Previous Entry | Next Entry

"Hide of a Life War" by Etharei (NC-17)

Theme week continues with another action/adventure favorite!

Title: Hide of a Life War
Fandom:  Teen Wolf
Pairing:  Derek/Stiles
Categories:  Action/Adventure
Length: Long (26,102 words) 
Warnings: Graphic depictions of violence, implied underage (past)

Author on LJ:  etharei
Author Website:  AO3

Summary:“We have received confirmation that there is a hostage situation in progress at a warehouse compound two hours out of Los Angeles, following a multiple-vehicle pileup on Highway 101 this morning...”

The one in which Stiles has lived to (legal) adulthood and, along the way, become a bit of a badass himself.

Review: The Teen Wolf fandom has a wealth of action/adventure stories to choose from, so it was hard to pick just one for Theme Week. Eventually, "Hide of a Life War" won my pick for two reasons: 1) The action scenes are engaging and nicely balanced with the emotional arcs of the characters 2) Etharei sold me on her version of BAMF!Stiles -- he feels believable to me in a way that I don't always see in that trope.

"Hide of a Life War" takes place in a future version of season two canon, where Stiles has managed to survive to his senior year without cluing in his dad about werewolves. Sick of his son's continuous lies, Sheriff Stilinski drags Stiles off on a father-son bonding expedition. When drug traffickers hijack the bus they are on and take all of the passengers hostage, Stiles and his dad find themselves working together to keep the other passengers safe. I love the relationship between Stiles and his father in this story. The fissures that Stiles's lies have left in their relationship are heartbreaking, as is the sheriff's determination not to lose Stiles. Etharei does a lovely job with Stiles's and Derek's poignant romance. The two of them broke up shortly before the story's beginning, and the flashbacks we see of their relationship are sweet and painful in turns. The emotional arcs serve as a solid counterpoint to the ongoing action of the hostage situation, and the resolution at the end is entirely satisfying.

I also definitely recommend the podfic by lovetheboys. It's an easy listen with crisp pronunciation and good timing.


Hide of a Life War
[Podfic] Hide of a Life War

Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
flyby311
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
:D I just have to say that this is one of my favorite Teen Wolf fics.
green_grrl
Apr. 23rd, 2014 06:30 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, this is one of my all-time favorite stories!
ci5rod
Apr. 24th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
Ditto and likewise; I love this story!
( 3 comments — Leave a comment )

Profile

epic
epic_recs
Epic Recs

Length Guidelines

Short: under 2,000 words
Medium: 2,000-15,000 words
Long: 15,000-40,000 words
Epic: 40,000-100,000 words
Super Epic: 100,000+ words

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow