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Yuletide 2014 recs (books)

Somehow I ended up with 75 recs for 2014's Yuletide. I'm splitting this sucker into multiple posts. Here are the book fandoms, which are, as always, the majority. Headers/cut-tags divide up the list in roughly chunks of five, for ease of browsing.

Aaronovitch, Rivers of London (2); Addison, The Goblin Emperor (2); Banks, Culture series

The Cartographer Tries to Map a Course (2018 words) by eudaimon
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Abigail Kamara, Thomas Nightingale
Summary: Wizarding was never going to be the thing for Abigail Kamara - the world was just too wide.

A quiet, lovely look at Abigail and Ettersberg.

Of Wishes and Swords (9800 words) by sprl1199
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alexander Seawoll, Thomas Nightingale
Additional Tags: Character Study, Pre-Canon, 1970s, Young Seawoll
Summary: It started at one thirty on a wet Thursday morning in March when Alvin Reimer, musician and, in his own words, intermediate level kung fu master tripped over a body in the alley behind Ludwig’s Pawn.

One of the things I like about canon is that though Seawoll is introduced as an antagonist, he's very good at his job, and this is great backstory.

Betrothal Negotiations (1382 words) by atheilen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Csethiro Ceredin/Maia Drazhar
Characters: Csethiro Ceredin, Maia Drazhar, Deret Beshelar, Cala Athmaza
Summary: The Emperor's nohecharei never leave him alone. // The Emperor's bride has her own thoughts on the matter.

More Csethiro, yay! She's so great.

Service (994 words) by atheilen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Isheian (The Goblin Emperor), Csevet Aisava, Echelo Esaran
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Isheian was grateful to serve. But that didn't mean she did not want more.

As the author's note says, "For those who might not remember, Isheian is Maia's 'shy little server in the dining room.'" This does what it says on the tin and is lovely.

First Steps (11441 words) by Bagheera
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Culture - Iain M. Banks
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: GOU Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints, Lededje Y'breq, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s), Original Non-Human Character(s)
Additional Tags: Minds (Culture), Drones (Culture), Crimes & Criminals, Childhood, Artificial Intelligence, Surface Detail, Cameos, Meet the Family, Special Circumstances
Summary: "Did I design you a warship or a party clown, child?"

I haven't read Surface Detail yet, but this works as a study of an odd family-ish relationship and an odder Mind, and feels very Culture.


Bujold, Vorkosigan series; Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2); Cooper, Dark Is Rising series; Dean, Tam Lin; Fry, The Lady's Not for Burning

Lady Vorkosigan's Manor (888 words) by mayachain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan/Miles Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Interior Decorating, In-Laws, POV Female Character, Politics
Summary: After the new Lady Vorkosigan's redecorations, Vorkosigan House has a green silk room.

This story answers why.

The Sand In The Bottom Half Of The Hourglass. (2015 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Arabella Strange & Emma Pole
Characters: Emma Pole, Arabella Strange, John Uskglass
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2014, Yuletide Treat, Coffeehouses, Canon-Compliant, Post-Canon, Regency Era Coffeehouses, Misses Clause Challenge, Romantic Friendship
Summary: Arabella has taken to patronizing a coffeehouse.

I really enjoyed the omnipresent magic in this fic, which is something that is not often seen in post-canon stories for some reason, and their friendship.

City of Salt and Time (10857 words) by Eccentric_Hat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jonathan Strange, Gilbert Norrell, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Italy, Venice, Post-Canon, Footnotes
Summary: England’s first two magicians of the modern age are somewhere near Venice.

This could absolutely be a sequel. It also has loads of research about Venice, but it's mostly in footnotes, so it doesn't feel like "I've suffered for my research and now so must you."

Tomorrow and Tomorrow (6459 words) by Nope
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Will Stanton, Bran Davies (Dark Is Rising), Jane Drew, Barney Drew
Summary: "So," Will says at last. "Same time next year?"

This tackles the melancholy of the series' ending beautifully.

The Piper (14809 words) by Stultiloquentia
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tam Lin - Pamela Dean
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Janet Carter/Thomas Lane
Characters: Lily Carter, Andrew Carter, Robin Armin
Additional Tags: Coming Out, Hapless Undergraduates, Greek Mythology - Freeform, Family
Summary: Seven years after Janet and Thomas' ordeal, Lily and Andrew Carter are both students at Blackstock. The ol' impregnation-and-running-tackle trick isn't going to cut it this time.

