 4 parts in just under two weeks :D It's absolutely amazing and I'm sad that I have to wait for the next part!
This is a heavily character-driven plot because and you have done an excellent job rounding out the cast with canon characters and OCs. Each one of them feels real and have interesting backstories while seeming to fit within the universe. I’m kinda curious how you came up with some of the names, and what their meanings are. Your strong suit is definitely creating characters and keeping true to the personality you have given them. I love how each of them have a backstory and motives that drive the plot forward. None of them act without a reason.
My one problem is that Guthywn toes the line of being a Mary Sue a lot. I know you are working on giving her faults and fears and I’m willing to overlook it most of the time because you are a talented writer and the plot is amazing. But the problem is that everyone loves Guthywn, and people who do not, are made out to be horrible villains. It would be nice to see people who don’t like her, but keep their mouths shut. Or people who are very indifferent.
Cobryn is hands down my favourite OC in this story! I keep being torn between wanting Guthywn and Cobryn to get married, or just staying friends. I really, really, really want him to have a happy ending! I just don’t know how you’d give him one. There have been so many times that Cobryn wins - epecially when he's up against Lothiriel. Sometimes I wonder if she wouldn't have been so lonely in Edoras if Cobryn and her became friends. They're both outsiders and are both very intelligent. I'm under the impression that it is too late for a friendship between them, even if Guthywn and her put aside their differences.
You have the ability to make me both hate good guys and feel for the villains at times. Every time you write in Lothiriel’s point of view – and sometimes even in others – I feel sorry for her.
Hammel’s story is probably the one that is keeping me the most curious at the moment. I’ll be interested to see how and when that one is resolved. He’s almost at the age where he should be expected to leave and start his own life. The more the children grow up, the most stunted in growth the reader realizes Guthywn is. Despite the fact that she has aged over the story, sometimes I feel that she still believes she is a teenager and the children are still quite small. She comes across as a rebellious teenager at times, wanting to ‘play with the boys’ despite knowing it’s frowned upon and while I’m all for gender equality, it doesn’t go so well given the nature of middle earth.
Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this series and will continue to read it! I have no idea how long you intend to make it, but I’m really curious how it ends.
| airylianWarrior 11/2/11 . chapter 69
First off, I must admit Raniean's small outburst amused me. XD Why, I haven't any idea, but it did. Secondly, I wish I could reach into Middle Earth smack him! He's so mean. _ I hope he falls in love with a mortal. XD Swallow his own words, he would.
Poor Guthwyn. When will she realize she isn't helping Haiweth and Hammel? D:
Update soon, please! :D
| Katara97 10/31/11 . chapter 69
She frustrates me so much sometimes, and I sure her family and friends are far beyond where I am. I realize that she suffered a great trauma for many, many years, but there has to be a point when she realizes that she's doing more harm to her children than she is helping them. *shakes head* I hope that point will arrive in the near future, for I'm afraid that she'll do horrible damage to her relationships without it.
Anyway, great chapter. I'm very glad you updated! :D
| Andi-Scribbles 10/30/11 . chapter 69
| Doll-Fin-Chick 10/29/11 . chapter 69
:( Poor Guthwyn.
And Leggy is in for a world of trouble from his Dad when he finds out. Does he even know what he feels for Guthwyn?