Date posted: 4/9/2002 7:19:56 AM
I first read this FanFic on the Vaders Mask website, and I'm happy to see it finally archived! I like the emotion throughout the story, and it's interesting to see that most of it is anger. It made me think about what would have happened if Vader had tried to turn Leia instead of Luke...Maybe I'll write that next lol :).
Date posted: 4/10/2002 3:11:37 AM
Great addon to the Star Wars Galaxy. This story adds much more life to Vader then anything I have experienced before.
Date posted: 4/12/2002 1:41:00 PM
Absolutely shattering. It gets far deeper into Anakin/Vader's head than any official work I've read. I've already been thinking that I won't be able to make it through Ep. II and Ep. III without bawling my eyes out, and reading this pretty much proved it. Star Wars has spoken to me not as a story about battles, but as a story about broken hearts. No two hearts in all of Star Wars are more broken than Anakin's and Padme's.
Date posted: 4/12/2002 9:01:38 PM
There are not enough words to describe the feeling this piece brought me. It was like heartfelt softness in the middle of lunacy. You're quickly become one of my favourite writers...Force, I think you already are. I look forward to seeing more of your work, at a latter time.
Author: Darth Pipes
Date posted: 4/14/2002 9:05:49 PM
Darth Pipes's Comments:
This may be the finest piece of Star Wars fan fiction around. It shows just how truly great on-line writing can be. This is a very compelling concept and it's executed wonderfully.
My hat's off to the master, Fern Withy. :)
Author: Y-Wing Ace
Date posted: 4/29/2002 6:20:43 AM
Y-Wing Ace's Comments:
This is a great story. This could be why Vader was so reluctant to kill Leia in ANH.
Author: Mcily Nochi
Date posted: 5/1/2002 1:59:49 AM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:
Only the very best of stories can be both as black as midnight and as light as noon, with angst and humor and most of all, very real characters.
This is spectacular, FernWithy. Absolutely spectacular. The development of the characters of both Leia and Vader is so wonderful, and adds to the films so much. That is the true goal of such an excellent story-- matching the films in all their glory and adding to them to make them greater.
Phenomenal. Astounding. Riveting. Profound. But I'll stop while I'm ahead and say no more, just go off and cry away the overwhelming emotions communicated by this piece.
Date posted: 5/4/2002 5:33:04 AM
This was a very good story. I enjoyed the interaction between Leia and Vader.
Date posted: 5/5/2002 4:21:20 PM
i've read this story on several sites (more times than i can count) and i still get choked up every single time...this is truly my favorite piece of fanfic, not only because it revolves around my two fav. characters (leia and vader) but because it is written so beautifully and realistically...george should contact you for episode iii!!! once again an amazing piece of literature!!
Date posted: 5/11/2002 6:47:10 AM
LOL, Nikita; I'm game if he is. ;)
I just wanted to thank people for the kind words here. It means a lot to me.
Date posted: 5/13/2002 4:58:52 PM
Outstanding! A story of pure emotion and angst. I can only hope Lucas can match it in EP III. Nice job!
Date posted: 5/17/2002 10:31:36 AM
This is definitely one of the greatest fictions I have read. As Darth Pipes said, herein lies the beauty of online-writing. That the fic is about two of my favorite characters is part of why I loved it, but more than that, it was written in such a way you were just drawn into it.
Date posted: 5/22/2002 1:52:05 PM
Absolutely loved it!! I always enjoy stories that explore the Vader/Anakin dynamic, and this one does it with style and emotion. Congrats on a top drawer fic!!
Author: Viari Skywalker
Date posted: 5/22/2002 3:43:34 PM
Viari Skywalker's Comments:
I too read this on Vader's Mask and was very impressed. I was really happy to see it here. You have such a way with words FernWithy, and I truly loved reading your story. Darth Vader is my favorite character from any movie or book. It was great to read a story that explored Vader's thoughts, not only about his turn to the dark side, but about what he was like as Anakin Skywalker. A job well done indeed!
