"I Will Not Say the Day is Done, Nor Bid the Stars Farewell" (Vol. 4 of 8 of "The Adventures of Frodo Gardner")
2009 Award Category: Times: Post-Ring War and Beyond
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Novel
Rating: Mature ✧ Reason for Rating: (For the entire series.) SEX: Implicit except for explicit pollinization. Sexual crimes are never eroticised. LANGUAGE: euphemized in translation. VIOLENCE: Infrequent, but no holds barred. OCCULT: Sauron and other ghosts and demons. SHOCKS: Sooner or later this series will push any button you have. Not for PTSD sufferers in the avoidance-phase of recovery.
Summary: Now the battle for Frodo Gardner's soul begins in earnest--for what better way for Sauron's weak but wiley ghost to avenge himself on Sam than to destroy his son? All this and farming a wasteland, too! (As the story continues on how FG's gardening skills save Mordor from famine.) AU finally begins to be explained. Includes story-within-story of The Lost Elf, + hobbit and dragon ballads.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 9
Ah, yes--I have been following this story in its proper order. I first began it some years ago when the first installment was yet an unfinished work; it is now eight volumes long and looks to grow from the note in the final volume. A strange work and truly unique, with the Elves who are fading and Dwarves who must mate with humans in order to leave their own progeny within Middle Earth; with opium smokers who thus enslave themselves to Sauron, and Sauron having taken up residence within the head of Frodo Gardner. Bergil's people have accepted his strange marriage and he sees himself now a citizen of Mordor; a ravaged Entwife now guards Frodo's bedroom window; messenger Mattie has dreams of luring Frodo into her realm of opium addiction; Fishenchips now lives and labors in the new hospital; a too-many-times reborn Elf pretends to be a Man and secretly helps Frodo;;a girl poisoned with dragon meat slowly refinds her humanity; and Sauron plots the corruption of the joint heir of Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee. A fascinating tale, and I hope to finish all eight volumes before the MEFA season is over, with hopes to do other reviews as well. Definitely an addictive series in its own right.