Compiled by the Espresso Addict

Espresso Recommendations

Innovative and stylish fanfiction, showcasing the very best across multiple sf, fantasy & literature fandoms. Good writing in all its forms can be found here, including gen, het, slash, OCs, AUs, crossovers, future fics, humour & pastiche

Contents: 1010 recs in 235 fandoms; 65 links

Lantern Bearers

Bearing Gifts by Ursula Kohl

'"You have a long walk before you," he told her, "and I have a long rowing. Will you come quietly?"' Perhaps my favourite of several takes on how Flavia came to be married to a Saxon in the 2012 Sutcliff Swap. The sharp & spare style fits the subject matter, and the crisp little details are well chosen

[Added 29/08/2013; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Rosemary Sutcliff – Lantern Bearers]

Declining by Northland

'Beside the terrace steps, the scorched skeleton of an old fruit tree still stood; a damson, by the seedlings its disregarded rotting fruit had thrown up.' Five moments missing from the novel. Sparse & evocative

[Added 05/09/2012; Drama; <1000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Lantern Bearers]

A Singing Magic by Bunn

'Flavia had been waiting for the end of the world all her life. ... She had never thought about what she would do after that.' An unusual look at Flavia's story, also from the 2012 Sutcliff Swap, which grabbed me straight from the wonderful opening. Rich & thoughtful, with strong characterisations

[Added 29/08/2013; Drama; 6000-20,000; Rosemary Sutcliff – Lantern Bearers]