This works great on minimal memory of canon—though if Greek mythology is real in canon I admit I don't recall, and don't care if it isn't—and feels like a true sequel that avoids being a rehash.

She's young, O god, she's young (1215 words) by DaisyNinjaGirl
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lady's Not For Burning - Christopher Fry
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Thomas Mendip/Jennet Jourdemayne, Richard/Alizon Eliot
Characters: Thomas Mendip, Jennet Jourdemayne, Richard, Alizon Eliot
Additional Tags: Epilogue, Sleep
Summary: In the chill of an April morning, four runaways discover there's no room at the inn.

It is no longer surprising to me that we get these kind of miracles out of Yuletide, but it's still amazing.


Kagan, Hellspark; Kirstein, Steerswoman; Leckie, Imperial Radch (4)

Lightning Rod Memory (2215 words) by Reyka_Sivao
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hellspark - Janet Kagan
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tocohl & Maggy
Characters: Tocohl Susumo, Maggy | Margaret Lord Lynn
Additional Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Languages and Linguistics, POV Female Character, Misses Clause Challenge, Female-Centric, Female Friendship, Humanity
Summary: Tocohl and Maggy seek out cheap memory, act like they know it all, dance around the big questions, and start off on their next adventure.

No plot, just a snapshot of their evolving relationship, and that's just fine by me.

Nights of Yes or No (4477 words) by pendrecarc
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Steerswoman Series - Rosemary Kirstein
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bel/Rowan
Characters: Rowan (Steerswoman), Bel (Steerswoman), Henra (Steerswoman), Keridwen (Steerswoman)
Additional Tags: First Time
Summary: Rowan finds herself in waiting.

I'm technically credited as a beta on this, but the only thing I did was read it and say "wow, it's perfect," so I refuse to disclaim this: it's post-canon, it's perfect, read it.

A stillness full of lights (1723 words) by Raven
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Awn Elming, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Mercy of Kalr, Seivarden Vendaai, Daos Ceit
Summary: A gift from Mercy of Kalr; or, a brief history of becoming.

Beautiful, true-to-canon look at music, mourning, community, and identity.

Soft Offering (1035 words) by renquise
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mercy of Kalr, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq
Summary: A gift from one ship to another.

A small but perfect variation on the theme of gifts of song from the Mercy.

It All Goes Around (1460 words) by tanyart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tisarwat, Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen | Breq, Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Identity Issues, Post-Ancillary Sword
Summary: She will never write back home.

A study of Tisawart and, as the tags say, her identity issues post-Sword.

Ancillary Ghost (2229 words) by yhlee
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Seivarden Vendaai
Summary: Seivarden as honored guest, and the importance of tea. // Takes place after Ancillary Sword (spoilers).

Speculation on that character revealed at the end of Sword. Precise, a little creepy, and very much in the style of canon. (Disclaimer: I beta read this.)


Lem, Cyberiad (2); Lynch, Gentleman Bastards (2); Monette, Doctrine of Labryinths

A Further Sally, or The Miracles of Amentia (3420 words) by CenozoicSynapsid
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Cyberiad - Stanislaw Lem
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Trurl, klapaucius
Additional Tags: Mathematics, Humor
Summary: In which Trurl and Klapaucius, the far-famed constructors, visit a planet whose inhabitants hold ridiculous misconceptions about religion. Can their problems be solved with the aid of the Higher Mathematics?

TWO excellent Cyberiad fics this year! This is a book dear to my heart, as my domain name shows [*], and so this is very exciting. Here's the first, which is totally convincing and delightful.

[*] Back in the days of Usenet, you could set an Organization: in one's headers, and people would put in various jokes. I originally used a Culture ship name (GSV Size Isn't Everything), and then changed to The Steelypips, which are from The Cyberiad, shortly before I needed my own domain name. And from there we have the nicknames Chateau Steelypips, SteelyKid, and the Pip.

