I\'ll admit, I probably began reading this fic many years after its prime. As of this writing, Season 8 of the actual My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV show is ongoing. That said, I think the story aged reasonably well. It\'s incompatible with current MLP canon, naturally, but the canon characters are still recognizable. I\'d dare to say they\'re very much in-character any time they appear. Of course, it is up for debate exactly how in-character they are compared to how they are in the show even for when it was written, but I do appreciate that Kkat had made an effort to preserve these characters as they were, flaws and all. It was good enough to fool me, at any rate. The main narrative is no slouch either. Littlepip\'s journey, in my opinion, is quite a compelling one in and of itself, even without the pre-war investigation she takes us through. I find the characters relatable, even varying degrees of likeable, and I found I actually cared what happened to everyone, both pre-war and post-war. People say the ending was rushed. I\'m not so sure I agree, necessarily. That said, I probably wouldn\'t know a rushed ending if it hit me, my past self, and some stranger in a silly outfit with a giant metal fist. Now, to address the elephant in the room; if you don\'t like dark – especially when combined with ponies – this story won\'t be your cup of tea. I like dark stories pretty much regardless of the form they take; ponies, aliens, super-powered hedgehogs, whatever. I\'m verifiably a sucker for that; there is no such thing as \"too dark\" in my mind, and I love it when a story takes itself as seriously as this one does. What breaks deals for me is horribly inconsistent plots, and from what I can tell, this story doesn\'t have that; the plot is very well executed, and it\'s held my attention throughout. It\'s definitely not for the faint of heart, but I see why it gets the praise it does. This is a work that had ambition; it and the expanded universe that spawned from it has inspired me to try my hand at writing once again. Though I will admit, the consistent misspelling of \"Cloudsdale\" as \"Cloudsdayle\" (I initially wrote it off as Calamity\'s drawl, but no, that\'s actually how Kkat spells it throughout the story, even when Calamity\'s not talking) and various other errors that showed up made me ever so slightly irritated. The story made me sic so many times... It\'s a damn good read. Just understand what you\'re getting into if you\'re going to read it yourself. These really aren\'t your regular ponies.
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