Date posted: 6/6/2005 7:56:52 PM
I read this on the boards and was simply amazed by it then. It shines just as brightly upon a second reading.
Date posted: 6/6/2005 8:54:56 PM
Finally here. Wonderful what-if, I must say.
Date posted: 6/6/2005 9:35:33 PM
Author checking in. :D I wanted to say thank you to my lovely betas, Gabri_Jade and LianaMara. Gabri especially - this story would not have been written without your constant encouragement (and harrassment).
Just a little author's note - I wrote this well before the release of Ep. III, and since I went spoiler-free, anything that doesn't quite fit with what we now know ... well, that's why. Otherwise, I know it's very AU, but it's fun twisting the SW universe in on itself. ;)
I hope you enjoy reading! :D
VaderLVR and Ish - thank you!
Date posted: 6/6/2005 10:29:44 PM
Congratulations on getting this archived, oba! From the first scene you showed me way back when, I knew this would be one of the best fanfics I'd ever see. I was right; it's as near perfection as any fanfic I've ever read, and easily as good as many professionally published stories. The alternate reality you've built is believable and compelling, the plot beautifully twisted and intricate, and the characterization never falters - no mean feat with a story as AU as this. Thanks for the ride, dearest. I wouldn't trade it for anything - even if you did torment me along the way. :p
Date posted: 6/7/2005 7:54:02 AM
WOW!!!! I spend a lot of time reading fan fiction, and I've read many (though I havent actually written any) but I'd have to say...this is one of the best!!!I loved it, you are really in author rising!!!
Author: River Hobbit 216
Date posted: 6/19/2005 2:47:31 AM
River Hobbit 216's Comments:
Hey! Great stroy. Loved it the first time I read it on fanfiction.com
Keep up the good work
Date posted: 6/21/2005 12:16:04 PM
WOW! WOW! One of the best I've ever read! WOW!
Date posted: 6/21/2005 6:30:23 PM
wow...that was beautiful. I loved it, it didn't even seem to take so long to read. The quotes from the Annals made it even more interesting
You should go professional =D
Date posted: 6/23/2005 2:18:25 PM
Wow. Wow. And did I mention: Wow?
I normally avoid radical AU fanfic - especially epic/novel length ones, but this... this was very, very well done. The controlled writing - balancing gracefully on that tightrope between soap-opera and documentary - just beautiful.
The philosophical discussions on the Force's Light and Dark sides also rang very true - in fact, this fic almost seems borne of a deeply personal philosophy very closely related to the Force's. Amazing work!
(Title could have used a little tweaking though - shades of Britney Spears' "Drive Me Crazy" come to mind.)
Date posted: 6/24/2005 8:45:05 PM
Please tell me that that this story is going to continue, this is really good.
Date posted: 6/25/2005 12:35:27 AM
Love this story.
Date posted: 6/27/2005 4:30:16 PM
This was a brilliant story with some lovely detail (the excerpts) and universe weaving (the AU elements) that made the foundation story all the more fun! I literally could not put this story down. Thank you for sharing this! I would buy the book!
Date posted: 6/29/2005 7:46:33 AM
I've been reading the fanfics on this site for ages but this is the first one I've ever commented on.
I joined up specially to say how much I loved this story. It's so much better than any of the books I've read that it's not funny. You have somehow recreated the believabilty I felt from the original Star Wars trilogy. Something I personally felt the new movies and many of the books have lacked. I literally couldn't stop reading it (which was unfortunate since I had school today and I didn't start till about 11 last night).
Thank you for the best 4 hours reading I've experienced in a long time.
P.S. Please write a sequel. A new take on the struggle with the Yuuzhan Vong would be really refreshing.
Author: Dark Empress
Date posted: 6/30/2005 1:50:16 AM
Dark Empress's Comments:
Very practical fanfiction. Based on one of our favorite couple. I like the new twist of draging in political views. I must say, it's not what I expected. Very unique, and challenging. Well done.
Date posted: 7/13/2005 9:52:22 PM
without a shawdow of a doubt this is probably the best AU fanfic I have ever read! the interaction between Luke and Mara was superb. Their intamate moments very heart felt... Luke's pain at the loss of his father felt real as I read it.. you captured the emotions very well and had me right from the first word
excellent job I gave you a 10. I wished it could have been a 12
Author: Darth Angel
Date posted: 7/17/2005 1:29:25 AM
Darth Angel's Comments:
very nicely done.i like the way you capture her sense of humor although a bit lenghty but in the y end well worth the read.
Author: Daughter of the Force
Date posted: 8/8/2005 1:07:20 AM
Daughter of the Force's Comments:
Wow! I this has been one of the best reads I've had on this site. I love how you switched places on Mara and Luke. Awesome job!
Date posted: 8/11/2005 5:23:09 PM
I don't know what to say, Oba, but this is probably one of my favorite Star Wars fics of all time.
Even fanfic aside, this is such an excellent work of writing -- you deserve a big pat on the back.
I already posted in your thread why I loved this story so much -- the character development, the dynamic, the premise, your ability to write about things so human (love, trust, fear) -- but I just wanted to tell you again thank you for all the effort and energy you put into DYM: you have a very happy audience.
