Reviews: Arc Of Sacrifices
Intense, Will Blow You Away
This series is definitely my favourite in the entire fandom. With its cleverly written plot twists and vivid characters, this story will keep your eyes glued to the screen. It's action-packed with just the right amount of drama when necessary, and especially spectacular in its excellent worldbuilding. And I mean, superbly done. Everything is just so rich, the Light and Dark families and their relationships and customs, the world feels real to the reader. It is very carefully thought out, and each event or character will probably come to be important later, so for those who love detail, this is going to be one great big treasure hunt. Harry here is definitely very different from canon. The author manages to add flavour and intriguing twists to the common HP cliches she sports, showing once again that Tropes Are Tools. (Eg: evil!Dumbledore, Harry has a twin.) In particular are the twists involving the Prophecies, I had suspected for a moment but at the same time it came from an angle that I never saw coming. Each location is beautifully described, each OC stands out as distinguished characters, all of different backgrounds and moralities and motives. The author takes even the smallest of characters and expands on them, giving them so much development and depth in ways you don't expect and love for it. The author has done research on child abuse, that I see very plainly. So this fic will make you tear your hair out at times, but in a good way, usually filled with delicious suspense and mystery. The parallels with canon are very interesting to see played out, and the relationships between thec characters are convincing and not forced at all. However, the story does have its flaws, that become apparent especially in the fifth book onwards in regards to Harry and Draco's relationship, I felt like it was a Romantic Plot Tumor that took up waaay too much page time. Also some parts in the later books are stretched out for too long and are a little boring to read, sometimes even getting depressing, but if you manage to ignore these flaws, you're in for a very good pay-off by the end. Excellent story, a must read!
An Outstanding Story
Slash isn't my cup of tea, and I normally avoid it. But this story caught my attention, enough that I didn't much mind the hot and heavy scenes that occasionally appeared towards the end of the series. From "Saving Connor" to "I Am Also Thy Brother", this is the most emotionally draining story I have ever read. It was intense and imprinted itself on my soul. I can honestly say that it may very well be the best story I've ever read. The beginning starts a little rough, but over the course of this massive fic you can see Lightning on the Wave's quality of writing increase. You can see dozens of new characters introduced, but each maintains a unique identity and isn't drowned out by the others, nor do they supplant existing ones. It is a masterfully written piece of art.
Really enjoyed this
Honestly, I enjoyed this series far more than I enjoyed the original books. She takes minor and major characters and gives them history and backstory. More importantly, she's managed to create a wizarding world with it's own life and culture that is worth discovering. Nothing in this series is particularly simple, and there are very few easy answers. Since it's wildly AU, each character is different in various ways, but for logical reasons. The antagonists all have justifications, and the level of antagonism matches well with the level of skills from the protagonists. All in all, *highly* worth reading. Oh, the books do have a focal m/m romantic relationship *much* later in the series (and many slash and het pairings aside from that), but this is by no means a story centered on romance. I'd recommend it for slash and het fans alike.
An excellent premise
But I find the cast of Sues a bit annoying. It's not that bad, actually, and the author Did The Research for child abuse response, but it starts to get confusing, and the Ocs start to nibble at the edges of the story with intent to take over. Harry is very different, so don't expect complete Icness, especially from Draco and Malfoys in general. Another warning for extreme gore and violence (one man, is, for example, made into a human Dark Mark while still alive, and there are mentions of insane people and cannibalism in the same sentence). And, of course, blueberries.