Date posted: 5/26/2002 10:05:27 AM
Hi! I've really enjoyed your fic, from the begining to the end. I like your writing stile (I can sense maybe it's a little stephen king-ish?), and the plot is great, Leia is a very strong character that is somehow forgotten in a lot of works, I really don't know why. Keep this up, yiu make stories with stile!
Author: Son of Thrawn
Date posted: 5/26/2002 11:54:56 PM
Son of Thrawn's Comments:
Tour de Force
Author: Anakin Starkiller
Date posted: 6/1/2002 8:18:17 PM
Anakin Starkiller's Comments:
Its hard to begin to explain how much I admire this piece. I loved Vader having facial expressions behind his mask that only he and us dear readers were aware of. The duality of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader was played very well. I also loved the pieces of trivia of the films that this story addressed. Just WHY Leia is so cool when she sees Vader aboard the Tantive IV in the begining of Episode IV... her eagerness to commandeer a speeder bike on Endor... Piett's early career dealing with Vader.
The handmaiden at the funeral -- Padme?
I'm sure I am forgetting something. Wonderful piece! I love it.
Date posted: 6/10/2002 11:04:20 PM
I could fell the conflict in Vader, just as Luke did.
Was that handmaiden Pamde? Well played out scene. And how close were Leia's parents to telling her the truth?
A wonderful piece of writing.
Author: Yoda Antilles Skywalker
Date posted: 6/12/2002 8:08:11 AM
Yoda Antilles Skywalker's Comments:
I loved the story. At first I wondered where you were going with the Leia/Vader relationship, but very skillful execution of that dynamic. As others are asking/assuming, was that Padme at the funeral pyre? On one level I don't believe that it could be as I feel that Ani/Vader would not allow her to be held captive, especially after what happened to his mother in Ep.II. However, on another level I can see how it would make sense for Palpatine to have her to use against Vader possibly "rebel"ling. As all good stories should, this leaves many things to the individual interpretation and contemplation.
Date posted: 6/12/2002 1:21:33 PM
Thanks to everyone who's commented!
A couple answers to questions. Yeah, my style is pretty influenced by the venerable Mr. King. I read him a lot; it seeps in. Thank heaven.
The handmaiden... I like her being Padme, so she's Padme to me. If you don't like her being Padme, she can be any handmaiden that you like. Of course, that would mess up a few of my other fics, but c'est la vie. In FH as a standalone, it can go either way.
Date posted: 6/12/2002 3:38:22 PM
This is an excellent peice of work. Thank you for writing it.
Date posted: 6/16/2002 11:43:03 AM
I commend you on writing something truely wonderful. Most fanfic I've read is... well, I won't comment on that. :) But you actually know what makes a good story, and that's good characters.
This piece of Star Wars fanfic is truely above average in a genre where the standards can be low.
All I can say is... "Impressive."
Author: master Sakhmet
Date posted: 6/19/2002 5:31:50 PM
master Sakhmet's Comments:
I loved it! Now some things make me kinda go "huh?" but that is o.k. since I thought u did a really goosd job showing the emotions and conflict!
Author: Leigha Jay
Date posted: 6/20/2002 6:51:26 AM
Leigha Jay's Comments:
Being a bit of a newbie to the wonderful, internet world of The Force, this was my first step into the larger world of online fiction. I had a bad feeling about the whole experience to be honest, but having read this story all I can say is WOW! This is one in a million. FernWithy's story, characterisation and dialogue outdoes not only any other fan fiction I have read, but also most of the Expanded Universe novels! Absolutely brilliant. More please FernWithy.
Author: Jedi Whi-Ral
Date posted: 6/20/2002 11:39:42 AM
Jedi Whi-Ral's Comments:
I am a Star Wars fanatic and one of my personal joys is reading the Star Wars novels. This is the first Fanfiction I have read and I am utterly blown away.
I must say congratulations on this fine piece of fiction and tell everyone who loves Darth Vader and Princess Leia that they MUST READ THIS!!
I have never wept over a story as I literally sobbed over this one. This story gives us what all of the Darth Vader fans have longed to have more of...a look behind the mask.
I rate this a 10 and hope to see more of your stories!!
