SIYE Time:7:52 on 26th May 2019

Reviews For Fires of Time

Reviewer: TomBombadil Signed Date: 2018.04.15 - 12:17AM Title: Lurches


Excellent! Simply excellent!

Author's Response: Yes, this was a fun chapter to write, and I think it came out as one of the 2-3 best in the story. Thank you very much for the review!

Reviewer: CoffeeGuy Signed Date: 2018.01.31 - 09:50PM Title: Lurches


Great action scene in the ruins. And a bit of romance, too! Couple that with the mystery of the same Death Eater being injured in the same way in two different universes (?) and you've got a genre trifecta, right? Crazy stuff!

Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed The Herculaneum diversion -- the kids got a couple of breaks there, even if they're not much further to solving the caper. In a normal story, I would have reserved such intensity for a Harry/Ginny scene but, well, they are not experiencing normal challenges in this story. Anyway, thank you for the latest review!

Reviewer: RighT3rantZ Signed Date: 2017.12.21 - 06:37PM Title: Lurches


Ahh, new material outside the realm of a preview provides fresh questions. I imagine most of them must be left unanswered...Really.

Action indeed has transpired. Action that has somehow crossed timelines? Then again we have an individual who appears (seemingly) in all of them. One of these is a surprise, the telling at this point. What are the ramifications of a timeline cross though....If one character does it, does it mean the fires have already been set in motion for all of the parallels?

Gemina wandered into Ginny's fateful moment. Does some part of Gem reside within the frozen flame with Gin? This seems key.

Half moon Dunbarton(?) may be checking up upon Hettie and Rob.

The structure of the Order of Letum apparently survives the wanton destruction of Vesuvius. I had to remind myself that Cadmus most likely set the stone IN the ring with the symbol. The gift was without a setting.

Glad to see Hettie and Rob's romance progressing. Hettie's raw power to rUin a perfectly good arm sparked some chemistry.

Annisgwyl...I do hope we see a reuniting with Ffodion soon. I am interested to see your characterization of the youngest, and wisest, of the three brothers. If he has already been gifted his Hallow, he could be anywhere.

This has turned into quite a page turner.

Enjoy your holidays, my friend.

Author's Response:

Ah, I actually *can* answer some of your noteworthy points!

First of all, yes, the action did cross timelines! In particular, as I hinted earlier to MollyandArthur, Greyback is Portkeyed immediately from his Italian wounding (courtesy of Hettie in December 1997) to the Forbidden Forest (within sight of Hermione in May 1998). More on that confusion in Chapter 9. And who is the old gent mucking about in the ruins? Mightn't Dunbar have stopped by for a chat? Could it be someone else? Of course, Dumbledore is dead. Or is he? Kind of depends on your perspective...

I can answer more definitively on the question of the Order house -- yes, like much of Herculaneum, it is preserved archaelogically in a most deadly effective manner.

Also, yes, Cadmus himself received only the stone. Perhaps Pottermore now offers a revised opinion on when it came to be mounted on the ring, but the old canonical statement I recall was that this occurred well down into the Gaunt lineage.

Annisgwyl and Ffodion do indeed have a reunion to look forward to... but it may yet take a while.

Does some part of Gemina occupy the same flame as Ginny? Is it the same sunsetting rainbow that colours your evening as graces the small child on the beach in Montego Bay? Is it the same flickering rays of Cygnus that shall light my Winter Solstice tonight as decorate yours? Are any of these questions the least bit relevant?

The answer, they say, is blowin' in the wind...

Reviewer: MollyandArthur Signed Date: 2017.12.21 - 06:14AM Title: Lurches


Wow! Love the ending! I was quietly cheering about Rob and Hettie kissing. Now to realize their combined efforts against the mysterious attacker resulted in Greyback being seriously injured is distinctly satisfying. Annisgwyl endures as the greatest unknown for me in your story. The other characters and their actions are starting to logically connect for me, but not her. I suppose I'm still missing some clue :) Looking forward to your next chapter!

Author's Response:

Thank you! A little bit of spice to add the the cider, perhaps :)

In any case, it is from this point forward when patience begins to be rewarded, in that things are lively, with more of an action drama feel than the moody swirls that pervaded through the first seven chapters.

I will indeed assure you that Annisgwyl is critical to the plot, and her primary role is set... however I will admit that there are still some secondary aspects of her story that are still a bit in flux. As it stands, she is vital to the journey that the story must take, however her own personal journey is rather distinct.


