Reviews for Fire and Ice
south of reality chapter 41 . 3/26/2009
If you ever decide to write a book, let me know :]

Its been a pleasure to read this story - albeit it took me 3 days. However, it was well worth it!

I look forward to reading your future stories :D
koalababay chapter 41 . 2/8/2009
Oh my gosh. I have absolutely no idea what to say in this review right now. I just finished reading this story, so now I'm sitting here, dumbfounded, staring at my computer screen. I'm practically holding back an onslaught of tears because it's over and I want MORE!

When I first clicked on your story, I had no idea what to expect from it. I don't read a whole lot of FF8 fanfics, but for some reason, I was bored a few days ago, and I felt like finding a story with a pairing that was so non-canon. And I found this: absolutely PERFECT choice!

From the very first chapter, I knew it was going to be great. You excelled at capturing the characters, the emotions, every single description, the relationships between everyone, and millions of other things in your story. And that's not even mentioning the fact that your plot was so unbelievably intricate and interesting. Oh, and I adored how well you developed Quistis and Seifer's love-hate relationship, ESPECIALLY.

Another thing I loved was how you created a few of your own characters, but did it so well that it seemed so completely natural for them to be a part of the FF8 world. Seriously, I haven't played the game in a long time, and when Arya was first introduced, I was convinced that she was in the game. You did such a great job with her and with Serabin, especially. I loved him, and felt a little sorry for him since things didn't turn out exactly how he hoped they would with a certain *winkwink* SeeD.

Okay, so there are hundreds upon millions of other things I could say to you right now (namely being that you are a fantastic author, and you make me strive to be even just a fraction of the talented author you are), but I don't really know how else to say them.

So I guess I'll just thank you for writing this incredible story, altol. It made me laugh/cry/smile/get mad at my computer screen/many more(embarrassing) things. It gave me hope in love...and redemption, even though it's only a fictional story. It felt real enough with the way you depicted everything.

I can't name any other stories that have done that for me...and this is honestly going on the top of my story list. I will read it again and again. NO doubt there.

So again, thank you so much for blessing everyone here on with this story. I'm sad it's finished, but I'm so thrilled that I read it. :D

I hope to maybe see more of your work someday!

-koalababay
geniexousyahoo.com chapter 41 . 2/8/2009
Just wanted to let you know that I find this story timeless-timeless in a sense that after so many YEARS I still end up coming back and READING this beautiful work in its entirety. I believe this well me my 5th time!

Every time I end up unable to spend 2 whole days just reading it-I just can't stop reading it! LOL I believe that you are a great writer and I hope one day that I'll be able to write as well as you do. I've read MANY seifer/quistis fanfics and THIS IS THE BEST OUT OF ALL OF THEM! This fic is still (I firmly believe) the #1 Quistis/Seifer fanfic. Thank you so much for the time and effort you sacrificed in writing this!
Katherynecyahoo.com chapter 41 . 2/1/2009
Alright. So throughout this entire story ive thought of a million ways to express to you my feelings in reading this story. But hell. Ima wing it. Your story made me mad. It made me yell out loud and get weird looks from others. Your story made me cry. So much that my 10 month old started in with her sympathy pouts. Your story made me shake. Made my hands sweat and my adrenaline pulse. It made me lol and literally jump for joy. Bein a mom, sleep is gold. But i couldntve cared less. Ive gone through hell and back to read this. My phone internet freezes every five min.s or so. You are so smart and talented. I see this story as the ending to ff8. I felt alive with the?. So believable. And you know so much about the whole ff world! T.Y for making me believe in love again, even if only on pages.
WhispersoftheWhiteWolf chapter 41 . 1/14/2009
This story sucked me in to the point that I spent two nights with no sleep trying to finish and that is hard to do.
xXxIcePrincexXx chapter 41 . 1/13/2009
This story is simply a gem. No other way to describe it. I simply had to review(yet again) after the final chapter was finally put up.

