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Merlin Recs:
Give Yourself Away by [ profile] yue_ix [NWS, dub-con] Merlin/Morgana

Snowed in at Heathrow and Other Christmas Disasters by [ profile] rotrude [NC-17] (28k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: Sometimes the weather conditions work a little like fate. And sometimes you find love in the most improbable circumstances.
Having been trapped in an airport for many hours myself... i don’t remember anything remotely interesting as this happen. But now I wish it had! It’s a fun fic with two people taking advantage of a moment outside either of their worlds and ... having scorching hot sex in the loo. And a nice little plot to wrap it all up in.

Stage of the Ice, the Solid Ocean by [ profile] m_frantic [NC-17] (9k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: When Police Sergeant Lance Dulac begins to investigate a crime in the small Welsh village of Camelot, it stirs up decades of secrets.
The author crafted an interesting setting in this one. I really liked the ‘small Welsh village’ with its cranky old men who protect their own and how everyone seems to know everyone. The Lancelot POV as an outsider really worked for me.

Borderlands by [ profile] nympha_alba [NC-17] (11k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: Canon era AU. When Arthur is separated from his knights by a mysterious fog on the Mercian border, he finds himself trapped in a place that seems to balance between dream and reality. To regain his freedom he must put his trust in one of Lord Bayard's closest men - a man who calls himself Merlin.
This fic is full of gorgeous atmosphere and a clever little plot in an canon-era AU setting. The entire piece (nearly) takes place inside a cottage, where Arthur and Merlin (strangers to each other) are trapped. They’re forced to work together and get along to survive. There are moment of h/c, of domestic life, of UST and truths revealed. On the whole, an excellent read.

Run, Neon Tiger by [ profile] canningtonclose [NC-17] (7k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: Arthur could live the life his father wanted, without hiding from 'copters and trying to build the resistance in a dystopian world, but it wouldn't be a life worth living without Merlin.
This is a fic for those that love world building, especially the on-the-run in a dystopian world type thing. It’s well crafted, drawing a perfect picture of this dark world, where all Merlin and Arthur have are each other.

Uncommon Side Effects May Include by [ profile] flammablehat [NC-17] (6k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: Arthur has a problem. Merlin has questionable luck and terrible timing. Gwaine has it coming to him.
Silly and entertaining and sexy. A mess of cracky, hot fun.

Wassail by [ profile] bananahater336 [NC-17] (2k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: Merlin and Arthur go wassailing on a Yule night.
a lovely canon future!fic. loved the idea of wassailing and the Yule traditions that Arthur and Merlin share with the people of Camelot.

skin by [ profile] lyryk [NC-17] (2k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: It begins several days after Arthur’s coronation: the slow, tentative learning of each other’s skin.
very sweet and sensual. Nice little moment in time fic.

Reminder: List of Merlin Holidays Recs. If you are reccing for the fest, send me a link.
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Blind Submission by [ profile] amphigoury Arthur/Percival [WS]

First Light by [ profile] reni_m Arthur, Merlin [WS]

U + Me > by [ profile] shan_3414 Gwaine, Merlin [WS]

Wait by [ profile] eldee Arthur/Merlin [NC-17] (10k)
Warnings/Contents: established bedroom D/s relationship (dom Arthur, sub Merlin), bondage and sex toys but no painplay.
Summary: It’s been a couple of weeks since Merlin and Arthur have had the chance to get together for a night of play.
This was so much of everything I love about D/s play. Dom!Arthur with his quiet authority, and sub!Merlin with his struggles to give over control warring with his desire to please... yeah. This was delicious. They are established, but still new enough to each other and their roles that it’s practiced but still fresh, Merlin knows what’s expected but it’s still an effort to comply at times. I loved the choices the author made in both the play and the characterisation. Hit all my buttons just right.

Painting By Numbers by [ profile] junkshop_disco Gwaine/Merlin [NC-17] (18k)
Summary: Since he fell out with a Painting By Numbers kit at eight, Gwaine has been incapable of painting within other people’s lines. Luckily he’s about to meet Merlin, an art student, who’s equally keen on making a splodgy mess of life.
I read this fic like this --> ♥_♥ the whole time. It’s incredibly romantic with nice touch of humour and yummy sex. Incredibly heart warming for a cold winter’s day.