So, while I know what you mean by 'logically' (especially since the plot connections are indeed coming together), the word choice is a little bit ironic because I'm sure that you (and others) have noticed that... 'impossible' (or at least 'illogical') things have started to happen. Greyback, for example, has just experienced a rather quirky sequence of events (times, places, characters, circumstances, etc.).

All I can say, is that there will come a time when things get much wackier :)

Thank you again for a wonderful review, and I wish you joys and comfort this holiday season!

Reviewer: Aurorofthelight Signed Date: 2017.12.19 - 10:00PM Title: Lurches


Seeing a new chapter in this story is like finding an early Christmas present from Santa under your tree! Good to see Hermoine is still smart even when she's going by the name Hettie! Strange, I thought we had already been on wild raucous ride in this story?! I'm just wondering which Harry and Ginny she was referring to! It's somehow comforting to know that Rob is as clueless as Ron when it comes to Hettie/Hermoine! Nice touch working one of the Hallows into this kaleidoscope of a story! While reading this chapter, I couldn't help but think I was in a scene from Disney's movie, "Fantasia" - on steroids! (JKR note: the pea-brained dolt in her story was Vincent Crabbe - or was the pea-brain Steve Kloves?) You certainly were true to your word about *action* but I almost got a case of whiplash from the sudden stop! There is certainly no mistaking Voldemort - not even next to Snidely Whiplash! HMMMM, wonder if Greyback recently left an arm in some Italian ruins?! Well, don't worry about being late with next week's chapter! I have traveled many a time during the Christmas holiday and believe me, it isn't much fun until your reach your destination! So, I raise my glass of egg nog with Bacardi Superior Rum to you and wish you a blessed Happy Christmas! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Author's Response:

A Christmas present? Sincere flattery, indeed!

Aye, Hettie is a clever one! Different smarts than Granger, and a Muggle life in the southern hemisphere seems to have given her a much higher EQ. But the question on her mind (and perhaps yours) is magic. Can she do it? Apparently so, but the next question might be, can she control it? More on that later.

Fantasia? More flattery! Always loved the imagery in that one. On a less musical note (ironically), my son's school orchestra had a holiday party at which they (oddly enough) watched Coraline, based on Neil Gaiman's book. Lot's of interesting imagery there too.

Thank you for the fact-catch! Yes, I did swap Crabbe back in for Goyle to stick a little closer to canon. I suppose they coulld be somewhat interchangeable in an AU, though perhaps Goyle's miniscule trollish cognition might not have been able to carry off Fiend Fyre.

Finally, thank you for the vote of flexibility! I definitely hope to be able to keep the story rolling on roughly a chapter per week basis through until the end, though things have been so busy of late that I still have a few chapters still to produce rough drafts for. Maybe I'll be able to get some good writing done between Christmas and New Year's.

Anyway, happy holidays, Cosmo!

Reviewer: Gin110881 Signed Date: 2017.12.19 - 01:37PM Title: Lurches


In some scenes, Rob reminds me of this chap in the job interview, who told us he was an expert in the field and then gave as detailed answers as Rob in this chapter. Well, let's give Rob the credit that he never claimed to be an expert, and that he has the better gut feeling. However, it's a bad habit that the two of them repeatedly failed to notice a suspicious figure at the end of their scene.

Wow, "Who actually is the man Gemina tried to rescue?"...I'm pondering that question for quite a while now, if I remember well, ever since Splinters. The number of men who remain unrecognized has increased significantly lately. How many different men are there? I guess there are less than it seems, spread over the different times. And finally, it seems we know the identity of at least one of them...

I wonder if the diadem Horcrux has something to do with Ginny's disappearance, but I doubt it when even Tom himself can't explain the frozen fire...or is it just the frozen part he can't explain, and he knows what the fires are, hmmm.

Will Gemina, through Annisgwyl, uncover the secrets of the fires in this Roman Death Eater house...and possibly trigger the volcanic eruption?

Only the Keeper of Secrets knows ... some also call him author.

Thank you so much for another intriguing chapter.

Author's Response:

Well! Let me go straight to the most interesting question that I will not answer: "or is it just the frozen part he can't explain, and he knows what the fires are"?

Definitely a question of calibre adequate to sustain my 'Keeper of Secrets' reputation!

Yes, when it comes to a plot as incredibly convoluted as this one, Rob is a bit of out of his league, and Hettie is missing details. For that matter, Annisgwyl has also missed clues. And Hermione has acted upon one faulty instinct, inadvertently leading Harry to second guess his own better instinct...

Starting to sense a pattern here?

Questions upon questions upon questions! Where have all the answers gone? And when shall they return?

Thank you most kindly for the review, Martin!

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