|Reviews for Penumbrae|
| NightlyDreamer chapter 54 . 4/14/2013
That is all I have to say for this Chapter. Just wow. So the darkness really did take over Lucan. :( I miss his old self.
Ethel. The witch! All she wants is power. Poor Vincent. I feel sorry for him.
| illusionae chapter 54 . 4/14/2013
I can't believe they have to play some deadly game in a maze with Lucan now. Ethel is an insane villain and I really want to know why she wants to kill everyone, even her own brother and sister. She must have a reason?
I'm really glad that Jenna decided to come with Eidan because it just goes to show that she still does care for him deep down. Now I just hope that neither of them die in this game...
| Vernelley chapter 54 . 4/13/2013
Haha so I only write reviews slightly more often than I update so yeah, might've lost a bit of my reviewing touch but we'll see how this goes.
Hurr I guess most people are still hating on Lucan by this point. I kind of mostly agree with everything he says to Jenna though /shot and trampled by pro-Jenna party/ because it's more or less true, though he's twisted parts here and there. I still miss the old Lucan though, poor baby ;_; I kind of just want him to like break from Ethel's control and be back to normal and be happy somehow and maybe not die but that might be asking too much. Well if he does die it would be enough for him to at least not be possessed and be happy but I don't know Q_Q
Although yeah I do like how possessed Lucan doesn't really even flinch at being shot because that's how psychopaths roll and that's something I like in an antagonistic role sometimes, heh. (I still want to draw psycho Lucan but don't have time to draw anymore U_U)
I guess I am sympathising with Jenna *slightly* more now because of Mana's insight in the situation, especially with her comments about Jenna's reaction to Vincent's birth. I suppose it's just having that other perspective on the whole situation that makes it easier to sympathise with Jenna; she does still seem to care for Eidan on a lower level of consciousness, but mostly she's trying to convince herself she doesn't need him anymore. So I think it was probably the extent of her stubbornness that I found irritating for the last few chapters.
Even though Lucan wasn't exactly himself when he did it, I can still understand Caelum's reaction to seeing him. I mean, not only would it be a typical reflexive action of someone who's vengeful, but it's something that's very suited to Caelum's character and personality (I visualised a rugby tackle kind of thing /cough).
Baww the Eidan/Jenna moment ;_; I don't think they're fully reconciled yet, but it really feels like they're slowly getting there. And ahaha Zeph's "You better come back coz I ain't looking after your kid" :')
Welcome to the Psycho Games o_O I'm fairly sure by this point everyone is aware Ethel is a psychopath (I seem to be overusing this word in this review, my bad) but what still intrigues me is what exactly she has to gain from all the chaos and manipulation.
Spotted a few things here and there I thought might be worth mentioning (though I had lunch in the middle of reviewing so I've probably left a few out).
[She knew Lucan had changed drastically – but why?]
["It seems that having that bastard child of yours has changed you drastically."]
-These sentences are pretty close together so it feels a bit repetitive reading 'drastically' twice.
["Oh no you don't," Mana scowled at him.]
-More of a punctuation thing and it's actually very minor, but since scowling or frowning is not strictly a verbal action, I would either add a verbal action and 'with a scowl' (or words to that effect) or else swap the comma for a full stop. (Actually I'm fairly sure you can keep the comma and change the full stop but that would involve changing the next part of the dialogue as well and ugh...)
[To Jenna's horror, Lucan appeared from the shadows, covered head to toe in blood.]
[Lucan, who was hunched over, with blood dripping from his arms, his hair, his legs. He was soaked entirely in blood.]
-Just felt that it was a little bit redundant in the second part; I guess if there's blood dripping from everywhere there's no real need to state he's soaked entirely in blood.
[when it is death you are against with?]
-Just the last part doesn't make much sense since you have a double preposition there and so it rather hampers the effect you're trying to create. I personally think the 'with' is unnecessary.
The other thing I noticed wasn't really erroneous, but I felt that there was a lot of telling rather than showing, which is probably a result of long breaks between updates (trust me, I know) because it just read a bit differently to other chapters. I won't point everything out because I can't spot them all either, plus I don't want this to turn into another one of my epically long reviews (which I imagine it's in the process of becoming) so I'll just use one example.
[Through the midst of it, she heard the shattering of metal and the sound of Grace gasping.]
[She was standing now, the chains around her foot having been magically shattered.]
-The first part is fine because Jenna may not have been looking in the direction and wouldn't have seen what shattered. In the second part, the thing about the chains being magically shattered is very 'tell' to me; since you used sensory descriptions in the first part (hearing), you could keep running with that and use a visual description, eg. fragments of the chains lying at her feet or whatever.
Sorry about the length, I don't know how to cut words when reviewing XD
Anyway, things are sort of getting into this Final Battle kind of vibe and the story's pretty close to the end, so I'm interested to see how everything plays out until that point.
| thenutrunningthenuthouse chapter 54 . 4/13/2013
Well look who's back! And with such a great chapter too...or, well, lead up chapter. Is this the last climax of the story? I know it's this uber long fantasy with 4252432 parts, but is this it? It feels like the stakes are higher somehow, and I'm crazed to find out what finally happens in the end. I mean, I've been reading this story for at least a year or so. It's good be so weird to see it end...
