The Stars of Harad

Author: Cassia & Siobhan

Nominator: Ainaechoiriel

2005 Award Category: Genres: Adventure: Long Form

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: violence

Summary: When Aragorn falls in love with Arwen, it seems that he has done the one thing that could ever divide he and his elven family. Certain that his home is his no longer, Aragorn leaves with the rangers, attempting to forget the heartache of all he has lost... What he did not count on was losing his memory and forgetting *everything*. Now, to find him, Legolas must join the very men who have captured and enslaved his friend, he must be one of them... and he must pay the dreadful penalty when their confidence is broken. But if Aragorn cannot remember, cannot trust the elf he no longer knows... will it all have been in vain?

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Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: 6

It took me a while to get hooked into this story as I'm not so hooked on Aragorn as I am Legolas, but Cassia and Siobhan never let me down. It may have started out with just Aragorn's angst and trials, but then they evened it out with Legolas's searching for Aragorn and the trouble he gets in too. It was interesting to see the different culture of the Simbani in this story and an unusual treatment of slave-life, which, while it never shied away from the horrors of what slavery means, it showed that those very slaves could find joy in life even in their servitude. Very intriguingly done. And another great adventure in the Mellon Chronicles.