P.S. Make sure you have tissues on hand before reading this...it is BRILLIANT!!
Author: Chinook Z
Date posted: 6/23/2002 7:58:51 AM
Chinook Z's Comments:
Eeeii.. this is a truly wonderful piece, FernWithy; it really made me think [every couple paragraphs or so, it seemed my mind was drifting from the text on the screen to make firm connections from what you wrote here, to the rest of the Star Wars universe. It fits rather well, and explains quite a lot, too!]. This is an extremely well written piece of fan fiction.. @.@
Though, reading the other comments; I find it difficult for the handmaiden to have been Padme [my random option], because then, after the victory in RofJ, would they not have released her; found some trace of her? In the "official" books that continue the plot, they do not [heck they hardly even mention her, probably due to the fact that she was a nameless, faceless character at the time].. which is a shame. It was certainly make an interesting concept to contemplate. But; every reader to his or her own interpretation.
Marvelous story. I'd be lucky to find another one quite this deep to read next. =]
Author: Hand of Yoda
Date posted: 7/3/2002 6:15:00 PM
Hand of Yoda's Comments:
I never was quite able to get into the whole fan fic thing, but your story pulled me in. I couldn't stop reading it, the plot and the relationships described were amazing. You are a very talented writer. I did have one problem with your story, though. I believe you mentioned that Leia would never return to Alderaan, but I recall something that described a meeting she had on Alderaan with her father shortly before A New Hope. I think it was mentioned in one of the journals or the radio drama. Otherwise I absolutely loved your story, and you helped me realize that some fan fic is worth reading. Good job.
Date posted: 7/9/2002 11:34:13 AM
What an incredible tale! I'm going to add it to my definitive "this is how it must've happened" list - and that's saying a lot since I've been a fan for a quarter of a century. I've always felt cheated by the whole Leia/Vader track because I felt they deserved *so much more* between them than just her torture on the Death Star. Thank you for filling in the gaps with a completely believable, well written story.
Date posted: 7/10/2002 3:50:39 PM
This was so cool. I liked the idea that Leia and Vader could have been friends. Very cool. Good story. Keep writing.
Date posted: 7/10/2002 6:10:13 PM
this was an excellent story and i believe that if george lucas wanted to make a movie of what happened inbetween after eposide 3 and before 4, this would be the piece that he would have used. this story was well written in my opinion and it is one of the few stories that i have read fully. the characters were totally alive in ever way possible and i totally admire you for writing this piece. please countinue to write b/c ur work is outstanding! i believe u could get this published as one of the star wars prequels. i beleive that u would have no problem publishing this and wish u to make some attempt. great job!!!
Date posted: 7/11/2002 4:24:01 AM
great story, I like long fanfics too.
Date posted: 7/21/2002 6:48:03 PM
Beautiful, almost lyrical. This is one of the best stories I have read yet.
Date posted: 7/23/2002 1:36:43 PM
I was on StarWars.com and by accident came to this site. I still did not know what I clicked on to come here or how I clicked on you story but at work I read maybe 15 mins into it before I had to "start" to work. The next day I had to find your story and read it through. I looked every where and did not know the name, who wrote it, nothing but a overwhelming urge to find it. Finally under the most hits link I found it and finally read it through my break, lunch and extra personnals to finish it. Bravo!!!!!
Date posted: 7/30/2002 12:26:47 PM
You can be sure that I really try, although, I couldn’t find any reason to give you a 9. I think that most of the online fiction histories are overrated, nevertheless, yours deserves nothing less than a 10, my first 10 ever to be honest. Congratulations, you should be very proud of yourself and your work, thanks for share it.
Author: Force Master
Date posted: 8/26/2002 3:55:34 AM
Force Master's Comments:
i truely loved this story! i was emotionally pulled in love, then hate, then back to love again. i think i was just as confused about vader as leia was! lol i liked seeing this side of vader, how it is only reserved for a select few people. i liked him asking her to join him even though he knew it was going to be a goodbye. i was surprised at how brutal leia was at the end, going striaght for his deepest fears. but it explains his feelings in ANH. although he didn't kill leia (in ANH) perhaps even though he was mad, maybe not as much, he still cared?
all i all, this is an amazing story!
