|Reviews for Into the Woods|
| Mara chapter 9 . 1/14/2015
This has to be the most well rounded Zelda fan fiction I've ever read. And I've read A LOT! The plot, the characters, the emotions are just so real and believable. I could totally see this made into a movie. (Not that Nintendo is ever going to allow a Zelda movie to be made) :( You have real talent. You should be writing books and getting them published. I for one would certainly buy them. I hope there's a sequel to this sometime in the near future. If ever a fan fiction demanded a sequel, it would definitely be this one!
| sabba5600 chapter 9 . 1/8/2015
this was a great story, so excellently written with real believable characters and enjoyable romance and humor ,made me just want to sit and read this all the way through. I haven't checked to see if there is indeed a sequel (I Really hope there is/or will be) but I will have to keep an eye out for one.
now to look into other stories you have written ]
| Schniedragon88 chapter 9 . 11/24/2014
Well, that was something. My only regret is not having found this particular fic sooner.
All in all, absolutely wonderful!
You've done an excellent job establishing atmosphere; the feeling of dread and just the sense that something was wrong was palpable throughout the story. That dread amidst a backdrop of seemingly joyful carousing... fantastic.
Your take on magic in this fic was awesome as well. Magic in the Zelda universe can be nebulous at times, but the way you break down different types, usages, and those who use it was creative.
Oh so many references to the various games. From the names of most of the princesses to small throwaway lines, I loved them all.
The relationships between the characters was excellent as well. All of Zelda's family have very distinct personalities, even those not central to the plot and could easily have been left out, and all of them act well within the character you've established for each of them.
I am actually quite pleased with the resolution of Link and Zelda's relationship. No easy fixes here; a rather terse farewell, but the promise of more teases the reader. You're absolutely right; you could very well make a story about Link having to make nice after the events in this one.
And I don't think I've ever read so many terms for different dances in my life.
Fantastic fic! I apologize if my review is a little lackluster, but I'd thought I'd give my two cents anyway.
| shnickers chapter 9 . 9/25/2014
I haven't read fanfiction for a LONG time, and it looks like you've also left been inactive on this site for quite some time now. That being said, I came upon this story randomly through an extremely old email notification and decided to skim the first chapter... and I was totally hooked. So addicted that I only got three hours of sleep last night in order to finish up this wonderfully written and absolutely amazing story.
I remember reading some of your other ZeLink stories in the past, and I remember liking all of them, but this one just really resonated with me. It read like an actual novel, full of detail and editing, and containing a fun but intricate plot that starts off slow and quickly picks up speed. I love when writers put in that extra touch of research and craft an amazingly realistic world, full of culture, detail, and description. The fact that you gave the magical system in this universe a lot of love and attention was really apparent, and as an occasional fanfic reader who's had to go through her fair share of crap, I appreciated that extra attention-and editing! The festival itself was a nifty setting, and I am awestruck, again, at all the detail you put into it - religious, cultural, and historic aspects.
Zelda's sisters were awesome as well, and a unique twist to the typical Zelda fanfic. I don't think I've read a piece where she was anything but an only child, so crafting each sibling with his or her own personality, background, and relationship really gave it more depth. There were also some great themes throughout: being the outcast, self sacrifice, trust and betrayal.
I also thought putting Link in the role as the one with the knowledge and knowhow made for an interesting and new dynamic, since Zelda typically serves as the "informant" for a hapless Link in most of the Zelda games. This is why I like the ZeLink relationship so much - it's so open to interpretation.
"Into the Woods" is also a uniquely mature piece, considering so many of the authors on here are beginners or just writing for fun. I have to admit, I was initially a tad bit disappointed that ZeLink did not ride off into the sunset, simply because I am such a fan of the pairing and a big, gushy unrealistic closet romantic, but I totally agree that it was not appropriate for the ending... at least in this story. I won't beg and scream for a sequel, but... I wouldn't say no to one! Haha. :)
Zelda's growth, spirit, and personality were simply amazing because we all know our lovable protagonists tend to be... kind of one dimensional, with Zelda usually being all business like and Link being totally mute in the actual games. I do like that they are essentially blank slate characters because then all these amazingly creative people like you sweep in and craft something fun and different. I'm looking forward to the day when The Legend of Zelda actually features Zelda as the main fighting protagonist - not that I don't like Link, but I've been a firm advocate of *Girl Power!* since the '90s, so what the heck.
One thing I did notice was that their original pact was kind of discarded? I guess it became moot when they made the blood/soul pact, but it was something I expected to see some mention of at the end - though understandably it lost a lot of importance when Zelda was focusing on saving the world!
