Rec: The Gardener’s Mother Dances

Title: The Gardener’s Grandmother Dances
Author: graspthesanity
Format: short story 
Published/Free: Free
Length: 884 words
Status: Finished 
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Link: https://graspthesanity.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/the-gardeners-grandmother-dances/

Summary: A short piece of fiction focusing on three different events tied together, losing track of time. 

Review: It was fun to write and I used third person, which I haven’t used in years, as I tend to stick with first. 

Desired tags: gay, lgbt, questioning, historical fiction, short story. 

FIC SEARCH: Royal Griffin and Dark Elf Fall in Luuurve

Hi there! 

There was this story that I read a long time back and as many young, inexperienced fic readers do – forgot to bookmark it. I’m a little fuzzy on the details but the story was that there is a competition being held and the grand prize is the hand of the Royal Prince who is a gryffin/phoenix and there is a Dark Elf who chooses to participate and one of the tasks is getting an egg from a Roc bird. Finally our hero prevails only to come back and have the Gryffin/phoenix be a total b***h to him until he realises the error of his ways and they live happily ever after

I think it’s linked to the same verse as the one with the wizard and this elf is his cousin or something? 

Sorry for being so unhelpful but if someone could give me this fic I would be eternally grateful – it’s been niggling in the back of my brain for months now. 

Rec: The Gallian Rose

Title: The Gallian Rose
Author: moonlighten
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 151,372 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Teen
Warnings: offscreen death, mentions of past abuse, mentions of past parental death
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/18882250/chapters/44818843
Summary: For ten years, Alasdair Ramsey has been a guard in Deva, a large but sleepy town in a quiet backwater of the Empire. In that time, he hasn’t witnessed many unnatural deaths, but one day he finds a dead man in an alleyway with a very distinctive rose resting on his chest.

That rose changes the entire course of his life.

(Murder mystery and slow burn m/m set in a fantasy world which is loosely based on a mixture of the Roman Empire and 19th century England.)
Review: The author’s summary covers this story quite nicely. I particularly enjoyed the care this author put into their many side characters—each character comes fully formed, with interesting relationships to each other and the MCs. This is the first of a trilogy, and I’m eager to see what the MCs are up to for their return in book 3.
Desired tags:#slash #bodyguards #crime #detectives/police #friendship #magic users #demisexual should be a tag #just saying #by: moonlighten #free #status: complete #rating: teen

Rec: To Target the Heart (Spellster Series #2)

Title: To Target the Heart (Spellster Series #2)
Author: Aldrea Alien
Format: Kindle
Published/Free: Published. $2.99 (until the 15th of April)
Length: 598
Status: Complete book of on-going series
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicide attempt. Violence. Homophobia.
Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0834FL7QG
Summary:

How can he win with the odds stacked against him?

Prince Hamish has no interest in fulfilling his duty of marrying. Not to a woman, at least. That doesn’t stop his mother, Queen Fiona, from presenting him with every eligible noblewoman that enters their castle. He’s certain it’ll be no different with the representative of the Udynea Empire.

So when they do arrive, Hamish is relieved the imperial prince, Darshan, is not the woman everyone expected. Until the man kisses him and Hamish is confronted by the very emotions he has been forced to conceal or be punished for. Emotions he is eager to explore.

But the kiss proves to be a little too public and leads his mother to take drastic measures to ensure Hamish adheres to her family vision. The contest of arms will force Hamish to make a choice: give up his happiness for convention’s sake or send the kingdom spiralling into civil war for the right to love his own way.

Review: Entertaining read. Really liked Darshan and Hamish. Excited for what happens next!

Rec: Fallen Hero: Rebirth

Title: Fallen Hero: Rebirth
Author: Malin Rydén
Format: Online text-based Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game
Published/Free: Published
Length: 380,000
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Possible mentions of past abuse, suicide, alcoholism
Link: https://www.choiceofgames.com/user-contributed/fallen-hero-rebirth/
Summary: Become the greatest telepathic villain Los Diablos has ever known! Once you were famous; soon you will be infamous. That is, unless your old friends in the Rangers stop you first. Juggle different identities and preserve your secrets as you build new alliances and try to forget the friendships you’ve left behind.

