Blood Feud

Author: Wtiger

Nominator: Darkover

2011 Award Category: Alternate Universe: Angst - Third Place

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Disturbing Imagery/Themes

Summary: An AU mystery. Faramir is missing and Boromir must use all the resources of Gondor to find his brother before it's too late. A few minor changes to the characters ages and history.

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Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 9

This novel comprises twenty-nine chapters, but the reader will still feel as if it ends too soon. Not because the conclusion is lacking, but because it is so enjoyable to read. The story is AU, most notably in that in this novel, Faramir and Eowyn get to meet each other prior to the Ring War. And Denethor, as portrayed here, is more like the Denethor of the movieverse. Otherwise, little is altered. The characterization is excellent. The author does a brilliant job of portraying the relationship between the brothers of Gondor, and of the budding friendship between Faramir and Eowyn. The passage in which Eowyn reams out Denethor for the Steward's abusive treatment of his younger son makes this novel worth reading for that alone! Eomer is in-character too, and Theoden's son Theodred is also admirably written. This AU novel is composed as a mystery, and most chapters end on cliffhangers. Few fan authors can write such a lengthly novel that holds the attention of readers throughout each chapter, but this author has done so. When the reader has finished, he or she will be hoping for a sequel. This novel is not to be missed.

Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 6

This story is called a mystery, but I would put it more under family drama. The central point of this story is more the family dynamic between Denethor and his sons, especially between Faramir and Denethor. Throw Imrahil of Dol Amroth and the Rohirric trio of Eowyn, Eomer and Theodred into the mix with a little spice of the scheming Grima, and you have all the ingredients for an engrossing story. My favorite part of the story is the letter Finduilas wrote to her brother when she was pregnant with Faramir. It made me teary eyed. I could have throttled Denethor in several chapters, but in the end I pity him more. The explanation for his treatment of his youngest son makes sense. Throw in what the reader knows about the influence of Mordor on him and it makes even more sense.

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon  ✧  Score: 4

A juicy angst-epic set in a slightly alternate universe. Here, Faramir and Eowyn meet several years before the Ring War, in a sinister adventure that also brings together Boromir, Eomer and Theodred. Some interesting forays into the marriage of Finduilas and Denethor also turn up, through the memories of Imrahil and letters from Finduilas herself. Wtiger writes passionately, pulling the reader through a journey of fear and danger and heartache. Fans of drama and hurt-comfort in the lives of Denethor's sons should enjoy the tale.

Reviewed by: Linaewen  ✧  Score: 4

I am coming late to reading this tale, and because my time for reviewing is drawing to a close, I cannot read fast enough to do this amazing story justice. I will say this -- the first chapter alone gripped me with its powerful writing and the setting up of the drama. The characters are true and the pace is exciting. I look forward to following Boromir's quest to find his missing brother and rescue him before it is too late!