|Reviews for Flower of Ice and Steel|
| Certh chapter 17 . 2/12
That was quite some detail concerning Eowyn's jousting training session. Very informative, without the bulk of it bogging down the story. And I must say I really liked Eomer here, what with his being so cool about Faramir sleeping with his sister. It was quite refreshing not to see him portrayed as the cliched overly possessive big brother who would skewer anyone daring to look at his little sister appreciatively. And, of course, how nice of Imrahil to make an appearance!
| Fostersb chapter 17 . 2/11
great chapter- I love how you captured the intense longing that Eowyn and Faramir had (which is very normal) and also Eowyn's strength and determination. As a Medieval history scholar I know that women in those times had many freedoms that we don't think of and that it is only the Victorian re-conception of the Middle Ages that gave us the idea that women in the Middle Ages were repressed and without power. Many Medieval women owned land, divorced their husbands and had their own wealth. So Eowyn's views are not so bizarre at all.
| Borys68 chapter 17 . 2/11
Excellent! I found the "quintain" part fascinating.
Could the lovebirds control their screams a bit?
| tommyginger chapter 17 . 2/11
That last line...damn...damn...that's so...damn. Oookay...moving on. I am terribly impressed with your attention to detail regarding the whole horse and tilting and whatever it was she was tilting at. See? I don't even know what to call it - no doubt I would have had her chopping up scarecrows and poor, unsuspecting pumpkins or something. And I will never think of an armoury the same way again-nuff said. Glad Eomer and Immy were able to come up with a plan to insure the next Steward of Gondor is not an 8-lb preemie. I am all for Eomer not coming across as some possessive freak who apparently wants to sleep with his sister...but this extremely liberal Eomer is a bit of a surprise. A good surprise...but a surprise nevertheless. Glad Eowyn is not cutting off her nose to spite her face...beating that drum could get old quick. Thanks for the shout-out to Theoden...you know I am of the firm belief you can never have enough Theoden in any story. And, no matter that your Faramir is hotter than the surface of the sun with a sexuality to rival the most virile footballer...he would be wise to worry about Uncle Immy. Uncle Immy is the hands-down best catch in all of Middle Earth. Bravo! Can't wait for more of the begetting of heirs!
| ladypeter chapter 17 . 2/11
Lovely chapter, *especially* lovely sex scene! And to anyone who likes to read other people's reviews: much as I love to get a shout out, I did almost nothing as a beta reader on this chapter. It sprang fully formed from AnnaFan's head!
| SleepyHollow 5 chapter 16 . 2/10
Sorry about the delay! I meant to read earlier but unfortunately my life is being bombarded with one thing after another…as evidenced by the lack of updates to my own stories :( Anywho, I loved the chapter as always and your research on the legal systems was very well done, it makes the story so enjoyable. Still very much loving this story and I hope that you update soon!
| HeartoftheArtsari chapter 16 . 2/8
I love your detailed take on this world... it is an intricate tapestry.
| Certh chapter 16 . 2/7
Another beautiful chapter. I quite enjoyed seeing Eowyn acting as regent. She was very natural and confident, passing just judgement, and I must say I rather liked how she tried to elevate women's position in a subtle manner.
Another thing I liked was how well you captured the apprehension she felt concerning Faramir. Given how rapidly their relationship was formed, it would be unnatural if she didn't think she might simply be settling for him because he was the first solid support she found after the whirlwind that had been the war and her own vortex of feelings. Plus, after two months of separation, it's only natural she would think what they had might just be a passing fancy.
And, oh, that sexual tension between her and Faramir. They can't keep their hands off each other, can they? Nicely done.
I am very much looking forward to Eowyn's reaction to Aragorn's comment. I see why it rubbed her the wrong way, though perhaps she will see that Arry didn't quite mean it like that.
| Fostersb chapter 16 . 2/6
So glad to see that you are back with another chapter of the story. I really loved how you showed how Eowyn can govern the country and the differences in the laws. I also think that you captured well the very natural apprehension that she might have had when thinking about whether she was just settling for Faramir or whether he will see her as merely a possession. Their relationship is so different from traditional marriages that it would be hard for Eowyn to completely believe that Faramir is not like other men. But I hope in future chapters Faramir will be able to convince Eowyn that he is unique.
| ladypeter chapter 16 . 2/6
Oh, such good stuff! Hoping to see Aragorn knocked on his ass right quick. You're holding out on the reunion sex? You're killing me! Nice work :-)
| tommyginger chapter 16 . 2/6
Oh, where to even start? First of all...lovely bit about Eowyn realizing just how damn lucky she is she fell for Prince Charming instead of his evil brother Dastardly Bastard. And I love, love Eowyn seizing power and establishing legal precedence-she would have made a magnificent Queen and the mind boggles at what "might have been" had she inherited the throne. And then we come to the repressed passion-Faramir and Eowyn's smoldering sexual tension and "can't keep our hands off each other" was surprisingly hot and VERY well done -Bravo! You should be proud of that -it's not often a tease actually works to only heighten anticipation and arousal instead of just pissing someone off-and you managed it beautifully. You have managed to write a multi-chapter epic without ever once making your main characters unlikeable and always turning a deft hand at making them feel so very REAL. That's why other stories may be longer and pack in more detail...but yours is still superior in the essentials.
Well...I can see where her mind-set and Aragorn's comment are gonna crash head-on. Hopefully she will chill and realize he doesn't INTEND to be a dumbass-he just is one. A product of his times, that one. Mayhaps someone should gift him with a copy of Betty Friedan? Hmmmm? I have it on excellent authority there's one floating around somewhere in Middle Earth...
| holdyourhorse chapter 16 . 2/5
woah! This chapter has soooo much in it! :) i love it.
more please. I want to read her reaction to Aragorn and his would be compliment. She's too tactful to have a gut reaction, but I wonder what her sly, subtle comeback will be
I seriously cannot wait
| ladypeter chapter 15 . 1/22
I so love this chapter!
| Certh chapter 15 . 1/19
Those last two lines carry so much weight. So very poignant. (I deviate from my usually longer comments here, but my brain's slowing down :))
| Certh chapter 14 . 1/19
A both entertaining and grim chapter. I liked the 'chronichling' of Eowyn's journey to see how the settlements of the Riddermark fared, not to mention the fishy business at Askburn. I'm very interesting in seeing what penalty will be given when news of that treachery reaches Meduseld.
Just two things that caught my attention, critical-wise. It would perhaps be better if the word 'Alpine' wasn't capitalised - capitalisation brings to mind the Alps (to me at least), and for a moment made me think 'But there are no Alps in Middle-earth.'
On another note, I found that double-spacing between the lyrics of those unbelievably entertaining songs was a bit jarring to the eyes. That kind of formatting creates the impression of discontinuity, so maybe single-spacing would take care of that.