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I am German, female, in my forties, and love to read and write fantasy, fanfiction, and historical books. I write mostly LOTR, these days, very dark slash and alternative universe, but have written one or another short humor fic, too. And in addition I sometimes draw cartoons. I am here to read, review, and to post my stories. :)

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Title: Dark Prince ~ The Darkness Has Its Own Light. by Spiced Wine
Rated: Mature [ - ]

~ Lúthien was not the only offspring of Maia and Elf born in the Elder Days, but Vanimórë's tale was never to be sung in glittering halls.

His mother was Elven.
His father was Sauron.
His birth was accomplished by the blackest sorcery of Morgoth Bauglir.
He was forged as a double-edged sword is forged, as lethal and as beautiful.
And they tested him to breaking-point.

He would not break.

"Until the sky breaks and the mountains fall into the Great Sea, and the End cometh, there is no world for us." ~ Vanimórë Gorthaurion.

The first of the Dark Prince series, the story of Sauron's son, born to be a weapon, a warrior, a servant of the Dark – or its eternal enemy. ~

First Age to the War of the Ring.

Category: Fiction
Characters: Gil-galad, Glorfindel, Legolas, Maglor, Melkor/Morgoth, Mouth of sauron, Nimrodel, OMC, Orc, Sauron
Content: Angst, AU, Character Death, Drama, Dubcon, Incest, Rape/Non-con, Slash
Challenge: None
Series: Dark Prince ~ The Darkness Has Its own Light.
Chapters: 73 | Completed: Yes | Word count: 148120 | Read count: 369290

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Published: June 30, 2011 | Updated: July 01, 2011

Reviewer: Crowdaughter Signed
Date: July 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 ~ Son of Cruelty ~

Okay, I am transferring my reviews here so I can remove my account from LOTRFF without you losing them. :)

Review for this chapter:

I have finally come to read this. I love your language, the powerful imagery you have in here, and your story telling. Moriel's fate is so sad, and I love the idea that the one gift whe can give her son (and daughter) beside their life is the ability to love. The descrition of the children's first years and their way to Angband is powerful. Sauron (and Melkor) are puzzling me, though: love, or even a kind of bond to his own offspring, seems not to be among Sauron's priorities, or even abilities. I wonder what he has in mind with his two kids?

I love the way how you have Vanimore finally learn about his mother's people, and learn how to fight.And the defiance he starts to show, induced by Sauron's cruelty, works well, here.

This is great stuff! I cannot believe that it took me so long until I started to read it! (And please bear with me while I am reading my way through it ...)

You have a great gift at wordsmithing, Sian. Thank you for writing and sharing!

Reviewer: Crowdaughter Signed
Date: July 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2 ~ To See Death As A Gift ~

Again, transferring my former review (and love to you!):

Oh, My God. I knew when I was first reading this it struck me harsh, but not as it has now I am re-reading. I had been warned, of course, even the first time, from watching the great trailer of this fic you made; but reading it again has me enthralled and on the edge of my seat.

I think the impact of the sacrifice Vanimore has to make here is even greater for the swiftness which with it is done - the sparse way in which you show his grieve has the silence following the deed rolling like thunder. And what a deed it is - he gives her freedom and safety, but burdens himself forever with what he has done, had to do. Powerful chapter!

As always, I love your language, thee way you tell this story, and the imagery. Sorry for not commenting before. This is marvelous, beside the sadness. Greatly done!

Author's Response:

Aislynn, thank-you again for transfering this. :) (Hugs!) I may It means so much to me!

Reviewer: Crowdaughter Signed
Date: July 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 ~ I Will Not Break ~

It was the first, the last, the only time Vanimórë called on his father.

Ouch! This kind of betrayal is unforgivable; why Sauron would think that he would ever be able to use his son after that, is hardly imaginable. But well, he may be blinded by his own view.

