With Hope

Author: AfterEver

Nominator: Marta

2005 Award Category: Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete  ✧  Length: Novella

Rating: PG-13  ✧  Reason for Rating: adult themes, violence

Summary: "Then Aragorn, being now the Heir of Isildur, was taken with his mother to dwell in the house of Elrond..." beginning in the year 2935, this is their story -- and a continuation of "Last Hope", by the same author. Features Elrond, Elladan, Elrohir, Glorfindel, Elf/Ranger OCs, and a view of an elvish realm through human eyes, courtesy of Gilraen.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: 6

I've become quite a fan of AfterEver's Gilraen, and she keeps getting better with each story. I very much enjoyed her diplomatic turn of mind when it came to handling Elladan, but even more than that, I loved how she could lash out when she thought that Estel had been deceived. As for Estel, the growth in his character and the shaping of his personality was brilliantly done. And the same can be said for Elladan, who has changed quite a bit over the few chapters written. Though I have to say that I think he had a point in the beginning. It's always dangerous when elves and men mix, and it might have been good to have someone hang back and serve as a mainstay for the rest. But it seems that Estel can charm even Elladan to an extent. Great start to this story, and I eagerly await more.

Reviewed by: Marta  ✧  Score: 4

Another fascinating installment of Gilraen's life in Rivendell? Is there any basis to the belief that Elven horses are also reincarnated? I especially liked Gilraen's concern over her son; I think she would tend to be a bit over-protective, given that she had already lost her husband through premature death and her whole community when she moved to Rivendell. Also, I think you are exactly right about the ripple effect in Elven grieving.

Reviewed by: nerwen_calaelen  ✧  Score: 2

An interesting start. I like the fact that you have made the characters so interesting and different. The return of Asfalos is a very cleverly done plotline. I will be intreaged to see where you go with this story.

Reviewed by: Bodkin  ✧  Score: 2

This is very good - I find all the characters extremely likeable and the situations and concerns realistic and three-dimensional. But it is NOT FINISHED. More please.