The Cursed Queen of Angmar

Author: khazar_khum

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Romance: Incomplete - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: R  ✧  Reason for Rating: some sexual situations and adult themes

Summary: What if the Witch-King of Angmar had married a Rhudaurian princess?

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Review scores are not available for 2004.

Reviewed by: Ariel  ✧  Score: N/A

I read mostly hobbits, though I like reading the tales of men and fics that don't cover the same old stuff. I came to this fic because it had one of the most compelling first chapters I had ever read. The grave, the loving care that it was tended with and the deadly force that was wielded to keep her resting at peace pulled me in. I was intrigued and have not been disappointed. It is a marvelous fic that weaves a strong, original tale and well researched Tolkien history together with an incredibly passionate and powerful love story. The background and depth this author provides are rich enough for her to have made an original character out of the story, but built onto the Tolkien universe, it is even richer. I can count on one hand the non-hobbit fics I await the updates of and this is one of them.

Reviewed by: Christine  ✧  Score: N/A

I was lucky I got to read this one when it was just posted and now I have been reading it for so long. There are so many things that I can say about this story. The writing is great. Simply put she writes so well that there is never a moment where I think "wait where did that come from". The characters are dynamic and vivid and I am totally engrossed in their journey. The emotions are palatable; the reader goes along with the characters never knowing which way things will go from moment to moment. The plot is unique and creative. A fresh approach to the Witch King and an original female character is always a treat, and this author has taken incredible steps to intrigue her readers. This story is highly recommendable. I thoroughly enjoy reading it and can not wait for the next chapter.

Reviewed by: Viv  ✧  Score: N/A

Cursed Queen is one of my all-time favorite fics, which is bizarre since it isn't even completed and I usually prefer stories that have noticable beginnings, middles, and ends. Still, this story starts out swinging and never lets up. From Ariashal's unfortunate marriage history to her unpleasantly dysfunctional family, you've taken cliches and made them into gems. Her dry acceptance of her "curse" is almost a veiled send-up of Mary Sues, and it gives Ariashal a clear voice right from the beginning. Throughout, characterizations are rich and nuanced; action scenes grab the gut and pull; and then there's the witch king himself. Wowza. Who'd've thought an invisible dude could be so darned sexy? But he's more than that, of course. He's magnigifent, and I'm right there with Ariashal, amazed and impressed. The meeting and falling in love chapters were lovely, but my favorite part so far has been the long arc in Rhudaur, with conflict and adversity and a sweet, sweet justice. I can't tell you how satisfying that mini-conclusion was. I'll just admit it now: You've turned me into a witch-king fangirl. Believe me, I was the last one expecting *that* to happen.