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hey! have you ever read something so great you think about it for days on end? And re-read pieces of it while waiting for the bus and while on hold on the phone? that’s so amazing you need to share it with everyone you know?

this is the best original story I have read in months - it’s got everything - futuristic space politics! arranged marriages! slow burn! space pirates! danger and intrigue! you-fell-in-an-icy-river-and-we-need-to-cuddle-naked-for-warmth!


The Course of Honour by Avoliot

When Jainan arrived on Iskat to represent his home planet in a diplomatic marriage to Imperial Prince Taam, he was naïve enough to hope the match would work. Taam knew better. Five years later, his confidence shattered, Jainan is released when Taam dies in an accident, only to be faced with another marriage to help salvage his treaty. Jainan understands how the real world works now; but Prince Kiem - the cheerful, scandal-prone darling of the Iskat celebrity magazines - keeps breaking all the rules he's learned.



it’s a story with great characterization and an amazing plot and when I read the first line, I said to myself, now that’s how to open a story.

so yeah check it out :D

(read the warnings on the story as they’re quite relevant to the entire story)

(also posted on tumblr earlier this month but i wanted to share this here too)

Date: 2017-06-26 09:47 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Yes! I love that story :D

(There is currently another arranged marriage space princes WIP on ff_a that also looks very promising, btw.)

Date: 2017-08-03 08:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shezan
Hi! Would you have a link for that ff_a story,? Would be most grateful.
Edited Date: 2017-08-03 08:37 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-08-05 10:21 am (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Links to all parts are here, enjoy :)

Date: 2017-08-05 09:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shezan
Thank you so much! Reading matter for the holidays, YAYYYYY!

Have started reading. It's intriguing, and I suspect I'll spend a terrific time with it, but it also seems to be completely modelled on The Course of Honour; with so far a lot less competence at setting up a scene, background stories, or worldbuilding. Is it still a WIP?

Date: 2017-08-05 10:02 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Yeah, the similarities are obvious but I too like Course of Honour better. I still enjoy it :)
It is still a WIP. It used to update every post but the author is currently on vacation.

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