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Traitors' Sons by Raven Knight Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 154]
Summary:

The Terran Empire responds to a planetary distress signal from Vulcan.  Their goal is not to aid, but to enslave the survivors.  Captain Pike’s capture leaves his young first officer, James T. Kirk, in command of the ISS Enterprise.  As the surviving Vulcans are subdued, one of them catches Kirk’s interest.  In that moment, everything changes, and the destiny of the Empire is forever altered.


Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: Amanda, Chapel, Chekov, Chris Pike, Gaila, Gary Mitchell, McCoy, Original Character(s), Romulan Commander, Sarek, Scott, Stonn, Sulu, T'Pring, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, First Time, Hurt/Comfort
Trope (OPTIONAL): Bottom Spock, Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe, AU Alternate Universe, Mirror Universe
Warnings: Dubious consent, Explicit violence, Non-consensual sex, Rape
Series: None
Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 165533 Read Count: 60775
[Report This] Published: 04/01/2011 Updated: 06/02/2015
Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 02/25/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

The mirror verse is substantially about women being less worth than men, I agree. It is true that it’s incredible misogynistic. However that doesn’t chance the fact that you still manage to include strong three-dimensional female characters who have their own agenda. All of your female characters (T’Pring, T’Pau, Uhura, Janice etc.) are allowed to show agency and intelligence. T’Pring and Janice in particular, obviously, but T’Pau’s silent desperation when faced with Spock’s status as the captain’s slave is very recognizable and touching, and also Chekov’s bondmate makes conscious choices within her limited sphere of options. Not a single one of your female characters is entirely under the intellectual and emotional influence of the men around them (even "influence" may be giving the situation too less credit; they don’t think and feel only what the men in their life think are best for them and that’s incredible compelling as it’s refreshing).



Author's Response:

(Ah, I reread my response to your reveiw earlier and saw I was a bit vague.  My apologies for that.  I was referring to the reboot films as seeming a touch more misogynistic than even TOS, especially in regards to the lack of rank on the women's duty uniforms, and not giving any female characters something substantial to do character-wise except be displayed in lingerie, and that they always are attached to a romantic relationship as though these women are incomplete without that.  However, yes, in the Mirror!universe, women are portrayed as substantially inferior to the male characters...at least in canon.  I hope that makes more sense?)

Those reasons are major factors in why I chose to have strong women characters.  Both male and female characters in this story have flaws and weaknesses, but they are also strong people.  I'm thrilled you are finding them engaging and refreshing.  Very much so.  T'Kyi'i (Chekov's wife) will start to come into her own soon in particular - so I hope you enjoy her development as it progresses.  Her and Chekov will begin to learn from each other and draw strength from one another as their story goes on.  As for the others - male and female - well, things start to pick up in thenext several chapters, so get ready!  I am working on the next chapter, but it is just giving me a very hard time...especially lately.  I hope it will be worth the wait in the end. ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 03/17/2015 Title: Chapter 13: Demands and Compromises

 

Thank you for the clarification. I do agree to everything you stated about the reboot film (films) and it’s portrayal of women. To be honest, I don’t think the Star Trek reboot writers (contrary to you) realize that “strong female character” means “well written, complex, three-dimensional female character” and not just “female character who punches stuff and shoots stuff”. Excuse my blunt phrasing here but I couldn’t think of a more eloquent way to express myself.



Author's Response:

You are welcome for the clarification, Sarek.  Sometimes blunt phrasing is the only way to say things.  ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 11/16/2014 Title: Chapter 12: Summon the Future

I loved this story so far because it was realistic in a non-perfect way. I loved it because it was crude, but not insensitive. I loved it because even while broken and twisted by this cruel world, the characters were still them. I loved the writing and the plot and how you got the very essence of Star Trek and it’s mirror verse and brought it to the core. It was very touching but not melodramatic. Refreshing.