Your first scene...I liked how you utilized Lucan's words to really get the point across. It felt different than other interactions Jenna and evil Lucan have had, and it sort of helped shift the story into this "this is it" tone - it's all so cool. And, hah, ouch, Lucan, talk about a burn with that bastard child comment. No wonder Jenna finally grew the balls to shoot him! The little inner battle with Jenna about what Lucan has become was a nice touch between the dialogue as well.
Then, that second scene. I think my favorite part was hearing that little bit from Mana about how Jenna was crying when Vincent was born. it'd be quite interesting if we could see more Jenna with baby/Jenna pregnant scenes - the emotions she felt during that time feel so strong and I can imagine you can bring out some crazy intense emotions with your hundreds of readers. (How do you have so many reviewers? jeez!)
Then, ooh boy, this maze sounds so intense! It's like that arena in the Earth Kingdom, but so much worse! I can't wait! Gah, you have to update! This story is so amazing: it's truly the first high fantasy I've really ever read and it will probably always remain my favorite. You are an excellent writer and I hope you try to publish this one day.
| Cee chapter 2 . 4/13/2013
I've only read a couple of chapters so far and now I'm so excited to read the rest. I can tell from your reviews that this is a really good story so I can't wait to read this! So far I think Jenna and Eidan are so cute and I hope that they eventually get together because they obviously like each other!
| Guest chapter 54 . 4/13/2013
YES! PLEASE GO BACK TO FREQUENTLY UPDATING AGAIN!
| levisama chapter 54 . 4/13/2013
YOU UPDATED. I was so glad once I checked my email and saw an alert message from this story! This chapter was definitely worth the wait and I love the idea that they're in a maze running away from Lucan now! I'm getting worried now though because I have a feeling that Lucan and Grace will die soon... And what happened to Caelum? Did Lucan kill him? I hope not. It's just all getting tense because Ethel looks really powerful AND she's completely insane. I don't like the possibility of everyone dying and Ethel winning in the end. The way this story is going and what the italics are saying, it looks possible that death is the only way.
| MileyRowling chapter 54 . 4/13/2013
| Jess chapter 53 . 4/13/2013
PLEASE UPDATE THIS. I started reading this yesterday and I am so addicted! You have an amazing story that is so detailed and I love all the characters. I am really sad that I've caught up and this chapter ended in such a cliffhanger, so I am hoping that this story is updated soon! PLEASE.
| Blissful Serindipity chapter 53 . 3/14/2013
Wow. I realize that this story is almost over, which makes me upset.
I miss Jenna and Eidan being best friends! But Jenna had to grow up sometime. This did it, lol.
Is Vincent going to be the main character, or one of them, in the sequel? :)
| Debs chapter 1 . 2/26/2013
I've only read a few chapters but I can see you are a very good writer with a strong grip on the fantasy world you create. The characters are also slowly revealing themselves while a hint of mysteries to come is being given. Since this is an original story, I am earnestly telling you that you should, in fact you must approach as many publishers you can to get yourself published.
| DutchAver chapter 53 . 2/26/2013
You surely are a heartbreaker. This chapter was unbelievably sad ;_; I'm all for romances like Jenna and Eidan's, but... they technically broke up again. And the worst thing is that it's not because of what Eidan has done to Jenna, but simply because she feels that they don't belong together. Absolutely heartbreaking.
Some positive things: I really liked how you described Jenna in this chapter as someone who became a mother too soon. She's still nothing but a kid at some times and not even close to finishing growing up herself, but later in the chapter, she does act like a proper mother. I like how you describe two completely different aspects of her but still keep her in character. She's grown up, but she hasn't grown up so much that it isn't unrealistic. I'm impressed!
Your cliffhanger is terrible and I have to read on. And also because I can't believe that they'll split up. I just refuse to. They HAVE to get back together in some way. I don't care how.
| Person chapter 53 . 2/7/2013
I just found this story a few days ago and I couldn't stop reading it every chance I got. I think it's actually amazing, though I feel like too many different things happened or are happening and it just gets confusing. I'm also not really liking Jenna. She's really confusing and she needs to get her priorities straight! I feel like before she was definitely too attached and dependant but her trying being independant isn't really working for her. I'm not sure if you meant it to be that way and if so, then great job, and it's perfectly understandable that a character like her exists in a story like this. It's hard to explain. Basically what I'm trying to say is that I despise Jenna's character but I understand why she's in the story.
Anyway, I still love you story and please try to update asap!
| Jane chapter 53 . 2/4/2013
Can't really blame Jenna for acting that way. SHE GOT RAPED! SHE WAS VIOLATED! Rape is a big deal, not something that you can be flippant about and just move on like it was nothing. Even though he wasn't himself when he did it, it was still his body that violated her in the worst way. And yes she's traumatised and she's not using it as an excuse. She might never get past what happened and you know what that's not her fault and it certainly doesn't make her selfish. It's not something you just get over because they used to be best friends or that he can't help his origins or because they share a child.
| illusionae chapter 53 . 2/3/2013
You have no idea how happy I was to see an update for this story since it's been a while. But after reading this chapter I'm not sure if I'm happy anymore! The part with Eidan and Jenna in the ballroom was just so sad and heartbreaking. I understand what Jenna has gone through has really affected her but I do wish that she wouldn't push away Eidan so much. He's really trying to get her back but she's too scared and she just says mean things and argh it's all so sad! I wish they would just end up together and Vincent will have a dad and they'll be a family!
I'm glad Lucan is back though. Really excited to read the next chapter because I'm guessing that it should be action packed if Lucan is involved.