Ivy and Amaranth
|Title:||Ivy and Amaranth|
|Date(s):||09 August 2013|
|External Links:||Ivy and Amaranth (AO3)|
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Summary: While clearing out Morgana’s old rooms, Merlin discovers a pair of unusual magical bracelets. Arthur wants to destroy them, of course, and so begins a quest that will take them over snowy mountains and through rain-soaked forests, dealing with Druids, bandits and inns of questionable repute. With the future of magic itself hanging in the balance and matters complicated by the changing nature of their relationship, Merlin discovers that destiny comes at a price.
Recs and Reviews
Who doesn’t like a nice quest fic?
This story starts at the end of series 4 (but before Arthur’s wedding) and takes what happened next in a different direction.
Arthur’s determined to destroy the magical bracelets that were found in Morgana’s room. Their destruction would also mean the destruction of all magic in Camelot, even Albion. Merlin’s determined to stop him.
I had fun reading this. I particularly liked the magic reveal and the parts with the Druids, Arthur seeing how good magic could be. I like Arthur’s desperation, his worry at proving himself the King his people deserve after Morgana took Camelot, not once, but twice. His need to regain their trust and prove them that he was fit to protect them, felt entirely justified. In turn, Merlin’s increasing desperation at wanting to stop him, to preserve magic, but also to not hurt Arthur, and the longing each had for the other were really nice.And the ending was, I think, what a lot of people would have love to see in the show :D
This is a lovely story, where Merlin and Arthur go on a bit of a quest together, and discover their feelings for each other, and there's a magic reveal, and it's just generally awesome in all ways.
- Paperlegends Art masterpost - Ivy and Amaranth by xthursdaynextx, 09 August 2013. (Accessed 24 August 2013)
- merlinhotrecs. Hot Rec: Ivy and Amaranth by Thursday_Next, 30 August 2013. (Accessed 28 October 2013)
- dirtybookshelves. PL 2013: Ivy & Amaranth // by Thursday_Next, 18 August 2013. (Accessed 24 August 2013)
- destina. Merlin recs: 9 canon era, 2 modern era, 26 August 2013. (Accessed 28 October 2013)
- courtsorcerer. A bunch of fic recs~!!, 27 August 2013. (Accessed 28 October 2013)