Reviews for Brothers at Arms
Guest chapter 10 . 6/26
The relationship between Darcy and Riven is so well written. And I love the character of Dominique. The silent violence against Mirra and the way Riven don't do anything about it is just chilling
HistrionicBloomky chapter 1 . 10/10/2021
Amazing chapter, I'm rereading this for like the 27th time. Also for the (2) note Sky as Brandon said three-pronged rescue opp.
dorizard chapter 21 . 3/3/2021
Yaay the boys have made up! Well, there's still Riven. Overall I appreciate the detail you added to his whole mind control thing with Darcy, it's satisfying to finally have everyone realise what was going on.

Timmy really shines in this chapter, from his lowkey way of messing with the other specialists after the space launch to managing to pilot them away from the missile launcher, just awesome

Aw Brandon and Sky making up with Bloom and Stella is cute, love the little detail about Stella seeing how honest Brandon was about his feelings towards her

Side note I like your specialist OC's (even though most are based on actual background characters I think), they don't take up too much of the story but are just present enough to be useful to the plot and make the world feel more lived in. Same goes for Dominique
dorizard chapter 18 . 2/25/2021
Phew, I absolutely love how you handled the whole identity reveal drama here. It's so interesting to see the perspective from characters besides Bloom, considering the guys are meant to be close and all. It really ramps up the consequences, having not only their girlfriends but also almost the whole of Red Fountain turning on them. Especially with Brandon, I gotta feel for the guy- having no one to have his back against people like Justin makes it even worse. It's really interesting seeing how the identity switch would strain Brandon and Sky's relationship too- I watched the RAI English dub where they switched because Sky had a target on his head, so I always wondered about the class implications of that. It makes sense that Brandon would have that nagging feeling that if they ever did greatly disagree about something, he would have no choice but to obey Sky if he ever gave him an order.

As for Sky, the deeper exploration of his relationship with his family and their way of life is great, it's nice to see how Bloom and his friends have helped him grow as a person and stand up to his family and their prejudices. It was also kinda fun seeing him being a disaster as he tried to cover everything up and stop Bloom from finding out; gives him more relatability than we saw in the show.

I really like that Timmy's got a bigger role here with discovering what happened to Riven, it's fitting since he's the smart one and is kind of the mediator, like when he tried to get the others talking to Riven again. Can't be easy on him either, with one friend turning into a self-destructive jerk and the other two lying to him for a whole two years.
dorizard chapter 15 . 2/19/2021
Gotta say, I definitely prefer this version of the whole Brandon and Bloom at Cloud Tower fiasco, it makes a lot more sense to chalk up his reaction to thinking about his parents disapproval of Bloom, rather than actually thinking she could go bad because she's a witch. It ties in nicely to the whole Diaspro issue and sheds more light on "Brandon's" inner conflict over whether he can stand up to his parents
dorizard chapter 12 . 2/16/2021
Ooooh, I gotta say, this is one of the most interesting interpretations of Darcy and her relationship with Riven I've seen. It's messed up since even when her magic's hold on him weakens, he realises he has nowhere else to go, but there's some genuine feelings there somewhere. Her backstory reall fits the way she acts, too. Complicated stuff

"he'd rather be in pain than feel nothing at all" haha, is Riven a TDG fan?

Love the storyline of Brandon worrying about his relationship with Stella due to the identity switch, it makes sense that that would put strain on their relationship even before the reveal
dorizard chapter 8 . 2/13/2021
Ooooh I love Rivens characterisation here; his behaviour makes a lot more sense rather than him just being an ass (honestly in the show I sometimes wondered how the specialists were even still friends with him haha). Him being especially difficult on that day and acting like that to Bloom because he wanted to take out his anger on someone and annoy Brandon really fits- it doesn't justify being an ass but it was nice to see that he was going to apologise later.

