|Reviews for Into the Woods|
| Oleander's One chapter 47 . 3/11
The end with the lighting of the pyre (especially little Arthur) was perfect—memories of the man that he was once, without forgetting what he turned into and the pain he caused. For me, it was the Oghren/Isabela scene at the top that I found just so touching, with Isabela's rarely-shown (or rather, rarely overtly shown) empathy, helping Oghren deal with his pain. They're such an unlikely pair for that kind of conversation, but it works so well.
| Biff McLaughlin chapter 47 . 3/5
Really enjoyed this, the way you show various companions grieving, still working together as a team, how Arthur didn't hold anything against Anders and could see the good that had been in him. I suppose this one is wrapping up now, and I'm looking forward to reading along. Nice update! Cheers, Biff
| Arsinoe de Blassenville chapter 47 . 3/2
The story is winding down in a very good way. I loved the way the characters grieved for Anders and for what he once was. No triumph there, but honest sorrow for a former friend led astray. And I also like how the characters are working out futures for themselves.
| Suilven chapter 47 . 2/27
I think one of the things I've enjoyed the most in this story is that so many of the characters have genuinely grown and changed from the beginning to the point where we find ourselves now. Isabela and Oghren, Fenris, Bethany, Jennie and Fergus... This whole chapter felt like a long good-bye and the uncertainty of where each one will go now, of what's truly important.
| Biff McLaughlin chapter 46 . 2/18
typing with my left hand only, so have given up on capitalization for now. shoulder injury, as you may have seen on fb. anyhoo, this was ... wow. i think i felt just about every emotion there was to feel. anger, sadness, fear, relief, you name it! love how fenris and isabela pulled it off. the care oghren took with anders felt like a final nod to their friendship, a chance to mourn the friend he had once been. fergus melting down and jennie just being there for him was heartbreaking and uplifting all at once. never mind - spoiler alert - that they were successful in the end! another great update. Cheers, biff
| The Lady Genevieve chapter 46 . 2/15
What... is... life...
I sat here and read this entire thing over two days nonstop and OH MY SWEET BABY JESUS I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF THAT WAS SO AMAZING!
And there's more to come. I don't think my little heart can take it! Someone tell David Gaider we found the next member for the DA writing team. This needs to be canon. This needs to be lore. Nothing else will suffice. I can't even imagine replaying the games with storylines that aren't this one. If you ever write a book, dear Authoress, I will buy it and I will make all my friends buy it and we will make the entire world buy it.
Maybe I should've waited till I calmed down to write a review because reading over this I sound like an insane person, but I just can't do anything right now but write this while trying to keep my mouth closed so as to not drool like the mind-blown vegetable this story has turned me into for the time being. Good stories tend to leave me euphoric; great stories leave me a basket case for a few hours or days or weeks, depending.
Current status: Basket case
| Biff McLaughlin chapter 45 . 2/11
The thing about crazy is ... well, it's crazy. Crazy isn't always smart. Very exciting update! Cheers, Biff
| Arsinoe de Blassenville chapter 46 . 2/11
Hurray! Well done, Fenris! Arthur rescued, Fergus purging his grief, Jennie with hope for the future. A very moving chapter. It's quite touching to see Morrigan caring so deeply for another.
| Suilven chapter 46 . 2/9
This was a very moving chapter, between both Fergus' coming to terms with his own grief and Wulfric and Morrigan's tears to see that Arthur had survived. I really liked the final line as well:
"But his voice was free of that crippling pain for the first time, and he squeezed her fingers and looked at her with eyes that for the first time were not clouded by the ghost of a dead woman and her child."
Beautiful and poignant.
| Oleander's One chapter 46 . 2/8
Just ... amazing. The descriptions of their reactions to Anders' end and Arthur's recovery are gripping and rendered so perfectly, especially Fenris's. Jennie's thoughts of love and the loss of it—she has such a unique (for this crew) perspective on love and the loss of it.
| Suilven chapter 45 . 2/1
And so we all stand with Wulfric at the precipice, wondering how this is all going to end. Anders' madness is chilling, and my heart breaks for Morrigan.
| Oleander's One chapter 45 . 1/31
What a gripping scene. The contrast between Anders' completely unhinged morality and madness, and the cold and frighteningly rational logic regarding Arthur and his child's sense of justice, is just superb.
| Arsinoe de Blassenville chapter 45 . 1/30
OK. The stage is set. Anders appears to be gone, and nothing by that awful spirit is left.
| DragonAgeWriter chapter 1 . 1/17
This chapter is well written. Good detail, and the plot itself seems interesting. I look forward to reading more in the future. :-)
| Biff McLaughlin chapter 44 . 12/30/2013
NOOOO! Not Varric! You ... oh, you ... you are so good at the cliffhangers and the nail-biter endings. I have questions, but there's nothing for it save a wait for the next chapter. SPOILER ALERT ...
I'm enjoying the continued exploration of Isabela's and Fenris's relationship, the push/pull difficulties they have. I really liked the debate about who's running the show, Anders or Justice, and what that means in terms of the supposed clues left behind. I wondered - was one or the other simply a wildly bizarre coincidence that just happened to go in that same direction, or was he exceeding their expectations and thus far more dangerous than they had originally imagined? I'm leaning toward the latter now, given the evidence, and I am afraid ... D
The whole, 'oh, is this what he wanted all along' reasoning, after-the-fact-thought process Jennie goes through added to the tension niciely. Obviously, protagonists who aren't always on top of their game are far more interesting to follow. Great update. Cheers, Biff