An Academic Question (2423 words) by vombas
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Cyberiad - Stanislaw Lem
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Trurl, klapaucius
Additional Tags: Academia, Technology, Fanart, Pen & Ink, Illustrated

And here's the second, in which the constructors tackle a question of academic organization; also entirely convincing and illustrated, to boot.

eyes closed, head first, can't lose (2820 words) by betweenthebliss
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Gentleman Bastard Sequence - Scott Lynch
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Locke Lamora & Nazca Barsavi, Nazca Barsavi & Sabetha Belacoros
Characters: Locke Lamora, Nazca Barsavi, Sabetha Belacoros, Jean Tannen
Additional Tags: Drunken Shenanigans, Bar Room Brawl, Locke You Idiot, Locke & Nazca are BFFs
Summary: Locke, Jean, Sabetha and Nazca go to a bar for some drinks and relaxation. When a drunken idiot invites himself to join them, Locke tries to prove he's crashed the wrong card game. Naturally, things don't exactly go according to plan.

Nazca! Baby con artists! Perfect title from Brooklyn Nine-Nine (and the best AU idea in notes)!

This Secret Alchemy (20531 words) by gamerfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Gentleman Bastard Sequence - Scott Lynch
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Locke Lamora & Jean Tannen & Sabetha Belacoros, Sabetha Belacoros/Locke Lamora
Characters: Locke Lamora, Jean Tannen, Sabetha Belacoros, Father Chains, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Heist, Murder Mystery, False Identity, Families of Choice, Platonic Relationships, Teenage Gentlemen Bastards, Fun with Unlabeled Alchemical Potions, Canon Compliant
Summary: Father Chains only wanted Locke, Jean, and Sabetha to steal one little thing from the alchemist. Of course, nothing can ever be that simple in Camorr, especially not for the adolescent Gentlemen Bastards. A tale of thievery, arson, confidence games, cunning disguises, murder most foul, standoffs at crossbow-point, and love triumphant at last.

Another, much longer, "awww, babies" fic (not in the literal sense). Canon-compliant is, if anything, an understatement.

Inquiries into the Heart of the World (8969 words) by mikkey_bones
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctrine of Labyrinths - Sarah Monette
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Felix Harrowgate/Gideon Thraxios
Characters: Gideon Thraxios, Felix Harrowgate, Mildmay Foxe
Additional Tags: POV First Person, Books, Academia, Implied/Referenced Character Death
Summary: Felix takes seven books with him into exile. Five of them are Gideon's.

Gideon through books; owwwwwwww.


Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables series (2); Munsch, The Paper Bag Princess; Novik, Temeraire; O'Brian, Aubrey-Maturin

Chicken Money (1044 words) by redgear
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Anne Shirley, Marilla Cuthbert, Matthew Cuthbert
Summary: "I suppose we ought to talk about the chickens," Marilla said, briskly serving Matthew a slice of fruitcake, then taking one for herself.

A little bit of Marilla, Matthew, and Anne being family in their characteristic ways.

Gilbert of Redmond (3200 words) by mayachain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley
Characters: Gilbert Blythe, Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Long-Distance Relationship, Engagement, Medical School, Class Issues
Summary: Three letters Gilbert wrote during the beginning of his and Anne's long-distance engagement period.

I had never previously been tempted to call Gilbert a cinnamon roll.

The Dragon’s Confession (306 words) by foxinthestars
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Elizabeth (The Paper Bag Princess), Dragon (The Paper Bag Princess)
Summary: Why did he knock himself out to prove something to a paper-bag-wearing princess?

Tiny and perfect; disclaimer, I beta-read it.

An Abundance Of Captains (2897 words) by fadeaccompli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Temeraire - Naomi Novik, Unusual Dragon Hoards - iguanamouth
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Temeraire, William Laurence, Hoard of Kittens Dragon
Additional Tags: Fluff, Yuletide Treat, Crossovers & Fandom Fusions
Summary: Laurence was puzzled as to why anyone should send him and Temeraire to collect a stray dragonet, until he discovered how it had chosen its captain.

Just an adorable bit of fluff.

The Whitehall Affair (5219 words) by riverlight
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Sophie Williams, Stephen Maturin/Diana Villiers
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Sophie Williams, Stephen Maturin, Diana Villiers, Sir Joseph Blaine
Additional Tags: Spies & Secret Agents
Summary: “Why, Stephen,” Diana said, teasing. “Anyone would think you had some secret mission you were planning.”