Your James Kirk is refreshing, as is your Spock and the dozens of other characters which are major players in this story are refreshing too. They remain in character but there is something more to them, something special, something new – which I have never encountered before. And I love the contrast between your James and Spockh, James’ harshness and cruelty and Spock’s innocence and braveness, both formed by a cruel universe, both drawn to each other. Your James T. Kirk is a refreshing strong character. It's quite unusal in fanfics that he's portrayed that way but it's another thing which made me love your story - because the James T. Kirk we encounter in the reboot and in the orignal series IS strong. Your Spockh is as strong as your James but in a subtiler way.

I loved your story also because it was complex and never excused any behavior (James raping Spock, Sarek raping his wife) and also never glossed over any issues – for example Spockh’s rape, Amanda's rape, James' experience on Tarsus. And therefore I love your story even more.

This is how I would imagined the perfect reboot version of the mirror verse would look like. Furthermore you gave your story to us, freely - I couldn't be more grateful and now I hope for a new chapter soon.



Author's Response:

This is one of the most thoughtful reviews I've received for this story!  To be honest, I don't know how to respond to such a kind and wonderful review, other than that these four paragraphs made my rather terrible last few weeks not only bearable, but not seem so awful.  Something like this is just what I needed to hear, too!  Your review gave me back some of the motivation to really get some more of the next update done after I lost the motivation for even my assignments for my classes, my confidence, and my desire even to write or do anything creative.  "This is how I would imagined the perfect reboot version of the mirror verse would look like."  This was what really got me back to the keyboard to continue writing.  So thank you!  I hope I continue to hold your interest with this story.  There is a long journey yet to go in it.  *goes back to writing the next chapter* ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 11/26/2014 Title: Chapter 12: Summon the Future

That you continue to work on the next chapters are fantastic news. And if my words could motivate you again after having a couple of rough weeks, that are good news as well. And I never could lose interest in such a brilliant story.

You are a fantastic writer. Being a writer too, I envy you a bit for your skills. I feel like more people should read your story for the level of detail, psychological depth and thoughtful plot that goes into your writing. This is an incredible piece of work and a complete example of how intricate and poignant fanfiction can be. There is so much in this story that is brilliant, and which I forgot to mention in my earlier review - first off, the writing is fluid and beautiful and absolutely affecting. The handling of a fairly common trope in Star Trek – the darkness of the mirror!verse and it’s characters and the abuse!trope is handled pretty well and handled with care and very realistically. As I mentioned before your story was cruel but never insensitive. You blew away every opportunity for cliché and made it your own, really delving into the trauma of having your home planet destroyed, being abused and finding yourself suddenly in the position as nothing more than a slave but trying to cope with that situation. Most importantly: the characterization. You do not pull any punches, you see this characters quite clearly, never once succumbing to the artifice of writing "larger than life" characters. They all have flaws, they all have dark spots but also light in them.

 

I did not mention in my last review that your dialogue is another brilliant component to this? The web of relationships in this is so inextricable, so subtly crafted and yet true to life. Lastly, Kirk is a very intriguing character, so well-crafted that I wish he had been shown that way in AOS. So yes, love this. I am a bit pissed off on your behalf that not more have reviewed this, actually. Thank you again for writing this. I don't understand how this hasn't got more comments more reviews, more everything. This is truly an ungrateful fandom, isn't it?



Author's Response:

I have just updated the next chapter.  It's a VERY long one.  And yes, your review definitely motivated me to finish it, even if I had to lose some sleep for it. 

I'm glad that the cruelty of the mirror!verse is intact without it being too much (because it certainly is not the central idea in this story).  As for the abuse, I wanted to try to do something different with it, or at least something I hadn't come across in reading.  At the same time, I most certainly wanted to avoid the cliches and common factors with these two ideas.  So, I am thrilled that it is so far working. 

