Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

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 Nazgūl. Unfortunately, it just gets worse from there. But will her presence in that world change its history forever?

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!