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    It's hard enough keeping Arthur and Camelot safe without anyone finding out about his magic. But when Merlin falls in love with Arthur, he has no idea that he has triggered a chain of events that will alter the course of destiny itself... or what it will cost them both for Arthur to know the truth.

    Destiny is a matter of choice, not chance.

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    This series is fantastic and fantastical: such a rich world, so beautifully conceived and assembled, and peopled with characters of so much depth and nuance. The first two stories are mostly one-shots (you can see the idea slowly taking hold of the author and then growing into this monster)... with Merlin doing a shitpile of jacking off to thoughts of Arthur as he pines, and then Arthur stepping up to be the Dom that Merlin so ardently has chosen.

    For the latter two books, too much happens to go into any detail. The story is epic in scope, ranging from a battle with a newly (and secretly) knighted Merlin and Arthur at a besieged castle in the south of Camelot (where Merlin learns something about himself from a prophecy in a hidden cave, and fights his way through a magical barrier/force field to infiltrate the castle to help Arthur's army win); Merlin and Arthur beginning a romantic and sexual relationship that evolves very quickly and naturally into pretty intense D/s (including a surprisingly emotionally wrenching and satisfying fisting scene); their growing recognition that each one is necessary to the other - i.e. each owns the other - and then angstfully and traumatically completely fucking it up when Merlin's magic is revealed; two separate trips to Avalon, an extremely magical world inhabited by strange beings and monsters including the Sidhe, which culminates in a gigantic battle using a thousand dragons; to Arthur finally standing up to his father (after doing terrible things at his behest) and setting the kingdom on its first steps to the Albion it is meant to be.

    I've read this twice, which, at nearly 600k words is a serious commitment, and I love every single word of it. The ride is rapid, emotionally gripping, insightful and thoughtful... and I have left each time with my head full of magic, of drama and glamour, love and loneliness, of wounds both literal and not, of healing and scars. It's lovely.

    [Note to self: the picture "Savior" by ObsidianSerpent over on DA - http://obsidianserpent.deviantart.com/art/Saviour-169196970 - perfectly depicts the first story, when Merlin falls down the stars and breaks his arm.]

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