Interrupted Journeys: The course of love

Author: elliska

Nominator: Maethril

2011 Award Category: Elves: Wilderland

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Medium Length

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

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Reviewed by: ziggy  ✧  Score: 9

Elliska's great stories focus this time on a young Legolas and his friends at that stage where they are finding love, and all the whirlwind of emotions that go with it. The younger elves are always delightfully drawn and conflict arises, is played out and resolved in this traditional and completely absorbing universe. What I like in particular is the writer's complete understanding and affection for the characters, even when they are complete idiots and acting wrongly, you feel that sense of real joy and humour in their situations which are very real. I have read these stories for a very long time, thoroughly enjoying the developing relationships between he characters, watching them grow and develop. The writing is in the true story-telling genre and has that wonderful cadence and rhythm of the spoken word. I think too the merging of domestic and political here is one of the best of its kind, there is a very real sense of the political intruding on life, and at times the situation overwhelms them but it is told in a such a personal way, that it is the domestic that dominates the actually story telling, the plot lines and that is where we see the effect on the characters.

Reviewed by: Melusine  ✧  Score: 4

Lovely story. I appreciated the way the author portrayed Legolas as a youth, a bit arrogant, as one would expect a king's son to be, but also strong, sure, and intelligent, yet showing moments of humility when he makes mistakes. And like all youth (and older people as well) he does. The relationship between he and his cousins and friends, the goings on of the royal family, and as the title suggests, the pain of first love are all neatly portrayed, making this an enjoyable read.