|Reviews for Martyr|
| TheMaskedSoul chapter 1 . 2/27
So I read this new version and, I have some thoughts...
It feels like your forced Christine to fall in love, I mean in your other stories I can actually feel the 'fluff' or the chemistry between E/C but now I felt it different.
I also felt a little bit of Raoul bashing.
I'm sure you didn't intend to do it because of the Raoul-hate but it feels that way.
You made Raoul miserable the entire story, we hardly see him happy.
I kinda liked better the other version, really.
Now I'm not trying to get any flames or anything. -You're my favorite author by far- but I didn't feel the same way I feel in your other stories, it feels different, and I know you said it was different, but I just really thought I should say this.
Congrats on your writing, though. You're amazing, I love all your plots.
My best wishes and I hope you never stop writing.
| Guest chapter 28 . 1/21
I read this story in one go. Absolutely stunning. It was absolutely the ending I wanted, with Erik and Christine together, but I loved how you did not shy away from the pain that one person will inevitably feel in a love triangle. It is all too easy to make Raoul the villain and I really admire how you didn't do that just to make Christine blameless. I thought you captured her impossible dilemma incredibly well and how you made all your characters human, fallible and so real. I was really very moved. Thank you.
| Rupert Bear chapter 28 . 1/1
"Happy New year 2014"
The epilogues gave the readers a sense of closure. It's good to read that all the characters are able/or trying to move forward and that life is unpredictable. This story is more realistic and bitter-sweet. I prefer this version to the original and both are well written. Thank you for finishing the original and the revised version. Looking forward to read more of your work in the future when you return to writing here again.
| Rupert Bear chapter 27 . 12/31/2013
Thank you for re-posting both epilogues. This chapter shows both of them growing up as an individual and as a couple. It's not an easy lifestyle but it works for them. So far, I prefer the revised version as it's less gloomy than the original one.
| Rupert Bear chapter 26 . 12/31/2013
It's very sad that she had to choose - very mixed emotions here. As a reader, you felt for all of the characters and hope each of them will be able to adjust and continue to move forward.
| B chapter 28 . 12/27/2013
Very well done. I think you have improved this story a lot and that last sentence was very beautiful and poetic. :)
| jtbwriter chapter 28 . 12/22/2013
Ohhhhhhhh boy...be careful what you wish for! Love this twist-this dare and risk Erik took with Christine...now I don't think she will ever be bored or afraid of being bored! Thanks for a great Epilogue!
| Bergamotte chapter 28 . 12/22/2013
Thank you so much, Quiet, for this ending to another fascinating story. Christine's final meeting with Raoul provided the emotional scrubbing-up that they both needed in order to move forward. Raoul sounded ready to "get out", to make the same break that his brother had made. Maybe it was time for Theresa to reap what she had sowed.
Erik certainly stepped up to the plate and proved to Christine that their life would not be predictable. This Erik was unique in his determination to give Christine what she needed. "Erik will fix it." LOL!
This chapter's final line is so right! People are never perfect, life is never perfect. But every new day offers hope, fresh possibilities, and new mountains to climb. The curtain rises and we live another day as best we can. We can't ask for more than that.
| Phanarah chapter 26 . 12/21/2013
Oh my, I'm so glad I read the epilogue in time before it came down. Great work!
| totalreadt chapter 26 . 12/20/2013
Aw, the epilogues were good! In fact the second one is what really made the story IMO.
| monarch27 chapter 5 . 12/19/2013
Always love your stories and am enjoying this revision. However, I was disappointed to see "gender confusion" as it was used here, and to see "a man" described as the decision-maker and "woman" defined as passive. Those can be character traits, certainly, but surely they don't necessarily match directly to gender.
But maybe this thought is supposed to come from Christine's POV. Anyway, it stuck out to me.
| the yellow flower chapter 28 . 12/19/2013
Loved the story. It hurt me as a reader, but in a good way. I could sympathize. Thanks!
| jtbwriter chapter 27 . 12/16/2013
Ohhhhh-that was amazing-Christine growing and Erik learning how to let her grow... And finally exposing that it's her with the marriage hangup! Thanks for a great Epi-looking forward to the next one!
| Bergamotte chapter 27 . 12/16/2013
Christine is learning who she is. I found it sad, but insightful, when she said, "I think I'm afraid to be completely happy." Identifying a problem is the first step toward solving it.
She also showed insight when she returned to Florida and spoke again to Raoul because, "He needed to hear me say some things." I hope we'll learn more about that conversation from Chapter 28, Epilogue 2 . . . Looking forward to it! And I wish the author and all the readers a joyful holiday.
| Danae.Jenx chapter 27 . 12/16/2013
Well, I'm actually reviewing as myself rather than as an anonymous guest! Your ending is terrific. You chose love over moral obligation, and being the romantic I am, I love the EC ending. I do feel bad for Raoul, but to keep Christine in a relationship with him would only destroy her. It seems that all things in life have a natural beginning, middle, and end. People drift apart with life-changing circumstances. To force a relationship to continue when it no longer works is worse than letting it go. Somewhat interesting reversal you have here - whereas in the classic version, Erik loves C enough to release her, in your story, Raoul cannot bring himself to do so.