My Sword Trembles - Book Three - 'My Sword' series
2009 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Gondor - First Place
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novel
Rating: Mature ✧ Reason for Rating: Violence, character death.
Summary: On a state visit, Denethor is murdered and Faramir becomes Steward. His aunt takes the Regency until he is of age. This tale tells of Faramir's time learning to become a man with the help of a certain northerner.
Reviewed by: Linaewen ✧ Score: 10
I have not read this tale in its entirety as yet, but I have read enough to know that it is excellent! It is indeed a fitting sequel to the previous stories in the Sword series, picking up where the others left off, and taking us for an adventurous ride that keeps us on the edge of our seat. Faramir in this tale is wonderful -- in spite of all he has been through, he is resilient, and with the help of the dear ones who are left to him, he presses on towards becoming the ruler Gondor needs in troubled times. This alternate universe tale is so well written that it hardly seems like it is taking place in a Middle-earth where Denethor has been taken before his time, and Boromir died as a child in battle. There are so many familiar names and faces, and the writing is so true to canon and Tolkien's style that the reader feels "at home" with the tale, in spite of the differences. Faramir is still Faramir, Aragorn is still Aragorn, and the fascination lies in seeing how the tale might end up going as events approach those with which we are more familiar. A masterful tale, told by a masterful spinner of tales! I look forward to finishing this installment, and continuing on to any future parts of the series that may yet be coming!
Reviewed by: Fiondil ✧ Score: 6
I have enjoyed Agapes Sword series from the beginning and look forward to more. In spite of the AU nature of the plot, this is a riveting tale of what could have happened had Denethor and Boromir died years before the War of the Ring, leaving a six-year-old Faramir as the new Ruling Steward of Gondor. The characters, both canon and original, are clearly drawn and well-rounded individuals. The plot is believable and logically flows from the circumstances which were set up in the first two books of the series. My favorite part, of course, is when Elladan and Elrohir are in Ithilion with Aragorn. Agape writes in a clear, concise style that is easy on the eyes and the brain. If you have not read the previous two books, yet, I highly recommend them. All three books are an enjoyable read. Thanks, Agape.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 6
Denethor is dead, murdered at the hands of rebels inspired by Saruman. Then Boromir, little better than a child himself, dies as well, and for the same reason. Faramir, still a child, is now the Steward of Gondor, but is greatly endangered. Saruman has managed to ensorcel the child and those about him; when the boy falls into the Anduin and is born away by the flood, he is found by a wandering Dunadan from the north and his Peredhel brother; together they manage to remove the spell, and Strider promises to take the child as his own esquire when the time is right. Faramir's aunt, who serves as his Regent, must face those still under the power of Saruman, including one of her dearest friends who has now been lost to Saruman's voice. A fascinating might-have-been, had Saruman tipped his hand perhaps some years earlier than he did. Very engaging.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 5
This third and concluding part of Agape4Gondor's fascinating AU deals with Faramir's growing up under the regency of his aunt Indis, as Gondor continues to fight against intrigue and treachery. The role played by a certain Northerner and his Elven kin is made to seem quite plausible, and I really like the increasing maturity we see on the part of little Faramir. I could have wished for a few more chapters on the intervening years as he grows older-- perhaps the author will grace us with some side stories set in this very interesting universe, and we can learn a little bit about those years.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 5
Another entry in Agape's ambitious AU saga of Gondor bereft of both Denethor and Boromir in Faramir's childhood, and helmed instead by Denethor's sister Indis until Faramir's majority. Agape puts brave little Faramir through assorted perils, while Indis copes with his absence and then treachery and armed rebellion. A complex and sensitively written story, juggling many characters and moods with aplomb. I particularly loved the last chapter, where Faramir, now a young man, gets a great reward for years of patience and diligence.