Oh no, you've got a sequel? There goes another week worth of sleep...
I've been reading The Refiner's Fire in the evenings most, and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading. I just couldn't wait to read more and more and more. I don't remember having that with the books by Rowling herself.
Now, enough praise I guess. I just hated it when Stacey was murdered. I really felt like strangling Skeeter myself, and I think I was heartbroken as well. She seemed such a nice lass, especially for Harry. That's just my main critique I guess, sometimes, just sometimes, it seems as if Harry's forgotten about Stacey too much. It isn't really disturbing, but I just find it to be a pity. Oh well, I guess that's what not living in dreams is all about?
The whole idea of the Refiner's Fire is marvelous really. Did you thought of that or did you find it in some obscure encyclopedia?
Anyway, I read the last chapters yesterday and it did leave me with a desire to read sequel -- pirate!Harry and a parrot-phoenix hehe. Anyway, I'll have to create a new yahoo account to be able to get to your sequel. (Worthless age restrictions of foreign countries.)
Anyway, nice work! I hope your fantasy writing will be a success (and I hope to read it someday; I'm going to start working on a series of stories of my own fantasy world in a couple of weeks, so I hope there's enough creativity left for me when you're done).
Her name's "Casey" not "Stacy" and she is gone but not forgotten. She has a role to play in the sequel, and fan response to her was so strong, I've made her a "regular cast member" in my original novel series.
The idea for "The Refiner's Fire" came from my being a professional sculptor and knowing about metals being purified through the refining process. There's also a Bible verse about the refiner's fire. The whole novel began with my wanting to see Harry be allowed to grieve over Sirius, and to have some closure over his death (the memorial service Casey helped Harry with). Everything evolved from there.
Glad you enjoyed it. Good luck with your own writing!
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