Author: Jedi Mastre Kris
Date posted: 8/29/2002 10:28:18 PM
Jedi Mastre Kris's Comments:
Excellent work!! I truly enjoyed this fan-fic because of the interaction between Leia and Vader. Keep it up Fern Withy! I'd really like to read more!
Date posted: 9/4/2002 12:27:30 PM
Wow. This is the first fan fiction piece I read on this site and what a way to start.
Amazing. Just amazing.
Author: Jeff 42
Date posted: 10/1/2002 8:13:15 PM
Jeff 42's Comments:
Simply amazing. What more can I say? This is quite possibly the best fan-fic I've ever read, and for all Star Wars stories only the movies and the very best of the EU top it.
Date posted: 10/11/2002 5:05:14 PM
May I belatedly add to all the deserved praise heaped upon this marvelous fanfic? As a reader of untold number of fanfics (XF, SW, Highlander, etc.) I've reached the point I can swiftly pick out a "hit" or a "miss". Calling this incredible piece of art a "hit" does not do it justice. Bravo, bravo, bravo!
Date posted: 12/13/2002 4:24:36 AM
It's four in the morning; 4:23 AM, to be exact. I started reading your story last night, and I couldn't put it down. It was so...moving, tear-jerking, awe-inspiring... words fail me, at least the right ones. Even though I don't know enough to be classified as a Star Wars guru, I always knew that there was something more to Vader. I could never make myself fear him, even before I knew that he was just the embodiment of the hate that handsome, sweet Ani carried around with him. I have one tiny comment though - It would have been that much more powerful if Ani had started to think "Padme" instead of Amidala, you know? But far be it from me to criticize a genius! Keep up the good work! :p
Author: CL sky
Date posted: 12/20/2002 3:44:01 AM
CL sky's Comments:
I adored this story, perhaps one one the most touching fanfiction ever and the one I enjoyed the most. it's great to see people interact that way. People on opposites sides can anyway have a friendly relationship. It really adds a lot to Vader characters whitout betraying him. It also give him a reason to be such angry to Leia.
Be proud of it, deeply.
Date posted: 1/16/2003 1:24:58 AM
An extremeley well written piece of literature. You have a good writing style and you seem to know how to grab the readers attention while expanding the characters to the max. If I were you I would be thinking about writing my own stories with my own characters, as you obviously have a tremendous talent.
In short Brilliant.
Date posted: 1/23/2003 2:18:08 PM
This is actually the first fanfic that I've taken the time to read, and all I can say is wow. This has brought a new level to my thoughts of Anakin/Vader... Honestly, I think you may have given me the inspiration to sit and gather the thoughts that I've had wandering in my head. Bravo to you... this is quite a work.
Date posted: 2/21/2003 2:08:00 PM
I was nearly crying, that doesn't happen very often. WOW, so wonderful :-)
Date posted: 3/3/2003 6:02:03 PM
This was the first piece of fan literature that I have read. You may have spoiled them all for me! I don't know how any will measure up to this one. Vader has always been my favorite character and the insights you gave to his conflict between Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader were chilling. This work is up there with the movies and the best of EU. The emotions I felt while reading this story were overwhelming. You are an extremely talented writer and portrayed Vader and Leia brilliantly. Thank you for giving us a Vader story that was emotional, believable and extremely well-written.
Date posted: 8/15/2003 4:49:33 PM
I took a break at work to start reading, and now I will have to use up some vacation hours to cover the time because I could not stop reading. This is simply sublime. Not only riveting and beautifully written, but completely true to the characters, and fitting in perfectly with the films. I have loved Darth Vader since I was 14 (yep, all the way back to '77)and Leia was always like my personal friend, so seeing them like this was very gratifying. I write fanfic too, but NOTHING like this. I'm just a hack. This is REAL WRITING. You should be very proud. Thank you.
Author: Safire Ranmako
Date posted: 8/23/2003 4:44:52 PM
Safire Ranmako's Comments:
Wow. That's all I can say, just... wow. I wonder what Vader thought when he found out that Leia is his daughter.
