I began reading this a month ago. I read the first six chapters in two days, and for each chapter I'd stop, open Word, and try to find even one word that would amount to what the story deserves. Annnd I still haven't found that word, or even just a few to follow it. But if I wait another month I'll just tell myself I can read and enjoy without telling you how much I enjoy it and that wouldn't be very good of me. At least not good for my conscious.
The physics confuse the hell out of me. Not gonna' lie, I don't understand a word of it. I fail at basic math. Don't ask me to multiply anything over 12 in my head, I just can't. For someone who fails so utterly at anything so complicated to be able to follow the prose is just amazing. I don't understand it, especially not this last bit about time travel and immorality by way of quantum physics, but I still . . . follow. My confusion hasn't detracted at all from being able to enjoy the narrations. Not a word of it is able to peep through understanding but Regulus' thoughts, emotions, actions-- I get that he gets it, and somehow that's all right. Considering I get aggravated with reading if something as simple and common as point of view is unclear, that means a lot more than it sounds like.
While on the subject of clarity, and if only for the fact that after 50,000 words it might be the only thing I can say I disliked, the end of Principals of Opposition was slightly unclear. The exchanges were so fast and so . . . filled with unspoken sentiments that were likely clear to people who understand what the blazing hell they were talking about that I couldn't keep up with a word of it. Dumbledore's intentions weren't clear; the meeting wasn't clear. Regulus went to him to find out why he was helping him uncover how he hid the Order, but without much spoken to that, they just discussed the possibility of immorality. Why? I can understand why two people who are obviously bleeping ingenious would want to chatter about the possibilities, but it just felt like they had strayed; from the point and from the scene. Why would Regulus be so willing to storm into one of the most dangerous places and give up on what he came for, simply because Dumbledore confused him? And I don't see Dumbledore's motive either. And I know that this has gone from feedback to whining, and I'm sorry, but I got lost.
Stepping away from the whining, this has got to be one of the best stories I've read, online or otherwise. The character development is superb, in both Regulus and Sirius, and the others. The difference in relationship -- between Regulus and Sirius -- is so drastic from the first chapter to the latest, and yet it doesn't feel . . . contrived. Every moment that passed, every incident that parted them, they hold just as much weight now as they did then, and (other than aforementioned circumstances) I haven't questioned a single thing. The concept of siblings being enemies always feel so materialistic. I resent my sister for numerous things and am honestly just severely annoyed with her, but I still love her. There's enmity there, but it's not real. It's just what happens between siblings. To portray such a strong enmity between the brothers, to make it go past the materialism of 90% of the world's sibling rivalries, in both rl and literature, is just absolutely fascinating and brilliantly done. And I'm not even counting the obvious here (the war, their different sides).
I'm sure you've heard it at least a hundred times now, but Regulus' character is just . . . more than a character, less than a man. Realistic, yes, but I don't think there's been one seen in which I've viewed him as whole, and I don't even know if I'm talking character-wise or human-wise. There's just something missing about him, something that's not there, that can't be seen or touched or explained, and I want to know what it is. Every trial he's gone through so far is worrying at his sustenance and although you've clearly portrayed him as a strong, vigilant person, it just feels like whatever this X factor is, it's slipping. And that makes absolutely no sense, but that's how I see him, and I can't find another way to tell you how much I love his character, so there you are.
I love you for the scene at the Ministry. (True love, yo.) So many fics portray the actions of the Ministry as fair and kind, and that the Aurors gave the benefit of the doubt and didn't harm a hair on the Death Eaters heads, and just . . . nononono. I will say that it might not have been at the extreme you've shown it, but your picture of the Ministry is far more believable than the one above. For Moody to so offhandedly order to kill school-aged children was slightly shocking, and horribly believable in that "yay, it's realistic, but boo, I can't believe he's just gonna' off them" way.
Rambleramblerambleramble. Honestly, Maddy, I'm trying not to squee, but this story is so wonderful and capturing and engrossing and interesting and thirty-five more synonyms that it's hard to find something to say that doesn't pale in comparison to the story. I can't wait until the next chapter. And update your signature! It was only by sheer luck that I thought to browse the most recent stories and you couldn't even imagine how high out of my chair I jumped when I saw a new chapter for this was up. =D
this is one of the best regulus based stories i've ever read. i happen to find him really fascinating. definitely keep writing. you capture his personality and conflict very well.
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm really flattered by your comments. :) I think Regulus is one of the most fascinating and complex characters in the books, and I'm so glad you're enjoying my story about him. Thanks again and I hope you like the rest!
I really love this chapter. I really like when he tortured the Prewett guy, but not in the way that I like people being tortured. It was just very well written. I really love where this story is going. The characters are amazing in this. I really love Regulus in it. The this between Sirius and Reg was great. I love it when they are against each other. I really can't wait to read what happens next.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! Lol, I get what you're saying about the torture scene. Yes, the Regulus/Sirius dynamic was one of my favorite things to write in this story, becuase it's really interesting that the same household could have produced two drastically different brothers. Thanks again for the review, and I'll try to post the next chapter soon! :D