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Title: Wake Me Up
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] SaydriaWolfe
Fandom: Teen Wolf, Stargate, Sentinel Fusion, Massive MultiCrossover (not important to know all the crosses)
Genre: Sentinel/Guide fusion, Mystery, Shipfic
Pairing: main: Stiles/Derek, secondary: Blair/Jim, Peter/Chris, minor: lots and lots and lots of pairings
Length: Long (57,187 words)

Author's Summary:
When the Hale House fire rocks the Sentinel/Guide Community on a global scale will the world recover in time to face their next big threat?

Review:
This is definitely one of the better Sentinel fusions. There's a lot of confusing differences from Teen Wolf canon - just roll with them and you'll figure things out better as the story develops. I generally don't like Massive MultiCrossovers because they're so confusing and always fail to develop the crossed characters enough and this story is no exception and I'm not saying it doesn't make sense in context here, but I wish writers would accept that the more fandoms you shove in there, the more likely it is readers who like your story will be unfamiliar with one or more fandom and therefore need some background within the story.  But aside from that, This fic has a great plot - drawn from Stargate - and it's also a good character fic, especially for Stiles and Derek.  This is a really good story and Sentinel fandom could use more like it.

Wake Me Up (on AO3)
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Title: Cry Wolf
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] morgan32
Fandom: Supernatural, The Sentinel
Genre: Crossover, Casefic
Pairing: Sam/Dean, Dean/OFC, Jim/Blair
Length: Medium (47,505 words)
Warnings: Incest, Discussion of Suicide by Proxy and/or Murder of loved ones
admin note: rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
In a small town in the Cascade Mountains, people are dying, bodies found mauled by some kind of beast. The Winchesters think it's a werewolf and plan to hunt it. Ex-cop Jim Ellison and his partner Blair are also hunting the creature. The four are uneasy allies, but Jim's suspicions of the brothers lead him to uncover their family secret.

Review:
I don't normally read wincest (I don't say that to invite the next battle in the epic fandom feud that is Supernatural Ship Wars, just to point out that if that's your thing, this probably isn't the rec journal for you) but the allure of a Sentinel/Supernatural casefic won out this time.  Lucky for me, really, because this is a very good fic.  It fuses the two fandoms really well, bringing Blair and Jim into the the fantasy-horror world of Supernatural (the Sentinel-canon explanation for Sentinel senses stands though) when Sam and Dean meet them on a case that requires the talents and expertise of both pairs to solve. I also really like the depiction of Jim and Blair's relationship in this one.

Cry Wolf (on AO3)
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Title: Control Issues
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LitGal
Fandom: Sentinel
Genre: Sentinels are Known (and it's treated like a disorder)
Pairing: Jim/OMC, Jim/Blair, Jim/Incacha/Incacha's wife
Length: 186,028 (Very Long words)
Warnings: Rape, systemic abuse (including sexual abuse), intense feelings of helplessness in the face of systemic abuse

Author's Summary:
In a world that knows, loves, respects, but doesn't trust its Sentinels, Jim is determined to hide his abilities. He won't submit to a guardian ad litem having custody of him in a legal system that ranks him on the same level as a child. He will not give up his control, not to anyone.

Review:
My feelings about this story are complicated and that's left this review kind of rambling and waffling between praise and generalized anger and I have to apologize for how confusing it ended up being. But I read this and decided to rec it because I think it's important.  As much as I really, really love Sentinel/Guide fandom, I've always found it strange how the whole thing is framed, in fanon especially - with Sentinels as these respected protectors recognized as being highly capable, as some throwback that was vital in the Iron Age and therefore still deserving of uncomplicated prestige in this very different (and much more cacophonous) world. Because people with real life sensory sensitivities know no one's looking at you like a super soldier - it's much more likely to end up framed as "you're the freak who needs to learn to hold it together and act like normal if you're to be trusted around real people." Been there, done that.  And this fic comes at the Sentinel issue from that direction which I really needed to see, as unpleasant as it ends up being.

I certainly wouldn't want to read a million stories like this because I read for escapism and this kind of dystopia is really depressing, but I feel like it needs to be out there at least once and this fic did a great job of showing it. But what I really, really liked about this fic was the ways that it deconstructs how it treats Sentinels and how alternate perspectives operate within and outside that system too, even as it sets the system up as a logical outcome of this way of thinking. I like how complex all the various viewpoints on Sentinels are and I liked how Blair suddenly has to face a moment of real empathy when it looks like something might be happening to him to put him on the other side of that system he had previously thought of purely in terms of "flawed but well-intentioned".

There are some really great characters in this, but be warned that there are also some triggers to watch out for - scenes of violence including rape, scenes of systemic sexual abuse presented with "clinical" detachment, and some pretty intense feelings of helplessness as Jim is forced into the system which uses some pretty clearly abusive practices against him (and leaves Jim very angry and really nasty towards some other characters, including Blair... the level of nastiness itself may also put some readers off and whether its entirely justified or taken too far may be up for debate).

Control Issues (on AO3)
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Title: Situational Ethics
Author: Merry
Fandom: Sentinel, X-files
Genre: Crossover (crossover pairing of choice turns out to be Sentinel/Guide)
Pairing: (implied) Mulder/Krycek
Length: Very Short

Author's Summary:
(None.)

Review:
This one is so short, it's more of a lengthy bunny or a short proof of concept than a full-fledged fic, but the characterizations are great and its got a lot of humor packed into such a short piece.