Review: In terms of interactive fiction, Fallen Hero: Rebirth may be the best one out there. The intricate and seamless writing introduces a world where superheroes are more than simple ‘do-gooders’ and where everything may not be as it seems. The characters you can romance are fully fleshed out and are truly living and breathing in the city that you may very well destroy…

Rec: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]

Title: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]
Author:
Croik (illus: Del)

Format:
Web serial

Published/Free:
Free

Length:
80+ chapters

Status:
Ongoing

Rating:
Mature

Warnings:
Graphic violence/death,

Link:
https://m.tapas.io/series/BangBangBOOMNewYork

Summary:
In the alleyways of 1920s New York, young immigrant and small time gangster Jakub Danowicz meets Cheshire Bloom, an eccentric teen in possession of explosive magical powers. You might not call it love at first sight, but something like it.


Review:
I stumbled across this web novel and consumed the whole thing + the (also ongoing) webcomic in three days. It’s really freaking good. The creators pair strong characterizations with a multi-faceted plot that more than makes up for the excruciating slow burn this romance kicks off with (and boy, is it ever a slow burn). Check it out, and be prepared to lose your weekend.

Rec: Rébellion

Title: Rébellion

Author: Anwise Lanvière

Format: Novel

Published/Free: Free

Length: 3 chapters/?

Status: WIP

Rating: Mature

Warnings: Written in French! Dubious consent, mention of violence, mention of child abuse

Link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/166116351-rébellion

Summary: Comme tous ceux de son peuple depuis que le grand empire de Fréane a conquis la péninsule d’Uria, Sao est un esclave.
Son indiscipline l’a conduit à être vendu de maître en maître jusqu’à se retrouver au service du mystérieux Friedhelm Archenias.
Si cette nouvelle situation lui permet de retrouver un peu de confort et de se rapprocher de Rébellion, une organisation secrète d’esclaves qui fomente une révolte, il n’en reste pas moins sur ses gardes. Il se méfie du caractère imprévisible de son maître, qui lui accorde de nombreux privilèges mais n’hésite pas à lui rappeler sa condition à la moindre occasion.
Sao et les rebelles parviendront-ils à obtenir la liberté ?
Et qui est cet étrange monsieur Archenias ?

Review: Since I’m the author, my opinion cannot be neutral 😉 If you can read French and you’re looking for a slave/master story with a plot that goes beyond sexual tension and is more centred around politics. Also, steampunk atmosphere, if that’s your thing.

Desired tags: slash, bisexual, abuse, action/adventure, dubcon, dystopia, historical, love/hate, poc main character, rich guy/poor guy, servants, sex workers, slavery, steampunk/cyberpunk, war

Rec: Cover me over dead before I ever hear your cry

Title: Cover me over dead before I ever hear your cry

Author: Anonymous

Format: Novel

Published/Free: Free

Length: 11232

Status: WIP

Rating: Mature/Explicit

Warnings: non-con, violence, slavery

Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/17413931?show_comments=true&view_full_work=true#comments

Summary: Hector survives a duel and lives to see his city burn. Achilles dodges an arrow and lives to break down Hector’s door.

Review: I am really not good at reviewing so I will just say that despite the story being at its begining you can see that the writing is the highest quality. It begins with the fall of Troy and centers around Hector(who survived his duel with Achilles) and tragedy of the citizen of the fallen city. It is heavier on feelings and psychology of characters than action but you get the latter too.

One criticism that I may have is that for a person who is not well versed in Greek myths it may be hard to catch up sometimes and there are too many of the characters introduced and never heard from  again.

Highly recommended. 

My Heart Will Be Waiting

Title: My Heart Will Be Waiting
Author: JesBelle
Format: Short Story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 3,000 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/18345128
Summary:  A knight, a witch, a little magic.
Review:  A work of great beauty and sensitivity, but I could be a little biased. ; )
Desired Tags: bisexual, fairytale/mythological, fantasy, knights, magic users, romance

[Fic Search] Werewolf Kidnaps Human Hunter

Summary: Hello! I was trying to remember the name of a fic I read a while back. I think it was the second in a series, though I hadn’t read the first. The protagonist is human, some kind of supernatural hunter, and he runs into a guy at a bar (?) who ends up being a werewolf. The werewolf dude whisks him away to his cabin, there’s some dubcon shenanigans that occur, and then some other werewolves attack while they’re snowed in at the cabin. Any ideas?

Other details: The dubcon part came from the fact that the main character found himself naturally submitting to the werewolf dude, who explained that their attraction was genetic??? There was some werewolf pack rivalry going on too, I think.

Read at: I think it was posted on the author’s personal website, though it could have been somewhere else.

Thanks!