Date posted: 9/8/2005 3:20:20 PM
Amazing job, both in the writing style and the basic concept. I've never read anything this far AU, but you describe this new version of the galaxy so well that it seems as realistic as the original. Congratulations, again, on a job amazingly well done.
Date posted: 9/10/2005 8:13:23 PM
this was by far one of the best i've read about luke and mara. there absolutrly has to be more stories like this. i loved it. write more please!
Author: Anin Carif
Date posted: 10/4/2005 6:09:13 PM
Anin Carif's Comments:
Wow, this is the best fanfic I have ever read. I was initially scared by the length, but from the first few lines, I was hooked. You should really try writing professionally.
Date posted: 10/24/2005 1:24:45 AM
This fic was wonderful! Very well written as well.
Date posted: 11/7/2005 1:19:34 PM
Awesome Fic! I read it often and am wondering if a sequel is in the making?!!! Kepp up the good work :D
Date posted: 11/10/2005 4:24:56 PM
Absolutely wonderful and intense story... Great work
Date posted: 11/21/2005 5:47:52 PM
best one on this site ive read so far.
Author: Darth Mamon
Date posted: 1/29/2006 3:41:19 PM
Darth Mamon's Comments:
Excellent, Can't waint for the next one in the series.
Date posted: 5/29/2006 11:43:42 AM
Awesome story - I read it twice so far and was just as good each time - keep up the writing, can't wait to read more from you!
Author: Lady Padme
Date posted: 7/11/2006 10:45:39 PM
Lady Padme's Comments:
* hugs oba *
Firstly, thanks to Gabri_Jade for recommending this fic to me. I was doing some research for that romance workshop and needed some good fics and passages and Gabri told me about this. I printed out the story and basically spent most of my free time today reading it.
Oba, lovely, lovely story. I really enjoyed how you created this AU world and yet made it still dovetail so nicely with canon. Very nicely done.
And then the romance... * excuse me while I shake down the last of the shivers * So subtle and gentle and yet so powerful at the same time. I thought it to be a beautiful dance between the two of them and loved how you brought their romance to fruition.
And the little twist at the end was great!
* Thanks for a great read, dearest! *
Date posted: 8/16/2006 1:06:24 PM
Spent waaaaay to long reading this, but worth every minute of the hour.
Definetly ranks with my alltime favourate Fanfics, even if I dont like the idea of Luke as a Sith
Date posted: 8/18/2006 3:44:30 PM
Incredible! At the risk of sounding like a parrot, I must echo the sentiments of the many comments before me: An excellent story told in an excellent way. I've never really gotten into AU, but the way you dove right in, and gradually built up the universe, carefully blending your AU elements with those of canon, created a lovely, believable story that I almost feel should have happened. Wow!
This material is definitely professional caliber. (In fact, much "professional" fiction isn't this well done.)
Just as an aside, this is the first fanfic on this site that I have commented on. That's how powerful this fic is.
Thank you, and I look forward to hunting down other works of yours, Obaona.
Date posted: 10/26/2006 6:38:27 PM
I am in awe of the AU story you have told. My compliments.
That said, I would love to see you go back and hack at it a bit. Eliminate quite a bit of repetition in the late early to middle part. Not the ones necessary to bring the reader back to previous events. Just eliminate the redundant. That will tighten up your story big time. The result will truly be awesome story!
Thank you so much for sharing this story with all of us!
Date posted: 2/28/2007 10:43:29 PM
wow...if it wasnt AU i would say try to have it published!!! this story has but one word that fully describes it....its a "masterpiece" gosh that is what they call FREAKIN AWSOME!!!!! such intrique, such substance....dude you should start writing professionally!!!!
Date posted: 4/26/2007 11:05:54 PM
Oooh, I liked this. It's my favorite on the site right now.
Author: Beatrice Otter
Date posted: 5/31/2007 12:44:12 PM
Beatrice Otter's Comments:
I love this fic. Are there any plans for a sequel? There is so much stuff that could be shown, I'd love to see it.
Date posted: 6/15/2007 5:41:34 PM
I love it! I've read it three times already and want to read it again -I think it is on my top five list for this website! I think you captured the struggles that faced them. And I really loved the words you had before each chapter.
Author: Lady Skywalker
Date posted: 12/27/2007 4:26:56 PM
Lady Skywalker's Comments:
This is one of my favorites! I think you should write a second one, telling about how Emperor Skywalker deals with the Yuuzhan Vong (I hoped I spelled that right). Then again, I want all of my favorite fan fics to have sequals.....
Author: Jedi totallyNsane
Date posted: 2/22/2010 10:31:26 PM
Jedi totallyNsane's Comments:
Amazing. Took a really long time to read but so worth it. Everyone is captured perfectly. I love it.
Author: sutzina zion
Date posted: 1/5/2011 10:39:03 PM
sutzina zion's Comments:
This was absolutely beautiful. I loved the deliberate, carefully constructed romance between Luke & Mara. I have to admit, I had no idea what his plan was until the end. But I like it!!
Date posted: 7/10/2012 9:14:00 PM
YOU'VE GOT TO CONTINUE THIS STORY! You should also think about going professional.
Author: Xandaxes the Conramancer
Date posted: 7/27/2013 8:45:24 PM
Xandaxes the Conramancer's Comments:
This is an awesome story, and I'm glad my sister insisted I read it. Koalas approve! (that's four thumbs up!)