As a Final Fantasy fan (and with Seifer x Quistis being my favorite pairing in any of the games), obviously I was going to be more critical, because let's face it-alot of people like to switch up the characters far too fast, or simply have no clue either way. I was SO pleased at the way you handled Quistis especially. You get such props for that, as she was my favorite from FFVI.

You, however, were FABULOUS with the character details. Obviously some things we weren't aware of from the actual game's context(like the backgrounds of Quistis/Seifer, added characters, etc) but you did a wonderful job all the way around. It felt very lifelike-almost as if I was reading about actual people, and that's something I love about good stories and writing.

You did both Quistis and Seifer such great justice, and I thank you SO much for this wonderful, wonderful story. I can't tell you how many times I kept checking for updates on this story lol, but that's how excited you made me for each new chapter.

So, I'll finish my babble and just say once again, THANK YOU! :)
Qwi-Xux chapter 41 . 12/29/2008
Usually if I like a story enough to sit down and read it, I try to leave a decent, detailed review of which parts I liked.

In this case, I'm finding that rather impossible. This was, without a doubt, one of the best stories I've read in a long, long time. It took me four or five days to read-about halfway through I was like 'how long IS this story?' and when I saw the word count was almost 400,0, I was amazed. And I plunged onward. But because it's so long, if I tried to go back through and pinpoint everything I loved about it, I'd end up with a hundred page review or something ridiculous.

I'm seriously in awe of your talent. You took two characters who, frankly, I didn't really care much about, and you breathed such credible life into them that I fell in love with both of them very quickly. You made me laugh with your prose and your turn of phrase. You made me cry with Seifer and Quistis's abusive pasts, with their pain and heartache and loneliness.

You kept the characters CONSISTENT through the whole thing, which is a feat in itself, especially given how many years it seems to have taken you to write this (or rewrite it). The romance was plausible because you kept the characters perfectly in character.

I also loved how you so flawlessly and creatively utilized the junction system from the game into the plot for your story. The idea of overusing magic, of the mag-poisoning, was absolutely realistic and brilliantly done.

There were so many, many parts in this that I loved-Quistis eating spicy wings, saving Seifer at the tower, and yes, her throwing up in the bucket and Seifer briefly taking care of her. I loved that he kept hating her more as he came to care about her, how he would curse when he found himself doing something nice or worrying over her or whatever, because again-it was consistent with him. He didn't become the knight in shining armor-and it was good that he didn't. He was himself, and he found redemption in his way. And Quistis, learning to trust-her journey was so absolutely heartbreaking and I'm so, so, so glad you decided to give this a happy ending, because I know I would have bawled my eyes out if I'd read so much of their pain and suffering and then only read that they'd died. They might not have a typical fairy tale ending, but the ending you gave them was perfect. They have THEIR fairy tale ending, in a ramshackle place by the sea.

I loved all the "supporting" characters and how you portrayed them. The "main" cast of Squall, Rinoa, Zell, Selphie, Irvine...I adored Arya-Ceres SO much; all of the other side characters-you are just an incredibly amazing and talented writer.

There's so much more I could say, but...I'll leave it here and just say thank you for your dedication and consistency, thank you for sharing this and obviously putting so much of yourself into it. It was an absolute pleasure to read, and I know I'll read it more than once.
staceums chapter 41 . 12/28/2008
A lot of praise could go into this review so I'll try to sum up and simplify it a bit -

AMAZING.

This has been the first fic in a long time that completely sucked me in, and I kept going back for more. This was written phenomenally. I never was a big Seifer/Quistis person but consider me a "convert" after reading your story. Man, it was good. The plot was also incredible. I just loved everything. Seriously. Perfect.

