2008 Award Category: Genres: Mystery
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Faramir relates a haunting tale from his youth to Frodo.
Reviewed by: stefaniab ✧ Score: 9
All I can say is OMG, thank you so much, Claudia. Your lovely story fuses two subjects that for decades have been near and dear to my heart: Tolkien's fictional Faramir and Middle Eastern culture and dance. Claudia has Faramir comfort ill Frodo with a fantasy tale that might have come from the mouth of Sheherazade herself. Faramir describes his first mission as Ranger captain on a foray into South Ithilien to confront a force of Haradrim. In the middle of the night, he hears mournful bellows and moans and sets out to investigate. At this point, the tale becomes magical, full of images that evoke Bedouin life, subtle hints about (and for) belly dancers, and other Middle Eastern fantasy subjects that could have come from the "1001 Nights" or 19th century Orientalist paintings. Not to mention what happens when Faramir comforts an injured white she-camel that becomes...well, you'll just have to read "Amara" to find out. I particularly enjoyed how Claudia hints that Faramir's encounter might have been a dream, or possibly his own far sight working in unexpected ways. Or is "Amara" simply a ghost story to fulfill Frodo's request?
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
This is a tale worthy of the Arabian Nights, a tale of haunting beauty of a haunting beauty, once encountered by Faramir as he and his men lay in wait for the coming of an army of Haradrim. Who was Amara? Woman, ghost, Djinn? Why did she feel compelled to warn Faramir of the danger his soldiers faced when he denied her invitation? And why is the dream then apparently repeating itself--and to the one who heard the tale from Faramir's lips? Very sensual, and delightfully shivery.
Reviewed by: SurgicalSteel ✧ Score: 3
This is a lovely, haunting, romantic ghost story. Claudia so often is associated with the wild wild AU stories, and I think there's sometimes a tendency to forget that she also writes wonderful canon-mindful gapfillers. This is one of the latter types, and gorgeously done.
Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon ✧ Score: 3
A lushly sensuous tale within a tale - Claudia and Faramir tell a fascinating story of the poetry and mystery of the mysterious Haradrim, and how the allure of Southron magic almost snared Faramir and also gave him, it seem, valuable insight and comfort. Faramir's essential compassion and inner strength are credibly written here.
Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland ✧ Score: 2
A most enjoyable tale for Halloween.I especially enjoyed the friendship between Faramir and Frodo. The dream/vision/ghost was very vivid and haunting!