As for the reviews, I'm thrilled to get any of them! (Unless they're just trolling and bashing it for no constructive reason, then, obviously, not very happy to receive those.)  My day gets a little better every time I see one.  :)  And you are welcome for the story.  I just wanted to write it and share it.

Enjoy the new chapter! ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/10/2014 Title: Chapter 13: Demands and Compromises

 

This new chapter is as poignant, as exciting, as surprising and as emotional deep as the other ones have been – maybe even more. I still think it's a tendency for such a big fandom like the Star Trek fandom to attract gorgeously crafted, cerebral works that hardly get the attention they deserve. And again - it's a rarity to find fanworks that cut through the sentimental artifice to portray something real.

 

The emotions in this chapter were quite raw, the interactions between Spock and his brother quite intense and some of Spock’s interactions with James T. Kirk quite shocking and off-putting in their cruelty, the other’s quite endearing in their strange gentleness. James is an enigma in every sense of the words and he continues to remain unpredictable in his actions. His dominant character, his possessiveness, his strange need for control – fascinates me. He fascinates me deeply, with all his flaws, with his darkness and still somehow concealed light.

 

Your McCoy seems quite fond of Spock? It’s quite unusual to see him caring and comforting so openly but it is a welcome change to other fanfiction in this fandom – a very welcome change.

 

As for your Spock – I have never encountered as well written version as yours out there. He’s fascinating as well. His innocence, his hidden strength, his skittishness – makes him a quite endearing and a lovely character. A character to look up to.

 

Your writing continues to be so wonderfully nuanced and the characterisation endlessly compelling - the sheer length of the new chapter, though initially daunting, enriched rather than tainted the work, every action/ every scene continues to be layered with meaning and it’s hard to put into words how much I admire your story.



Author's Response:

I've found so many wonderful works in this fandom - far more than ANY other.  Kirk is indeed a complicated character, with an extreme internal conflict going on.  McCoy does indeed care about Spock - as his patient, his stepson, and as an injured young man.  McCoy is not all warm and cuddly, however, he is gruff and will not think twice about killing someone if he has good cause.  And thank you for your comments on Spock! By what you are saying, I am at least getting my aim accomplished with regards to liking Spock's characterization...and some of the others, too.  I love your reviews.  They lift my spirits and make me think I actually know what I'm doing when I set out writing. So, thank you! ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 06/09/2015 Title: Chapter 14: Precarious Alliances

 

I’m barely active on ks archive anymore but can you imagine how delighted I was when I saw your update? But I’ll spare you the description of my feelings in that moment and will directly review.

Alright. Time for a longwinded rave. Please bear with me on this one:

I am as always struck  by the music of the your writing; of your prose. Your use of this instrument has so far escaped directly impacting on my experience of this tale but here, in this chapter, where there is movement of the two main ones in and out and against each other (and I don’t mean that in the physical/carnal sense), the extraordinary prose bubbled to the surface. Your word choice for each character is careful, and sometimes quite haunting, fitting the characters like gloves. You’re an incredible talented diverse pov writer. It was perhaps a natural choice you made way back in the blackness from where this story began – to tell this tale from different points of view - but as a tool it has been utilised to perfection at this point. It kept the power of the story at a rapid movement, like a river full and heavily pregnant after the rains.

Tied to the movement of the river was the sharpness of your imagery. You write just so incredible well. Your careful use of words and the choice you make in placing this image in our mind, that movement in our gaze, this broken, that reverberating, that smell, this colour,. . … it is all done in almost white noise and is hypnotic and starkly lays the bones out for continued cleaning by the wraiths. I felt Spock’s fear and defeat as strongly, as I felt Sarek’s desperation and anger. I even felt Kirk’s confusion and his strange sort of panic; together with him I was overwhelmed by the haunting images of his past; caught in his memories as if they were my own.


The sharpness of your images and the starkness of the discretion between scenes, between characters, between this moment in time held here in our hands and then that moment in time which is almost maybe perhaps settling in the palm of our other hand, all of it in between is dark – yes – but there is always light too. Your story is primal. It is movement, it is silence, it is darkness and it is light and hope.

