Reviews for The Black Queen's War
Simianpower chapter 14 . 8/17
Death IS quite a fun character. I also, despite my general taste, actually like your Snape. And I can't tell you how rare that is!
Alpha Wolfcub chapter 36 . 7/22
Sorry for not logging in. The site doesn't like my phone or something. That is my username, though. I just wanted to let you know I finished this epic tale and am amazed. I loved every minute of it, which is a hard feat for something this long! I only wish we could see what her other two free rituals were. Or did she use up all three to come back?

Poor Danny. I loved that you didn't give him a happy ending. Not that he deserved it but not everyone can live a long life. And I loved what you did with the dementors. That queen was especially creepy. The soul batteries were pretty cool.

I know you are done with the story but it would be really cool to see what she got up to at the department of mysteries. I bet she changed quite a few things.

Well off to see what you did with Duddley in the next story. You seemed pretty excited to write it. There are so few Duddley stories out there.

Hope you are doing well. Congratulations on making it through medical school! Maybe your muse and your free time (if such a thing exists) will meet up again someday.
shadowofmadnesss chapter 36 . 7/15
The whole 4 books where epic,you done a very good you for an awesome read!
Freddie Rindklip chapter 27 . 6/19
I am making my way through this fic. Not sure what to think. Anyway, that you for writing.
Guest chapter 36 . 5/11
Wow, great story.

But I'm a bit disappointed that Jen apparently hasn't made use of one of the greatest arguments in favor of dark magic, particularly for the spreading of dark magic use (because having her own use of dark magic tolerated isn't nearly the same as making others feel encouraged to learn the dark arts themselves).
Why didn't she demonstrate how dark magic can be used to heal? There must have been enough occasions where quite a few people were injured in ways that normal healers couldn't treat adequately. Getting some of the more hopeless cases healed fully would have helped spread the word. She could have eventually gotten people used to getting healed with dark magic. Of course, since she was very busy with other things, she wouldn't always have been available to help and she could ask hefty prices for her valuable time, in particular if there is no longer any immediate threat to the patient's life. That would lead to other healers feeling encouraged to "get themselves some of that", namely learn dark magic and profit from the high prices they could ask for treating otherwise untreatable maladies. Even if healers aren't in it for the money, they may feel a need to learn dark magic to help their patients. And if healers (probably the one profession more associated with "light" magic than any other in people's minds) start using dark magic and if that visibly only has positive results... I think Jen wasted an opportunity here.
Jeff chapter 31 . 5/7
"a pure witchcraft HP story, where wands and wizardry just aren't a thing"

Intriguing idea. You could probably make such a story actually work. But I can only imagine a scene with a standoff between Harry and Voldemort where Harry is like: "Sure, I'll just stand here like a pointless dope and wait, while you prepare that ritual that's gonna totally screw me over after two hours."

As I said: You could probably make it work. I definitely couldn't.
JJ chapter 4 . 5/2
I can really appreciate that the Candyland kids finally get what will be a better life (I've already read this entire story before, so I also know that it will indeed be a better life).
But it is also obvious that this wasn't really Jen's decision. It was yours.

"She did not even care if it broke even"
So why exactly, if she didn't trust "the system" and if she has the enormous Black fortune available, didn't Jen just close Candyland to the public but keep it as a home for her kids? Paying for food and such certainly wouldn't have been too expensive for her.

"Enslaved Muggles couldn't run the club. Wicked Muggles would run the club just like Richard had, and Richard wasn't even in consideration. Who did that leave?"
How about a wicked muggle that was also enslaved? Should be good for several years at least. Long enough for Drew and Paula to take over. And why not make it even simpler? Just keep Richard and enslave him.

And that's ignoring other options that are just as obvious: Why not use some other enslavement magic (which surely exists)? Why not some kind of magical oath, like what she did with Snape in fourth year? There must be something there that will work with a muggle. It wouldn't be enslavement, but if whatever was agreed on cannot be broken, that's good enough.
Short term, Jen could have enslaved Richard and then used that additional time to work out something better. Why not find some abandoned muggle property in the countryside, make it unplottable, ward it, possibly use the Fidelius and move the kids there. The kids could grow their own food, learn to take care of the house and property, possibly earn something extra by selling some of the food or other things they produce, learn valuable skills, possibly even go to school and eventually learn to become self-reliant (when the project doesn't need any financial support from Jen any longer).

So, while there really isn't anything wrong with what you had Jen do with the kids here, it is obvious that this was your decision and not Jen's. She definitely had several options that would have seemed more desirable to her than to suddenly rely on "the system" that she never trusted before.
sapphiccuddlebug chapter 36 . 4/30
I cannot believe it. I finished a three-part fanfiction.
Kudos to you, Silently Watches; you wrote one of the best fanfictions that I've had the honour to land my eyes upon so far. I'm sad that- no, not sad. Well, you know how finishing a good book feels, a longing for more but understanding that it had to end at some point.
Maybe I'll visit the first book again, later. Still, it feels appropriate, if silly, for me to say goodbye.
barbosaanalaura10 chapter 35 . 4/9
So who did Jen marreid?
barbosaanalaura10 chapter 36 . 4/9
I loved the hole series, just one thing that got me confused, who disse Jen married? Was it Viktor?
Noeljulia16 chapter 36 . 3/18
You can’t just skip to the end like that. Man so not fair I get life and work but like who does she marry how many kids what happens I loved this story cause of the relationships with the people and everything please consider writing for the in between please
Cackling Now chapter 31 . 1/24
Dumbledore is really a Bumblemore here, amirite? Believing the visions are real...
dovakiin365 chapter 36 . 1/22
This will always be a series i will remember, for it is among the best. My favorite thing is that she truly became the biggest and baddest monster, forcing the ones under the bed to stay there
Gazuzin chapter 36 . 1/2
Perfect, this fic is a true gem, Jen was a badass since chapter 1 and even if she was OP she was also human, concerned with friends, her romance with Luna was really sweet, btw your Luna rocks, less of an airhead, with some meanness and very protective. Anyways good job, thanks for writing
death390 chapter 36 . 12/21/2022
Whole thing was quite enjoyable, glad to add it to my favorites solid story.
Can't wait for more spells in silence
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