Anyways... sorry for this review being so scatterbrained, but I just wanted to reach out and proclaim how amazing this story is and how it was worth it to sit through seven hours of class in a zombie-like state in order to finish it - you know a story is good when you simply can't-put-it-down. And dammit if I didn't read the last 7 chapters all in a row. I might have to go see if your website is still up to read how you got inspired!
| Glory of Dawn chapter 9 . 5/2/2014
Ahhh, while not what I had hoped for, this was immensely satisfying to read.
Where to begin.
I like how you wove the different characters into the story. It didn't feel disjointed, as if you were throwing in characters willy-nilly. It all made sense. I appreciated the dichotomy between the Links - and how you cleverly put Dark Link into the story.
To be honest, I did not see that plot twist coming. I had my cards riding on the nephew, Talo or Talin, whichever it was. But perhaps that was an intentional distraction on your part. Regardless, the trail of breadcrumbs lead straight to Julietta and Romio when I looked back at it. You did that well.
Where to go with Link. I'm sad there wasn't more romance, but this story didn't need it. It was fantastic in its own right. Your setting is fascinating, and your ideas on magic - especially with the Sheikah - are not only interesting, but ingenious and original as well. I, for one, have never read anything quite like this, and if there is an author you took inspiration from, I beg of you to give me a name. I digress. Link was a fascinating character. I see some influence from Ladyhawk, but I could be mistaken. You also threw me for a loop with his identity, by the way. I suspected he was the Pool's guardian, not the King of Beasts.
Really, I could go on. This is one of my top three favorite fanfictions of all time, and that is neither exaggeration nor an easy title. I do hope that I'll be seeing more from you, whether through stories you post in the future or those you've already done.
This is quality work. Publication quality. Once again, I urge you to harness this idea and publish it as your own, if these ideas do indeed belong to you.
| Glory of Dawn chapter 1 . 5/1/2014
Masterful. Absolutely MASTERFUL. Your writing is impeccable. I don't know if you drew inspiration from somewhere for this, but if this whole...everything came from your brain, it needs publication. It needs to be written for real and I need to buy it. For real. Holy shit. You have me so hooked that I wish I didn't need to go to bed now. I will be back to read more.
| Bloodspire chapter 9 . 4/9/2014
Seriously, turn this into a book. All you need is a few altercations then it's done.
| InevitableConfusion chapter 9 . 4/7/2014
This was a magnificently written story! I thoroughly enjoyed it :)
| titan616 chapter 9 . 4/1/2014
Good story, I liked your take on magic, it made for an interesting story. It's to bad things went a bit sideways for Link and Zelda at the end there, but there was some good interaction between them throughout the fic. I think Romeo and Juliet got off too easily, if I were in Zelda's shoes I would have, at the very least, outed them as traitors (without revealing the whole story). Also, the battles at the end were pretty epic.
| Triforce Hyilian chapter 1 . 3/31/2014
Aha made me laugh a lot! Very interesting!
I'm also intrigued at how long it is! Awesome!
Again I LOVE Links personality, I was always waiting for him to show up and when he did I was always on the edge on my seat wondering what he's gonna do :-) I'm such a nerd! Ahah
-Triforce Hyilian 3
| Triforce Hyilian chapter 1 . 3/31/2014
Oh gosh! Amazing! Link is so mysterious and I love the wolf mask idea. Bravo, I hail your creativity! You have inspired me to create my own fanfics and graphic novels! Keep it up and you'll go very far ;-)
| Dia Newman chapter 9 . 3/18/2014
I think, Miss Lyxie, that there should be a sequel where ROMIO AND JULIETTA BUUUUURN! MWA HA HA HA- *hack hack*
ps: this was FANTABULOUS
| Yoru-no-Ookami chapter 9 . 2/17/2014
I read the whole story from start to finish today. I enjoyed it, and it made me laugh a lot. I'll be honest, the ending kinda pissed me off, but I get your perspective and it still ended well as far as that kind of ending goes. I just think it sucks that Link kinda turned into a jerk in the end there. *sigh*. Anyway I wanted you to know that I read it and liked it.
| Total Romance Fan chapter 9 . 1/19/2014
Nice story! A little sad that Zelda and Link didn't end together, but I think Zelda made a right choice maybe another day, but he used her so that might take a while. Hope there's a squeal, I loved this story and would like to see if Link actually gets Zelda in the future and if he does, than what it is that he tries! Well good luck with your others stories!
| Flik98 chapter 9 . 1/5/2014
A sequel sounds amazing XP I'd love to see what kind of things Link would do. Great story!