 

I am enamoured with your writing. I love this tale. And I do mean love. I mean the depth of emotional attachment that takes you deeper as a person, higher as a person, punishing you by pushing you outside comfort zones and lifting you into the arms of something more amazing than anything of which you had conceived viable. I never would have imagined that I would get so attached to your characters but here I am.

I love this story.

Amazing. Beautiful. Painful. Respectful. Desperately sincere and so frighteningly brilliant. Masterful.



Author's Response:

Sarek, apologies for the embarassingly late reply!  Thank you for another lovely review that (I will admit) I had to read a few times to take it all in. :)  Deciding to write this in various POVs came after I'd written the prologue and (I think?) the first chapter.  Then, I decided to tell the story this way.  It felt like that avenue of storytelling would serve the plot progression and character development the best.  I am thrilled you're able to connect with the characters - especially with the main four, Spockh, Kirk, Sarek, and McCoy.  That lets me know I am doing soemthing right, and makes me feel great!  I'm trying to get the next chapter written - it's not cooperating much right now, but there is no way I am giving up!  Nope.  I always felt that TOS embodied hope for the future and I am rather pleased that reading this story you can get that underlying sense of hope with Traitors', too.  This is a dark story, yes, but there is also hope deeply buried in it.  I'm glad you are still enjoying this story - and I hope to hear from you as it continues!  Thank you for your lovely review!  ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 02/20/2015 Title: Chapter 13: Demands and Compromises

I revisit this story often because to me it’s a great source of inspiration and the fact that this story, that 'Traitor’s Sons', doesn’t get the admiration it’s deserve, saddens me. After being half of my life in the Star Trek fandom, I finally found with this story things I'd explicitly wanted for years: a great prose writer who knows when to stop embroidering; a version of the mirror verse which doesn’t focus on gratuitous violence but has an actual plot, brilliant and exquisite characterisation, a great hidden feminist critic (style, subject, approach, all in a unit), who writes strong female characters in a fandom that recently only could be known for it’s misogynist approach; philosophy and intellectual ambition and versatility and polymathy. I cannot say enough. You’re one of those people I don't want to fan-mail or review; I just want to send flowers (not in a creepy, stalker way of course (my partner would murder me) but as a sign of admiration from writer to writer).



Author's Response:

Aww, thanks.  What a lovely and articulate review!  Honestly, I'm happy that people are enjoying this at all, considering sometimes the Mirror!verse is a tough sell - especially with the angle I've decided to take this one.  I just wanted to explore what would've been the first reboot film had it occurred in the Mirror!verse, and it ended up evolving into something completely different and much more expanded than my initial outline.  (However, I have to admit that I stll consider the treatment of the female characters to be rather on the misogynistic side - in that particularly, there is no visible rank displayed on the female duty uniform.  There really is no excuse for that - at all.)  And reviews are better than flowers as a gesture of admiration and gratitude.  Thank you again! ~ RK

Reconciliations by Raven Knight Rated: Mature Content (Teen) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

Truths come to the surface when the crew of the Enterprise begin to submit their new and required personnel forms. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy discuss and evaluate concerning points, and at times recommend psychotherapeutic sessions. In some cases, something a little more is required. Something much harder than a session with a doctor. Sometimes people simply have to learn to offer forgiveness.

Seventh in the "Metamorphosis to T'hy'la" Series. Follows "Personal Revelations."

