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Title: Sand in the Wind
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] rain_sleet_snow
Fandom: Tortall
Genre: Minor Characters, Outsider POV, Female POV character
Length: Medium (19,720 words)
rec'd on fancake

Author's Summary:
Kourrem bint Kemail fulfils a dream.

Review:
Absolutely amazing! Kourrem has a great personality for narrating and offers a fantastic and culturally sensitive outsider POV on the events of the last two Alana books that I just adore. Also, the podfic is gorgeous!

Sand in the Wind (on AO3)
Podfic by [archiveofourown.org profile] chestnut_filly aka [personal profile] chestnut_filly 
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Title: Inktober favorites
Author: [tumblr.com profile] careydraws
Fandom: multifandom
Genre: fanart - b/w sketches

Author's Summary:
sketches of 31 of the artist's favorite female fantasy lit characters

Review:
Gorgeous character art that all female fantasy fans should see - might give you some ides for the next book to read too!

Inktober favorites (on tumblr)
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Title: the small
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
Fandom: Tortall
Genre: Minor Character POV
Pairing: Lalasa Isran/Tianine Plowman
Length: Short (7,086 words)

Author's Summary:
Bandits came for Lalasa’s family and burned the whole farm out, except for her, because she had been at the river washing clothes. Lalasa did not miss her father or her brothers for all the long years of her life, which should tell you something about her.
She cried for them anyway, and that should tell you something too.
--
Retelling of Page and Squire from Lalasa's POV.

Review:
Does a great job capturing Lalasa's character which is an interesting one in terms of her own character arc and how it runs parallel to and independently of Kel's.

the small (on AO3)
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Title: Beka Cooper
Author: [deviantart.com profile] CPatten 
Fandom: Tortall
Genre: Art (digital painting)

Review:
Another CPatten painting, this one of Beka from the Provost's Dog series. Remember, also check out the artist's gallery - she's done a lot of lovely character illustrations.

Beka Cooper art (on dA)
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Title: Lioness Rampant
Author: [deviantart.com profile] CPatten
Fandom: Tortall
Genre: Art (digital painting)

Review:
Beautiful painting of Alanna as the King's Champion. Also check out the artist's gallery - she's done a lot of lovely character illustrations.

Lioness Rampant art (on dA)
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Title: The Tortallan Delegation's Visit to Hamrkeng
Author: Imogen
Fandom: Tortall (Protector of the Small)
Genre: Post-canon
Length: Medium

Author's Summary:
Lord Wyldon, Squire Owen, Buri and Kel visit Scanra as part of the peace talks and attempt to make sense of the local culture.

Review:
Fic with art, one of the top fics in this fandom. Good characterizations and world-building.

The Tortallan Delegation's Visit to Hamrkeng (on AO3)
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Title: Gods-Blessed Friends
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Phantom
Fandom: Tortall (Provost's Dog)
Genre: Friendship
Length: Very Short (1,545 words)

Author's Summary:
Monday, October 1, 247
Eleven of the clock in the morning.
Being an account of the events of Sunday, September 30, 247.
(Beka and some of her friends/colleagues celebrate Goodwin's promotion)

Review:
Too short but a nice missing scene and friendship fic.

Gods-Blessed Friends (on AO3)
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Title: Mothers of Another Kind
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Suzelle
Fandom: Tortall (Provost's Dog)
Genre: Character Study?, Family/Chosen Family, Kidfic
Length: Short (1,718 words)

Author's Summary:
Beka wanted Sabine to be godsmother to her first child, after all...Sabine teaches the first Eleni Cooper about horses, archery, and a few other things besides.

Review:
This fic explores something that I'm really interested in - the setup at the end of the Provost's Dog series where their world is changing so quickly because of the Cult of the Gentle Mother, but there's still all these strong women around who have to deal with that and watch their daughters and godsdaughters grow up with it. I like this fic and wish there was more to it.

