|Reviews for A Raven's Story|
| cloudshape to ennien chapter 16 . 1/25/2015
Now I read it all and loved it beyond measure. It has definitely become one of my favourite stories ever.
I simply love everything about it, but most of all I love, that overall Severus had a happy life. There were hardships, much greater than what most people have to endure, but in the end he himself felt happy and that is what counts.
And one thing I just have to mention, because it is something I feel very strongly about: I can not really be sad about either of their deaths, because both of them had a fullfilled life and died in peace, surrounded by family and friends and with dignity. And finally they will be together with Struan again - his death and the subsequent crises were the only sad part of the story. And I thank you for it too, because it was something real, something that I can relate to.
So thank you, for writing this wonderful story and sharing it with us.
| cloudshape to ennien chapter 13 . 1/21/2015
Just lovely. Most of all I loved the little glimpses we get of Severus own, unfortunately very unhappy childhood. Like when he was jealous of his own children for having a good mother. Even in the books I had the impression he often envied the students for their happiness, being carefree and having loving parents, none of which he ever had.
| cloudshape to ennien chapter 12 . 1/21/2015
I really feel relieved now. Still sad, but less so than before.
This story is incredibly gripping. Brilliantly written.
| cloudshape to ennien chapter 11 . 1/21/2015
There I sit and cry again.
| cloudshape to ennien chapter 10 . 1/21/2015
I have only just read the first of the black-ribboned letters and I am crying. I knew what was coming - at least the fact, that a child would die. But this is so much more horrible than what I would ever have expected. I understand Severus reaction perfectly. It must have felt to him, like a piece of himself has died. Or worse.
And poor Hermione and Silas. It was neither of their faults, it was a tragic accident. You simply can't avoid all risks. If you keep a child COMPLETELY sheltered it can not grow. This is what is happening nowadays in many western countries and it produces adults who are not mature in any way. Who will rather rely on what other people, employers, politicians, insurances tell them how to be, how to live, how to behave and often even what to think, instead of thinking for them self.
The mother of my daughter's best friend experienced the exact same situation. She had twin daughters and when they were 4 years old, one of the girls opened the door of the house, ran outside and was hit by a car right in front of the house. The mother who noticed her daughter opening the door ran after her only to see her child die right in front of her eyes. The surviving twin (said friend of my daughter) is now 18 years old. Even after all this time neither her mother nor her father are over what has happened. I don't know the people well, but still this is apparent - I don't think they will ever get over it. To loose a child is the worst thing in the world, it is so much worse than to loose one's parents, spouse, sibling (well, maybe with the exception of loosing a twin).
And after everything poor Severus and Hermione have gone through in the war, this is what you do to them? You are cruel. But the story is wonderfully written. I think I can go on reading now, I just couldn't a few minutes ago.
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Now I read all. How will they ever find each other again? I feel so sorry for all of them. What a sad chapter. That it grips me so strongly just shows how well it is written.
| cloudshape to ennien chapter 9 . 1/20/2015
Now I see why you recommended tissues. How horrible. To loose a child is so much worse than anything else in the world.
I wonder how it happened, but I guess I will see in the next chapter.
This is such a wonderful story and I quite like the style it is written in. It is still detailed and emotional, but gives only the highlights of a whole life time, or so it seems. I do wonder however, why there is only one great-granddaughter who is visiting and seems to be interested in the life of her great-grandparents. What about the other great-grandchildren and grandchildren?
| cloudshape to ennien chapter 6 . 1/18/2015
This is so lovely and sad at the same time, as I know Severus life is over by now. But the happiness about him obviously having had a happy and fullfilling life is even stronger.
I will read on tomorrow.
| BlueWater5 chapter 16 . 1/17/2015
| HawkAngel XD chapter 16 . 12/21/2014
such lovely work! make me cry... brilliant!
| chocote chapter 16 . 12/21/2014
The story was so beautiful ! When i reached the last chapter and the last phrase i began to cry ao hard...and at the same time smiling like some crazy girl...I enjoyed so much these chapters and i am not ashamed to confess that i did not leave my phone down until i reached the end...congrats for writing such a nice story and keep the awesome work :) :*
| jensteed chapter 10 . 10/9/2014
That was just heartbreaking. I know how badly he was hurting but he was so cruel and callous to his love. I can't understand how he could manage to take the children, goddamn bastard!
| jensteed chapter 8 . 10/9/2014
Typical Molly taking over Hermione's wedding plans, though I didn't expect Ginny to button heads on it. Severus had the perfect solution, it was so lovely.
| jensteed chapter 7 . 10/9/2014
Ah yes, the insecure prat we all know and love finally rears his head, hehe. I'm glad Minerva took the steps to end all the foolishness. I thought Hermione would send her memory of that night but I doubt he'd have even watched it, Legilimency was definitely the way to go.
| jensteed chapter 3 . 10/9/2014
It's hardly any easier for me to read a story about his passing on after a full loving life than the abrupt cruel demise he was originally granted but the letters are fantastic. I think it's a beautiful way for them to get to know each other without the awkwardness and certainty of one (Severus) or the other (...probably still Severus again) lashing out and saying something hurtful that they'd regret instantly. They can both truly think about what they mean to say and how they want to treat each other. It's a type of therapy or counselling in a sense for him, putting his past in perspective and seeing that he won't be judged.
Plus I just plain old love letter writing, it's such a pity that it's becoming rarer nowadays.
| jensteed chapter 2 . 10/9/2014
Well don't I just feel like a crappy fan now? I set this to my favourites aaaages ago because I didn't have the time to read more than a page or so and I didn't want to forget about it...guess who forgot to come back :(
But on the plus side I get to read more awesome (technically) new stories today :)