Date posted: 9/8/2003 6:29:39 PM
JG... after reading this for the third time, I wanted to take back my first comment about this story and just put in "wow."
It was very flowing and I love your writing style! (Plus, the cover art is one of the best I've seen in the archives!)
You portray Leia and Vader so well-- their interactions seem to stir up emotions when I read, and Leia and Vader seemd to just go together in this story. And the ending... the ending was excellent! It leads right into ANH quite smoothly.
I've seen many good authors "retire" from writing fan fic because they were getting "too old" or they lost interest in Star Wars-- I hope that doesn't happen to you ;)
Date posted: 5/12/2004 11:05:10 PM
I just realized I had never commented on this. This is probably my favorite fanfic. The relationship between Vader and Leia is completely believable and holds true to canon, or what we know of it now. Like others, I've always felt that these two characters are possibly more alike than Luke and Vader, and I think you're story reflects that in the characterization. Beautiful! A true classic!
Date posted: 8/25/2004 5:50:25 PM
What a grat story!Kepp wrtitng!
Author: Jedi of Imladris
Date posted: 9/26/2004 9:29:01 PM
Jedi of Imladris's Comments:
This is one of the best and most powerful works of fan fiction I have read. I, and others, obviously find the idea of Vader and Leia knowing each other before ANH most interesting and appealing, and you are able to create a masterpiece to satisfy our curiosity. The characters were creatively and well drawn out; the dialogue was true to the character of those present in the regular saga. I have read this piece here and at Vader's Mask more than once and I would gladly read it again. Please, continue your writings and expand this interesting world you have created through your writing.
Date posted: 12/25/2004 4:46:01 PM
I must say, it does seem that every one of the Star Wars fics that I read that's on the long side is quite the story indeed.
And your story falls under that category as well. What a mixture of emotions! I could hardly believe that I was reading such an excellent piece of work.
Though, I must admit, the ending confused me entirely. I'm still not sure if what she was doing, with the trunk and all, was real or still a part of her dream. When you wrote that it was never opened, does this mean that she remained in there? If so, does that mean that it caused her death? So many questions left unanswered, though I still enjoyed the story.
Date posted: 12/28/2004 10:48:59 PM
That was absolutely awsome. I loved the way you wrote about Vader. You showed his human side. I also loved the way that Vader and Leia got along so well, in the begining anyway:) You had an incredible grasp og the characters, and I loved it. I look forward very much to reading more of your stories!!!!
Date posted: 1/21/2005 5:52:35 AM
This story is AWESOME! I'm a bit dissapointed that Leia's friendship with Vader didn't continue, but I can see how it would heavily contradict episode 4 if it did. Alas, some things that should be are not to be..... I can see Leia becoming good friends with her father after she too joins the Force. I wonder if all Jedi who join the force can come back like Obi-Wan did in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi..... I can see Anakin like 5000 years after he dies instructing the new Jedi on Yavin 4. Or maybe by then they'll have moved back to the Jedi Temple and renovated it or moved somewhere else..... *gets a VERY weird image of Winnie The Pooh with a light blue light saber and a Jedi cloak/shawl/robe* I wonder where that image came from..... it was very nice to see that in many places, specifically the Star Wars universe some things never change..... namely, Vader's passion for mechanics, as shown by him tweaking Leia's speeder bike..... he could probably give it a working hyper drive.....
Live Long and Prosper,
Please don't shoot me..... Star Trek rocks! Without Star Trek Star Wars might be very different..... It IS possible to like both Star Trek and Star Wars..... *points to self as an example* *points to two friends as another example* May the Force Be with You
Date posted: 1/22/2005 11:27:20 AM
This story was absolutely amazing. It is one the best Star Wars stories I have ever read, and that is including official works. I could see this becoming a movie... the emotion and the story telling style of the movies is all there. I felt bad at the end that their friendship ended... it seemed so real and unique, that I felt they both lost someone very close. I want to see a sequel where we see how Vader and Leia think of each other again when they reunite in A New Hope, or how Leia really feels when she finds out Vader was indeed her natural father. In any event, this was an awesome story, and keep writing!
