2004 Award Category: Races: Men: Post-War of the Ring
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: violent death
Summary: In which people go bird-watching and find their courage. Set a little while after the events of 'A Game of Chess'. Faramir, Eowyn, Eomer, OCs.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
The ending seemed a bit odd to me, but in a good way. It's hard to explain. Anyway, the original chracters were so well drawn, Deor, especially. I don't know his exact age, but it he seemed just right for an older boy, not quite old enough to keep up with his brother but older than his youngest cousin. And no matter what Faramir said about not being good with swords, I knew he would win.
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: N/A
Can I just point to my other reviews? I think this story you appreciate after you've read at least "A Game of Chess", if not other stories in the Eliot arc, given that it relies on Faramir's history as developped there. Just when we think Faramir's settled and adjusted to his life after the war, and to war fetters, something comes along to challenge him to regain a part of himself he had thought himself content to have lost. But even without that backstory, the original character of Déor is nicely drawn, and his evolution parallels his uncle's in its way-this is a family of survivors and it seems that courage breeds true. I always have difficulty writing children, so I admire others who take on the challenge that they present. If you've not read Altariel's other work, I suspect this will make you want to read it.
Reviewed by: Elanor ✧ Score: N/A
This is one of the best Forth Age stories I know. I enjoy the fact that here the "A Game of chess"-Faramir gets back his sword. Though I enjoyed also Altariel's much applauded story "A game of chess" very much I had large problems with it as it renders Faramir as shell-shocked, which for me is inconceivable. I spent many hours in the following days thinking on this story and why it bothered me so much. No other fanfiction story had me musing as much. But now to "Fair Game". Faramir's personality now comes near again to that personality I envision from LotR: serene, wise, eloquent, speaking beautifully worded insights. In contrast to "A Game of chess" I find in this story the Steward (reading his papers and analyzing political developments) and the Ranger (pursuing enemies). Nicely done is also the OC Deor, who fears height as much as Faramir fears to touch a sword; Faramir's nephew whose rescue induces Faramir to take up the sword again while Deor conquers his fear of height when need arises. A good touch is to weave the Easterling politics into the adventure. In comparison to LotR and other stories of Altariel the speech is not as beautiful as I know Altariel to be able to write. This is more a recounted adventure. But the adventure is very well done. And includes many a thought about insecurities and how to live with them, even how to overcome them. And Faramir speaks well: "On your own, Déor? Where have my ill-bred children slunk off to this afternoon, I wonder?"
Reviewed by: Avon ✧ Score: N/A
Oh I do like this one! I read it very early - quite out of sequence and had no idea who these people were, mostly. It didn't matter though - it stood on its merits alone. I find this view of Faramir rather sad but I still enjoy the angst (if I may call it that without upsetting anyone - I don't see it as an insult.)