The Soldier's Fame

Author: alex_quine

Nominator: foxrafer (csevans8)

2011 Award Category: Men: Boromir

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Violence

Summary: Boromir and Arin seem to have found a refuge at the mill, but Nan begins to wonder who sits before her fire and in the cold hills there are armed raiders who will take what they want and kill any who stand in their way. Sequel to 'An Old Song' - a 'Cold Pressing AU' prequel fic.

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Reviewed by: foxrafer (csevans8)  ✧  Score: 10

While "The Soldier's Fame" is a sequel to "An Old Song," it stands on its own perfectly well. Here we see the beginning of Boromir's life with Nan, the mill-wife, and once again we are presented with an exceptionally compelling story. I adore the relationship between Nan, Boromir and Arin. The love and respect is evident, and you can see how each one gives the other so much; it's hard to imagine their lives had they not found each other. Without giving away too much, the three find themselves facing an ominous challenge at the mill, one in which they capably and beautifully demonstrate their strength (mental and physical) and resourcefulness. It is an exciting story, filled with tension and a few scary moments, and through it they become more of a unit, more of a family. The writer adeptly gives life to these characters, showing us different aspects of their personalities and skills, and making us want more. Boromir the soldier, Nan the fighter. I love Nan's ingenuity and how quickly she thinks on her feet. This writer does action as well as she does quieter moments and this story is the complete package. Too often I find myself at a loss of what to say about alex_quine's stories. Her writing is so lyrical and beautiful; she always completely draws you into the tale it is literally like being transported into the scene and observing everything as an invisible watcher. This author has such a great skill at weaving in details; from the landscape and environment around them to how, for example, an old flour mill may have functioned. There aren't so many details that one feels bogged down with description but the absolute right amount so everything feels real and right. While this and "An Old Song" are not the first stories in alex_quine's Cold Pressing universe, they are excellent introductions to that world. Meeting Boromir as he first starts living at the mill with Nan gives us a glimpse of where he's been (although what has happened is left a mystery) and who he has become, and even though I know the rest of the story I'm always left wanting to read it again. (If it was unknown to me, I'd be clamoring for more.) An excellent tale told exceptionally well.

Reviewed by: agape4gondor  ✧  Score: 5

My goodness gracious me! What a delight to have found these tales. This story is so fraught with worry - I found myself holding my breath. Great story-telling. The old woman's character is such a treat. She is brave and wiry and a sure match for Boromir. I just love her to pieces. And her late husband. Definitely knew her worth and kept her well, even after he died. But, of course, what has happened to Boromir? What brings him to this place? I must check the archives and see if I can find out. Delightful tale. Well written. Suspenseful and yet the tension is keen.

Reviewed by: Liadan  ✧  Score: 2

The story of Boromir continues [from "An Old Song"]; Boromir settles down for a time but the past is always closer than expected.