The Hunt by [ profile] novemberlite Arthur/Merlin [NC-17] (12k)
Warnings: knotting, rimming, rough sex
Summary: “Those Pendragons, they’re a different sort. Beastly, but clever. It’s said they’re drawn to magic--to power--and that’s how they find their... mate.”
I adore canon AU and this one is fascinating. I’ve never read knotting in Merlin fandom before but.. yeah. It’s totally going on my kink list. That said, the actual knotting is fairly short so certainly skimmable if it’s not your thing. But the plot is nicely done and something I haven’t read before and the sex (rough and feral) was everything I could ask for.

A Heavy Heart to Carry by [ profile] xthursdaynextx Arthur/Merlin [R] (12k)
Summary: When Merlin is captured and injured, Arthur must face up to his own feelings for his manservant as well as the many secrets he discovers are being kept from him.
When I first got into fandom, Arthur taking care of injured Merlin and ~discovering his worth is the first type of fic I sought out. Funny thing? A bazillion fics later – I still cannot get enough of this trope. This was a lovely read that satisfies that spot that canon always pokes at and leave me wanting – that part of me that screams: “Arthur, look at what is right in front of you and TRULY appreciate it and see Merlin for who he is.” Loved it, lovely h/c.

Reminder: List of Merlin Holidays Recs. If you are reccing for the fest, send me a link.

Merlin Recs

Dec. 9th, 2011 10:30 am
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Disclaimer on Merlin Holidays recs: I’m a mod, which means while the author is anon to you, they are not to me. If that’s a concern for you, feel free to scroll on past. A list of other reccers provided below. Also my reading order is not the same as the posting order. So while i plan to read every fic, I haven’t necessarily read all the fics posted so far even though I have read many that haven't been posted.

Sketch Merlin X Arthur kisses by ~woshibbdou

Merlin 14 by *MisterKay

The Light of Dawn by [ profile] amythystluna Merlin/Arthur [R]

Dance Down to Nothing by [ profile] arithilim Merlin/Arthur [PG]

The Blessing by [ profile] corilannam Merlin/unicorn, implied Merlin/Arthur [NC-17] (4k)
Summary: Set immediately after episode 1.11. The unicorn has come back to life, but it still wants something from Merlin.
This was written for Kinkspiration Round 1, so warning: bestiality (human/unicorn sexual activity). To which I say: \o/ BRING IT ON. And this delivers. Very naughty and wrong and so delicious.

Stranded by [ profile] fluffssnowflake Arthur/Merlin [R] (5.6k)
Summary: When Merlin and Arthur find themselves in a tight spot, they get help from an unexpected source.
Well... i pretty much love everything about this fic and would have loved to read a 100k of it, but I think the author did an excellent job of making it work perfectly in 5k (I just need to keep re-reading it, is all). The premise is that an older Arthur from the future comes back to help out when he's needed, and not only does he eradicate the evil beasties, but he gives younger!Merlin hope and a glimpse of the future that is more precious that anything Excalibur can do.

The Very Important Quest by [ profile] angstslashhope Arthur/Merlin [NC-17] (25k)
Summary: On a Very Important Quest, Arthur and Merlin share clothes, beds, bathwater and secrets.
First: there is a warning for gore here – which is due to animals eating other animals. That bit is easily skimable. I really loved the banter in this fic, the dynamic between Merlin and Arthur, the way they look after each other. Lovely quest fic.

Until Morning Light by [ profile] myashke Arthur/Merlin [NC-17] (9k)
Summary: The citadel is coldest during Midwinter vigil, but warmth comes in many forms on that magical night.
This is a gentle, warm fic that made me smile the whole way through. I adore the atmosphere of the Midwinter vigil and ritual of it all, as well as the quiet friendship between both Merlin and Arthur.

On Pins and Needles (In the Company of Wolves) by [ profile] coffeemugged Uther/Merlin [NC-17] (17k)
Summary: Sometimes, the fairy tale heroine isn't just a cutout victim waiting for her saviour, but the agent of her own fate. Merlin thinks so, anyway, as he tries his best to woo a beast of his own - his English Lit teacher - Mr Pendragon.
This fic comes with warnings for: D/s, student-teacher relationship, age disparity (Merlin is 16), BDSM.... which basically reads like all my favourite kinks. What I liked most about this fic was Merlin’s self-awareness. He knows he’s a sub, and knows he responds to Uther’s Dom characteristics and he loves to push the Dom in Uther to the forefront, even if he’s a bit clumsy at it. IDEK... but that just hits all my buttons.

Same River Twice by [ profile] kianspo Arthur/Merlin [PG-13] (22k)
Summary: Modern royal AU. When Arthur, the Prince of Wales, was seventeen, he had made a mistake that is still haunting him. Eight years later, can he finally make it right?
This fic? HEARTS IN MY EYES the whole time. A fantastic, quick read that immediately became one of my favourite Royal AUs. A sweet, romantic, fun fic to read on a winter’s afternoon.

