The Price of Pity
2008 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe: Steward's Family
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novel
Rating: Teen ✧ Reason for Rating: The story includes several scenes of battle-related violence along with a scene of implied sexual relations between a married couple. The story also deals with the themes of heavy friction between a husband and wife and the death of a parent.
Summary: A.U. In the early days of their marriage, Eowyn helps Faramir accept the loss of his brother, father and first wife.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 7
This is an intriguing AU. The premise of Faramir being married before and to an elf of Lorien is a little bit far out, but works beautifully in this story. The story keeps all the characteristics of the books mixed with some of the movie visuals, just Aniror, Faramir's first wife, and little son, thrown into the brew, which doesn't make matters easier for Faramir. While trying to make their new marriage work and to forge a relationship to her stepson, Eowyn has to fight the ghosts of Faramir's past and learns about his first marriage in bits and snippets from Faramir and other people who knew Aniror. The story is well balanced between flashbacks and storytime. You never get lost in one or the other. The flashbacks are just long enough to impart important information and keeps you wanting for more, but never so long that you lose track of what's happening in storytime. If you are not too concerned about canon accuracy, this is a must read for all Faramir and Eowyn fans.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 6
A fascinating AU, a mixture of movie-and book-verse, in which Faramir had brought another bride to Minas Tirith some years before the final battles of the War of the Ring--an Elf from Lothlorien. She does not love him, and he does not love her--or do they love one another in spite of themselves. But she was lost shortly after the gates of the White City were destroyed by the great ram Grond, and Faramir found one he truly loved among those who strengthened after suffering grievous wounds, there in the Houses of Healing. Now Eowyn faces the memory of Aniror, the female Elven warrior her husband had reluctantly taken to wife, as well as the rejection of her new stepson. How is the ghost of the Lady Aniror to be layed, and shall she gain the trust of the child? Well crafted, and excellent and effective pacing of the story as Eowyn learns the history of her husband's first, tragic marriage.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: 3
As if the relationships in Faramir's life weren't complicated enough! This story does an excellent job of preserving all the politics and schemes found in Minas Tirith while adding additional complications in the form of Faramir's first wife. But if anyone can navigate the mess that left behind, it would be Faramir and Eowyn.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
This AU had an interesting premise: Faramir was widowed, and that he had a small son when he married Eowyn. It's a bit of a stretch, yet the author manages to make it work for this story as Eowyn tries to get her little stepson to relate to her and to find out about her predecessor. I don't find it a likely scenario for JRRT's world, but as an AU it's intriguing.