jane_elliot (jane_elliot) wrote in epic_recs,

No Islands Any More by Betsy Tacy Ray-Kelly (NC-17)

Title: No Islands Any More
Fandom: The Sentinel
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Categories: angst, h/c
Length: epic
Warnings: pre-story non-con

Author on LJ: n/a?
Author Website: n/a?

While investigating a case, Jim and Blair are captured and Blair is brutally gang-raped (fortunately all pre-story, with a few not-too-graphic flashbacks giving us clues as to what happened). It takes Jim and Blair a long time to find their way back to normal.

This has been sitting in my possible recs folder almost from the moment I started Epic Recs and each time I cleaned the folder out, I'd skip this one, not sure what to do with it. Since I managed to *not* delete it several times now, I figured I should go ahead and rec it.

The dilemma I have isn't due to the writing, which is very good (far better than you would expect from someone who only wrote one story ever, which leads myself and others to believe that BTRK is a alias for one or more better known author(s)). Nor is it the characterization, which is spot-on, taking into consideration the constraints of the plot. The issue is with, well, the premise. Namely that after Blair's assault, he has a breakdown that results in a major personality disorder. It seems far-fetched, especially considering how resiliant Blair is in canon and fanon. On the other hand, it's not like the premise is any more outrageous than mystical bonding and meddling ghosts, so maybe I should just get over it already.

Now that I spent all that time on the issues, how about the positives? This story is *very* well written, and the plot (once you get past the premise) is fascinating, chock full of trust issues and lovely, lovely hurt/comfort. Blair's recovery is fascinating, as are Jim's attempts to be supporting. More interesting are the times Jim's control slips -- most h/c stories feature a Jim with endless patience, which is neither canon compliant nor particularly realistic, and this iteration is both more human and more likeable for his flaws. Mix in a bit of mystery regarding the eventual fates of Blair's assailants and a wonderful OC in the form of Blair's therapist and you have one of the best stories in Sentinel fandom.

No Islands Anymore 
Tags: fandom: sentinel, genre: angst, genre: hurt/comfort, length: epic, pairing: blair/jim, recs by jane

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