Reminder: List of Merlin Holidays Recs. If you are reccing for the fest, send me a link.
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Stay, Stay by [ profile] ravyn_ashling PG
Absolutely stunning! And sparkly!!! I must admit when we first got this art I emailed all the other mods and said can we PLEASE end the fest with this (followed by a bunch of keyboard mashes). So lovely!

Collared by [ profile] venivincere [NC-17] (4k)
Summary: Ever since Arthur apologized, Merlin's spent rather more than a healthy amount of time in two pursuits: first, learning that the line between awake-but-will-fall-back-asleep Arthur and awake-and-will-eventually-rise Arthur lay just after irritation but before annoyance, and second, inventing new ways every morning to ride that line like a prize stallion.
This is a delicious little kinky fic, which I think isn’t at all obvious from the summary. A lovely ‘any point in canon’ sort of setting, great language and imagery all wrapping nicely around so many of my favourite kinks. UNF!

Going Once, Going Twice by [ profile] ayane_tsurugi[PG-13] (3k)
Summary: No, it is NOT like Grey's Anatomy. Except that it totally is. And what have I told you about ordering those awful American telly programmes? (Or, the lives and loves of the employees of Camelot, Inc. as told by a concerned very, very amused onlooker.)
Total crack – which is not my usual preference, but I found this fic very entertaining. The narrator was ridiculous and amusing and the it’s a cute little modern au full of silliness.

Showmance by [ profile] cassie_black12[PG-13] (10k)
Summary: When his doctor suggested he take up a hobby to counteract his stressful lifestyle, Arthur had no idea just how big a change it would make.
A charming modern au with Arthur as an amateur actor and Merlin as an artist. Cue a cute little love story of their getting together. Lovely read.

Also ... Guessing poll is up at [ profile] merlin_holidays. Reveals are Jan 7th - After which I'll add in all the author's names and update my rec lists.

Merlin rec

Dec. 29th, 2010 11:24 pm
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If I post a rec this late, does anyone read it? I hope so, because you should totally not miss this. :D

The Cup and the Dagger by [ profile] piscaria Arthur/Merlin [NC-17] (14k)
Summary: When Merlin dies defending him, Arthur sets out on a quest to get him back.
This is a wonderful post-3.13 quest fic! Merlin is close to death and Arthur must find someone capable of using the cup of life in order to bring him back. It’s a great journey for Arthur who plays with fate and destiny, and learns much about himself and his manservant in the process. A wonderful adventure, great tragedy and romance. I think I’ll always remember this as the first really plotty post-S3 fics I read and it was lovely.
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bryne by [ profile] amythystluna Merlin WS
Stunning use of shadows, greys and a burst of colour in this. A really striking portrait of Merlin.

First Meetings by [ profile] madnessisreal Merlin/Arthur WS
Awe! This is an adorable moment. Merlin's introducing Arthur to a friend. *g*

When the music changes, so does the dance by [ profile] giselleslash Merlin/Arthur [NC-17] (8k)
Summary: The boys are in high school and the winter dance is coming up. Arthur thinks he should school Merlin in the fine art of the waltz and Merlin just wants to make it through it all without succumbing to teenage angst, after school detention and Christmas dinner at the Pendragons.
A fun modern AU. A cute easy read that had me smiling the whole time.

We Cannot Live Unbruised by [ profile] fuzzytomato02 Merlin/Arthur [PG] (4k)
Summary: Leon notices things.
This is such a lovely h/c, capturing several critical moments of M/A's relationship, all through Leon's eyes. Beautifully done.

To Be Worthy of Merlin's Books and Bed by [ profile] bananahater336 Merlin/Arthur [R] (4k)
Summary: It all started with a drunken game of Twister. It could only go up from there.
Modern AU. I really liked the premise of the fic, we begin with Will getting Merlin drunk and the gang around him slowing working through a night of partying with a suspiciously absent Arthur, while going through memories of other parties telling the backstory. Very sweet fic.

GAH!!! [ profile] merlin_holidays is almost done!

