April 15th, 2016

buffy reading

Legions of True Hearts by eurydice72 (Explicit)

Title: Legions of True Hearts
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Buffy Summers/Spike
Categories: Romance, Time Travel
Length: Super Epic [180156 words]
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: eurydice72’s AO3

Summary: Post graduation, a restless Buffy goes to London to escape the memories of Angel, only to lose herself in unexpected dreams. But is William real, or is he a distraction? Is he, possibly...both?


Review:
Sweetly spun time travel fic that brings together Buffy and Spike, when Spike is not Spike yet at all, but sweet, timid gentleman William - and it takes Buffy a while to figure out how all of that connects and what that means for her. It's epic and sweet romance that only this kind of time travel makes possible.

This is one epic length story and every word, and every little plot twist just pulled me in. There’s a lot of interesting worldbuilding and interesting extension to slayer lore. It’s very plotty. There is a magical plot that sends Buffy down the time travel road and there is sweetly, slowly developing romance, that doesn't keep the supernatural plot back, but is satisfyingly interwoven with it.

The canon characters are well utilized and get nice character arcs. Especially the building of backstory for William is very touching and interesting and sheds an interesting light on Spike. The foreshadowing adds a whole lot of depth to all the interactions he has with Buffy and to everything we learn about his life. Buffy seems very vulnerable at times, but she also feels and sounds very in character. The OCs are also well built and utilized, and that makes for a truly enjoyable read.

The story even has an epic continuation in A Symphony of Echoes, that I is also well written, but that I personally don’t love as much as Legions of True Hearts, probably because something about the historic setting and exploration of a more innocent “Spike” just adds that tiny bit more spice to the first part of the epic one for me.

Legions of True Hearts