Untiiiil, yeah. Gotta say, the way you write Darcy here is as mesmerising as the spell she put on Riven, got that manipulative but intriguing nature down perfectly. Also nice to see the spell from his pov, with the whispering that also pokes at his insecurity surrounding his place on the team. Sadly it's only gonna get worse for him before it gets better, eek
dorizard chapter 6 . 2/12/2021
Forgive me for gushing over an old fic but I've only recently gotten into Winx Club, looks like there's been a ton of rewrite fics since the more recent seasons and a certain live action show, but this is the first one I've seen where it tells the story from the specialists' POV. It's really interesting, I didn't have much of a problem with the boys being supporting characters in the og show but I'm also hungry for some more insight into their dynamics and development. I also like fics where we can view the main cast from an outside perspective, I find it can bring up some interesting details about their characters that aren't as clear in the show.

And this fic fulfils all of that! First of all, your characterisations are amazing. (real)Sky seemed a bit generic for me in the show but you really bring him to life here, especially with little additions like his thought process when greeting Bloom for the first time. Such a small, insignificant moment in the show but here it adds so much, it was hilarious watching him try to make a good first impression :'D Brandon is one my favourites; I love how he's the friend that looks out for the others, and I really like how you've brought out his goofy, lighthearted side. He made plenty of funny comments in the show but I think it only makes sense that he'd show this side of him a lot more often at Red Fountain, being surrounded by teenage boys and all that. The little hints at the identity switch are cool too, like people noting (real)Brandon not being very prince-like, I love foreshadowing like that.

Timmy is my other favourite, you balance his awkwardness and intelligence really well- when he does make a witty remark, it lands :'D Even Riven respects him a lot, and I love how you show that in little moments like Riven apologising to Tecna (and all Timmy had to do was glare at him!) or Codatorta blaming Timmy for the troll fiasco being what makes Riven snap and take the blame. Expanding on the characters' relationships like that is really cool. Speaking of Riven, his character is amazing and even an improvement on the show- you really nailed his troubled bad boy personality and I enjoy reading parts that really dive into why he's like that, particularly how his past has made him crave control and always be on the defensive.

I especially like how this fic recontextualises his interactions with Musa (as well as actually giving him some with her lol, the couples in this show confused me because everyone was having crushes on each other yet they hadn't even interacted much?) and explains why he was so stand-offish with her, while also showing that he actually was attracted to her, while in the show it almost seemed unrequited. We didn't get to see his interactions with the specialists much in the show so I really appreciate how he's actually close to them here, despite his attitude. It's gonna make the Darcy drama even more intense, haha.

Oop, this is long enough already. Thank you for writing such an awesome fanfic, I'm really enjoying it so far! (and the bits from future chapters I sneakily peeked at, hehe)
But chapter 24 . 5/16/2020
But there is difference between a spell to make hım fall in love and just manipulate hım to make hım tell about winx and dont focus around ı choose second option
Now sad chapter 20 . 5/16/2020
They could sort this out... riven and darcy
They could be a lot of things
But not enemies
She can be frenemies the faires but
İnstead of that shes gonna be punished
); sad so sad
Scyphy chapter 1 . 9/14/2019
It's been a while since I'm looking for a REALLY good Winx club fanfiction, and I think I found it with yours. When I re-watched the show, I felt like the boys' potential is wasted. I think you fixed it pretty well with this first chapter and it's going to be interesting.
Guest chapter 26 . 8/19/2018
This was written very well! Would like to say a lot but I can't find the right words, good job! Absolutely loved the story! Tho Riven and Darcy's relationship was more toxic than anything,
Guest chapter 1 . 8/19/2018
TheSkysGonnaBreak chapter 1 . 1/10/2018
oh bloody hell, you are such an amazing writer I bow down to you. This chapter was just soo soo powerful I mean Wow! I can't believe how beautifully think is written Rivens emotions or rather the fact that he has none and just gets them back while Musa is there was such an amazing idea and then the end... it broke my heart it was just so sad and perfect. I really worship your style of writing! I mean I sm crying right now thanks for that, well I really mean it thank you
The13thVasilisa chapter 1 . 12/18/2017
Yesss I've been meaning to read this story for such a long time now! Great job!
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