Older fic rec…
The other day I was going through [ profile] frogspace's rec lists looking for something… old. LOL. IDEK – I just wanted something written in the earlier years of fandom and stumbled on this great read:

Soldered by [ profile] julesoh [PG-13] (10k) Merlin/Arthur
Summary: Merlin fell to the side, clutching at his leg in agony, and the blue sky dimmed and wavered in his vision, ice-white clouds mocking him as they swirled. He opened his mouth to cry out, but a name came to his lips instead, unbidden: “Arthur.”
Canon fic, taking place in a Season 1 setting, sometime after 1x09 Excalibur. It portrays a great connection between Merlin and Arthur, both magical and non-magical. Their relationship is subtle and tender and very canon. I adored Merlin's desperation to help Arthur and Arthur's pride and courage and determination not to let down his father. Absolutely lovely read.

lalalla... still not here... one set of guests just left, next set arriving tomorrow morning. oof! Is it January yet?
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A Moving Target by [ profile] chicaintcheap [NC-17] (7k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: Canonverse AU. The story of a prince and his assassin.
This is a lovely re-writing of canon, with Merlin having been trained by other magic users to become an assassin and his assignment is to kill Prince Arthur to avenge the purge. Nothing goes as planned, of course, because Merlin is still Merlin and has a heart of gold and sees more in Arthur than just a prat. Neat premise, I liked it a lot.

The New Tutor by [ profile] shippouzrus [NC-17] (41k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: Arthur is a single father to Mordred, who happens to be a smart-ass. When Mordred needs a new tutor, Arthur finds himself suddenly attracted to the new tutor, Merlin.
Magical Modern AU. Not a lot of really long reads coming out lately, and I really like the originality of Mordred being Arthur's son (as we see in some legends) as is the role of magic here, in this modern setting. Enjoyable read if you are looking to curl up with something over the holidays.

Of Cabbages and Kings by [ profile] riventhorn [NC-17] (17k) Arthur/Merlin
Summary: In which Merlin makes the mistake of tempting fate and finds himself in a fairytale world surrounded by monsters, witches, and one very annoying Pendragon.
A charming adventure story, a magical modern AU/reincarnation/trip down the rabbit hole … very unique and a whole lot of fun with great OCs and lots of action.

Also! [ profile] camelotsolstice has begun posting! I haven't started reading yet, but I've got the first few printed to enjoy in the next couple days. :)
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Just Dance by [ profile] okydoky [NC-17] (5k) Merlin/Arthur
Summary: Merlin’s Masters dissertation isn’t going so well and to numb his frustration at being assigned a new tutor, he needs a night out. And then he meets Arthur.
A delish age-disparity non-magical modern AU.This is a club fic with older!Arthur and student!Merlin. The sex is scorching.

Ripples by [ profile] curia_regis [PG-13] (1.4k) Merlin/Arthur, Arthur/Gwen (background)
Summary: Merlin has his happily-ever-after with Arthur, but he can't help but think about the past and what could have been.
This is a really lovely, achey fic. It’s an interesting look at paths not taken and what we would be willing to give up if we felt that we hadn’t followed the right path. *blinks back tears*

That Night At The Club by [ profile] eldee [NC-17] (13k) Merlin/Arthur, Morgana/Gwen
Summary: They will say, long past Morgana's birthday, that it was that night at the club when things really started to happen between Arthur and Merlin. Naturally, Morgana and Gwen like to take credit, but so does Val, despite Arthur and Merlin's protests that they would've figured it out themselves. Eventually.
A fun, fun fic with match-making Morgana and Gwen who are sick of two oblivious boys being oblivious.

[ profile] lolafeist and [ profile] agenttrojie took the same premise (I think it was something like Merlin has both Arthur and Gwaine and yet he’s still not happy???IDEK! I assume one of them will correct me???) and wrote two different styles of fics on that. The result is two very different, yet delightful fics. :D

Is That What You Had in Mind? by [ profile] lolafeist [NC-17] (2k) Arthur/Gwaine/Merlin
Summary: Merlin dares Arthur and Gwaine to kiss. It doesn't go exactly how he planned.
I adore lolafeist’s Gwaine. With lines like “Going to ride me, Princess,” she makes me lol and squirm at the same time. Adorable and hot like burning threesome PWP. This kind of bottom Arthur, where it’s about Arthur bottoming for this first time... hgfdkghdfkhgkdfjhgjkf... I’ll be in my bunk.

Truce by [ profile] agenttrojie [NC-17] (2k) Arthur/Gwaine/Merlin
Summary: Merlin has both the men he wants, but he's not happy.
The premise of this fic is one of my absolute favourite future!fic bunnies. I love love love how the author played this out, showing the complexity of a threesome and all the emotion behind making polyamory work when it’s not a balanced relationship.

