Reviews for Of War's End and Fruit Tarts
hplo chapter 1 . 6/11/2013
I remember reading this collection years ago and enjoying. Still do very much. Tbh I do feel at some points some of the one-shots are clich├ęd like the assassination attempts as well as the angst and the characterisations and writing style could use some improvement (more expression, more humanity) but honestly there's such a pervading sense of warmth that it doesn't really matter. I love the familial aspects of the relationships between the Gaang members as it really brings a warm core to the collection. Also Azula's progression as a character is good too, especially in the last two one-shots where it shows her full potential in her interactions with Zuko. Wish there was more brotherliness between Zuko and Aang but that's more of a personal preference than anything else. I also do enjoy how you focus on realistic details in the progress of the Fire Nation such as the warships and coal mines. It adds a sense of dynamism to the world that isn't all about the big problems in the world as so many fics seems to get bogged down in (that and the author's obsession with the military). Overall great collection.

Lunatique chapter 5 . 3/31/2013
This is a heartwarming look at the characters, particularly Zuko and Mai, after the war. I liked how they support and lean on each other through tumultuous times and personal trails, and their camaraderie with their friends. Plus, Mai as a spy in "The Idle Empress" suited her well.

After a while, though, the stories started feeling self-absorbed, as though the only people in the world who were having problems were the main couple, and their insistence that they're in the right and fighting for balance and goodness and rainbows and puppies got a little grating. There's no hint that either their enemies or subjects have any kind of inner lives or motivations, seeming to exist only as objects to be acted on. The stories feel complexity-free in a situation that should by all rights be fraught with complexity, and I couldn't respect Mai and Zuko due to the completely simplistic black-and-white way they seemed to view their reign. Maybe it's due to the stories' explicitly narrow focus in being a series of short stories about Mai, Zuko, and their relationship rather than a complete account of Zuko's reign, but I always felt their political lives were part of their characters.

Great long critique aside, I'm intrigued that you seem to have predicted some of the developments in The Promise, such as decolonialization being a big problem or Zuko hiring the Kyoshi Warriors, or at least one of the Warriors. Her formal address to Zuko and Mai was poignant, with both their friendship and positions interweaving in a genuine connection. Good job, overall, my fussiness notwithstanding. :)
Duckers chapter 16 . 1/1/2011
Augh. So good! So holistic! Honestly i'm tearing up right now.
new moongirl chapter 16 . 12/30/2010
i absolutley LOVED it. TTTT sniffle. really great U_U
areanna123 chapter 6 . 10/2/2010
It was incredibly funny. I couldn't stop laughing.
Anonymous chapter 16 . 9/26/2010
Love the story, and your version of Azula too!
Aussie-Muggle chapter 15 . 9/21/2010
No! I love it! They were happy tears! (I love a bit of angst in the morning.)
Katsumara chapter 16 . 9/20/2010
Awesome work here, Omoni. Just to be clear on the time frame.. was the very ending ten years after this 15/16 Spiritual Guidance set of stories? Where those two were set like.. well I dunno when it was set. If Ursa died within the last twenty years, it had to be ten-ish? I'm not sure. Clear that up for me? Thanks!

Anyway, really loved it even though it was a little sad. Still nice to see it ending happily, especially for a changed!Azula.
Aussie-Muggle chapter 16 . 9/20/2010
Excuse me while I sob all over the keyboard...
Katsumara chapter 15 . 9/20/2010
Good lord.. this was just so sad, Omoni. [ And I know you had to write it, but it's still super sad. Looking forward to part 2.

Also.. nothing wrong with future fics.. I'm personally irked that the new series will be so far in the future. D:
Kimjuni2 chapter 16 . 9/20/2010
nice, i like it, great job!
iCe chapter 16 . 9/20/2010
I... never really thought Azula knew that Roku was family. I mean it was news to Zuko and I hardly think Ozai would tell Azula, but well Azula had her own ways.. and well, never mind.

Wonderful fic. I hope you do write more, even if you could be proven wrong by the new series. There's always fun in that.
MoonClaimed chapter 14 . 9/15/2010
This was so cute (but also almost scary)! Great chapter, I really enjoyed it!
Alabaster86 chapter 1 . 9/15/2010
Nice to see Zuko learning to take refuge in his friends and family. He would definitly need to do that to survive the political mess he inherited.

Adore Mai here (especially her use of knives at the appropriate times...she can always stop Zuko in his tracks if she really wants to). Her combination of gentleness/understanding with take no bullsh**/demand answers is spot on.

Liked Aang helping Zuko out at the end too.

Also love the observation about Mai getting under Zuko's skin as a ploy to get him to openly and healthily vent his frustrations. She's a smart woman.
Mariagoner chapter 14 . 9/14/2010
Adorable and heart-warming!
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