Fic Title: A Game Of Chess
Rating/Warning(s): K+, mature themes
Why This Must Be Read: This is by far the best LOTR story I ever read. Altariel captures Tolkien's way of writing so very well yet has her own style. She pictures Faramir as a weary warrior, ridden with PTSD and guilt, afraid of telling his proud wife about his inability to ever go back to war again and Eowyn as an insecure woman still reeling from what she had to suffer during Grima Wormtongue's reign in Rohan. The author dissects their weaknesses and inabilities and how they affect their still young marriage with an astonishing clarity and exactness and makes it extraordinarily painful to read how they work very hard to destroy their marriage. However, her writing is so captivating that you can't stop reading until you are finally through with the story. One of the very, very few fanfics I could read again and again.