 


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Chekov, Chris Pike, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk-Spock Friendship, Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, Character Study, Hurt/Comfort
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Series: Metamorphosis to T'hy'la
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 17986 Read Count: 2675
[Report This] Published: 06/07/2013 Updated: 06/07/2013
Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 02/21/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Reconciliations

A friend of mine, asked me about my favourite writer in the Star Trek fandom and even before she could finish her query, I found myself answering. Raven-Knight is the real deal. Read her stories, read ‘Traitor’s Sons’ and you will see her hitting every mark on the character writing, the plot, the prose, the worldbuilding, and you’ll be amazed and quite stunned. And yet I was a bit reluctant to read your earlier work. Not because I doubt your talent but because your earlier stories are mostly canon compliant and not alternative universe settings. I’m generally a bit reluctant about stories set in the Abrams movie verse and which additionally deal with the movies events (directly or indirectly), since I’m always conflicted, when it comes to deciding if I should like Abrams’ movies or not. My partner once described my relationship with the movies this way: You are enjoying the reboot movies -- just in a very angry way.

 

Imagine now my conflict about reading your Metamorphosis to T'hy'la series. And yet, you disappointed me not. Your whole Metamorphosis to T'hy'la series centers on characters' storytelling in a way that the first Star Trek reboot movie (and the second for that matter) promises but said movie rarely delivers outside of brief set pieces. I love this series, not as much as ‘Traitor’s Sons’ maybe because ‘Traitor’s Sons’ is an enigma in itself but I enjoyed it nevertheless immensely. It's almost perilous to recommend this as highly as I do, because high expectations help nobody, but I had high expectations and they were exceeded.

 



Author's Response:

Aww, thank you!  I'm your favorite!?  That's a massive compliment - considering the many very talented writers in the Star Trek fandom.  So, thank you! 

Yes, some of my other work is very compliant with canon.  I like to also write some stories that can be considered missing scenes or they are told from a character's perspective of a canon scene.  I think my favorite are the fill-in-the-blanks/gaps type of stories, though, the missing scenes.  It's like being able to expand and really flesh out something mentioned that may have seemed insignificant or not worth talking about...and making a point to discuss it or what happened in that mentioned moment.  Sometimes, they end up going right into the character study territory, but I also like that type of story, too. 

In the end, I just try to keep the characters in character.  I'm glad you gave some of the earlier stories I've written a shot, despite your hesitancy - and nevertheless enjoyed them.  ~ RK

Never by Cate Adams Rated: Mature Content (Teen) starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 16]
Summary:

Spock and Nyota have been bonded for almost three months, ever since Spock’s pon farr.  Unfortunately, their relationship is not as either of them wished it to be and Nyota is faced with a difficult choice.  When something never should have been, what does it take to recognize it?  And how hard is it to walk away and allow another to take your place?


Categories: Fiction
Characters: Uhura
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: K/S plus K/other or S/other, Kirk-Spock Friendship, Kirk/Spock Pre-Slash, Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Angst, Character Study
Trope (OPTIONAL): None
Universe: Abrams Universe
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3384 Read Count: 2518
[Report This] Published: 08/19/2014 Updated: 08/19/2014
Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 02/22/2015 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I don't even know what to say about this -- it's not the most depressing story I've ever read in the Star Trek fandom, but it has a special quality of despair all its own, a quality that sits you down, hands you a cup of tea, stares into your eyes, and says quietly, "Listen, things are really, really bad just about everywhere for everyone (Kirk, Spock and Uhura)."

 

Nevertheless I have found it perfect. It is a story with no mistakes, a monument to every rule of brilliant and poignant characterization that writer workshops teach. On a literary level, it's sometimes unique and extremely striking and I found myself drawn especially to your characterization of Uhura and the whole dilemma she, Kirk, and Spock found themselves in. In the recent years I rarely have read a good characterization of her character and have grown to expect poor quality, but you are good. More than good actually. I know that Abrams’ take on Spock’s, Kirk’s and Uhura’s character, doesn’t give fanfiction authors much to work with. The reboot movie characters are more or less well sketched, but at their deepest, they are not much more than sketches, their conflicts easily explained, their emotional dilemmas as neatly summarized as a lawyer’s closing statement but you work splendidly with what little character development you have been given in the reboot canon and managed to write a strikingly poignant fanfiction and I thank you for it. 



