|Reviews for Mass Effect 3: The Miracle at Palaven|
| SlenderGnome chapter 9 . 1/28
I must say, this is one of the greatest fics I've ever read and I thank you for writing it. I cried, I smiled, and I wish I read it sooner.
| Wowsuchmeme chapter 1 . 8/9/2020
"Palaven fell before the guard did. Palaven staaaaands!" -Primarch Victus
Jesus H. Christ, this entire volume of the Battle of Palaven is a 15/10. I found the historical-text style to be very informative and interesting.
| Fulcrum-2 chapter 9 . 1/25/2019
I've read a lot of excellent examples of war fiction on this site. Stories like "Eagles Fall" and "Enemy of My Enemy". I can say without reservation now that your story outdoes them all by a significant margin.
You managed to capture the full complexity and depth of a realistic military operation in a way that few authors ever have, while also managing to bring out the emotions of the experience. The whole thing feels remarkably authentic - a great achievement. Your writing is meticulous, and I loved the presentation of the story as an extract from an academic book written by a historian.
As far as I'm concerned, this is a masterwork of fanfiction, and I have no doubt that I will be returning to this over and over again over the years, as I do for a small handful of special stories. Thank you.
| Just a Crazy-Man chapter 9 . 9/24/2017
| Guest chapter 9 . 1/3/2017
You made me tear up. Twice.
This is probably one of the best stories on this entire website.
| The Wandering Reader chapter 9 . 9/4/2016
A very underrated fic that deserved more reviews (In the same way the in-game codex just makes the Miracle an offscreen moment of awesome).
It has been a fun read, there were moments that I had goosebumps, Kal'Reegar and his motley crew of bosh'tet suit rats deserved more than what we got in game. I love the characters, especially the bit where Urdnot Nakmor tossed a fellow Krogan out of the airlock, then slowly warmed up with the Turian guy who lost a mandible, such a shame we never got to see comradire such as this (Wrex and Garrus might be an example though).
I might still be disappointed about the ending, but this will always be my headcanon.
| Just a Crazy-Man chapter 8 . 2/14/2016
| Just a Crazy-Man chapter 1 . 2/14/2016
| MortyTheGobbo chapter 9 . 9/2/2015
Well, I finally got off my ass and finished it in a long haul. It was most certainly worth it. Sorry that it took me so long.
I always appreciate fics that fill the gaps in existing stories. By necessity, epic tales like Mass Effect will have grand struggles happening in the background, and summed up in a few sentences. I think your story really nails down the incredible desperation of trying to defeat the Reapers. As well as their overwhelming power and surgical precision with which they use it. And, finally, the sheer triumph when it finally succeeds.
Another favourite of mine that your fic features is scaling down to the point of view of the individuals taking place in the war. In the games, we see everything through Shepard's eyes. It's good to see what it looked like when the Commander was out there doing their thing.
So, great job all around.
| MortyTheGobbo chapter 1 . 8/22/2015
Just read the first chapter, and it is very promising. I'll be sure to read the rest.
| BSG Legacy chapter 1 . 8/22/2015
This deserves so much more praise then it has. A friend of mine said this fic is "the single greatest piece of fanfiction I’ve ever seen, and undeniable justification of why we have fanfiction in the first place." And I'm tempted to agree with him.
You took a handful of lines from a tiny codex entry that could easily be lost in the vastness of the Mass Effect universe, and expanded it to something with more emotional impact than anything the game itself can offer. In fact, I'd say you did a better job at eliciting the tears-of-joy-streaming, fist-pumping, stand-and-yell-"HELL YES!" reaction than even the Suicide Mission.
The Bosh'tet Express in particular was amazing. You painted a very chilling picture of just how hard the Turians were pressed, how at this point they were dead men walking. They might get to choose the terms of their death, but nothing short of a miracle could save them.
And just when I'm about to give up hope, and watch the Turians die gallantly to buy Shepard one more day... who should show up but the Migrant Fleet! This is... so much better than canon for me. Instead of making the Fleet just another gaggle of warships, you capitalize on the unique strength of the Quarian people. No one can match their spacelift ablility, no one has as much experience replenishing ships underway... NO ONE could do their job but them.
That might have gone on a bit longer than I'd hoped... but seriously. Well done, dude, this was amazing.
(Also, "Ayreen" got me giggling in anticipation.)
| Murus chapter 9 . 7/19/2015
It has been a great journey, indeed!
Thank you, this is amazing. I'm generally one to favor more standard stories, those of the dialogue kind... but I loved this. How much? Well, enough that this is now my personal canon for the 'Miracle at Palaven'.
And yes, you have masterfully averted the 'humanity, f_k yeah' trope :)
I look forward to any new Mass Effect stories you might write!
| Black' Victor Cachat chapter 2 . 7/10/2015
Bosh'tet Express probably my favourite part of this story, yet you really made a great and detailed story overall to expand upon what was for the players an all to brief description of an epic battle
| LogicalPremise chapter 9 . 4/12/2015
How in the name of God can this have so few reviews?
I'm pimping this again, as half of my own inspiration for battles came from this fantastic piece of writing.
| Mega Mario 6 chapter 9 . 1/2/2015
This story is to badass and well written to be anything other than cannon in my book. From now on I won't be able to play ME without remembering the Miricale at Palaven as the greatest military achievement that I will never get to enjoy while dieing repeatedly to some blasted Marader.