Reviews For Crown of the North
Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 03/15/07 16:47
Chapter: A Professional Distance

All of those letters were fantastic. You got all of their desires across, and yay! Ariadne's going to be happy again. So's Remus, of course. The flowers of surrender...that was so wonderful!

Author's Response: Dear GD, Always say it with flowers! I wish RL men knew this. But always say it verbally too, because women love words. Thank you for reviewing, GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 03/15/07 16:44
Chapter: The Apprentice who Persevered

Great chapter. I like the way Ariadne's confession came out...can't wait for more!

Author's Response: Dear GD, Do you sense that the net is closing in around Remus after all? Thanks for reviewing, GhV

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 03/12/07 0:26
Chapter: The Apprentice who Persevered

Poor Remus. He tries to do what's best, I suppose. I had hoped they might settle things at the party, but I guess that was a long shot, wasn't it? Still, their interactions at the party were (if not so satisfactory) very realistic and IC. I also like how you have names for everyone and how the details are all consistent and original and they really add to the story - listing who all Ariadne listened to at dinner, for example. Really, this is a great fic, and I can't wait for the next update!

Author's Response: Dear Valentinia, I thought it was time to showcase some of those canon minors ... but of course Ariadne and Remus command the centre-stage. Don't expect Remus to settle anything quickly. The only woman who has a chance with him needs to be both very sympathetic and very proactive. Wait ... does that sound like Ariadne to you? Thanks for reviewing, GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 03/10/07 15:40
Chapter: The Student who Taught

oh no...he won't say anything...well, I guess that makes sense...lol, sorry about that


Author's Response: Haha, I'm keeping you guessing! But don't guess. There are now two more chapters posted. GhV

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 03/09/07 19:24
Chapter: The Student who Taught

What a cliffie! What's he going to do now? I hope something sensible! Like... talk... anything but flee!
Anyway... great chapter! I love how Remus tries to be inconspicuous and I feel so sorry that he hasn't found any real friends. I hope it works with Ariadne now... Remus definitely needs wizarding contact... especially hers! :) I hope his life takes a turn for the better soon! Great chapter! I can't wait to read the next!

Author's Response: Thanks, Valentinia. Remus is planning on a quick exit, provided he can run without offending Sturgis. On the other hand, the presence of the only person to whom he tells the truth might just prove a powerful magnet... GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 03/05/07 18:18
Chapter: The Student who Taught

I knew it, I knew it and I knew it! I like Remus's college life, it sounds interesting. And I can't wait to see what he tells Ariadne. Hehe...

Author's Response: Hehehe indeed, it was a bad cliffhanger, wasn't it? How do you know he'll say anything to Ariadne? He certainly *wants* to run away right now. Thanks for reviewing, GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 03/05/07 18:16
Chapter: The Blue Flowers of Transition

I like the way you show really easily how flawed everyone is, and yet how great they can still be. I wonder what are the mysterious potions. Poor Ariadne. It doesn't sound like a fun job, lol.

Author's Response: Dear GD, Ariadne is stlil wondering about the mysterious potions too! I wouldn't be able to write about a perfect character because I don't know enough about perfection (being imperfect myself). While Jigger is something of a nightmare employer, he is actually helping Ariadne by keeping her busy at this stage of her life. Whatever else happens (SPOILER AHEAD) she will beocme a competent apothecary. Thanks for reviewing, GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 03/05/07 18:13
Chapter: The Parents who Misunderstood

Yes, poor Ariadne. It's so sad she is questioning all of firm beliefs. But I can understand why. Great job!

Author's Response: Thanks, Gin Drinka. Trauma is so often part of the landscape during adolescence, and forming a stable world-view is a necessary part of the growing-up process. Thank you for keeping up the reviews, GhV

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 03/02/07 19:49
Chapter: The Blue Flowers of Transition

Wow. Corrupt!
Cool chapter, though! I like seeing how Ariadne's adjusting to her new environment, but still always thinking of Remus. Poor thing. And having to find out that about the potions market... wow.
Plus, I wonder about what those secretive potions are... :D Can't wait to find out! And about Veleta.
It's great how you have so much plot development, but still spend so much time on characterization and relationships! Brilliant chapter! I can't wait for the next!

Author's Response: Dear Valentinia, It will be a long time before Ariadne finds out exactly what the illegal potions do. But she knows approximately already (i.e. they must be illegal for a reason). In retrospect, I regret the way I structured this part of the story - I think it needs to be a couple of chapters longer, with more about Ariadne's negotiations with independence, and the final section of the story correspondingly shorter - but I'm not going to go back and rewrite now. Thank you for saying such nice things about it anyway. Love, GhV

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 03/01/07 18:27
Chapter: The Parents who Misunderstood

Poor Ariadne! This has really hit her hard, and it is very understandable, poor girl! It's great (well, realistic, I should say. For her it's not good at all!) how she's starting to doubt everything she thought she knew and how it just pops up all the time, the self-doubt. The ending was brilliant, too. It shows just how important Remus is to her, and it also says something about poor Ariadne's character, doesn't it? *sigh* Anyway... I can't wait for the next update! This fic is wonderful!

Author's Response: Thank you, Valentinia. I had such fun writing this story (torturing the characters and all) so I'm glad to know that someone else is enjoying reading it. Remus will always be on Ariadne's mind now: he has shaped her character permanently. GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 02/27/07 20:22
Chapter: Forging a Future

yeah, didn't seem like much of a cheat to me either, more just an adaptation. Well, I think Ariadne's family is definitely problematic but you don't exagerate it, you make it realistic. I think that's great.