Author's Response:

Wow, thanks!  I'm glad you liked it, and your point about the characterizations in the reboot is well-taken.  It is difficult to truly delve into a character's background and sincere motivations given the constraints of a big-budget action film, where every moment must be accelerated and we see development through action and reaction instead of what we were able to enjoy within the context of TOS, where episodes built upon each other and there was time for contemplation and developing insight.  Perhaps this is why I feel more comfortable writing in this universe, however, because the AOS characters seem to have much more room for creative input.  Thank you again for reading and reviewing!  -Cate   

Push It by RowanBaines Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 10]
Summary:

The stresses of the job are starting to wear Kirk down, but luckily Spock knows just how to make his bondmate feel like he's on top of things again.


Categories: Fiction
Characters: None
Crossover Fandom: None
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: Erotica, Established Relationship
Trope (OPTIONAL): Bottom Spock
Universe: ST:TOS Original Universe
Warnings: Kink
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 9758 Read Count: 3958
[Report This] Published: 09/20/2014 Updated: 09/20/2014
Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 11/16/2014 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Spock bottoming is quite rare to read here on ks archive (don't know why) - so I enjoyed to read that story. Is there are chance for a sequel?



Author's Response:

Thank you for reading! It does seem that bottom Spock fics are woefully uncommon. I don't have a sequel planned, but I am a big fan of bottom!Spock and so I'm sure I'll be writing more of that eventually!

The Prince and the Servant by Raven Knight Rated: ADULT (NC-17) starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 85]
Summary:

The King of Terra summons two bright graduates to give them some counsel before they set out among the stars.  He tells them of a history - and a romance - from Terra's past that inspired the change that allowed these two graduates to sit before him to receive it.  That bond formed the cornerstones for some of Starfleet's highest and most important directives.

(A Kirk/Spock retelling of Cinderella.)


Categories: Works in Progress
Characters: Amanda, Carol Marcus, Chekov, Chris Pike, Gaila, Gary Mitchell, McCoy, Sarek, Scott, Stonn, Sulu, T'Pring, Uhura
Crossover Fandom: ST:TNG
Genres: Kirk/Spock Slash
Other Languages: None
Specific movie: None
Story Type: First Time, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, Romance
Trope (OPTIONAL): Bottom Spock, Hurt Spock
Universe: Abrams Universe, AU Alternate Universe
Warnings: Caveat lector/Choose Not to Warn
Series: None
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 131900 Read Count: 19900
[Report This] Published: 12/12/2014 Updated: 04/18/2019
Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 07/24/2015 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 9 - Consequences of Rebellion

It is a very rewarding story, though a frustrating one; both because it is easy to see how Kirk could be Spock’s way out of his misery and at the same time Spock choosing Kirk could have terrible consequences for his real family (Pike etc.). This story is a magnificent Cinderella AU, bringing us characters filtered through entirely different experiences, given greater challenges, larger than the original in both their triumphs and their limitations. You write the characters so three-dimensional without ever losing the basic plot of the fairytale and that’s what makes the story so great. I continue to enjoy this story. Your writing is the only reason – I’m still coming back to the ks archive.



Author's Response:

Thank you, Sarek!  You are correct: Kirk could ease Spock's misery, but it could definitely devastate Pike and his family as a consequence.  Thank you for always levaing some feedback.  It makes my day.  Apologies for the delay.  I hope the wait is worth it.  I've had a long period of either no time but the muse was really active, or a little more free time but serious writer's block.  It's not been fun.  I'm so glad you are enjoying this story.  Hope you enjoy it to the end.  And, as always, thank you for reviewing. ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/27/2014 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

A very interesting prologue, which makes someone yearn for more.



Author's Response:

Thank you.  Glad to see that you have indeed gone on further with reading.  Yay! ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/27/2014 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 1 - First Meetings

I never was that fond of fairy tales - however I am quite intrigued with this story.



