|Reviews for Dirty Tricks|
| Gaspode chapter 1 . 3/16/2012
Now this story is a curious animal. I really like the idea of Loghain being the one to fetch Alistair back from Kirkwall. It makes sense. So does Loghains actions in trying to help him. The reasoning is all sound and clicks into place very nicely.
Loghain's thoughts about his past relationships with Maric and Cailan are very moving and again makes sense.
As unlikely a pairing as Loghain and Alistair are, they do work in a kind of mentor-disciple sort of way, but here I think the format it letting you down. I just cannot relate to Alistair's reaction when he get's aroused at Loghain's touch. That part works, Alistair is young and inexperienced and things like that seems to have a life of their own. However, I think he would react with horror and shame rather than demand more when he's caught out, most people would and Alistair is so very repressed as well.
As I said, I think it's the fault of the format rather than the writer, your writing is as always excellent. Had this been a longer story where we were allowed to follow Loghain on his journey to Kirkwall, the recovery of Alistair and the evolution of their relationship, a rivalry/attraction kind of thing could have emerged. The final brawl could then have been the last straw and poor Alistair wouldn't be able to resist. It would also explain further why Loghain does what he does, the fact that he feels pity just doesn't quite seem enough for such an intimate thing.
I shall stop waffling now and just say, either way it's a nice story and thank you for sharing.
| Isabeau of Greenlea chapter 1 . 3/15/2012
Very well done, and you know I don't like Loghain. Thought the psychology as regarded Loghain and Cailan was believable. And I can certainly empathize with Loghain's anger at Maric and Eamon. You needed to take the time to set it up and it worked. There's the seed of a longer story here, but I know you've got plenty on your hands already.
| Aynslesa chapter 1 . 3/15/2012
D'aw. Not what I was expecting when I started reading, but quite nice. You know, I don't think I've ever seen a fic set up quite like this premise, of *Loghain* being the one to drag Alistair back from Kirkwall. And I really liked Loghain's inner thoughts concerning Cailan - that actually fits my perception of Cailan and Loghain amazingly well, and gives me lovely food for thought. :D You're right, you can't just throw these two into a blender and expect them to not blow the top off of it without some careful preparation. Glad you chose to make this a longer piece than just a few paragraphs.
| FremenCredo chapter 1 . 3/15/2012
Aw, damnit, you can't make me like Loghain, too! Wasn't making Sebastian loveable enough for you? *sniffle* Wow. Most impressive.