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Title: The Shoemaker
Author: Anonymous (to be revealed...)
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Gwen/Freya, Merlin/Arthur
Summary: Historical magical AU. In turn-of-the-century Glastonbury, Freya Lake heads up an orphanage for magical children. And despite all of the seers’ dire warnings, Freya is happy; her infatuation with the shoemaker’s apprentice—who may or may not be a girl underneath his shirt and trousers—is slowly coming to a head. But then a woman claiming to be Morgana le Fay shows up on the orphanage steps, demanding to see Emrys, and Freya is forced to rearrange her priorities.

Thoughts: I still need to leave a review, but AO3 literally JUST went down for maintenance, so I thought I'd make a rec here in the meantime. OH MY GOODNESS, I loved it :3 Really, really adored every sentence. The OCs were particularly awesome, and the setting/magic sort of reminded me a bit of Terry Pratchett XD Idk, there was just something about it. The idea was awesome, and Gwen as a shoemaker/in guy's clothing was *flaps* really quite hot. Freya was lovely too...it must have been fun to write her, because I guess you can really make her your own. I think she was sort of quietly BAMF in this, heheh. 

Another thing that was lovely about it, was the reincarnation aspect...humm, I don't want to give away the plot, but some of my favourite moments involved characters being reunited. 

Merlin in this was endearingly eccentric, and the ending made me melt. Completely. I am currently a puddle, left only with fingers to type with. 

Date: 2012-12-17 07:31 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: drawing of Mithian, Morgana, and a little Aithusa (mithian/morgana)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
I adore this fic and plan to record it. Next year:) It's one of the best fics I've read.

Date: 2012-12-17 07:56 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Hell yeah. I might stick with 100% femmeslash for podficc'ing.

I know. I want everyone to know this story. I think it's my first Gwen/Freya too. Loved it. The whole thing just worked so well for me:)

Yay for Merlin Hols:) The art that has come out of it is great! Can't think of any other fics I loved *that* much, but I haven't read that many of them:)

Date: 2012-12-17 08:15 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Exactly!

Gwen dressed like a boy FTW! It did have a fairytale feel, didn't it?

Hrm, haven't read either of those. I read the one for amphigoury that is Merlin/Merlin. Heed the warnings, but it's good.

I tried to read the Gen one that features Kilgharrah, but didn't get hooked.

Date: 2012-12-17 08:32 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: Head shot of Mordred (mordred)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Yeah. Merlin/Merlin. It's interesting. I mean, in a good way.

LOL. Soon, darling. Soon. *pets you*

*blinks eyelashes* I can tell you that I wrote something for it. That's all I can say right now:) I'm guessing that people who know me will have a pretty good idea of which is mine though.

Also, AO3 is back up!
Edited Date: 2012-12-17 08:33 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-17 08:35 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Heh. Such a cynic and so young.

*cough* I never said that it was posted...;)

Date: 2012-12-17 08:56 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
LOL. You are cute.

Date: 2012-12-17 09:00 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Yep, AO3 is back up. Yay! All of fandom can breath a collective sigh of relief.

Oh, I posted my podfic today too.

Hee hee. Stand in line... You know the ones I've been making lately are not big enough to wrap around your hand though, right?

Date: 2012-12-17 09:04 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: (beaded crane)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Hee hee. I see you are angling....

Date: 2012-12-17 09:16 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: (beaded crane)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
You live in or near London, right? Good chance I'll be there in July. I'll bring you one then, ok? A little teeny one, like I've been making:) ♥

Date: 2012-12-17 09:20 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Hee. Well, in that case, I won't make any promises. But if I can manage it, I'd be thrilled to foist off my little quilts on anyone who wants one when I go to London next summer. (See, if I keep talking like this, it will happen, right?:))

Date: 2012-12-17 09:25 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Since dh decided he should go to Yellowstone with us, this has cut into my dream of 2 weeks in Europe with him while the kids are with my parents. I'm think 1 week or 10 days. I am definitely drawn towards London, not least of which is that I know a bunch of you people there. And we already speak the language:)

Excellent. I'll have to see what happens in the next couple months with travel plans. I also expect that once Merlin ends, I won't be writing as much, so I'll have more time for quilting. Although now that the podficcing bug has bit me, who knows what will happen.

Date: 2012-12-17 10:16 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
I was there when I was your age, a milion years ago, with my parents. I think we were there for like four or five days?

DH says he can imagine doing things in London, so this is a start. I have just informed him that we will go to a show. He's horrified. He wonders if this is because we never go to shows here and I'm looking for an excuse to go to a show. I tried to tell him it's part of the culture. I don't think he believes me.

Date: 2012-12-17 10:29 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
I will be picking people's brains like crazy when I figure out where we are going!

Date: 2012-12-17 08:38 pm (UTC)
cecilegrey: (STOCK: coffee bath)
From: [personal profile] cecilegrey
Heh, I'm often a bit confused with the way Merlin fandom labels its fic. Like, I never would have considered reincarnation fic would be called AU before I started seeing it here. I'm glad I read your whole review because now that I know it's a reincarnation fic I'm quite interested! Hehe. I <3 reincarnation fics, though admittedly I haven't read many outside of regular Merlin/Arthur. I need to expand my horizons. Bookmarking it now, in my Reading Queue folder.

Date: 2012-12-17 08:57 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: drawing of Mithian, Morgana, and a little Aithusa (mithian/morgana)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
It's really good. You should not wait to read it.

Date: 2012-12-17 09:01 pm (UTC)
cecilegrey: (STOCK: coffee bath)
From: [personal profile] cecilegrey
AO3 still says it's down for me. :P

Date: 2012-12-17 09:03 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
*punches AO3 for you* What? That's an outrage!

Does this link work for you?
Edited Date: 2012-12-17 09:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-17 09:14 pm (UTC)
cecilegrey: (STOCK: coffee bath)
From: [personal profile] cecilegrey
It does... :) Thank you!

Date: 2012-12-17 09:15 pm (UTC)
jelazakazone: black squid on a variegated red background (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelazakazone
Yeee haw!!!

Date: 2012-12-17 09:13 pm (UTC)
cecilegrey: (STOCK: coffee bath)
From: [personal profile] cecilegrey
Hehe, it's true, I've never seen a fandom that embraced AUs quite this much! It's funny, because in other fandoms I have often been quite fond of AUs, but most of the time in Merlin I am just so addicted to catching up on canon era fics that I skip the AUs. I'm glad fandom has its lovable tropes though. Whatever keeps fandom alive makes me happy. <3
Edited Date: 2012-12-17 09:13 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-17 09:23 pm (UTC)
cecilegrey: (STOCK: coffee bath)
From: [personal profile] cecilegrey
There is a song? *confused*

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