ALSO!!! This vids been making the rounds and *flails* I can't not mention it, just in case any of you have missed it: The Knights Of The Hot Table by Elderberryinkblot

Merlin Recs

Dec. 8th, 2010 08:56 am
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Picture Maker by [ profile] tourdefierce [NC-17] (25k)
Summary: Hipster: a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. Hipster: a group of people Arthur Pendragon despises.
This is one of the most fascinating fics I’ve read in a long time. It’s also incredibly filthy. It made me blush and ... yeah, that takes a lot these days. Read the warnings – nothing too hard-core, but it’s certainly dirty. But this Merlin... yeah, he’s a bit of brilliant and I totally understand how Arthur's completely in awe of him (which is not something I often see in non-magical modern AU’s, tbh) but I’m with Arthur, staring slack-jawed at this outrageous, talented, dead-sexy Merlin who lives a life so far from anything I have ever, will ever experience that I felt a bit like Alice following a white rabbit. Unique fic, incredibly hot and epically romantic.

Questing by [ profile] emeraldsword Gwaine/Merlin, one-sided Merlin/Arthur [NC-17] (3k)
Summary: set during 3x8, The Eye of the Phoenix, contains some spoilers for that. It clearly makes sense for Merlin to go and get Gwaine to help him save Arthur. There are lots of valid reasons for him to do that, it's not just that Gwaine's very attractive… Merlin's needs aren't met very often, but then, neither are Gwaine's.
Kink warning: Watersports. I love the way this author portrays the vulnerability of both Merlin and Gwaine and the acceptance they show each other. It’s one more thing that binds them together, and builds their trust. Very hot with honest emotions nestled in there nicely!

ETA: So What Have You Eaten Today? by [ profile] lolafeist Gwaine/Merlin [NC-17] (770)
Warnings: (or summary, really) Just some gratuitous porn, nothing to see here. Come play, a joke about watersports. Honestly, it's a joke. But yes, come play.
come play!!! really delicious (heh) come play! a fun moment of Gwaine and Merlin in bed together and Merlin's curious about what come tastes like. UNF!

Merlin Recs

Dec. 6th, 2010 11:30 am
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Full disclosure! I mod [ profile] merlin_holidays, which means those author/artists are anon to you, but not to me.


Mistletoe by [ profile] amythystluna [NC-17]
This is fun animated gif that is adorable and sexy. Ahahah! Leaves me with all kinds of Christmassy warm-fuzzies.

Driving Lessons by [ profile] hermette [NC-17] (7k)
Summary: It's bad enough that Arthur is going to have to get a stupid fucking stats tutor because he spends all of his lectures staring at the back of Merlin's neck and wondering what sort of noises he'd make if Arthur scraped his teeth against all that pale skin. But now, now he's supposed to tolerate Merlin showing up at his door early in the morning with snowflakes clinging to his eyelashes? Now he's supposed to spend four hours alone in a car with him, and fuck all, there is no way Arthur comes out of this without making some manner of arse out of himself.
Fabulous feel-good fic. Funny and silly and romantic with plenty of Christmas cheer and boys crushing on boys. The kind of fic you want to find in your stocking on Christmas morning.

Same as It Ever Was by [ profile] corilannam [NC-17] (7k)
Summary: When Merlin wakes up, he’s wrapped in Arthur’s arms. It's the single worst moment of his life.
Magical Modern AU. This is a lovely achy fic, with a really interesting characterisation of Merlin who is emotionally damaged by his father abandoning their family. It has a great theme of the risks of self-fulfilling prophecies, and the world building that is a quiet background story is nicely done.

A Miracle of Rare Device by [ profile] pepperlandgirl4 [PG-13] (pre-slash) (4k)
Summary: It was easy to lose track of time in that sort of cold. Nothing served as adequate distraction because your mind was constantly concerned with the problem of freezing to death—or rather, not freezing to death.
Very sweet, quiet h/c fic, with an adoring Arthur taking care of a very cold Merlin.


Ice Princess by [ profile] lolafiest Gwaine/Arthur [R] (550)
Summary: The boys are trapped in a cave! Merlin frets. Gwaine tries to sex Arthur up. Shenanigans ensue. I am really bad at writing summaries.
The world needs more Arthur/Gwaine!!! The world needs this fic to be more that 550 words! I think a commoner gets knighted every time Gwaine calls Arthur ‘Princess’ in a fic.

The Proper Deference by [ profile] leashy_bebes Merlin/Gwaine [R] (1200)
Summary: This is what happened after 3x13. YES IT IS. Um. Spoilery, I guess? Mainly just porny.
Super sexy Merlin/Gwaine coda to 3.13. I love that Gwaine sees right through Merlin’s ‘deference’. Hee!


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