2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Gondor
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: R ✧ Reason for Rating: discussion of adult themes/situations - ie prostitution and
Summary: For the Ruling Steward and his sons, the personal is the political and private acts can have public consequences. Faramir's odd behaviour on his return from his first month as Captain of the Ithilien Rangers troubles Denethor, both as a father and as Ruling Steward. An unexpected meeting in a place neither thinks to find the other only adds to the tension - and results in an order that, ten years later, will have significant consequences in the War of the Ring.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
Interesting background for that law. Good thing Faramir knew when to defy it.
Reviewed by: Marta ✧ Score: N/A
For a piece dealing with sexual themes, there was surprisingly little sex in this piece. (Not that I expected any; your warning suggested there wouldn't be outright sex.) I'm always amazd by the depth of your stories, and how real the stories felt. You nailed the reactions between Denethor and Faramir, and between the other members of the council as well. I enjoyed this both whilst betaing it and reading it after it was published. Well done.
Reviewed by: Elanor ✧ Score: N/A
Chance meetings is a good story gaining impact with every sentence. Yet, style is not as good as I would wish, the words are not invoking visions but movie scenes. That means I follow the story and see the intended pictures but I have not the feeling of a world around me. I think this is due to the words used, which are mostly every-day and today's words. Additionally my usual quibble about the Numenoreans I cannot see in brothels.