Minor naval intrigue and the wives being awesome.


Peters, Brother Cadfael; Pierce, Emelan (Circle); Pratchett, Discworld (2); Sayers, Wimsey/Vane

A Flourish of Gold (14800 words) by thelittlestbird
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cadfael Chronicles - Ellis Peters
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Brother Cadfael, Olivier de Bretagne, Eleanor of Aquitaine
Additional Tags: Minor Violence, Historical Inaccuracy
Summary: When a murder disrupts the peace conference that might end the Anarchy, Brother Cadfael must solve one last mystery. Fortunately, he has some very competent people to help him.

Technically I never finished this series, but from the dozen-plus books I did read, this feels very true to canon.

Welcome Silence (1580 words) by grim_lupine
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Emelan - Tamora Pierce
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Past Rizuka fa Dalach/Daja Kisubo, Briar Moss & Daja Kisubo
Characters: Briar Moss, Daja Kisubo, Trisana Chandler, Sandrilene fa Toren
Additional Tags: Male-Female Friendship, Heartbreak, Introspection, Post-Will of the Empress
Summary: When Daja needs to be comforted and cosseted, she goes to Sandry. When Daja needs someone to tell her the hard truths, to deliver the push she knows she needs at times, she goes to Tris. // When Daja needs nothing more than silence and space, the time to lick her wounds and examine her own feelings without the uncomfortable self-consciousness that comes sometimes with being fussed over, she goes to Briar.

A lovely quiet look at Daja post-Empress.

Interlude With Some Vampires (6688 words) by binz, shiplizard
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nutt/Glenda Sugarbean
Characters: Glenda Sugarbean, Nutt (Discworld)
Additional Tags: Yuletide
Summary: Glenda and Nutt in Quirm. Romances aren't as tidy when they happen in real life, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth having.

I LOVE THEM SO MUCH and this is the post-UU story they deserve. *hearteyes*

Kisses Don't Last (Except When They Do) (23118 words) by who_la_hoop
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maladict/Polly Perks
Characters: Maladict, Polly "Ozzer" Perks, Samuel Vimes, Angua von Uberwald, Mrs Cake, Death (Discworld), Countess Notfaroutoe
Additional Tags: Polly/Mal/Coffee OT3, Genderqueer Character, Terrible Presents, Terrible Apologies, Overly Aggressive Knitting, Absolutely No Pining - None At All, Denial, Romance, Humour, Coffee, Jokes About Socks, Matchmaking Friends, Misses Clause Challenge, Women in Uniform, The B-Vord, Ankh-Morpork City Watch, post book
Summary: Polly's comfortable back at The Duchess, with her well-worn routines and her well-worn life, and she's . . . absolutely not pining for her best friend, Mal, who forgot – hah! – to say goodbye before vanishing after the last peace negotiations. For the second time. Not that she's counting. // But when Commander Vimes personally asks her to come to Ankh Morpork and learn the ways of the City Watch, for the good of Borogrovia, she feels she can't say no. She's forgotten Mal, she absolutely has. But then a mysterious someone starts sending her coffee. And that's only the beginning . . .

What it says on the (coffee) tin.

Gentle Antidote (11458 words) by x_los
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Charles Parker/Mary Wimsey, mentioned Sylvia Mariott/Eiluned Price
Characters: Harriet Vane, Charles Parker, Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter, Mary Wimsey, Honoria Lucasta Wimsey, Sylvia Mariott, Eiluned Price, Gerald Wimsey Viscount St George
Additional Tags: Soulmate-Identifying Marks, AU, Yuletide, Yuletide 2014, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: At twenty-one, Harriet Vane gets her Name. It's rather longer than she expected.

This is a great in-character look at how Peter and Harriet might be if they met just after Whose Body? and were "destined" for each other.


Sewell, Black Beauty; Turner, Queen's Thief (3)

The Kindness of Men (2921 words) by debit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ginger (Black Beauty)
Additional Tags: Stealth Crossover, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2014
Summary: The last time Ginger saw Black Beauty, she'd said, "I wish the end was come, I wish I was dead. I have seen dead horses, and I am sure they do not suffer pain."

