|Reviews for They Also Serve|
| Rina chapter 1 . 5/12
So, it seems I'm learning more about classical English poetry from readers' comments here than I ever learnt back when I was at school. Not that I would be able to read Milton in original back when I was at school, though. I'm rereading this magnificent story now, and when I read it for the first time I was wondering where the title comes from. So, thank you for enlightening me :)
| xComeAlongPond chapter 30 . 2/5
ohh! Absolutely thrilling ending. It felt so right, so good after all the heartache and agony they've endured. Absolutely brilliant; the characters and plots are believable (you wrote Jadis especially well); Oreius in his tender concern and fatherlike care (and pushing the boys to be stronger and faster); Martil and Silvo bustling about, Susan the Gentle, refined, elegant, quieter - yet still fierce in her love and support; Lucy - written for her age, bouncing around, loving extravagantly - I especially liked Aslan's presence for a significant amount of time in this story - a rock to them all.
Well done indeed!
| CooperGirlHH chapter 6 . 2/25/2017
Great work! Love it :)
| sierra.steinbrecher chapter 22 . 2/10/2017
Dang, I loved this chapter! I went absolutely giddy after midnight passes and I loved active Edmund. I read a lot of that out loud just to get a feel of it!
| renlylittlerose chapter 11 . 5/12/2016
I've read this fic a few years ago, and a lot of the others you wrote, like Black Dwarf, Blue River and Into the West, and they've always been my favourite Chronicles of Narnia fanfics. I don't think I ever commented on them, the first time. But a month ago nostalgia hit me and I came back to read this. And I still love it. I love Edmund so much and seeing everything from his point of view makes me so happy, you write him so well. And his relationship with Peter, Susan and Lucy warms my heart, as does Aslan. You just manage to write them all in a way that hits me right in my feelings.
I love how you've expanded on the world C.S. Lewis created, but in a way that nothing feels out of place. And your writing is lovely.
So this serves as a comment more on all your work and not just this fic (even though this is my favourite one) and since this was the last chapter I've reread (I have been reading Into the West and They Also Serve in paralell). Unfortunately I haven't been able to keep on rereading your stuff since real life got in a way and I'm busy now, but I didn't want to miss the chance to thank you for writing such good stories. And hopefully next month I'll be able to come back and enjoy your writing once more.
| Sue Clover chapter 30 . 8/30/2015
So i read Into the West a bit ago, and I loved this companion piece just as much, if not more. It had less of the feel of one of those ancient epic tales of adventure, but it had just as much heart and wisdom and strength. Also humor. I found myself giggling uncontrollably several times. I love your sense of humor. I love how silly and beautifully ridiculous things can get with the variety of people that Narnia provides. Like that doe that had a crush on Oreius. Through this story I came to love all the characters so much more, especially Edmund. i love how he grew and learned throughout his ordeal, and I enjoyed reading his side of the journey, and how he and Peter were connected through it. Thank you for everything. Next I shall read your one about the Black Dwarves and Edmund learning how to be a smithy, but for now I must go to bed.
| trustingHim17 chapter 30 . 2/25/2015
enjoyed the parallel story. :D
surely Phillip's wrangling that promise from the Dogs requires payback, right? how does Edmund get revenge for the Dog's plague?
| DAForever62442 chapter 28 . 2/2/2015
I just wanted to say how much I've loved this story. Along with Into the West, it is my absolute favorite fanfiction I have ever read, and I have read a lot. I love how all your stories fit together and reference events from other stories and how you've created your own version of Narnia and Cair Paravel. This is one of those stories that I go back to over and over again and it never gets old. Each time I go back to this or Into the West it's like revisiting the magic of the first read all over again. You put so much effort into all your stories, and it really comes through in your writing. You got everything perfectly, from Edmund to Philip to Peter to Aslan to Susan and Lucy. I especially liked the Dogs following all the horses around! Thank you so much for such amazing stories.
| Epsilon Scorpii chapter 30 . 8/7/2014
I can't even begin to express how beautiful this was, even the simplest words are wrought into something enchanting and fitting, like how Peter says one word "good"yet the emotion is palpable and the picture is intricate. The last line was meaningful and amazing in itself, tying back to the previous thoughts where Edmund despaired. One of the most important reasons on why I love your stories is that they are always meaningful, beautiful, and you feel as though you learn a lot from them. They are inspiring and refreshing, so thank you for blessing us readers with your work. Aslan is so real, so true, and loving.
| anone.cho chapter 4 . 10/11/2013
and that is exactly why i love Edmund so much and he has been my favorite character in Narnia. My country had also suffered colonization and I know hundreds and thousands of traitors lived happily ever after until they die in peace and wealth never acknowledging their wrongdoings even in private. Edmund is a brave, truthful, and deserve Narnia.
| DAForever62442 chapter 30 . 6/25/2013
| DAForever62442 chapter 9 . 6/24/2013
Armor plated chickens pecking at giants's feet as got to be one of the funniest mind pictures ever. No wonder Edmund lost it. I'm loving this as much as Into the West; it's interestig to read what was going on at Cair Paravel while Peter was away. I keep connecting eveything back to Into the West.
| Shadowcatisajerk chapter 30 . 4/18/2012
Wonderful companion piece to "Into the West". Together these would make an outstanding movie, you have such a gift for writing action while not losing the emotions of the characters. I can only hope that you are pursuing a career as a screenwriter, the world would be a better place with your words on film. Thank you.
| Anonymous chapter 1 . 12/21/2011
This is one of my favorite stories! I love the relationship you've created between Edmund and Peter. Your writing technique is professional.
I would like to see more stories about Edmund.:)
| Xaipre chapter 30 . 7/10/2011
While I appreciate how Good Peter is, I also love the deviousness of Edmund, and I love how you write his voice, equally sarcastic and caring, and also strong. Like Peter would say, "night to his day" and all the complexity and beauty that that entails.
I loved how you showed Edmund's gradual decline, but at the same showed his caring nature by having him hide Peter's crown from Silvo. Only for Edmund would hiding things show how much he cares! Since I am also a sarcastic person who is grumpy in the morning, I have some comfort in the fact that Aslan accepts Edmund just the way he is.
I think the way you wrote Jadis was perfect. She was evil and cruel and twisted, and someone who turned beautiful things into ugly things. Since I'm not really a part of the Narnia fandom I have no idea if you got any flack for suggesting that she sexually molested Edmund, but I think it is believable, and the way you deal with it, and have Edmund deal with it, is also believable and sympathetic.
Even though Edmund went on no quest, and someone could say that "not much happened" in this story, I thoroughly loved just seeing Edmund being a king in his kingdom. While I like the meme of the Nobody doing the Extraordinary, I adore the High Fantasy where the characters love and rule the kingdom. It has taken me a moment to really wrap my mind around what Lewis did in making teens and pre-teens the rulers of Narnia, it reminds me of boy-bishops and the like from early Medieval England, and that tender time of life between the onset of puberty and the loss of innocence and wonder that is what being an "adult" is all about. It makes the characters even more endearing, and I think you have showed that in your writing in a fantastic way.
Again, thank you for writing, I enjoyed reading!