I just recently discovered your stories, and they blow me away. I have been reading LOTR fanfics for a while now, and usually my favorite site is Stories of Arda, but sometimes I come to HASA to see the stories here. Don't know why I haven't seen yours, but they are GREAT. I can hardly wait for an update.
Usually I don't review, English is not my first language though I live in the States and speak, read and write the language every day but, you see, I'm an Engineer and technical English is so easy…I love to read, your information about the highlands is priceless, I'm not familiar with the Scots, only what Sir Walter Scot & Shakespeare wrote, some movies, what I learn in school (not much) and maybe the Outlander series by Diana Gavaldon…Anyway, back to your series, I like Saelon, what a brave, wise woman she is, and Veylin, incredible character ( I like all the dwarves, in fact, his sister is incredible). I do like how you portrait the elves, real people, some good, some less good as is suppose to be, they are no Gods, they have their bad moments too, you can ask Feanor for that…I think that you can give her the opportunity to interact with them and see that they can be good allies as the dwarfs, Elrohir and Elladan were not that bad with her, especially Elrohir.
Now, I like Dirmaen, I like how his character has developed, he is a Ranger of the North, he serves his Lord, the Chieftain and is loyal to his command, but he can help it, he admires her, loves her and I like the idea. Being strong is great, but is better when you have a partner, no a lord, but an equal. That is how I can see them together. Saelon must stop and try to understand him too, well I guess that you'll figure it out if you want them together, but a touch of romance is nice in the story.
About Gaernath, he has some Dunedain blood; will he live a little longer than the other men as the people of Gondor? It is just a doubt that I have, The men of Gondor were dunedain, but mixed with lesser men, so they live around 100 years (Faramir, Imrahil) the North Dunedain were more pure, I believe, Aragorn lived around 200 years. Now that I say that, it is funny how the South Dunedain keeps their kingdom even if they were less pure than the north ones, just a comment.
Well, I do love these wonderful series, keep updating and know that I'm a loyal reader.