Iíd just like to point out to all those reviewers who are up in arms over the long time between updates: For some reason, the date in the summary of this story regarding the latest update is incorrect. According to the e-mail notification for chapter 38, this story was actually updated in November of 2007. If you look at the date of the first review of chapter 38, you will see that the date is November 5, 2007. Thatís less than 3 months ago :)
Sparx: Wonderful story, I look forward to the next chapter!
Excellent story so far! You've certainly got me hooked; I look forward to the next update!
Author's Response: Ahhhhh, I love reeling in new readers/reviewers. Look for a new chappie shortly, I try to update once a week if I can!
Tonks' world has fallen into shadow. Voldemort has returned, the Order of the Phoenix has risen, and Sirius is slowly drowning in memories and Firewhisky. Tonks needs more than determination to fight the darkness. She needs Remus.
I have been reading your stories about Lupin and Tonks over the past few days, and I can no longer resist leaving a lengthy review to tell you how much I have enjoyed them.
First of all, your plots are entertaining and engaging. Itís been a long time since Iíve stayed up late so that I can keep reading a fanfiction (heck, itís been a long time Ė DH being the exception Ė since Iíve stayed up late to read anything!) I like that you have Lupin and Tonks meeting before the events of OotP, and youíve done a great job of setting up their relationship.
Your development of canon characters is excellent and very realistic and believable. I quite enjoyed Hestiaís character especially, and love how the relationship between her and Tonks has changed. I really love the way you work with the canon characters and the way they interact with each other; I especially love reading the interactions between Tonks and Scrimgeour/Kingsley/Arthur/Ginny.
The development of your original characters is also superb. I very rarely find myself becoming attached to original characters, and often skip over the parts of stories that are contain a lot of them. Yours, however, are more than just bearable Ė they are endearing. I find myself looking forward to their exploits almost as much as I look forward to reading about the cannon characters, especially when it comes to Julia, Tom, Jerry, Morty and Evan (the first four because theyíre just awesome, and Evan because I love trying to guess what heís going to do next).
In addition to everything else, I enjoy the way you work mentions of literature and music into your stories. They often have me laughing out loud. The names of Stern and Crantz, in particular, make me smile every time.
To comment on this story specifically, I think that you handled the death of Sirius very well. Tonksís dream after his death was quite heart wrenching. I also particularly enjoyed reading about Scrimgeourís plots to become the next Minister.
To wrap it all up, this story (as well as the ones before it) is beautifully developed and beautifully written. Keep it up! Iím off to read the rest of your work ;)
Author's Response: I\'d print out your review and make family and friends read it, except they\'re philistines not interested in Harry Potter, so they wouldn\'t \'get\' how awesome it is!