Breathtaking language, again. the way you tell - and show - Vanimore's grief, is gripping, and his final oath, the cry that breaks from him, send a chill down my spine. Powerful chapter, and I do wish to see Vanimore become hard and powerful enough to break free.

Reviewer: Crowdaughter Signed
Date: July 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4 ~ Tempering The Steel

Hmmmm - I like the way Vanimore thinks in deciding to give shelter to the children. Find a reason the chieftain will believe, reap the hidden benefit for the ones sheltered - he does the only thing that can and will save his mind and soul in the end, by doing something good, nearly by instinct. I also like the way you describe the feelings of the chieftain; one egts a whiff here of the reason why these men (and men as a whole) might envy and despise the Eldar. Great ending of the chapter, too, although now I fear that Vanimore's plan for the waifs in the camp may be thwarted.

Reviewer: Crowdaughter Signed
Date: July 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 ~ They Would Take Everything ~

Awwwww! Now I want to rip Sauron to tiny pieces!

This dead child had been himself, had been Vanya, alone, uncared for, afraid...
I like the way you show how much - and especially why - Vanimore still cares, and the rage in which he reacts to the death of the poor child, the disdainful way Sauron responds, are powerful- However, Sauron really is a fool. First rule of leadership: if you wish your officers to have authority, *never* disparage them or disgrace them or contradict them directly in front of their own troops, save with good reasons. What he did here is, in effect, nothing as such a disparaging of Vanimores orders, and so an undermining of his power over the Easterlings Vanimore is supposed to lead for him. Shortsightedness? Or is this fear? Fear of Vanimore becoming too independent?

I would be very interested to find out if Sauron (aka formerly Mairon, servant of Aule) is acting out here on his son what once was done to him, or if he is indeed starting to fear the first signs of independence from his son so much that he has to brutally crush it. In any case, powerful chapter. I hope Van will get his plans fulfilled in the end, anyway. As we all now, at least Melkor's days, as this point, are already counted...

Reviewer: Crowdaughter Signed
Date: July 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6 ~ The First Taste Of Freedom ~

Beauty. It overwhelmed his senses. He opened himself to it: the dance of the yellowing silver birches, the call of birds, the exploding color of the woodlands as autumn came, the patterns of frost on grass-blade, the endless cobweb seas that stretched over the meadows, sunsets of cinder red and ice-yellow.

Beautiful language, there! I love your images, the way you show how Van gains strength from that beauty that is indeed part of the Great Music. Also, great description of the meeting with the Druedain. And aw, I had so hoped that he would feel Morgoth fall...

The fact that Van feels, over all the distance, that the Valar have indeed come to Middle Earth, is interesting. He is indeed half Maia, and feels the Song much, much more than would an Elf. I wonder if the Valar and Maiar of Aman would ever recognize him as one of their own?

Reviewer: Crowdaughter Signed
Date: July 03, 2011 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7 ~ When War Broke The North ~

...and ah, so he *did* feel it. Melkor's fall, I mean. Freedom at last! I am looking forward to what Vanimore will do with it.

And yet:
Yet Sauron's link in his mind remained, sitting there dormant. Vanimórë was puzzled, but despite his ribs and bruises, he felt, for the first time since in his life, a fierce and overwhelming joy.

A sad thing that not even the downfall of Morgoth and the defeat of his allies can break the grip Sauron has on the mind of his son. One nearly longes to see Sauron defeated and destroyed by the destruction of the Ring, in the end, although we know that the Ring is not yet created and it will take another few thousand years until that finally happens - poor Vanimore!

On another note, a sad but important element is the short-liveness of the warriors and women Van took with him; it drives home the separation he has to feel to everybody and any living thing around him. And as always, I love your great descriptions.

As I said already elsewhere, this is a wonderful story, so far!

Author's Response:

Aww, how kind of you to review on here, Aislynn! Thank-you. I will make sure I answer each and every one when I have uploaded everything. :)