Mothers of Another Kind (on AO3)
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Title: Discovery
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Ankhiale
Fandom: Tortall
Genre: AU, Family/Parenting
Pairing: Alanna of Trebond/ Prince Jonathan of Conte, Lord Alan of Trebond/Coram Smythsson
Length: Medium (Words: 9,577)

Author's Summary:
Alan of Trebond gets two progress reports. An AU diverging in the middle of In the Hands of the Goddess.

Review:
I adore Lord Alan's character in this.  The writing is a little overly simplistic, but I just love this Lord Alan too much to care.  I never gave the character much thought before since he's very much a non-character in the books and in his daughter's life in canon, but here... he's just this awe-inspiring mix of BAMF, speaks his mind and doesn't care what other people think, and kind of psychologically broken but still cares deeply.  This is definitely a favorite character type of mine - I actually went on a serious hunt the other day to find Teen Wolf fics that portrayed Peter Hale like this and didn't find any and now I stumbled across this fic by accident and its awesome :)

Discovery (on AO3)
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Title:  What Comes Around
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Ester-Channah 
Fandom:  Tortall
Genre:  Future fic, Romance
Pairings: Kel/Neal, past Neal/Yuki
Length: Short (Words: 7,387)

Author's Summary:
15 years after Lady Knight, Kel and Neal meet again. Their lives have changed, but Kel finds that some old feelings haven't!

Review:
In terms of concept, this is awesome as a future fic and sweet as a ship fic.  What's there is well written and has good characterizations.  I like that stuff happens beyond the standard steps of ship fic - the scenes from the pages' wing are particularly good and very reminiscent of canon.  It's a good, if quick read.  However, chapters shorter than 1,000 words are something of a pet peeve of mine (I blame fictionalley, the first fanfic site I posted on - they wouldn't let you post unless the chapter was at least 3000 words).  This fic is just plain too short!  The story is worth at least a novel and we only get little glimpses.  They're good glimpses though and I really like the concept, so it gets a rec.

What Comes Around (on ff.net)
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Title: Negotiations and Love Songs
Author:  [archiveofourown.org profile] Lisafer 
Fandom: Tortall Universe (Tamora Pierce)
Pairings: Wyldon of Cavall/ Vivienne of Cavall
Genre: Romance
Length: Short (Words: 25,532)

Author's Summary:
None given.

Review:
This is a very different romance than most that fanfic authors put out.  It's closer to a Regency Romance than a ship fic.  It's a really nice, light read.  Canon gives very little to go on about Wyldon's wife so there's a lot of original work in this story.  I also like how this story weaves the Lioness Quartet and Protector of the Small series.  It's really well done.  I think you could get by with limited canon knowledge for this one (basically: canon is a typical pseudo-medieval fantasy with knights and mages, most of canon follows individual knights-in-training and some of the knights mentioned are secondary and minor characters in those stories but since none of those main characters are involved, you don't really have to know that).  However, if you are familiar with canon, recognizing the characters maybe adds some depth to it that helps beef up an otherwise fairly short fic.  Anyway, this one is definitely worth a read, in my opinion and I'd actually go so far as to say it's sadly underappreciated (only 4 comments and 6 kudos on AO3).

Negotiations and Love Songs (on AO3)

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Title:  Lady Knight Volant
Author:  [archiveofourown.org profile] Bracketyjack 
Fandom: Tortall (Tamora Pierce)
Pairings: Domitan of Masbolle/Keladry of Mindelan
Genre: General, Romance
Length:  Epic (Words: 432,474)

Author's Summary:
Continues Lady Knight to the end of the Scanran War. K/D eventually. A long novel of action and manners, featuring immortals, gods, the timeway, a serious battle, some unlikely topography, and a lot of improbable architecture. Oh, and some haiku.

Review:
This is a well-written continuation of Kel's story starting on their journey back with the refugees in Lady Knight.  The author has done a good job of filling in details with worldbuilding and the characterization of all the characters is very good.  Plus, with a decent job of mimicking the tone of canon and it depicting a likely future for the canon storyverse, this is as close to the real deal as fanon gets.  I'd give it 4/5 stars, the one off a perfect score lost mostly because it lags at times due to the lack of a driving (epic-style) plot typical of this canon.

Lady Knight Volant (on AO3)

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