Fandom: Crossover: Merlin and Wheel of Time
Word Count: ~33k
Author's Summary: In the last days of the war against the Dark One, Merlin returns to Arthur's side.
This is a Merlin - Wheel of Time crossover. Sound weird? It's not. I stumbled on it on AO3, and though it's been a million years since I've read any of the WoT books (I believe I stopped with 10, Crossroads of Twilight), I figured I'd check it out. I always loved that world, the characters, pretty much everything about it except for the fact that the books would be 350k and cover the span of about two days during which nothing happened.
The story takes place in the Wheel of Time world, in the days leading up to Tarmon Gai'don. Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Mordred, Lancelot, Gwen all show up. Merlin is an Asha'man, Arthur a High Lord in Rand al'Thor's army, Morgana an Aes Sedai. It's possible the author played fast and loose with all things WoT and I didn't notice because it's been years, but it all felt very authentic to me. I certainly recognized all of the places, mentions of events, and the people; it didn't take much for the general story to come back to me. We briefly see Rand, Min, Mat, and others, and Merlin and Arthur are firmly ensconced in their world in a way that makes absolute sense. After having read this, I would happily read a whole series of books about Merlin and Arthur in this world.
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The story is told in "present" time alternating with flashbacks to when Merlin was Arthur's manservant. Through those, we find out how Merlin learned he could channel and what happened in the wake of that discovery, when he fled Uther's land (Tear), where, of course, Uther was against anyone (male or female) who could use the One Power.
I was so happy to find that one of my favorite concepts from WoT played a huge factor in this: bonding. Oooh yeah, bonding--I bet you can figure out how she used, too. So cool.
She covered a lot of ground in a 33k story--this easily could have been twice as long and encompassed even more plot, but in the end I was pretty satisfied.
A few comments on AO3 were from people who'd never read the WoT books and weren't at all familiar with the world but still really enjoyed this story. Robert Jordan's world is intricate and complex, and even if you don't have any intention of ever reading those books, this might be a fun glimpse into what that universe is like.
Merlin and Arthur are still very much themselves, and their story can stand for itself, I think, so I'd say it's good for any type of Merlin/Arthur fan.