Chaos War

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Title: Chaos War
Author(s): astolat
Date(s): 22 August 2011
Length: 34,203 words / 3:56:56 hours (read by tinypinkmouse) or 3:44:35 (read by kalakirya)
Genre: slash fanfiction
Fandom: Thor
External Links: Chaos War (AO3)
Chaos War (audiobook)
Chaos War read by tinypinkmouse, cover by Cybel

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Chaos War is a Thor/Loki story by astolat.

Summary: "It was never easy to find Loki when he wanted to hide, but he wasn't doing a particularly good job of it at the moment. Probably he didn't think anyone from Asgard would be wasting their time hunting for him while the shining ones churned their way steadily through all the realm."

tinypinkmouse podficced the story for amplificathon[1] and it is available at the Audiofic Archive. The cover art is by Cybel. kalakirya podficced Chaos War for podficbigbang 2012.[2] The cover art of this version is by yue_ix.

Recs and Reviews

Chaos War read by kalakirya, cover by yue_ix

Not that there is much Thor fanfiction out there yet, but this is probably my second favorite--after Athelas, also by Astolat. In my opinion, it's a better story than Athelas, though.

Asgard is under attack by strange, horrifying creatures that have inflicted huge losses, as all of their traditional strategies fail. Odin must sleep, and in desperation, he turns the kingdom over to Loki, hoping that a non-traditional strategy is what's needed to save the realm.

Of course, not everything is sunshine after that. There may be reason to distrust Loki, whose behavior after being crowned is angry and mysterious--maybe he is controlling the shining ones, and this is all a terrible plot. Who knows, because Loki is not exactly explaining himself.

This branches away from movie canon pretty early, as far as I can tell, or maybe it could take place after it. I don't know. All I know is that it's very enjoyable.[3]
"In which there's a great war upon the realms of Asgard that maybe no one could win except for Loki -- which drives Thor increasingly INSANE. This was delightful. I loved figuring out along with Thor the methods in Loki's madness."[4]
"Loki wages a unique war against a unique enemy. Told from Thor's POV as he tries to figure out what the hell is going on and how it's actually working."[5]
This fiction is one I have gladly reread multiple times since I was first recommended to it by Steve. All of astolat's fictions are amazing, but this one is really in a class to itself. The set-up is perfect: It is wartime in Asgard, and Odin's armies are losing to the unpredictable, overpowering shining ones. The only hope left is Loki, who is so in-character with how he not only reacts to the situation but how he holds power. Everything works so perfectly it hurts a little to see such structure in a fanfiction. Oh, and did I mention that Thor is collared throughout it all? Because he is. And it's hot. Basically, even if the pseudo-incest of the ship makes you wary, this fiction will make you see the AWESOME ways that is Thor/Loki.[6]
This fic is so amazing — there’s just something so wonderful in putting someone who no one trusts or expects to succeed in charge and having them actually being a total BAMF at it. I loved Thor’s voice and how he keeps trying to understand the logic in Odin crowning Loki king and then him trying to understand what Loki is thinking thoughout the fic. And then there was Loki, who totally broke my heart in the best way with how absolutely hopeless he feels for himself while being so totally amazing. IDK, I just love the relationship between them and how relunctant it was in the beginning and how it changed.[7]

Anons have opinions too.[8][9]

References

  1. Chaos War by astolat, 29 April 2012. (Accessed 29 April 2012)
  2. Thor: Chaos War, 14 June 2012 (Accessed 14 June 2012)
  3. moshimoshimushi. [THOR] Chaos War by Astolat, 20 October 2011. (Accessed 29 April 2012)
  4. silviakundera. malaise, recs, 23 August 2011. (Accessed 25 August 2011)
  5. blue_meridian. Recs! Get Yer Recs Here!, 04 September 2011. (Accessed 01 January 2012)
  6. lucidwiles. Fiction: Chaos War, by astolat, 29 October 2011. (Accessed 29 April 2012)
  7. Simple Pleasures. [Marvel - Loki/Thor] astolat – Chaos War, 13 September 2011. (Accessed 29 April 2012)
  8. Discussion in reviewsanon. Thor - Chaos War, 18 November 2011. (Accessed 19 May 2012)
  9. Discussion in fail_fandomanon. Astolat's "Chaos War", 15 May 2012. (Accessed 19 May 2012)