Tales of the Eldandili
Nominator: Nieriel Raina
2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Incomplete
Story Type: Incomplete ✧ Length: Novel
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: In the Seventh Age, the Children of Iluvatar unite to defend Arda. Many thanks to Fiondil for beta-reading. (This is a series of interconnected stories, each of which can be read on its own. I envision the work being about twenty chapters in length. )
Reviewed by: Fiondil ✧ Score: 6
Faery... weve all heard of it... read about it... dreamt it... and how many of us would consider ourselves blessed to find our way to it? Well, not everyone, as we learn from this wonderful tale about the coming together after long ages of separation of the Firstborn and the Secondborn of Iluvatar as they seek to combat the powers of darkness that continue to plague Middle-earth even into our own times. Alassiel has begun (and hopefully will continue) a wonderful series of interwoven stories about humans who discover that they are Eldandili, elf-friends, and are recruited to help bring the knowledge of the Valar to an unsuspecting world in preparation for the end-time war that all know is coming. For all who love tales about the interaction between humans and their elder kin, this is a worthy series to read.
Reviewed by: obsidianj ✧ Score: 5
Modern scientific rationale clashes with the histories of the Eldar. The main protagonist has a hard time reconciling the two and I can't blame him. It is rather a lot to swallow. I wish there was already more of this tale because I would like to see where this is going. I like the contrast between the language Kevin is using and all the strange words and concepts people keep throwing at him without explanation, putting it off to the time until he learned enough about the strange place he finds himself in. I really can understand his anger and fury.
Reviewed by: Beruthiel's Cat ✧ Score: 5
An interesting and delightful premise, further exploring an idea not often considered or by fiction authors. Alassiel brings style and grace to this tale, an a very welcome sense of plausability. In imagining such a "what if" scenario, I think we'd all like to find ourselves in her characters' shoes. These people are well thought out, entirely believeable in their reactions to the situation in which they find themselves.With such an excellent beginning to this story, I foresee it being enjoyable and full of surprises all throughout; and entirely worthy of its nomination.
Reviewed by: Nieriel Raina ✧ Score: 3
A promising beginning to an intriguingly original tale! While most of the characters are Original Characters, they are easy to get to know and very realistically done. The plot is only just beginning to unfold, but already the reader is drawn in and wanting to know what comes next. I look forward to seeing this tale develop further. Well done!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 3
A most interesting beginning to the tale as we see modern-day elf-friends preparing to fight the darkness of our day, and learning more about Arda and its background. A provocative beginning that I'm waiting impatiently to see continued.
Reviewed by: Dawn Felagund ✧ Score: 2
A clever way to blend the myths of Middle-earth with modern life! Also, this story is chock full of obscure canon goodies. An interesting concept, I look forward to its completion.
Reviewed by: Jules14 ✧ Score: 2
Wonderful story, with excellent writing style and characters. I love modern-day Middle-earth and Valinor fics, and yours is one of the best I've read. I'll continue to read it.