Reviews for Bitter Leaves and Blossoms Bright
Cerise Marteau de Crpuscule chapter 1 . 7/29/2009
I am always hesitant to read fanfiction and usually do so for amusement since a good deal of it is contrived. The title of your story caught my eye. Intrigued, I began reading. And to my suprise I kept reading. I did not get sucked into the story so much as it devoured me whole, though it is a most pleasing experience. Not many people look to make their stories historically accurate, and being a history buff myself I was suprised and happy to find you had done so. This is definitely a rare jewel amongst the dirt heap that is . I am eager for the next chapter!

Safety and peace,

Cerise Marteau de Crépuscule
Cheerie Mai chapter 10 . 7/28/2009
I'm truly impressed with the amount of research you have done in order to write this, and I must say you've done an excellent job. it's such a pleasure to read the work of such an informed writer. the fact that you were interested enough in writing both an accurate and entertaining story is such a wonderful thing to see. authors who care enough to go to the painstaking effort of deeply researching their topics are rare finds, and I'm happy I stumbled across you.
Crimson Firebreeze chapter 10 . 7/27/2009
-bows- You are quite welcome for the information, my dear. I'll be honest, I fell off my couch when I saw that little note at the beginning of the story and scared my friend half to death!

Anything, to help a fellow writer!

Anyways, to the review! I absolutely love the way you have portrayed Altair. It was believable when compared to the personality we come to both love and hate in the games. Excellent job!

And the Damascus Rafiq! Also a perfect! I could almost hear his cute little voice in my head!

The overall story is richly detailed and kept my attention to the very end. I was, in fact, sad to see the end of the chapter and I am very excited for the next chapter.

I really have nothing negative to say about this. There were few punctuation errors, which is rather tolerable to a grammar nazi like myself since even I make them at times.

Please keep writing this wonderful story!
Merlin's Phox chapter 10 . 7/27/2009
Yaay! Updates! -

I'm hooked, : D pleaase keep writing!
SoapyVnecks chapter 10 . 7/26/2009
This is rolling along quite nicely. Oh, and I really do like it when you give us notes and historic facts at the end that you tie in with the story. It's super interesting, plus I'm a bit of a history nerd. Love it. Love it.
Sivan IXXX chapter 10 . 7/26/2009
Altair is such a butthole. But I like your interpretation of him. Can't wait for the next chapter.
Crimson Firebreeze chapter 9 . 7/25/2009
Okay, I absolutely love the story you are writing here, even if it was odd to read about 17 year old Altair. XD

And I LOVE that you have done a ton of research, but might I correct one little thing? Baldwin IV was Sibylla's brother, not her father.

But aside form that, I really do like that you have your research notes at the end of the story because I have noticed as I write my own AC fic, that people don't always understand what actually was going on back then. ESPECIALLY when it comes to how young women were actually married off!

Keep up the good work. I have been having so much trouble finding AC fics that are as well written as this one is to keep me inspired to continue with my own series. Thank you so much for writing this!
Haptic L chapter 9 . 7/25/2009
This story so far, is pretty much amazing. The plot is different, it's original, and the writing is superb. What's also great is that you put so much effort into this and I really enjoy reading the side notes because it seems more realistic. Keep up the great work and can't wait for more!
Chicago Typewriter chapter 6 . 7/24/2009
Agreed. Or a good reminder that they have something quite vulnerable down below. Great chapter. This is original as hell. :D
Jenny chapter 9 . 7/23/2009
I am so glad that I had two chapters to read when I checked out your story again. And it is getting better and better! I am immensely enjoying the research you have done to make your story as historically correct as possible. When you mentioned oleander and foxglove I had to google it and what a surprise it was when I found out what it has and are being used as.

Your character Isra is getting more and more intriguing and each of your chapter keeps me begging for more. As a reader it is very important for me to slowly get to know a character and the way ou are doing it is excellent. Subtle and evolving. The piece where Isra is left alone touched my heart. I understood the way she felt.

Please, keep writing this exquisite story of yours. It would be a shame if it came to a sudden stop. You are a wonderful writer! You have my support!
AngelofAcre chapter 9 . 7/22/2009
I love your story, and I love the side notes as well. I can't wait till the next chapters!
Rinter chapter 9 . 7/22/2009
A new chapter so soon :)

Poor Isra doesn't know what's waiting her in Damascus

(I guess this is the same Tamir that was in the game).

I read the reasearch notes too. My eyes didn't glaze over ;)
wisher on a star chapter 9 . 7/20/2009
Amazing story so far!

It really is surprising to me that your putting this much effort into finding the history to all of this (unless of course your a genius in 11th century history ;) ), because most writers on aren't as indepth as you in this.

So, K-U-D-O-S to you and keep up the amazing work!

Love,

Wishy
T.L. Battle chapter 9 . 7/20/2009
Ah! I love history and especially this story :]

Can't wait for it to continue!
Beautifulnsanity chapter 9 . 7/20/2009
YAY 2 more chapters! xD

and Please do not feel discouraged, because you do have readers who care. ]

Anyway can't wait for the story to continue to unfold!
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