|Reviews for Prince of Winter|
| The Awsome one chapter 1 . 12/11/2011
I have never read Dark Leaf and hope to one day but I find this story very interesting.
I enjoyed the whole story. Can you tell me where I can find Dark Leaf?
| Lia Whyteleafe chapter 1 . 10/18/2011
I read Dark Leaf about seven years ago, and this is a more than worthy follow-up.
I have to admit, I didn't understand about the wood/glass thing, and then I realised what he meant. Poor, poor Legolas. I enjoyed seeing a deeper side to the intriguing and fascinating Celeborn of Doriath - he hates seeing his young cousin in pain and takes such gentle care of him.
Remind me to stay on the good side of Saeros the Tracker. (Out of interest, how old is Ellinariel? She acts childish and immature, but she can't be that young, can she?)
| ArwenFairTinuviel chapter 1 . 4/19/2011
This was so incredibly well written, and really long and in depth for a one-chapter story - unusual but I liked it a lot!
I have not read the Dark Leaf and so I feel like I am missing out on a lot more depth (this young Legolas is not entirely how I had imagined him, so traumatised, although the Thranduil behaviour is indeed perfect!), but even so I can still see a lot of the suffering that Legolas has been through, how broken he has been, making him so scared and unsure and suspicious. It's so touching to see the behaviour of the caring elves around him, trying to nurture him back to health and happiness.
Your interactions between characters are so realistic and believable, they way they speak and react to each other etc. I really like your portrayal of Celeborn - how understanding, loving, good at explaining, and ultimately moved by Legolas he is - and Haldir too actually, he's really good at giving Legolas space (a difficult thing to do, well done on portraying that so well).
The Winter Festival was so realistic of elves, just how I would picture it.
I love the way you write, the way you describe, the words you use captivate the quintessence of everything, I am very envious of your knack with words!
| Jennygrl chapter 1 . 3/20/2011
Stunning. Simply, simply, stunning.
| ziggy3 chapter 1 . 9/8/2010
Still love this after all these years. So beautiful and sad but still hopeful. I so wish you hadn't abandoned DL - but I know how it is. (UNless you are posting on the Mirkwood site again- checked for years...) Dont even know if you will pick this up (God- I sound like some pathetic fangurrrrl of yours... oh, I am!)
| Stardust0808 chapter 1 . 5/1/2009
I must say I found this story very endearing, but I wish I would have known more about Legolas' past. I am confused on a matter: is "Dark Leaf" a fanfiction story? Where is it posted because I do not see it in your stories list when I visit your profile. If you would be kind as to let me know so that I may read "Dark Leaf" I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
| Crystal Cat-Chan chapter 1 . 10/6/2008
Ai, Jasta...there are occasions when I get the overwhealming desire to come back and read one or all of your stories, the cycle seems to circle around every six months or so...this time, it was Prince of Winter, and I found myself sitting in the middle of a study room at school with tears in my eyes. It's as amazing now as the first time, just as heartbreakingly beauitful as I remember...of course, now the di have been cast and I'm going to be rereading through the entirety of Dark Leaf again... Which has always stood up to rereads with the aching beauty I remember, and there are not many stories that do so. Thank you for sharing your gift with everyone...
| Insane Muse chapter 1 . 9/24/2008
It's been so long since I've read your fics, or any LotR fics for that matter. But I have to just say, that reading your work reminds me why I love Lord of the Rings so much.
Thank you for this. I love Darkleaf and was upset when they made you move it off of . It was such a superbly written story!
| Aldalena chapter 1 . 2/26/2008
Beautiful! Absolutely stunning! I just couldn't stop reading and became so absorbed that I completely forgot I was tired...
I love the way you portray Legolas in this story! He's so cute! I don't like those elleth for saying such hurtful things about him...
I must say my favorite character in this story (besides Legolas) is Saeros. I love his personality! :D I laughed upon realizing what Saeros called that one elleth whose name escapes me...Ellinariel, that's it.
I sort of followed the ancestry... Got a little confusing, though...*cough* Okay, more than a litte confusing... but it was interesting nonetheless!
Oh, and I found Legolas' description of Celeborn so cute and funny! x3 “He looks like a big, beautiful snowflake!” Lol
So...this is definitely going in my Favorites! And I'm definitely adding you to my Favorite Authors list! And sorry for rambling! I got a bit carried away... but truly, this is a wonderfully well-written story that was a delight to read...not once, but twice in a row! Yes, it is that good. :D
| Beverly chapter 1 . 10/12/2006
I am so glad I found this. It is absolutly beautiful. It has been a while since I have read "Dark Leaf"...but I have read it several times. I have yet to find chapter 17 though...so this was a real treat. The whole ceremony was enchanting. I had tears in my eyes at the part where Celeborn and Galadriel had Legolas walk between them as they would their own son...beautiful. Will there be more stories of Legolas' recovery? I long for him to become the beautiful, strong, capable, sweet prince he is.
Oh...and I LOVED that the..um..."bitch"...got what was coming to her.
Your writing is extraordinary...please ma'am...may we have more?