Situational Ethics (via the Wayback Machine)
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Title: Dzoonokwa
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Sealie
Fandom: Sentinel, Supernatural
Genre: Casefic, kidfic (Sam and Dean as kids)
Length: Medium (14,703 words)

Author's Summary:
None. (John has left teenage Dean and Sam in Cascade while he goes hunting, but a monster finds them. Caught unprepared, Sam and Dean are in real trouble until the fight draws the attention of Jim and Blair.)

Review:
Interesting original case and the interaction between Jim and Blair and the young Winchesters is great. Only criticism is the eventual method of destroying the monster isn't put together very well.

Dzoonokwa (on AO3)
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Title: Pack Up Your Troubles: Guide Thomas At Downton
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Alex51324
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Genre: Sentinel/Guide, Romance
Length: Medium (Words: 36,795)

Sequel to previously rec'd Thomas and the Society of Sentinels

Author's Summary:
In the sequel to "Thomas and the Society of Sentinels," Guide Thomas and his Sentinel, Gerald Pellinger, visit Downton Abbey. Are Thomas's trouble truly behind him, or will be fall into old ways?

Review:
Great sequel to a great fic. Gerald, and therefore Thomas as well, is invited to Downton - their return visit leads Thomas to realize how far he's come and that he's happy with the person he's grown to be. There's more of Thomas being happy in this one, which is a great addition to the first fic (most of which, he spends very upset). I also really like the reaction of Morgan (the personal guide of Gerald's friend and the guide that Thomas had the most trouble with) upon meeting the Downton staff and getting some perspective on Thomas' behavior when he first started Guide training.

Pack Up Your Troubles: Guide Thomas At Downton (on AO3)
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Title:  Observations on Sentinels and Guides in Victorian London
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] RyuuzaKochou 

Fandom:
  Sherlock Holmes, Sentinel fandom
Genre:  Fusion!fic, Romance
Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: Short (Words: 89,181)

Author's Summary:
A Victorian era AU where Sentinels and Guides are members of everyday society. Starring Sentinel! Holmes and Guide! Watson.

Review:
This has the potential to be a fantastic story.  It's good enough it deserves a read and a rec. 

Unfortunately, there are some fairly serious flaws.  For one, it hasn't been proofread.  For another, the treatment of the antagonists --- ranging from the temporary, minor ones at the start to the actual ones who don't appear until later --- is shallow in that the characters themselves are poorly developed and then their use in the story is also poorly crafted.  This stands out the most with the Matchmaker who seems to be portrayed as simply evil, as an unpleasant person going about political aspirations in despicable ways rather than, say, considering how an upper class woman in the Victorian era might legitimately perceive her role in matching pairs by class as defending valuable traditions.  Her early set up as Watson's main antagonist is also completely at odds with the rest of the story since she has nothing at all to do with the actual plot and just takes up emotional rising action that could have gone to that plot.  It would have helped a lot in preventing the actual problem from broadsiding the story later on.  While they are still only described to the level of half-developed background scenery, they suddenly come quite close to killing the main characters and that is not the way story structure is supposed to work (on a related note, Narrative Theory in the social sciences has some really fascinating ideas about why common story structure is so important... google if you're interested).  The problem with the writing here is not even the usual (for Holmes fandom) problem of the Holmes brothers' simply making leaps of logic that mere mortals like us readers can't follow, it's just the writing that can't seem to get the story on track soon enough. 

Don't get me wrong - I think this is a really good story.  The concept and the plot, both character and case, are something out of a blockbuster and there are hints of world-building well done.  It's only because it is so great that the flaws I mention are so irritating - It could be so amazing and instead, it's merely good.  But even "good", this fic is still better than most fics so despite my criticism, I still strongly suggest it.

Observations on Sentinels and Guides in Victorian London (on AO3)
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Title:  Thomas and the Society of Sentinels
Author:
[archiveofourown.org profile] Alex51324 aka [livejournal.com profile] alex51324 
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Genre: Romance, Sentinel/Guide fandom fusion
Pairings: Thomas Barrow/Original Male Character
Length:  Very Long (Words: 133,807)
Admin Note: rec'd on fancake, and again on fancake

Author's Summary:
After being arrested for gross indecency with another male person, Thomas Barrow learns that he has a natural gift which will plunge him into a startlingly different society which exists in parallel with the one in which he has lived his life until now. He’s not entirely sure whether or not that’s a good thing….

Downton Abbey/Sentinel fusion. (If you are not familiar with the Sentinel, fear not: the note at the beginning of chapter 1 will fill you in on everything you need to know.)

Diverges from canon toward the end of series 3 (3x07 UK or 3x06 US)

Review:
The Sentinel/Guides idea is explained pretty well in this fic so I'd say it doesn't require any prior knowledge.

It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a fic so very much as this one.  I stayed up far, far too late two nights in a row because I couldn't put it down.  I cried sometimes out of empathy for poor Thomas who spends the first third of the fic deeply, deeply unhappy but I really liked Thomas' character development arc here.  I think it's very true to the canon character.  He worked hard for his happy ending in this story. 

There are a lot of OCs in this story but they're all fantastic.  The world-building is amazing too.  I particularly like that the language of the Sentinel/Guide fandom are Victorian-ized ("zone out" becomes "enthralled") and the choices to downplay the soulbond concept and ignore the spirit animal aspect were really good and work well with Downton Abbey world and tone.

One thing I should mention - Lord Grantham is bashed in this fic for a couple of scenes.  I don't think it's a detriment to the fic, or necessarily so unreasonable as presented, but if you're a big fan of the character then you might find it unfortunate.

Thomas and the Society of Sentinels (on AO3) and sequel Pack Up Your Troubles: Guide Thomas At Downton

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