|Reviews for The Rose and the Nightingale|
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 20 . 2/12
So...one of them has to love the other enough to sacrifice their life for them?
| CrushedRosePetals chapter 22 . 1/4
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!? How could you abandon your poor readers like this?
| MotherOfGrammar chapter 22 . 12/17/2015
This is...wow. First off, let me just express my gratitude to you for posting this wonderful work of fanfiction. As a proud obsessor of everything that is Phantom of the Opera, such a gem like this is one I will treasure always. I rather love the way Christine is written here; most seem to mistakenly view her as a dim and an indecisive little twit, but I always saw a young woman forced to grow up due to strenuous circumstances beyond her control. And your Christine portrays this interpretation of mine to the letter, as she is forced to become more assertive as time passes and her situation becomes more dire. There are times, though, where I have felt like she cries too much, or she could be a little tougher, but I trust this is all a part of your magnificent character development.
As for Erik? I feel you've managed to capture that mesmerizing aura he seems to carry, but beneath it all there is a truly tortured soul, and you've added just the right touch of insanity to him. While many would love to coddle and sooth him, Erik is a very broken man, and even Christine's love cannot fully change him.
The fantasy aspects are written so beautifully, and you have such a poetic style of writing that makes everything just flow so well. I do wonder how the rest of this universe views magic, though. Christine's aunt seems to think it is a thing of the devil because she's catholic, so does that mean it's common for people to be aware of it or to possess it? Most likely I just answered my own question, but I was just curious if outside of Persia magic is something known to everyone, or just a chosen few, as Madame Giry and even the dim-witted opera managers appear to be aware of it.
Speaking of Persia, the chapters taking place there have to be my favorite. It was the same in the Kay novel, and it's the same here. There's something just so other worldly about it, and this being arguably the darkest time of Erik's life, it's an interesting change to have him meet Christine there.
Oh, and Ayesha is a wonderful addition. She doesn't feel unnecessary at all, and I quite enjoy Erik's little feline friend. That mutual jealously Christine and her had for each other in the Kay novel was entertaining, but here it feels as if it's written much better due to the friendship the two eventually form.
Also, I can see the Miyazaki inspiration that influences this story. While I am fond of "Spirited Away," I do have to admit "Howl's Moving Castle," was never one of my absolute favorites, but I do agree these movies have a certain pull to them that just sucks you into their world. It's something Miyazaki does well in his films, and it is also something I feel you've done beautifully here.
Alas, I am running out of things to say, so perhaps it would be best to wrap up this review. I noticed you haven't updated in a while, and while I understand that lovely little thing called life has a tendency to happen, I do hope you have found some way to keep writing. Not just this story, but in some shape or form, because you certainly have a talent that does not deserve to be wasted.
Oh, and just one more thing. I noticed you mentioned in one chapter you were hoping to publish this somehow, but you were worried about having drawn too much from Kay's novel. Have you by chance ever heard of this thing called Kindleword? Apparently they publish your fanfiction for you, and they will pay you royalties. I don't know how you feel about that, or how much control you'd be allowed to have over the story. I know the author L.J. Smith is using it so she can write for her "Vampire Diaries" series since she unfortunately lost the rights to it long ago. Since it would be fanfiction of a fanfiction, I wouldn't imagine there'd be too many problems from having drawn from Kay's work, but then again, you might not be interested in this, so what do I know?
Anyway, I wish you all the best on any future projects, and since it's that time of year, a happy holidays!
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 22 . 9/3/2015
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 18 . 9/3/2015
Thanks a lot, Erik!
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 17 . 9/3/2015
And enter the Phantom of the Opera!
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 16 . 9/3/2015
(squeals in delight)
YAY! ERIK'S BACK!
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 15 . 9/3/2015
(shakes head sadly)
What have you done?
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 14 . 9/3/2015
(gasps in amazement)
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 7 . 9/3/2015
Stupid bitchy cat...stupid bitchy Khanum...they're acting way too similar for my peace of mind!
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 6 . 9/3/2015
Erik has wings? With feathers?
Wow, he really is the Angel of Music now!
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 5 . 9/3/2015
(eyes grow huge)
A talking cat...and not ventriloguism, either...
That's definitely a first!
| Child of Music and Dreams chapter 1 . 9/3/2015
(jaw drops in amazement)
I absolutely adore this story!
| Guest chapter 22 . 2/23/2014
I'm begging on my knees. Please, please, please update! I love this story so much!
| Guest chapter 22 . 8/23/2013
Please, please, please, please, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH THIS STORY!