Reviews for A Matter of Life and Death
UKReader chapter 11 . 6/18/2013
OMG! No, not the ending I expected at all.

Although, I had no idea where it was going to be truthful - which is great. It's been an interesting journey and I have been engaged and intrigued all the way through. I LOVED the premise as I said before and I think you wrote both RA characters very well. Lucas in particular.

The ending was sad, yet redemptive as you said. And as such it was bitter sweet. I felt that although both Lucas and Guy didn't get a happy ending per say they did get salvation.

Very well done indeed. I look forward to reading more of your stories. Soon hopefully? ;o) xx
Antonia Caenis chapter 4 . 6/15/2013
I suspect this is about to get even more interesting, possibly even Lucas North impersonating Guy of Gisborne and then the two of them meeting up, face to face! Or I can hope, anyway... Another great chapter!
Antonia Caenis chapter 3 . 6/15/2013
This plot bunny is amazingly well done and continues to be strangely plausible. I love the dichotomy of modern technology and a modern man suddenly thrust back a thousand years and the people on each side of the time slip relate to each other and their ways of life. Great work!
Guest chapter 2 . 6/11/2013
This is brilliant! And oddly plausible, in a time-travelling sort of way. The characterisations are great and I love Lucas' very justafiable mystification at just what exactly is going on! Catching up with this is going to be extremely pleasurable.
Antonia Caenis chapter 1 . 6/11/2013
I do like a good cross-over fic and this one appears to be an absolute pearler! It's certainly an interesting concept!
Trinity Le Faye chapter 10 . 6/8/2013
OMGoG! Oh boy excited... I am so worried and happy and sad all these emotions... I cannot wait for 11 *fangirl squeal* thanks for writing this... I love it
UKReader chapter 10 . 6/7/2013
That was great! I can't imagine how you'll wind this up in one chapter, but can't wait either way. Don't want it to end just yet though.

Thanks for another fab one. x
LadyDunla chapter 10 . 6/7/2013
I think that's a very interesting thing what you have done with this chapter and Lucas's trips down memory lane, even if they weren't exactly fun trips and each in their own right was rather terrifying, because I can't imagine it is fun for anyone to be in Guy's head, even if it is only for a short while. The Russian memory of course is obvious and what I liked about that was that Robin and Marian (and pretty much everyone) were so shocked by the intensity of that memory. To me their reaction feels like they really see him as one of the gang and they don't want any harm to come to him, even if it is "only" a memory doing the damage. That was very interesting to see and Marian was even crying. Impressed.

Guy's reply to Lucas's offer did not really surprise me, I have to admit. I may have been hoping for a different answer, but this was in character, I'd say. He's still too involved with our nasty Sheriff and I think in the show it was only after he had killed Marian that he realised that said Sheriff was not as good for him as he had always thought. It was an interesting conversation to see/read (I'm having this weird thing that when a story is well written I can see it playing out like a movie in my head), so well done!

Another thing I liked was how Lucas still thinks like a spook and that shows in the way he deals with both Guy and Allan. He sees them as potential assets, not a word that is used in Robin Hood, I'd think. Yet Lucas is, completely understandable, still approaching this as if it was an operation: job first and everything else later, which is why, I suspect, he is willing to even put himself back in Russia to see if Djaq's methods are working. He doesn't have any limits when it comes to his job, does he?

Sorry, I'm rambling on and on, but I hope you don't mind. What I was trying to say was mainly this: I love this chapter, I love the story and you're a very good writer. Thank you very much for writing and sharing this!
UKReader chapter 9 . 6/4/2013
Another fab twisty, turny chapter.
easwioprjewprtj chapter 9 . 6/3/2013
Brilliant chapter, thank you!
LadyDunla chapter 9 . 6/3/2013
Wow, just wow. That was one emotionally intense chapter, but I think you got both Guy and Lucas spot on. On one hand we see Lucas doing what he does best, trying to turn people as he did with MI-5 and you wrote that really well and made it completely believable. He really got right under Guy's skin, who, by the way, was very in character too. You really got that spot on. My compliments for writing that. It must have taken quite a bit of effort on your part.

