Only Eyes to See

Author: ChristineX

Nominator: ChristineX

2007 Award Category: Genres: Alternate Universe

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Mature  ✧  Reason for Rating: Rated for some violence, sensuality, and dark themes, as well as nonconsensual sex.

Summary: Sarah falls into Middle Earth and ends up captured by the Lord of the Nazg├╗l. Unfortunately, it just gets worse from there. But will her presence in that world change its history forever?

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Reviewed by: dkpalaska  ✧  Score: 5

Definitely a dark and most unusual love story! I don't normally read "girl falls into M-e," but this was skillfully rendered with great characterizations. Well-written, the very funny asides and some unexpected twists made for interesting and "must keep going" reading. I felt that there may have been some timeline issues, but it didn't interfere with my appreciation. I completely enjoyed the testimony to the redemptive power of love and that people are not always what they seem. I found myself unbelievably sympathetic to the Nazgul Lord; I was divided between the wish for a free M-e and the terrible approaching finality of Gorendil's end. The cliffhanger ending was well managed and completely unexpected.

Reviewed by: Marigold  ✧  Score: 5

Once again Christine has taken a highly unbelievable pairing and situation and created a very entertaining story that had me suspending my disbelief throughout every chapter. I *might* read a girl falls into Middle-earth story slightly less than once in a blue moon, and only then if the blue moon happens to appear on a Tuesday when it happens to be raining, but having read her other nominated story and loving it I couldn't resist a peek at this one and I am glad that I did. It is dark and yet has touches of humour and I actually felt myself sympathising with the Witch King! I will be watching out for more stories by this talented author!