Veiling the Sun
Author: M. N. Theis
2004 Award Category: Genres: Drama: The Lord of the Rings
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: unknown
Rating: PG-13 ✧ Reason for Rating: graphic violence
Summary: A twist of fate during the events at Parth Galen leaves Boromir alive and desperately seeking the One Ring. Succombing to the dark seduction of the Ring, Boromir joins league with Sauron's forces as Legolas is captured by Saruman's Uruk-hai. The res tof the Fellowship struggle to remain together, traveling across the Plains of Rohan in hopes of recovering their lost members, and the quest to destory the Ring becomes a more trying journey than any imagined.
Review scores are not available for 2004.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
This story pumps out the angst and drama in spades, but the thing I like best about it is the way it keeps the readers guessing. This story is basically divided up in thirds, with the first third being Legolas's, the second Faramir's, and the last Aragorn's. For that first third, I was suspicious and wondered if something odd was going on, because the story was told so very tightly from Legolas's POV. I kept wondering if there was something he was missing, but I didn't guess the true ramifications until halfway through Faramir's third when it's revealed just how limiting Legolas's POV really was. When the truth finally comes tumbling out of the narrative, it's accompanied by some intense revelations and a sudden surge in the action and the drama. It's almost as though the story climaxes halfway through, but as exciting and heart-wrenching as the middle is, it's nothing compared to the final moments of Aragorn's POV. The action and the plot/counter-plot are gorgeous in this piece, and the characterizations are great, particularly Arwen, who is a very grounded, practical, and quick-thinking personality throughout the story. All in all, it's an intense, gripping ride from start to finish.
Reviewed by: Larian Elensar ✧ Score: N/A
Wow! I decided two pages in that I needed to read the whole fic. You tell an excellent 'what if'! I'm totally impressed at how well you're keeping all those separate threads and plots and sub-plots continuing without gaping holes. I have an advantage too, since I'm reading it all at once instead of one chapter at a time, and I'm still seeing continuity. I like how you've shown all the characters, (though, so far, Frodo still annoys me, the whiny thing :) I'm really enjoying all the little tweaks to the story too, all the elements from Tolkien are basically there, just ...twisted. Very entertaining read, can't wait to see how things turn out. (Though I'm assuming happily, just want to see how they get there!) Okay, had to laugh at the part where Glorfindel tells Arwen to take his horse..*snicker* Wow, I thought the whole ring melting would be much later, but I guess you have a lot to wrap up afterwards. I guess since I'm not quite 2/3 done, (did you know this is in the 500 page range in MS Word, 1 inch margins, 12 point font?), there is still a lot of things happening, really. I have to admit, I'm not fond of the Mirkwood princes. I know Thranduil has a bad rep, but I just can't see them hating their own family that much. I mean, I know the Noldor killed other elves, but that's the Noldor...*grin* Of course, I guess this sort of shows that even elves aren't perfect, and the ring and it's evilness had consequences beyond corrupting men. Ack. I'm torn between wanting Legolas made immortal again because I wanted a happy ending, and agreeing that this way really was fitting, since not all stories have perfectly happy ending. Tying Aragorn and Legolas together as mortals though, did make it happier, seeing as how they were brothers of the heart anyway. Good job tying up all the plots and not making it seem rushed and like you just want to finish. After long stories, a lot of authors tend to do that, good job.
Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger ✧ Score: N/A
I've been trying to think of a word that might adequately describe this fic. The best thing I've been able to come up with is the word "gritty." This is a gritty journey, from beginning to end. The idea behind the AU is one that's been done before, but Maggie takes it to the next level. Boromir gets the Ring from Frodo at Amon Hen, but Boromir doesn't keep the Ring. Legolas gets it away and gives it to Sam. After that, things go downhill very fast. And it's amazing just how far downhill they get before they even begin to think of looking up. Maggie doesn't shy away from the gore. She doesn't overdo it, but neither does she spare her readers the horrific journey these characters go through. This is an intense, dark AU with elements from the book, the movie, and complete surprises that pop in and out as the story veers further and further away from the direction that Tolkien took it. And it's very believable. The characters are real, their pain is real, their struggle is real, the politics are real, and the interactions are real. I love the journey that Boromir took, the OCs brought in from Legolas's family, the incredible stakes involved, and the final, bitter-sweet resolution that reminds us you can never really go back.
Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel ✧ Score: N/A
For torture fic lovers, this is a wonderfully angst-filled story, in spite of language flaws. It has a plot that catches one right from the beginning. What if Boromir had help? I like that Legolas takes back the ring and passes it to Sam. And from there on this plot will wring your heart over and over and surprise it, too, as Boromir, in the end does more for Legolas than his own brothers. It has an ambiguous ending, but one that let's you interpret it in your own way. I chose to interpret it as a happy ending.