Looking forward to the sequel :) Thanks for giving us a great story.
5HourOpera chapter 41 . 12/12/2008
Wow. Really, wow. I didn't know that someone could embody the romance between Quistis and Seifer so well. And, though it took me a week and a half to read this, sneaking in chapters here and there(I'm a very busy person), I really loved it. You're an awesome writer, and I have seen very few epics so awesomely written. Rock on! Thank you for writing this, finding stories like this on the internet is like finding a needle in a haystack.

-Opera
crystaliz chapter 41 . 12/8/2008
this story is just an amazing read, no matter how many times u're reading it.. this has probably been the largest influence on my perception of seifer and quistis together. it's amazingly written and the plot is ingenious. kudos for writing such a story that has really set the standards for all seiftis stories. (: i simply can't express how much i love this story.. it's just amazing!
eggs chapter 41 . 11/30/2008
Wow... it's 3.40am and I feel like thanking you again and again. Can't help but review. Well... it was a great ride you took your readers on, filled with drama and comedy in the most unexpected of places.

The narration was top-notch, although the imagery got a bit repetitive. The story also took a turn for a ridiculous at certain parts toward the end. And, the whole abused child thing felt trite after a while. Confusion also sets in, given the constant switching of POVs. But your work is nothing short of amazing. I especially enjoyed the introspective moments and what felt like many little vignettes.

ps. barley is misspelt as barely at the lovely paragraph where they sing Sting's Fields of Gold. Come to that, I must compliment you on your excellent taste in music and literature. And your mastery of languages. I could go on forever, but hey, it's 3.50am now and my eyelids are rebelling. Again, Thank You.
A Xie Luo chapter 41 . 11/25/2008
Your story had my eyes almost teary thrice. I don't think I have a means to describe how much I appreciate and cherish this story.

I feel for you, by the way, haha. It must have taken a great toll on you writing this story with such delicate emotions intermingling at detail, at such great detail and the will and fortitude to keep it all in the order it falls.

So, thanks a bunch!
Summoner Luna chapter 41 . 11/25/2008
Really, there are no words good enough for a review for this story, but I figure I may as well make an attempt :)

I actually read this awhile back on a recommendation from a fellow Seifer/Quistis shipper who knew I also love that pairing, and my first read-through I quite possibly neglected sleep more than once because I simply couldn' .reading. I love your take on the FFVI universe and how you presented so many cliches in a light that didn't make them feel cliche at all, but more than anything you are just a good writer with a knack for cliffhanger chapters :)

I like the reformatting you have now-that would have probably been my biggest complaint the first time around simply because it sometimes took me a moment or so to realize there was a scene change, but now of course that is no longer an issue. I suppose the only other real critique I would have is that there seem to be several typos-not that I am in any way justified in mentioning those as I am a typo-QUEEN, and they do little to affect the story, but I know from my own experience they are easy to miss no matter how many times you do a read through, and I always feel like a good review should offer at least a little bit of constructive criticism. So really, if typos are all I can come up with, I'd say you are doing alright!

But once again, I really enjoyed reading this. Your characters are absolutely brilliant-and I think you may have one of my favorite Squalls ever. All of the characters really stand out, but Squall is just one of my favorite FF characters in general, and I absolutely love the way you've written him here.

I'm sure I will probably at some point write more articulate reviews (possibly for individual chapters, even!), as I'm certain I will read this again, but for now I just wanted to say, excellent work!
Lastwolf chapter 41 . 11/25/2008
I've read this story once or twice and I dunno if I've commented before.

Thanks for an enjoyable read.
aerisbolt chapter 41 . 11/23/2008
The last two chapters were really wonderful. I thought you did a great job pulling any parts of the story that still needed closure together into a satisfying ending. Just a fabulous job. I would love to see a sequel myself because you did a great job of just throwing enough in there to make me want to see more but yet your story was so good that it will be absolutely fine if you leave it as a stand alone and leave a sequel to our imaginations. No matter what you decide please keep writing, you have a gift and I look forward to reading more works from you. Thank you for writing such a wonderful story!

aerisbolt
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