2007 Award Category: Genres: Romance
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novel
Rating: Mature ✧ Reason for Rating: This story focuses on a dark romance and is fairly intense in places. Also, future chapters will contain content of a sexual nature.
Summary: Lithiníel wanted to die. Therefore, Sauron desired that she should live. What happened next defied all expectations.... Set approximately 40 years before the War of the Ring.(Target length is approximately 60,000 words; I anticipate posting three to four additional chapters in the near future.)
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 10
(Spoiler Alert) This was a completely unexpected romance! I was utterly drawn into the story and read it in one sitting. The author manages to take a situation that seems at first thought to be totally unbelievable and make it entertaining and plausible. It is certainly well-written and well-thought out enough to suspend the reader's disbelief. Lithiníel is an excellent OC without a trace of Mary-Sueishness about her. Her thought processes and justifications as she falls in love with Sauron seem right to me - after all, we don't clinically choose who we love, it's fate that brings us together. The reasons for Sauron's initial fascination with his new captive are very logical - how long has it been since anyone had the mettle to speak their mind without regard for the consequences, how long since anyone had not become completely terrified in his mere presence, how long since he had had an honest exchange of views with an intelligent being? The way that this fascination leads to love in one that we thought to be loveless is described very well. I found myself wondering if their relationship might have actually distracted Sauron enough so that he didn't manage to find the Ring years before the Quest, giving the folks of Middle-earth a chance to see it destroyed. Perhaps distracting him from his depredations and death-dealing just a bit. If that is so then perhaps the Valar themselves had something to do with bringing Sauron and Lithiníel together! The ending is wonderfully romantic, even though it is Sauron we are talking about here - the image of them meeting their doom hand in hand was somehow gentle and sweet. How the author managed to make it so I'll never understand, but she did. This is one of those stories that I never would have read or even been aware of if not for the MEFA's; I am so glad that I stumbled across it here. There is not a hobbit in sight and I didn't mind in the least!
Reviewed by: stefaniab ✧ Score: 6
Ah, nothing like a heart pounding romance between a lovely Noldor elleth with a death wish and Sauron. That's right, Mr. Dark Lord himself. "Hearts Blood" is a Middle Earth version of the currently popular dark romance genre, in which an innocent young girl finds love in the arms of a mythic villian. You can't get much better (worse?) than Sauron, who at first courts lovely Lithiniel only in her dreams. ChristineX isteeps her prose with lush descriptive text appropriate to this gothic, over-the-top tale. Though the love story sometimes gets a bit too predictable, Christine's description of every day life in Barad-Dur is quite imaginative. This is a good story for those hungry for villian lover romances and anyone who wished Christine had chosen the Phantom.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 6
Marigold made me sit down at her computer and read this story! It certainly is an unexpected and unique tale, one I liked very much. Lithiníel is a very well done original character. Her appearance in Mordor is explained logically enough and like Marigold I found myself wondering if the Valar had a hand in the whole situation, wondering if perhaps Sauron was distracted enough by his consort over those forty years before, and during the Quest, to have not been paying quite as much attention to the outside world as he might have done, to the ruin of all. I especially liked the added tension of the Mouth of Sauron's machinations against Lithiníel. The descriptions of the interior of Barad-dur and the behaviour of the servants there were nicely described and so were the dream sequences. All in all an original and enjoyable story, one well worth reading!