Reviews for Wither, Flourish, and Feast
mikokatt chapter 18 . 12/3/2017
Love this story and can't wait for the next chapter!
mikokatt chapter 15 . 10/24/2017
I'm glad this story is back. There's very few AU that I like, but this is a rare one. Can't wait for more!
Clockwork Icarus chapter 14 . 10/8/2017
Holy crap, you updated! And are going to be updating regularly! Holy fuck YES.
Claywind chapter 12 . 11/24/2016
I’m glad to know that “barely torturing” someone counts as a declaration of affection in Judal’s mind. And that he considers Hakuryuu’s threats to kill him to be terms of endearment.
If I couldn't tell that something was fu*ked with him (cannibalism is a definite hint), now I do.

Also, visit to Belial? I sense a visit to Belial. And what the hell grows off a plant whose seeds are severed human body parts? Since I assume it's those that are going to be... harvested?

It would seem that seeing Ill Illah broke something in Judal's memory, especially his memory of magic. Does that mean that he's going to kick arse and rain ice everywhere now?

English language barely has the words to express how much I want to read what happens next. So instead of delving into a lengthy description of my impatience, I'm going to beg very nicely that you consider writing the next chapter soon.
Claywind chapter 11 . 11/24/2016
Well, damn. That was... really touching, actually.
Wonder how Hakuryuu will react to that last bomb. Would it have been different if Judal had willingly offered info about his past before they got Ithnan? Would Hakuryuu have still distrusted him or would there have been more trust?
I truly wonder.

“Mmmh that’s good. But I’m glad that you’re not going to kill me and that we get to hang out.”
Judal is hilarious.
Claywind chapter 10 . 11/24/2016
Took me a while to realize this was a flashback. Hakuryuu’s first murder was certainly a lot messier than the others. That’s a nicely done backstory though. Even if I wonder a bit at what exactly is so "pretty clear". Did he mean that he would try to destroy Al-Thamen anyway, despite Zagan's forbidding him?

On another matter, I am glad that Judal is still alive… and in a closet, too, why not?
Claywind chapter 9 . 11/24/2016
Whooohooo! Judal’s point of view.
And darn, but that was dark.
It really got me when Judal just did not have the answers to the "why are you crucial to Al-Thamen" question. Because, shit, getting killed for lying when you're telling the truth is in my top 5 worst death scenario ever.

And now, apparently, Hakuryuu killed Judal. Or just left him unconscious. Maybe he can't kill someone he's sympathized with?
Mmmh... wouldn't count on that, but I can hope.
Claywind chapter 8 . 11/24/2016
"Who did she send you to find?"
Well the escaped magi, obviously.

No long comment, because I really want to get to the ensuing discussion.

I'll just say in passing that Hakuryuu's cold-blooded torture of Ithnan was both disturbing and satisfying.
Claywind chapter 7 . 11/24/2016
ooooh, ominous.
I wonder how burying parts of hands, arms and fingers in a park in broad daylight could help Hakuryuu. Unless Zagan could predict Ithnan would be there. Does Zagan know about Hakuryuu's dealing with Al-Thamen? It certainly did not seem like it, but Zagan could very well be trolling Hakuryuu. Faes tend to do that.
Claywind chapter 6 . 11/24/2016
Zagan’s words give me the impression that a part of the “king-choosing” deal from the canon Magi-verse is still active in you setting. If correct, I’m going to assume Judal is a full-on magi.

The fact that Hakuryuu’s freaking out at unsanitary concerns rather than cannibalism says a LOT about his perspective on life.
Aaaand, did Judal just hint his interest at tasting Hakuryuu? Now THAT’s a creepy roommate.

It's subtle how you work their relationship closer and closer. I like that very much about your style.

And I'm terribly curious as to the next "burial" job.
Claywind chapter 5 . 11/24/2016
Judal's reasons for sticking with someone eminently dangerous are absolutely incredible. "you're still splattered with the blood of the man you just killed? I'll stick around, you sound interesting."
Oh and, somehow, I get the distinct impression that the man they killed was not talking about Hakuryuu when he pointed his finger and said “You’re-”

Can't wait for Judal to reveal that he's got ties with Al-Thamen.
Claywind chapter 4 . 11/24/2016
So. Magic is a lot more common than I first assumed. Hakuryuu mentioned a “magical family”, are there still magicians, like in the canon Magi-verse?

Anyway, I'm getting antsy to get more info on Judal's "whatabouts".
And his future... co-participation in murders, I guess.
Claywind chapter 3 . 11/24/2016
I'm... a bit puzzled at the setting. Are faes a common thing?
Hakuryuu doesn't seem surprised that Judal (who's a "random person" at this point) has apparent knowledge that faes exist. it's like normal people know about faes. but then, Hakuryuu apparently expected Judal to be surprised / unaware that magic existed when he was about to introduce Zagan to him... and you did not mention any surprise on Hakuryuu's part that Judal was not in the least bit affected by Zagan's blueness/hugeness/faeness.

Also, Zagan is not a djinn but a fae. Which means Hakuryuu's magic still comes from Zagan, but not in the same ways that a metal vessel would allow. Does that mean you changed what Judal is? I would have assumed a magi (or very powerful magician of some sort) but maybe Judal is some kind of fae too... no, that's not logical. Judal had to use a "fae-repellent" tactic, so he has to be human. Or just non-fae. Are there other things in you world?

So many questions and so little answers.

Apart from that, I like how they're slowly getting to a truce. And I'd love to read something from Judal's point of view, although I understand the merits of keeping everything from Hakuryuu's perspective
Claywind chapter 2 . 11/24/2016
Judal kicks ass. Is he also a magi here? That would be logical, since Hakuryuu seems to have retained his Zagan-like abilities.

Apart from that, kudos for the tension and resolution. Much badassness was displayed from both parts.

I'm a little curious as to Hakuryuu's plan for Al-Thamen... He's killed 20 already, but such a "cult" probably have a lot more than that, in terms of followers. So, does he intend to kill absolutely everyone? Is he selecting only "higher-ups" as his targets?
And how much help/hindrance will Judal prove to be?

I guess I'll know it next chapter.
Claywind chapter 1 . 11/24/2016
I enjoy Hakuryuu's dark sense of humour and cynical pragmatism a bit too much, I think.
Great start. Though I'm a bit baffled at your choice of letting magic (and djinns, I suppose) into the setting. That's something not usually done with (what appears to be) a modern AU.
Anyway, I have no doubt it'll be entertaining.
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