The Wrong Avalon by leashy-bebes Arthur's been stuck in this mysterious place for what feels like years, all invisible to the strange people who surround him. He's given up on anything changing until the arrival of a madman with a blue box. Or: All the Doctor wants is to give his friends a nice honeymoon in the galactically-renowned Hotel Avalon. Except he sort of stumbles across this medieval king who has a date with destiny and then, well, business as usual, really. An highly enjoyable Dr Who/Merlin crossover. The Ponds, the eleventh doctor and a misplaced Arthur go searching for Merlin. "He's been looking for you," the Doctor tells Arthur softly. "Through ages, across worlds... He's written your name in the stars. He's never forgotten, and he's never given up." Lovely characterisation plus fun dialogue and banter.
Shadowlord and Pirate King by Footloose A fast ship, a good crew, a treasure, a Clan to lead -- that's all Arthur Pendragon has ever wanted. He sits on the Council, he supports his father's kingship, and he keeps an eye on the Imperial Conglomerate when they come too close to Pirate space. One day the Conglomerate infiltrates the Clans and poisons the King. Arthur must search for a cure to keep his father alive and the Clans from civil war. An escape route, a sharp knife, a target, the shadows at his command -- that's all Merlin has ever needed. He fulfills his assignments, he uses the Sterling to sustain his once-royal House in their exile, and wages a private war against the Imperial Conglomerate. When he learns of an elaborate plot to assassinate him, Merlin does the opposite of what's expected. He flees onto a Pirate ship. There's a saying among the Pirates: that one's fate is written in the stars. Destiny will always set to rights what has been made wrong. Arthur and Merlin know that they were meant for the other from the moment they meet. They can feel it from across the galaxies separating them. Nothing can stop them from being together or from fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Long, extremely well conceived and plotted, fast, exciting SF AU. Arthur and his 'knights' felt very much in character, Merlin much less so, but I was very drawn to him and rather liked this competent, mysterious portrayal of him plus his bumbling manservant act wouldn't have been appropriate at all. The art work by mushroomtale is delicious and the extras that expand upon the superb story telling is worth a wander through.
For Your Information by reni-days Merlin sighs. "After your...announcement," he explains, "your father decided he needed a bit more information. Which is apparently where I come in. I'm sort of like his gay tutor, it's hard to explain." Very funny! Merlin and Uther were so wonderfully in character that I grinned through almost every part of their interactions. While Merlin was, delightfully, the focus, the other characters were well used and Arthur when he arrived on the scene was perfect. A brilliant read.
Loaded March Series by footloose The reason SAS Captain Arthur Pendragon can't keep a communications specialist in Team Excalibur because none of them are good enough. And then Lieutenant Merlin Emrys gets assigned to his squad, and Arthur does everything he can to prove that Merlin isn't good enough, either. Except he is. There are 12 very long parts to this series, it is still a WIP and the author started writing it in August 2011! It's a military AU and it's bloody fantastic. There are times when it got just too angsty for me (not a fan of angst) and then times after the UST had become RST that I felt that the sex scenes were beginning to swamp the plot. It improved and the plot, which to be fair has always been very strong, reemerged triumphant. :-) It's very male centric, obviously this is a story of Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Roundtable, but when we got the girls, which occurred more and more as the story continued they were magnificent! The author is American and she had done a good job on the language and culture, but I wished she'd had it Britpicked. For example Brits use the abbreviation 'maths', not 'math' which sounded so damn wrong coming from Merlin's lips (and 'math' is used very often in this story). Same with the use of cellphone instead of mobile, pants instead of trousers and a number of other Americanism that threw me out of the flow from time to time. That aside this is excellent writing and well worth a read, I'm just not too sure how long we have to wait for the next part...
The Student Prince by FayJay. A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love... It's well known in the Merlin fandom, it's on Fanlore, it's a podfic and it's delightfully and utterly British through and through. It is well worth a read whether you are aware of the BBC TV show Merlin or not as it is very well written and a total pleasure to read.