P.S. Is there an ending to "Dark Leaf" somewhere?
| ziggy chapter 1 . 7/14/2006
Hurray! YEARS of waiting repaid! Brilliant and beautiful and tender and just so breathtaking (gush gush)
Elrond warned Thranduil to expect Legoals to be mature in some ways and immature in others-and oh havent you done justice to Haldir - he is so lovely in this, waiting and knowing that legolas mumbles a bit and hums and has funny little habits but not bothering him. ANd this is the olny fic where I really really like Galadriel as a person rather than the very distant Lady she is the LOTR. ANd Celeborn gets his due and proper role. I had to go back and read it all over again- the whole of Dark Leaf, and then this, and then Leaf and branch and then everything else- at least once.
I think the way you show the legacy of abuse that Legolas lives with is not only very poignant, but also accurate. I recognise that distracted inward dialogue abused have with themselves sometimes, and that very slow trust, and mistrust of themselves. This is seriously insightful and thought provoking.
I like the Thranduilisms you give Legolas and it makes me miss him even more! So do you think you might write alittle chapter for Thranduil please?
| Jazmin3 Firewing chapter 1 . 7/8/2006
This was absolutely perfect. I loved the ceremony that the four eldest elves did, it was old and scary and heavy with ritual. Also, Legolas in the aftermath of Dol Guldur is just the right amount chip-on-the-shoulder and scared little boy. A very nice Christmas-y, winter holiday story.
| Lamiel chapter 1 . 5/29/2006
Saeros ROCKS! And so do you, my dear. Oh, this wonderful tale could very well have served for a chapter in the Dark Leaf saga itself, although clearly set a few months after the current events.
Legolas is so utterly, perfectly drawn here: so slender and fragile. You capture every mannerism, the hesitant way he approaches others, the extraordinary reluctance to be touched. Every detail of his psychology and physiology reminds us of the horrific ordeal he has suffered. And the most brilliant thing of all is that you SHOW this, in his words and gestures and movements. You have the gift of a great writer, in that you never resort to simply telling the audience the whys and wherefores. You bring your reader completely into the tale, and allow us to feel all the pain and anxiety and fragile hope of this child. He reminds me of a wild bird, constantly poised for flight. And his words to Haldir - 'remember that I am glass' - oh! That brought tears to my eyes. It is powerful in itself, but for one who has read the full Dark Leaf saga it is utterly heartbreaking.
It is wonderful to see the tender way those around him protect him without caging him. Your Celeborn is incredible - and very sexy too! Wow. I never really saw the appeal of him, but in the hands of a master such as yourself he is truly inspiring. And, as I said before, Saeros rocks. I was positively grinning from ear to ear from the moment he appeared, startling even Haldir, and the way he lit into that little Noldo b*tch! Brilliant! Dang I love those Silvan Elves.
And then to top it all off you close with an utterly beautiful and haunting portrayal of what really seems an authentic Elven ritual. Wow. The Solstice celebration could have been a vignette all by itself, and it is masterfully done.
Wonderful, wonderful work, Jasta, as always. Oh, I love your writing so much. I savor every word.
| Nilmandra chapter 1 . 5/26/2006
Oh, a lovely tale, Jasta. I am sorry I didn't get the email on the arrival of this and only found it today. I was worried about how you were going to make 'Dark Leaf' Legolas into the Legolas of the Quest, but I would say he is well on his way. I love Celeborn's patience with him... and Saeros kicks butt. What a great character!
| Ithil-valon chapter 1 . 5/23/2006
I have finally gotten the time to read this magnificent story (though I must admit I’m deeply disappointed that it will not be multiple chapters long!), and I have one over-riding feeling…one of complete intimidation! (LOL)
Had I any idea that a writer of such skill and knowledge was reading my work, I would be fumbling over the keyboard, sweating out ever nuance of thought and plotline. I am a simple, humble storyteller, but you, my friend, are a weaver of magic!
I came to LOTR late…only after the movie The Two Towers was made. It was only after seeing T that I went back and watched FOTR, and only after ROT that, I finally got around to reading the books. But, as is painfully obvious, I still have so very much to learn about this wonderful place called Middle Earth. Your writing inspires me to dig deeper and learn more and more. It makes me determined to know and understand it all (if that’s possible). For that, I can’t thank you enough.
Now, as for the story…brava! Hands down, one of the best I’ve read.
Even without having read the Dark Leaf story, I was immediately swept into the midst of the mallorn trees, and gifted with the opportunity of spending time with some elves that I very rarely, if ever, have the chance to experience.
Legolas’ frailty of spirit is difficult to bear as I watched Celeborn deal so delicately with him. I am so curious now about all that brought us to this place that I must, immediately, find the other story to read!
Your descriptions and so easy to visualize and so complete in detail that I effortlessly experienced a wonderful new world. You skill is …quite breathtaking. You made me wince, laugh, grow angry and grow still all in the same chapter. Most of all, you made me wonder!
I am speechless with awe, and yet at the same time excited and happy to have found a new author of such…(well, ok, I realize that I am straying into verbosity here, but I can’t help it)…such magic that I am anticipating many, many hours of contented reading and learning.