Author's Response: When the story is full of realistic things like flying broomsticks and invisibility cloaks, I think we need a few fantasies about dysfunctional families! GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 02/27/07 20:19
Chapter: The Black Thorns of Rejection

ohhh...sad, but amazingly done! Ariadne is so brave. And that bit about the stars was very poetic!

Author's Response: Thanks, GD. I'm glad you noticed the part about the stars, since that is what gives the whole fic its title! GhV

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 02/23/07 17:30
Chapter: Forging a Future

Well, at least he's moving forward, isn't he? I don't think it's cheating! Well... not really... :D
I hope Remus and Ariadne are reunited soon!
This was a really cool chapter! I liked seeing how Remus' life is really taking shape (although it's not quite perfect... something... or SOMEONE is missing... :D). Seriously, though, it's interesting to see all he has to do to get by, a bit sad, but I hope he's happy!
Can't wait for the next update! Wonder what Ariadne's up to... :)

Author's Response: Dear Valentinia, Unfortunately, most wizards see nothing wrong with cheating the Muggles a little. A clear conscience is a great comfort in times of distress, especially if you're an Arian heretic like Remus, so he's as happy as he can be without Ariadne, and he is doing as well as he thinks a werewolf ever can do. Thanks for reviewing, GhV

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 02/19/07 16:53
Chapter: The Black Thorns of Rejection

How awful! Remus, you idiot! Poor Ariadne!
Anyway... great chapter! I liked how realistic Ariadne's feelings (but also her actions) were - IC with the way she's always been, but still so obviously distressed. I can't believe Remus did that to her! I hope she finds out the truth somehow! :D Really great chapter! I can't wait for the next to be validated!

Author's Response: Dear Valentinia, Remus is caught in the snare of his own heresy. He believes he has to make Ariadne's decisions for her for her own good. Given the type of person he is, no other course of action was possible. Thank you for supporting Ariadne; she really appreciates it. Regards, GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 02/15/07 19:19
Chapter: The Enemy who Lied

Ha! Yes! That was so so so sweet, the way she said it. I like the way it doesn't embarass her, or at least she doesn't show it. I agree with Valintinia and hope Remus will not succeed in doing what he is trying.

Author's Response: Dear GD, Embarrassment is definitely not on Ariadne's agenda. She knows that Remus is diffident around her, but she hasn't really grasped that he didn't know how she felt about him. As to whether she can control his wild ideas ... well, she has a great deal of emotional influence on him, but not very much experience of life. Thanks for reviewing, GhV

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 02/10/07 17:00
Chapter: The Enemy who Lied

Stupid, stupid Remus! Arrg... Still, he's trying to be honorable, I suppose. And it is kind of sweet. I hope he doesn't ever manage to do what he's trying though! I can't wait to find out more about Veleta and the McNairs, though, as well! I love how romance may be a central idea and very essential to your fic, but there are other things of importance going on as well! Really, this is a great fic! I can't wait for the next update!

Author's Response: Dear Valentinia, Thanks for keeping up the reviews. Remus is always honourable according to the light he has ... he's just very good at shutting out unwelcome enlightenment. As a result, both romance and mystery will be in moratorium for a while yet. Regards, GhV

Reviewer: Valentinia
Date: 02/10/07 16:38
Chapter: The Good Shepherd and the Ravening Wolf

She knows! :D Remus is really kind of funny sometimes, but in such a sweet way! I love their correspondences throughout this chapter! It really shows how they're maintaing their relationship so well... doesn't that tell Remus anything...? :D
Anyway... Ariandne is such a sweet girl... always so helpful... And I really like how Remus "judges" all of her male friends! And Bill Weasley's appearance was fun, too! Great chapter! Can't wait to read the next!

Author's Response: Dear Valentinia, Since when did Remus know anything that he didn't want to know? He knows that Ariadne is a sweet and helpful girl, and he can't afford to let himself analyse too much else. I'm glad you were able to laugh in all the right places in this chapter. GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 02/10/07 13:27
Chapter: The Good Shepherd and the Ravening Wolf

Oh my goodness. How cute!! I love this. I'd almost forgotten about Ariadne being able to feel things like that...but now that I think about it it does make sense. I wish Remus would read over her letter...

Author's Response: Dear GD, Remus would always find a way to reinterpret what he doesn't want to know - just look at how he rationalised away Sirius Black's invasions into Hogwarts in 1993-4. But of course Ariadne knows exactly what is happening between them. It hasn't crossed her mind that any ambiguity exists. Thanks for reading, GhV

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 02/05/07 18:43
Chapter: The Orange Flowers of Self-Deception

It is really good, the way you write how he is trying to convince himself not to get attached. But I think he shouldn't deny himself the only source of happiness in his poor life. ANd apparently so does Ariadne, lol. I wonder what happens next...

Author's Response: ...

Reviewer: Gin_Drinka
Date: 02/05/07 18:43
Chapter: The Orange Flowers of Self-Deception

It is really good, the way you write how he is trying to convince himself not to get attached. But I think he shouldn't deny himself the only source of happiness in his poor life. ANd apparently so does Ariadne, lol. I wonder what happens next...

Author's Response: Dear GD, These are the temptations of maturity. A less decent person wouldn't understand what the issues are anyway. Ariadne would understand them if he discussed them with her, but she'd refuse to let them worry her. What happens next? I'm afraid events make their logical progression. Thanks for the reviews, GhV

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