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Flesh and Blood by Kantayra (NC17)

Title: Flesh and Blood
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: Sasori/Deidara
Categories: Dark, Post-Series, Romance
Length: Epic
Warnings: desecration of bodies, extreme violence, mentions of past child neglect/borderline abuse

Author on LJ: kantayra
Website: kantayra_fic

Review: I have a real soft spot for dark fics and asexual romances and Kantayra's Flesh and Blood is one of my favorites.

While not officially billed as a asexual romance, since Sasori and Deidara do have sex, Kantayra writes the story in such a way that Sasori sexuality is shown to be very asexual in nature. Deidara on the other hand is shown to be a very sexual person. What I love about this dynamic is how the relationship is shown as a continuation of their close partnership, instead of a byproduct of long repressed sexual feelings. Deidara's flirtatious nature isn't glossed over, but neither is Sasori's complete lack of interest in experiencing the human condition.

The casual nature of the descriptions of violence is very enjoyable and makes Sasori come alive. A lot of authors fall into making their dark characters think about how awful what they're doing is, but Kantayra just makes the violence and gore part of the story. Sasori doesn't think about how killing people is morally wrong or worry about how it will affect his soul, he's doing it because he feels it's necessary and he enjoys practicing his 'art'.

Fans of dark series like Dexter will probably find this series particularly interesting, since Sasori is portrayed as a sociopath, not dissimilar to Dexter. Naruto fans should be aware that except for a few cameos the main Naruto cast is not shown at all.

Flesh and Blood


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 4th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Wow- what a phenomenal rec. I'm a big Naruto fan but have never read this pairing. It sounds fascinating! Sasori is such an underdeveloped character and this has such potential. Thanks for sending out a wonderful read. I know what I'm doing this weekend. :)
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
I'm reminded why I'm reading this community! Thank you!
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