Date posted: 2/10/2005 11:38:01 PM
I read this story ages ago when I first stumbled into the world of Star Wars fan fic. I am so very glad to have found and read it once more. You captured the voices of Leia and Vader and stayed so true to both characters. Reading stories like this makes me wonder what the relationship between father and daughter would have been like had events turned out differently than what we have seen in the films.
Absolutely stunning story. Job well done!
Author: Beth Winter
Date posted: 3/12/2005 1:24:07 PM
Beth Winter's Comments:
I've read this fic on recommendation of SelenaK at livejournal, and I've enjoyed it immensely. You make it all very believable - great work!
Date posted: 3/14/2005 12:18:34 PM
The first time I read these stories was years ago, when I first got into the whole "fanfic thing!"; Now, I have re-read these and they are every bit as good, if not better as I remembered; something that is not often the case with fond memories of youth.. not tha tit hasn't been that long but y tastes have change since then...
Bravi, Bravi, Bravissimi - brilliant.
Author: Zentar Corellius
Date posted: 4/4/2005 4:29:00 AM
Zentar Corellius's Comments:
Absolutely the best Star Wars fan fiction I've ever read. I got through it all in one reading, totally hooked each step of the way. Total props for the outstanding writing!
Author: Eric Mack
Date posted: 4/12/2005 4:54:33 AM
Eric Mack's Comments:
Please, keep comments to constructive criticism about the fan fiction in question and stay away from anything that resembles spamming.
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Author: Anna Mei
Date posted: 4/15/2005 5:09:38 AM
Anna Mei's Comments:
Spamming isn't allowed.
Date posted: 5/20/2005 11:12:02 AM
Loved it! I can't wait to rewatch the scene in episode 4 when vader confronts leia. this perspective is really gonna add depth. Thanks!
Date posted: 6/3/2005 7:38:46 AM
Very Well Done.
You walked a fine line between making Vader a hero or a villain, and did it well. You showed that, while evil, the emperor had not driven the good from him fully.
I look forward to reading more of your work.
Date posted: 9/22/2005 11:37:51 AM
Amazing story! Very powerful.
Date posted: 2/24/2006 8:20:44 PM
I may be like breaking a mega unspoken rule here, but I have to do this.
The little refrences that I heard in here are as follows:
The tall lanky amphibian type creature she saw at the market (Dissen be a no brainer, totally ad).
The story 3PO was telling was like Ep. 1. Only faerie tale style.
And that freakin loser talked about a sorry farmboy from ine that they called 'Wormie'.
There may have been more, but this is all I saw. Loved the fic. Four and five tenticals up!! I know, so lame. MTFBWYD (may the force be with you dudes).
Author: The Master
Date posted: 6/4/2007 6:34:34 PM
The Master's Comments:
This was absolutley great! You write wonderfully, I love your style. You had me going and going. It is a wonderfull portrayal of both Vader and Leia.
Date posted: 4/25/2008 10:48:52 PM
Oh, that was so good! So good. And the ending was *perfect*.
Date posted: 1/27/2009 5:20:05 PM
So, I'm a few years after the fact here, but this is the first piece of Star Wars fanfiction I've ever read. You've set a startling precedent. I only hope I can find other fics that are half this good. As someone deep into Harry Potter fandom, I know how hard good fics are to find. Thanks for a lovely story and a great first experience.
Date posted: 4/15/2010 8:11:57 PM
Very good story. I enjoyed watching the two characters develop, and could almost feel the bond they shared and the angst they went through as they found themselves traveling different paths. Although Breha was Bail's wife rather than Saché, the story also flowed very well with Star Wars cannon. I could have seen all this happening just before the start of A New Hope.
Author: sutzina zion
Date posted: 1/3/2011 10:00:23 PM
sutzina zion's Comments:
this was beautifully written. i loved the relationship btw Vader & Leia. I like how she rides the speeder bike and all the conversations they have. I was upset when he killed her adoptive mother. I liked the whole dynamic with Vader/Anakin and how he never forgot Padme. Ugh I want more lol