Gahhh so heart-wrenching, but so so good. The blurred line between "good" and "evil" is so intriguing in this story. I continue to be impressed by your originality, and can't wait to find out what Abraham Thorn is up to. Love the hard-headed heroine.
Well. I probably wouldn't be leaving a review, but the reminder at the end, as well as the fact that I've been reading my laptop screen obsessively for the past few hours, made me want to leave one. I loved reading the Lands Below and the Thorn Circle.
Alexandra, although she has almost driven me crazy in a way that makes me want to grab her by the shoulders and shake her, is a wonderful character, and I really feel for, and generally understand her. I love almost all the characters, really. Even Dean Grimm, although I have to admit she scares me more than she scares Alex.
I think I had a minor heart attack about every other chapter, but to me that just makes a story even more enjoyable.
It's all very well-written and engaging. I just want to read even more Alexandra Quick.
Author's Response: Thanks very much! I hope you enjoy book three, Alexandra Quick and the Deathly Regiment. Book four, Alexandra Quick and the Stars Above, is being edited and betaed now!
amazing story, i'm really enjoying it.
You had me crying through the last chapter, darn you did u have to kill of Max :( As for the criticism: describe the teachers more, and describe like the weather or something- sometimes i got a bit lost as to were in time i was. You rule and now im of to book 3 :)
I would like to say thank you. I read Hogwarts houses divided and thought it was the best out of what I had read in mugglenet, it was just so well written. I had already seen the Alexandrea Quick series about and never thought it was to my taste, but since you were such a good writer I thought I would give it a shot. It was good; but this was phenominal. Alexandrea really developed into a character you could empathize with, Max was a joy to read about and the whole story was phenominal. It twisted and turned and I can't think of praise high enough. I think drawing comparisons to someone elses work with the Harry Potter books its stupid; it does'nt acknowladge the writer as a stand alone talent, but I truly felt more sorrowful at the death of Max than Sirius. There are hundreds of moments that were trully brilliant.
I cannot give thanks that is good enough. You've made reading this a joy. Thank you.
Wow, I'm really not the crying type, but I was so teary-eyed and sad after Max died. I really like him as a character, and the fact that he sacrificed himself for his sister...*sigh* sooooo sad. I just finished this story and AQATTC this month, and I finally had to review. I love these stories, and I wish that you could publish them so that I could have them in book form, lol.
Since I'm from the US, I really appreciate a HP fanfiction set in the US and done very realistically so. Keep up the great work! I'm really excited to read the third and the ones after that!
I guessed something would happened to Max.
I read the summaries of all three of the Quick stories before I began reading the first, and since the summary of the third says Alexandra was 'angry and in denial' I was fairly certain a death or something similar was coming at the end of this one. By the end of AQATTC I thought that the something would happen to Anna. But as soon as Max was revealed as her brother, I became fairly sure it would be him. I didn't mind at first, as I didn't like him too much, but I have to say he has since then become my favorite character in the Quick series. I was...to put it mildly, very sorry to see him go.
Not since Sirius, Dumbledore, Fred, Remus and Tonks have I been so upset by a fictional character's death.
Congratulations on creating a character worth mourning.
No matter how unwilling I am to see him go.
*bawls* i want max backkkkkk *pouts* max max max max max *throws a tantrum*
btw, that means you wrote one hell of a story. ^^ your story evoked deep emotions, and i'm really almost cried when i read that max died ='( ahh, what i would give to have him back in the story...
really awesome writing! have you ever considered going pro? if you do, i promise to buy your book!
hey!!! another awesome story.... maximilian was my favourite character so it took me a coupla moments to register that he wasn't coming back... in fact, i'd probably have felt the way i did after sirius black died in hp 5 if i hadn't caught myself in time... as of now, mourning dead fictional characters is firmly on my Don't list... hope it stays that way... i miss max :)
waaah! this was amazing, but i cant believe you killed max! he was awesome and i really think alex and max's dad was better than killing a lot of muggles and wizards! i cant wait to get started on the deathly regiment!