If you, like me, read Black Beauty for hurt/comfort before you even know what hurt/comfort was, you should read this.

Global and Eternal (3264 words) by tricatular
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Attolia/Eugenides (Queen's Thief)
Characters: Attolia (Queen's Thief), Eugenides (Queen's Thief)
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat
Summary: An attempted coup forces Attolia and Eugenides to the limits of their ingenuity.

Tense and elliptical in the manner of canon.

Charioteer (13854 words) by petrichoral
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Costis (Queen's Thief), Eugenides (Queen's Thief)
Additional Tags: Adventure, Loyalty, ridiculous plans, Background canon pairings, Post-Canon, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Captured in battle and stuck in the Mede capital, Costis has given up all hope of seeing his country again. But Eugenides has a habit of turning up where he's least expected.

Costis is so great.

if you'll be my bodyguard (14696 words) by jediseagull
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Attolia/Eugenides (Queen's Thief), Costis/Eugenides (Queen's Thief)
Characters: Thalia Ormentiedes, Costis (Queen's Thief), Eugenides (Queen's Thief), Attolia (Queen's Thief), Eddis (Queen's Thief)
Additional Tags: Polyamory, Polyamory Negotiations
Summary: “Think of your poor sister, alone in a strange place. Come now, Costis. Even you can’t possibly be so hard-hearted.” And then the king was beside her, grabbing her hand and Costis’ and clasping them together. He looked up at Costis with laughing eyes. “I can make it an order.” // In which Thalia Ormentiedes meets royalty....and Costis is definitely in over his head.

The poly negotiations are possibly a smidge flat, but it's great outsider POV.


Wells, Books of Raksura (2); Wrede, Enchanted Forest Chronicles (2); Willis, Oxford Time Travel series

Sky-Bound and Sprinting (3724 words) by mpatientdreamr
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: background Moon/Jade
Characters: Moon (Books of the Raksura), Stone (Books of the Raksura), Jade (Books of the Raksura), Ember (Books of the Raksura), Frost (Books of the Raksura), Bitter (Books of the Raksura)
Summary: The Sky Copper clutch bring about new complications.

A shot of some of the things that make these books satisfying comfort reading for me: raising young, dealing with unfamiliar social situations, and caring/being cared for.

From Hardship Born (1753 words) by yopumpkinhead
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pearl/Ember, Jade/Moon (Raksura)
Characters: Pearl (Books of the Raksura), Ember (Books of the Raksura)
Summary: Ember finds his place in Indigo Cloud.

A slice-of-life look at Ember being competent, which is also very in the spirit of canon and welcome.

None of this Nonsense, Please (1665 words) by Scribe, alyoraShadow
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cimorene (Enchanted Forest), Morwen (Enchanted Forest), Telemain (Enchanted Forest), Trouble (Enchanted Forest), Jasmine (Enchanted Forest)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Coffee Shops & Cafés
Summary: In which Morwen runs a coffee shop, Telemain grades inadequate papers, and Cimorene does not eat a sandwich.

What it says on the tin.

In Which Cimorene's Sister Comes to Call (3390 words) by AlexElizabeth
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cimorene/Mendanbar
Characters: Cimorene (Enchanted Forest), Mendanbar (Enchanted Forest), Willin (Enchanted Forest), Original Female Character(s)
Summary: Cimorene's sister has a favor to ask of Mendanbar. Cimorene is not amused.

“Well, [my quest] isn’t very interesting or full of anything unexpected,” Geraldina said. She reached into the bosom of her dress and pulled out a small scroll. “I planned it all out before I left the Kingdom of the Western Sea. Here is my quest itinerary.”

Nothing Lost (83520 words) by drayton
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Colin Templer, Kivrin Engle, Verity Kindle, Ned Henry, Polly Churchill, James Dunworthy
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat
Summary: All Clear shows us a few highlights of Colin’s efforts to retrieve the missing historians, but not how he fit all the puzzle pieces together nor why it took ten years. What happened?

A GIANT labor of love, readable with general knowledge of the universe--I haven't read All Clear--and it's really great competence porn, worldbuilding, and character development. (My one reservation is about an aspect of the ending that is mandated by canon.)

Now, to figure out how many posts the rest of the recs need.

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