In the Midst of Adversity

Author: Maram68

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Featuring Legolas - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: sexual situations, violence

Summary: When an exiled Amazon who has sworn fealty to the King of Rohan rides to war, she finds that love can arise even in the midst of adversity.

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Reviewed by: Christine  ✧  Score: N/A

This story is interesting and a definite new take on female characters. I am impressed that the author is writing in her second-language. The beginning captured my attention because it took place in Rohan and also because the writing is so fluid. The pacing is great and the adventurous atmosphere is very enjoyable.

Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

It's been a long time since I read this story, but I wanted to re-read it for this contest. Once again, as before, I'm impressed by your adherence to Tolkien's vision, in terms of both language and events. This whole story is so carefully a faithful retelling of the professor's work, but with one crucial change: Cyrene. However, far from compromising the story like so many original characters do, Cyrene adds a new and intriguing dimension to the tale. She makes the world larger, not smaller, and more identifiable as an alternate history of our Earth. Amazons, after all, appeared in Homeric epics; why, then, could they not have existed in earlier Ages? You've woven the two mythologies together so securely that, at the end of the story, the fabric is strong. Rather like the central romantic relationship. Very nice work, Maram.