Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Apostate's Ruse

Author: Calenlass Greenleaf
Nominator: Thorongirl
2008 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Incomplete

Story Type: Incomplete : Length: Medium Length
Rating: Teen -- Reason for Rating: Angst, mentions of violence, and battle scenes.
Summary: Nearly completed; only three to four chapter left. Apostates come in every form, and their ruses are often hard to perceive. What happens when one sets his eyes upon Imladris? Much trouble for Estel, who is left baffled by Elrond's strange behavior. Slightly AU in that there is no Gilraen present.


Reviewed by: Thorongirl -- Score: 5

As always, my penchant for Aragorn angst makes me appreciate those special authors who write it so exceedingly well. In this story, a 16-year-old Estel finds himself hurt and confused by Elrond's sudden change in behavior towards him. If you're like me and you like to read emotional angst, this story hits all the buttons. What's behind Elrond's puzzling behavior eventually becomes clear, but not until much damage has been done. The author writes in a clear, engaging style that leaves the reader eager for each succeeding chapter. Still a Work In Progress, but with every indication that it will be completed.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

Oh, I so keep hoping this story will be added to and hopefully finished one day! Elrond's return from his visit to Lothlorien appears to be far earlier than had been anticipated, and his subsequent treatment of his foster-son totally out of character. When Estel, having learned the subjects of study of this unrecognizable Elrond, is chastized with peculiar harshness, he decides to run away. Who is the pretender, and how does he manage to hold this seeming so convincingly? And will young Estel find his real Ada in time to stop whatever plans this one has in store? I'm waiting impatiently for answers to these questions and more!