Comments on 'Prelude to a Parting'

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Sofia Lindström
New! Entered: 2016-01-08
It's nice to see that the arranged marriages in Underhaven don't mean there's no love going around. By this I mean both Slag and Soupstone's situation - that they decided to grab what time they could have together - and that Soupstone and Tallcrag might turn out to get along. In a way, the arranged marriages for the trolls must be a bit like Recognition is for the elves, except the trolls know ahead of time who they'll "Recognize" i.e. end up married to. Very interesting glimpse of troll life!
Lyn Cavalier
New! Entered: 2015-11-18
Bittersweet. I appreciate their easy friendship, and yet grieve for what must be. She, at least, seems happy. Slag seems more resigned.
Emberra Owen
New! Entered: 2015-01-27
I really enjoyed the description of the of the Banquet hall, the tables sound absolutely lovely!
There is something not quite sad about this story, I think Soupstone takes the sadness from it for me. Its just an end of a chapter, even if its not quite over yet.
Melanie D.
New! Entered: 2014-04-15
This was an interesting look into how the whole engagement and marriage society works. It's interesting how you set this up. It says a lot with the talk between the two and puts down some ruels and how they are regarded by the overall society along with some glimpses in other parts. It's all woven together very skillfully. I admire your talent in establishing a whole world here.

It's so clear to me that these trolls do nor regard marriage = love but more like marriage = duty and business. Sure one can meat the other but clearly the combination is the more outstanding and rare it seems. Reminds me on the times when it actually was like that in western society - I have to wonder if it would actually have worked better if the single parties would have been equal like here in this troll society...
Anyway I also like that it's clear that before they marry they are apparently free to have lovers and make that experience and that these two are clearly friends and love each other but that there's no hard feelings and drama over it. Which kinda makes it a bit sad to me as a person. It all seems to organized and rational. Even the feelings. Uncomplicated and yet complex.
Holly H.
New! Entered: 2014-02-06
What I like most here is the easy camaraderie between the two. They're clearly friends. And I like how this illustrates that even though their social obligations must part them, requiring them to marry other people, they take it in stride. It doesn't cause them undue angst. I really like their practicality, because it contrasts with what we might expect from a similar storyline about humans, where it would be all about the "injustice" of parting lovers to make them marry someone else. This not only sheds light on those complex social practices, but also is a nice look at how troll individuals deal with them.
Peggy B.
New! Entered: 2014-01-25
Oh my, troll culture seems complicated! But very interesting. Still, it made me wonder when and why all this over-organized lifestyle started and how it was before.
Wonderful exotic troll story again. Those are so refreshing between the stories of our well known elves and their holt and their much simpler rules.
Whitney Ware
New! Entered: 2014-01-23
I really love the descriptions in this -- the polished & varnished wood tables really grabbed me. I just love what a clash of cultures the trolls continue to be in comparison to our wolfrider tribe!
Kyna Hansen
New! Entered: 2014-01-14
This story caught me a little by surprise. I hadn't been keeping up with the Trolls much, but I didn't remember anything about arranged marriages. Caused me to go back and read the wiki, but I didn't see any info about their courtship rules. Interesting approach. I liked the story, though for some reason I kept picturing the trolls as Shrek and Fiona out on a date lol
Mareike Heilemann
New! Entered: 2014-01-08
I always enjoy reading more about the troll society - it's in its way so alien to me, and I'm always surprised at how refined they actually are. Great details in this one, again, I loved the description of the restaurant and its decor. And Slagstone and Soupstone are quite adorable - I'd love to learn more about them, so I hope we will see them again in future stories!
Beth K.
New! Entered: 2014-01-08
Aw. Such a sweet story! I haven't read much about the trolls yet, but this story could definitely get me more into that side of this Holt. :) Slag and Soupstone are so painfully adorable in their logical ways. I'm definitely keen to see where this story started, and where it lead. Your description of the restaurant and the decor was fantastic, and great ideas for the gifts from the surface. I enjoyed this one a lot!
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