Reviews: Ashes Ashes

An unsigned review

Beautifully written from the second person POV. The portrayal of Mai's death made my heart clench and nearly had me in tears. I'm not a fan of tragedy, but the author wrote the tragic parts beautifully. Ty Lee's conflict throughout was so strong and clear, the way she cared but tried not to show how much. The whole ending where Ty Lee realized that the only way to save Zuko was to let him save someone, even if it was her really spoke to me. It left a lot open for wondering what could happen next. Made me think, and made me both very sad (in a good way) and very intrigued. I also really liked the way the author explored the idea of what Ty Lee would do if she didn't help Mai, but was faced with the same decision—help stop Azula—later on when Zuko and Katara arrived. The ambiguous ending leaves it open for a possible hopeful ending later on.

Candelabra's review

This is an incredibly well-written oneshot detailing how things might have changed if Ty Lee hadn't saved Mai from Azula. It's written in second person, which is a little jarring but works surprisingly well. The fic has a very convincing portrayal of a less-bubbly Ty Lee, and the insights on the relationships between Azula, Zuko, Ty Lee and Mai and how each of the others react to Mai's death are absolutely heartbreaking.