|Reviews for Vaster Than Empires|
| bubbajack chapter 14 . 3/4
*Clap* Clap* Clap* That sound in case you were curious was the sound of me applauding the sheer talent you seem to have for writing. This is by far, the BEST fan fic I've ever had the pleasure of reading, and I've been on this site for a good six years or so and in that time, I've read a lot of fan fiction. I will definitely be checking out the rest of your work, because if this fic is anything to go by it will be nothing short of excellent! I wish you the best of luck on the next chapter. Till then,
| Guest chapter 14 . 2/17
Im so glad i come across your story. I really enjoyed reading everything so far. I couldnt stop reading and before i knew it i as at the lastest chapter. Im really looking forward to the next chapter.
| shanagi95 chapter 14 . 2/16
Some emotional moment for Kaoru... I really want to see her kicking some ass-especially Enishi's...
| Kenjutsu2Princess chapter 14 . 2/16
I am in LOVE with the Karou you have written! She is as fierce as I imagined her to be! Such wonderful plot, story, and the characters' personalities are incredible! I cannot wait to read on! Until next time Happy Writing!
| Ravenshirin chapter 7 . 2/16
I loved this chapter more than all the others! The readers can finally see the relationship between Kenshin and Kaoru grow. It seems very natural, though-not forced. I enjoyed it-thank you! :)
| skenshingumi chapter 14 . 2/16
Whoa, great chapter but hard vengeful Kaoru took me by surprise. She certainly has this in common with Tomoe although she is going after a blood debt with seemingly a lot more strength and fury. I thought she would not want to keep the cycle going, but to plan to “bury his head at her husband's feet” certainly doesn't smack of “swords that give life”. I realize that this is an earlier era and there is no Kamiya Kasshin ryu in this story but I can't help but wonder if what comes out of all this is Kenshin helping Kaoru to learn to set aside the notion of blood-debt entirely since all that has just gotten them more pain.
I look forward to Kenshin and Kaoru eventually realizing that all secrets are out. I thought Kenshin would reveal his peasant roots but it's only fair as Kenshin learned of what Kaoru held back through others.
| Ravenshirin chapter 6 . 2/15
I truly adore this story-it's so well written! Please continue! _
| Shisenki chapter 14 . 2/15
| Fai Gensou chapter 10 . 2/12
The romantic on me demands that they create their anniversary on Tanabata; not the day they really 'married'
I'd have put this in the relevant chapters' reviews, but I didn't think of it then. Just what is the correlation between the stuff with Kenshin and the stuff with Kaoru after she got taken? My sense is that they're in step, but I'm not sure how long Kaoru was out. Given how this was before photos, how would they be able to duplicate her without knowing exactly what she looks liked?
| Pia Bartolini chapter 14 . 2/11
Oh, that was excellent. The bitterness and frustration and hope of the characters was so palpable. I'm on the edge of my seat with this, and so pleased to have taken the time to read. You're one of the best writers in this fandom (And I've been in it for well over a decade, so that's saying something!) and the quality of your work shines!
| Wow chapter 14 . 2/9
Kaoru's mad scary.
| ThisIsTrueImmortality chapter 14 . 2/9
So, a new revenge has begun...I am a little curious, though: do you think Kaoru would be so vengeful as to destroy Enishi? I know this is an AU and therefore the characters have been put in different circumstances (such as Kaoru being on her own longer and having to endure a lot of shame at the hands of her family), but it's hard to imagine. However I still love this AU and all its changes and intrigues.
| Okobo-chan chapter 14 . 2/9
I'm quite guilty of neglecting to leave reviews, but in this case, I had to make an exception. Your stories are unerringly vivid, well researched, and compelling. VTE in particular. Every update is well thought out in adding to the story line without resorting to filler, and I find myself hanging on edge when the chapter ends. I truly look forward to seeing how this story will end, and thank you for taking the time to share your work with us.
| darkryubaby chapter 14 . 2/9
yeeeeeessssss. I'm lovin' it! please update again soon.
| chouberiba chapter 14 . 2/9
Wow...ok, I just need a few moments to compose myself before I review because right now I'm emotionally unstable! This was...very...good. *taking deep breaths*
I think it's easiest if I just quote the parts that specifically touched me and comment on that, or I'm not sure how I'll manage to keep my review decent, hope that's ok with you:
"...She took a stumbling step forward, searching for her footing, and then a hand cracked hard against her cheek. Dizzy and unbalanced, she fell to her side on the hard-packed earth. Torches flickered wildly in her peripheral vision, bursting and fading like fire-flowers, and she remembered how Kenshin's hand had covered hers as they'd watched the colors dancing across the night sky on Tanabata eve."
Somehow, Kaoru getting this flashback of a beautiful, tender moment shared with Kenshin, while being beaten by Enishi, makes it hurt even more. I dunno, I just found this very painful and sad. You really do not need very explicit violence to make it feel so ugly and disgusting, as long as you know how to play with the right words and in the right way. Beautifully done here.
"Her cheek burned where he had slapped her. "I will never hurt you."
Once again, a brilliant use with words. That Enishi speaks those words, in the belief that he's being oh so comforting, while Kaoru at the same time still feels the pain he inflicted just moments ago is...absolutely disgusting. And the way he seems to imply later that it's kind of her fault that he had to be so harsh, you know because if she had just come to him first and trusted him (after being kidnapped btw), this would not have happened. Absolutely disgusting.
Tomoe's diary entries were masterly written. I find it very intriguing how similar Kaoru's and Tomoe's situation with Kenshin was, and at the same time how completely different it is. Sounds paradoxical, I know. But they both had completely other intentions when they married Kenshin and both found out he was not the man they wanted him to be. I think the difference (in my opinion), is that Kaoru is...way to honest I guess. Here, Tomoe was very willing to be a dutiful wife to accomplish her goals. When she slept with Kenshin, it was not love. It was duty. But she was ok with that. She may not have liked it, but I believe she was ok with it. But I'm absolutely sure she loved Kenshin later. Kaoru feels too honest and proud to be ok with doing something against her will. And her honesty makes her unable to hide it. And Kenshin saw it. So when they eventually made love, it was not a lie. I dunno why I'm rambling about this...
"I am not Himura." Yukishiro straightened as he spoke, staring at her with his feverish eyes. "I could never hurt you, Lady..."
So delusional. He has hurt Kaoru in ways Kenshin could never, would never do.
When Enishi reveals to Kaoru that Kenshin's not samuari born but a simple peasant, he says:
"Don't be distressed." ..."It wasn't your fault. How were you to know, or resist even if you had known? I, at least, do not hold you dishonored."
Gah, that pissed me off. I guess it kind or relates a little to what I wrote above, that when Kaoru decided to fulfill that certain duty of marriage, it really was love and not a duty. And she was the one who chose. Kenshin waited, and he would wait still. And Kaoru never felt dishonored. In fact, quite the opposite. Probably, no other man had been so respectful to her before. Enishi is doing exactly the opposite. Trying to suppress her into a mere doll that suits his need.
I felt absolutely devastated over Kaorus vivid memory of that last kiss with Kenshin. Because she really thinks he's dead, but he's not. And it's not gonna be their last kiss. Right?...right? please?
But damn, Kaoru is so strong! Tried to escape again, got beaten quite badly. Was told her loved one is dead and still manages to be rational, to keep calm and plan for destruction of Enishis plan. I love that girl! I totally understand why Kenshin loves her too.
This was a great chapter. You're a master. Thank you for writing. Can't wait to see how this will develop.