We need to talk about Susan Pevensie by dirgewithoutmusic or here A lion told her to walk away, and she did. He forbade her magic, he forbade her her own kingdom, so she made her own.Susan Pevensie did not lose faith. She found it. A short, sharp and enjoyable piece that empowers Susan rather than, as I see it, degrades and devalues her as the books appear to do. Although I accept that a perception of Susan's 'fate' is coloured by your attitude towards the heavy Christian symbolism of the books. I did read Neil Gaiman's short The Problem of Susan
, and while interesting I found the ending quite disturbing and much prefer this story which is part of a series.
A Flight of Fantasy by Anastigmat A stolen Calormene schematic leads to high adventure. In which 'the Most Evil and Scheming Queens', Lady Aramis and a Calormene engineer employ the Guild to build a flying machine, set the Twin Terrors and a camel on the injured (and idiotic) Peter, rescue Edmund, and generally enjoy themselves. Very funny and clever.
The Carpetbaggers by cofax The day after Aslan left, taking the magic with him, just about everyone else left, too. After the coronation festivities, the real work begins. During/post "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". This is less the Golden Age and very much more a stark, realistic and practical introduction to Narnia and what it means to rule a country that has been governed through fear and treachery for over a 100 years. So no romping with the Dryads here, but highly practical lessons in diplomacy, politics, strategics, developing allies, fighting... The story does not skate over some of the terrible things that took place and can sometimes be bleak and harsh yet is still a wonderful tale with heroes and villains, great OC's as well as those we know already such as Mr Tumnus plus excellent character development for all the Pevensies.
Breaking the Borders by Anastigmat Bad magic goes wild after the White Witch's death. In an effort to reunite Narnia with the rest of the world, its young monarchs encounter strange allies, mysterious foes, and uncover Narnia's forgotten history. Golden Age fic. Sadly unfinished, but the end of the last chapter (there are 24) is a kind of completion in its self. A clever, fascinating story that develops the world of Narnia and show cases the 4 children/monarchs along with some of their subjects beautifully. The end notes are worth reading and if you're wondering why the author keeps referring to Jack, I certainly did, Jack was CS Lewis' nickname.