And then underneath it all we have Lucas who plays it very close to home. I never really saw the similarities between their two situations until you pointed it out, but they are indeed remarkable. And I think it's a great thing that Lucas now tries to get Guy back on the straight and narrow, almost as if when he succeeds in doing that his own faults and crimes will be a little less important. It feels to me as if he is taking this as his chance to redeem himself and I truly hope that he will succeed in that. Because it does take a toll, being so emotionally involved in an operation (because that's how he looks at it, I think). And I think you captured this whole conversation beautifully with just the one line: "John Bateman is a killer who became a hero. Guy of Gisborne was a hero, who became a killer." I just hope that Lucas's promise of the girl won't backfire enormously. Part of me fears that he has just ascertained that his dream will come to pass by promising Marian to Guy and when she does turn out to be marrying Robin, he kills her all the same. Just me speculating and probably racing far too much ahead again. Sorry, I'm just a bit enthusiastic.

And things are slowly coming together, aren't they, now that they are going to the Holy Land together. And may I just say that Marian is a born spy? She's really good at what she's doing and I like how she managed to turn on the camera without the Black Knights noticing. Now I don't think they would suspect her to do such a thing, because that kind of technology doesn't exist in that day and age yet. Anyway, it was brilliant, but that can be said for this chapter as a whole. Thank you once again for writing this!
UKReader chapter 8 . 5/31/2013
Ooooh, very goooooood.

So, why did he introduce himself as John rather than Lucas? Loved the Guy and Lucas interaction and definitely looking forward to more. VERY interesting that they felt the same physical feelings at the same time. If Guy loves Marian does that mean Lucas will also fall in love with her?

Loving this. xx
LadyDunla chapter 8 . 5/30/2013
You won't hear me complaining about this story anytime soon. I'm really, really enjoying this. It was admittedly a bit stupid of Lucas to just walk into Guy's house. For me this shows that he might have known exactly how he should have done this in the twenty-first century, but when he's in Nottingham he hasn't got a clue as to what he is supposed to be doing. Nevertheless, I don't think he did too bad all things considering, even if he really needed Marian and her magic hairpin :)

And now you have me really wondering about that connection between Guy and Lucas. How come they feel each other's physical pain? Sorry, don't tell me. I'd like to just wait and find out whenever you are ready to explain it. What was really interesting for me was that he introduced himself as John Bateman, nothing. Now, that makes me wonder about why he did that. Because he essentially gave Guy his real name, even when he must have had plenty of other false names to use. Which somehow leads me to wonder about that strange connection between them (my mind works rather strangely, I'm afraid). Maybe this is far-fetched, but could it be possible that Guy knows things about Lucas's life as well? Sorry, I'm racing ahead. Again.

I liked that Allan was the one to chase Lucas, so that Marian could call him off. Her remark that "If he told me it was raining outside I'd get a second opinion." I think that sums up Allan's character in series 2 rather well, plus it was a rather funny.

So, all in all, great chapter once again. Thank you so very much for writing it!
LadyDunla chapter 7 . 5/28/2013
All I can say about this one is: what an intense chapter! I read this last night, but I didn't have the time to review then, so I came back today. Because there are just so many things I can comment on, I didn't want to rush it. First thing I liked was that the Sheriff was apparently receptive to the idea that Gisborne had been freelancing for the outlaws (as if). I know I said this before, but you got the Sheriff's character down so very well! It's amazing how you do that. I'm impressed.

And one thing I am getting very curious about is how Lucas can sense (I think that's the best word for it) Guy's emotions. That's interesting and I wonder what the use of it is, in short, why Lucas is there. His speculating about it wit Marian is well done and I hope there will be more insight in why Lucas is here in the coming chapters. But that's just me racing far too much ahead again. I'm getting a little too enthusiastic here, so I'll practise patience and just wait for the next chapters to see.

I liked the conversations with Marian as well. She sounds like the person to understand Lucas. And I see why she thinks Lucas just isn't the type to do all the things he did back in London. I was wondering about that a little. I'm guessing he just left his John Bateman self in the twenty-first century, right? To me it feels like he chose to be Lucas North and not John Bateman, but I could be wrong about that of course. Just checking if I got it right.

Once again, thank you very much for this wonderful chapter and this wonderful story!
UKReader chapter 7 . 5/27/2013
This is absolutely fascinating and I LOVE it. And now the connection between Guy and Lucas which is more than a physical resemblance.

Wonderful writing. More soooooooooooooooon pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease. :O) xx
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