So awhile back we we did a review swap, except I completely failed in my part of it, so I'm here now to make up for it. I'm sorry for the delay.
One of the things that I really love about your writing is the rich details you include. There's so much that I could read the story three times straight through and still find new things in each reading.
2nd person was a beautiful choice for this. I loved how it really helped pull me into Gellert's feelings, particularly towards the end with the betrayal. You always handle 2nd person so flawlessly and whenever I write it myself, I always read one of your stories first so I can remember how it's supposed to be done when it's at its best.
As usual, you really nail the dynamic between Albus and Gellert. You know them so well and your concept of them is just so consistent in all of your writing.
I love the historical and mythological references. Sometimes I can find that sort of stuff a bit contrived, but you have this ability to work it in so flawlessly. You do a brilliant job of creating parallels between Albus/Gellert and all of these historical figures.
Brilliant as ever! I'll certainly be back to peruse your AP soon. :)
Hi Kaitlin! Thank you so much for dropping by! :) And no worries about it - it happens (honestly, I'm pretty sure I've done it more times than I'd care to admit :P)! ;)
Ahh thank you so much! I have a weakness for writing description, which can so easily cross over into too much description in one story - it's a habit :P But I love writing it, so it's always so lovely to hear that other people like it, because it's so nice to share that with others (especially coz I know it's not the kind of style everyone wants to read or enjoys reading).
I think, from memory, when I wrote this, second person was feeling quite natural for me and I was really enjoying writing in that voice, so I think it mostly came from that - also I liked writing the two of them juxtaposed against each other, with Albus against Gellert. It's kinda strange because it's something I'd never actually read before I started writing second person, so I sort of learned how it worked on my own. And honestly, you should know you made me blush with that - I can't believe it :/ Thank you so so much! :)
I really loved writing them in this - it was nice to write something which didn't have to stick to canon and keep to the details of their characters for once :P It was okay to do something different and twist it a bit, to have Albus still on Gellert's side and still with him for so long after that summer, and that was so fun to do. I liked making it more of a betrayal than perhaps it was in canon :P
Thank you! :) I love the history and doing this seemed so simple and so easy to do - like, the parallels seemed so clear to me, because I'm obsessed with that part of history and those historical stories and with Albus and Gellert, so I loved being able to combine the two, especially because I've used them as comparisons before, with the canon characters considering their relationship to be similar, so it seemed kinda obvious to me to make the parallels clearer. I'm not obsessed, I swear :P
Thank you so so much - this was such a lovely review to get! It was so lovely and such a great surprise, and I loved getting it! Thank you! :)