Unique and beautiful
It is very hard to come across well-written Tolkien fan fiction by authors who are familiar enough with the books to honour not only the creator of the wonderful world called Middle Earth, but also the characters living in it. This story is one of those rare finds. What sets it apart from others is that it was written not only to tell another tale based on Tolkien's books and Peter Jackson's movieverse. It's a skillfully woven crossover between two universes; our present-day world and Middle Earth with a meaning the author elaborates on in her epilogue. I was sceptical at first, but became quickly immersed in the story. I particularly loved the portrayal of Thranduil and Oropher, which is an incredibly difficult task, since the Elvenking is such a complex character, and we know very little about his father. Both of them are lovingly depicted in so much detail that they literally come alive before your inner eye. I started to feel for the characters, and to perceive their world including their fears and hopes, joy and suffering through their very eyes. At the end of the last chapter I felt sad that it was over, I am not holding my breath for a sequel, but I'll keep my fingers crossed nonetheless, In the meantime, I'll go back to chapter 1 and read it all over again.
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