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Princes of Dol Amroth
February, 25 2006
Questions about the life and times of Imrahil and his family can be asked here, including questions about Ultimatums, Kin-Strife and the shorter stories. Discussions about Brand can go either here or in the Best-Loved Son thread, since his stories sort of overlap both cycles.
But sometimes even the big stuff slips away or gets changed, due to the machinations of evil characters. Elrohir was never supposed to sleep with Heth, and Imrahil was never supposed to propose to her at the time in which he did. Both gentlemen insisted on stomping all over my plot line.
What a coincidence, I'm a sucker for bad boys -- if they periodically put themselves in the driver's seat, it's no wonder I'm hooked on your stories, Isabeau!
I really, really like your style. Altariel's also has the ease and flow that allows me to get immersed in that world without being conscioius of the the author's hand. I understand that of course you must have some notion of what's going to happen, or else it would be impossible to write! But I have yet to encounter from you a chapter where I think, "oh I know where this is going, and the only reason it's happening at all is so that 'X' can happen." I'm never entirely sure what's going to happen in the installations of your stories, which is good of course, but moreover I always find it to be completely natural and uncontrived, which is so important too!
And that's why I come here on a daily basis with questions -- your world and characters are psychologically realistic and invite further thought. We're lucky you're gracious about fielding our questions!
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