Author's Response:

I'm not a fairytale enthusiast myself, so I know how you feel with that topic.  Glad you are enjoying this one, so far! ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/27/2014 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 3 - A Royal Ultimatum

Splendid chapter. Nothing more to say.



Author's Response:

:)  Thank you!  ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/27/2014 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 4 - Close Calls

Brilliant work.



Author's Response:

Thanks! ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/27/2014 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 2 - Recoveries

Really, good story you have here. Printed it out and read it in one go, before chosing to leave some reviews. I simply couldn't stop to read to leave reviews in between. Fantastic work. Looking forward to more.



Author's Response:

Thanks!  Glad you like it so far.  Next chapter scheduled is slated to be a longer one, so it might be a bit before that one appears.  :)  Lots of Jim and Spock interaction in it.  Have a great new year! ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 01/14/2015 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 6 - A Disregard for Duty

Finally got to read the new chapter. Spock's innocence and his reactions to Kirk's attempt to kiss him are very, and there is no other word for it, ... sweet.


Well done.



Author's Response:

Aww, thanks!  Glad to hear from you again!  Hope you enjoy the story to its conclusion.  ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 01/17/2015 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 7 - Worries and Suspicions

You have the special talent to portray Spock as such an innocent being and at the same time as such a feisty little thing without letting him seem ooc. I enjoy that portrayal. Your James was a quite silent observer in this chapter, while Spock shone with his braveness and saved the day. Prince Jim couldn’t have chosen a better potential bride.



Author's Response:

Thank you!  My biggest worry is that the characters do not seem like themselves, so I try very hard to keep the core of each of them who they are.  It's great to read that Spock (who is tricky sometimes) is still recognizably Spock in this.  He is a good match for Jim. ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 02/16/2015 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 8 - Solutions

Your tale here is certainly not a usual Cinderella story, but it's brilliant in a different way. It would be hard to find a story more perfectly developed and paced. You accomplish an enormous amount of storytelling in a very short time, and there's no abruptness or dissonance to the tonal shifts leading up to this sudden but very lovely moment of passion between Spock and his Prince. I continue to enjoy your characterization of Kirk and Spock. You are a remarkably engaging narrator and a sneakily impressive character writer.



Author's Response:

Thank you!  I honestly am not sure what to say to this review other than Thank You!  Though I can't take much credit for the general plot of this story - as it is all from the original Cinderella and the Ever After film (which I follow pretty closely, but with a few major alterations and/or expansions).  I think I'm most happy that you are enjoying the way I'm writing the characters - as it is my favorite element of writing to explore: character development.  So, thank you for your very kind review.  This made my day! ~ RK

Reviewer: Sarek Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 02/18/2015 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 8 - Solutions

There’s absolutely no requirement to thank me for my reviews, you continuing your work and updating is thanks enough. You’re a smarter author than me, so it's always awkward to go around praising your work like I'm your master, but this is superb and indeed I enjoy your characterization very much. Additionally you seize Star Trek tropes or fairy tale tropes and makes measured rigorous thought out of them. Is your writing brilliant? You could say that. While that sinks in, I'm going to quietly sneak out the back, because honestly I have absolutely nothing to say, which could do your writing justice. With The Prince and the Servant, you thrill me with your command of fantasy trope, and your elegant portrayal of courtly and mature love with Traitors you thrill me with your excellent prose and your incredible understanding of writing multi-layered grey characters. To read your writing, Raven-Knight is like to dance with a perfect partner.



Author's Response:

Apologies for totally missing this review!  Eventually I will update - finals are about to occur, and real life's not been kind with giving me extra time to write...but updates are coming!  That being said, THANK YOU for the lovely compliments in this review!  I don't quite know anything else to say to this other than "Thank you!"  I'm struggling to get the next updates for both this and Traitors' done soon - hopefully during my upcoming break from classes.  As always, thank you for reading! ~ RK