I was really hoping you were going to miraculously revive Max. Honestly, you're writing is so terribly good you've gotten me moping around my house because he died - and I don't normally mope for fictional people.
I'm off to read to read your third fic of this series, now, because your writing is absolutely fabulous. (Though it would be even more fabulous if Max came back *cough*hint*cough.) ;)
That was totally amazing. I hope you go through all seven years of Alex's magical education. The Generous Ones seem to have some twisted logic. I'm still not sure if Abraham Thorn knew Max would be sacrificed. And I'm not sure if he can blame all of those deaths on the Confederation. So what if he warned them. What intrigues me is when he said something to the effect that we really don't know what's going on below the surface of the Confederation. I wouldn't be surprised if Abraham Thorn turns out to be some sort of hero in the end. I guess only you know that:D I still have some odd hope that Max could return. I don't think we've seen all we can see about the Generous Ones either. So many questions. I've certainly enjoyed your first two books in the Alexandra Quick series. I'm not sure if I'll start the 3rd or go to your Teddy Lupin story. Probably the latter. Thanks for writing this. You've made me laugh; you've made me cry. I'm happy I've read these.
I hope Diana Grimm isn't going to interrogate Alex again. I almost think it would've been safer if she had kept her memories in that bottle for a while. The etching of Max's name into the crypt was so sad. I still have some hope that they might be able to retrieve Max from the Lands Beyond. I can't believe he's gone. I'm in denial. Great chapter.
That was an extremely sad, very intense chapter. I think it was sadder than the actual chapter when Max died. I started crying when the Storm Crows got up in the cafeteria and went to sit by Alex. Then it went downhill from there. Just as Harry felt hope that Sirius would be a ghost after his death, Alex hoped that Max would be hanging around with the rest of the family ghosts. For a brief moment I felt that hope also. I was happy that Abraham kept Alex's memories. I would've wanted them back too even if they are painful. Great chapter.
Abraham is certainly abominable. After all Alex went through it appears that he's going to take her memories?? Maybe I'm wrong but I think it would be better for her to maintain her memories of the Lands Below and what happened to Max. And maybe I've spoken too soon. I'm wondering if Abraham really knew what was going to happen. Did he send one of his children to their death? Thank God Alex made it back. I can't wait to finish this story and see what happens. Great chapter. So much though, for a 7th grader to go through. As I said before, JKR has nothing on you:D
That was almost as disturbing as the woman who was part deer and the man-eating rabbits. Poor Max. I'm forever the optimist. I'm still hoping in some way that Max will come back. Oh, what did Abraham Thorn do? As far as I'm concerned he knowingly sacrificed one and maybe both of his children. I almost chuckled when Alex blasted Cejaiaqui off his butt. Yay for Alex. Great chapter. Very creative.
For someone who is older and should be slightly more jaded, Max isn't doing very well. It's good he has Alex with him after all. And, Alex is either very astute or very lucky. I don't have a good feeling about the Generous Ones. Are you going to tell us what Quimley's bad gift was? Great chapter..
That was somewhat disturbing. Scorpions with faces, demented bats, half woman-half deer person, killer rabbits. They lost their tent. At least Charlie came back but with an odd flute. Now they've met the Generous Ones who I have a feeling are not going to be very generous. JKR really had nothing on you with any of her magical creatures did she? Great chapter.
That was certainly frightening. I kind of avoided reading because I was really gazing into the unknown, much as Alex and Max were. Those panthers were something else. I was surprised when Max got the broom and backpack away from them. I would probably be no good in an adventure. I wouldn't know what to do. The corn maidens were creative. I do hope Charlie comes back. Great chapter.
I thought for sure they were going to lose the obol when John and Darla showed up. I wish more than anything that Max and Alex weren't doing this. I don't have a good feeling about it. Maybe Max alone could be successful and I know Alex is powerful but he's going to end up taking care of her and not concentrating on himself. My favorite scene in this chapter was when both Max and Alex were promoted. That was wonderful. Great chapter.