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03 March 2015 @ 10:00 am
Merlin Canon AU Recs  
OBSESSED WITH MERLIN. When I first get into a fandom, I much prefer reading Canon AUs, so this is the longest of the rec lists. I still haven't seen season 4/5, so I've got several fics bookmarked that I know take place after those seasons, so definitely more recs to come!

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updated August 31, 2016

Arthur/Merlin Canon AUs

Title: Between His Lips
Author: leashy_bebes
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,245
Content/Warnings: light feminization
Summary: Originally written for the prompt of 'Merlin wears bright red lipstick'
Merlin and lipstick. Crazy hot.

*NEW: 8/31*
Title: Obedience
Author: bookshop
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,250
Content/Warnings: mild dub-con
Summary: idk, unredeemable smut? In which there is no consent because it's Merlin--like Arthur's going to ask him how he feels about anything, please.
Super hot blow job fic. Loved Arthur's voice in this one.

Title: It Happens Like This
Author: hermette
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Knights
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,554
Content/Warnings: established relationship, bottom!merlin, gangbang, barebacking
Summary: Arthur has a very specific fantasy.
JFC this was so dirtyhot! Arthur confessing his fantasy of seeing Merlin get fucked by the knights, and then Merlin making it happen.

Title: Someone Should Put up a Sign
Author: lolafeist
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,711
Content/Warnings: tentacle!fic, sex pollen, bottom!merlin
Summary: It isn’t every day one encounters a benevolent lake creature with artful appendages.
So fucking hot. I will never get enough of Merlin being fucked by tentacles.

Title: Bedmate
Author: seperis
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,833
Content/Warnings: established relationship, dirty talk, bottom!merlin
Summary: "I'd like to see you do this to yourself one day," Arthur says against Merlin's ear. "Watch you spread your legs and wet your fingers, slide them inside to make yourself ready for me."
Dear fucking lord is this just crazy hot.

Title: Breathe In, Breathe Out (I Love The Way You Move)
Author: leashy_bebes
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,858
Content/Warnings: established relationship, corsetry, bottom!merlin, feminization, wall!sex
Summary: Originally written for the prompt of 'Arthur makes Merlin wear a corset laced too tight for him to breathe properly while he fucks him up against a wall', so breathplay, forced feminisation and a smidgen of dub con (blink and you'll miss it).
Super freaking hot, loved the dynamics here!

Title: Nineteen
Author: kick_flaw
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,987
Content/Warnings: future!fic, bottom!merlin, age difference (sort of)
Summary: Arthur is too old for this.
I love age difference fics and I really like how the author managed to give that here in the canon verse. Super hot fic!

Title: My Thoughts (drift to you)
Author: hermette
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~2,000
Content/Warnings: implied bottom!merlin, mild voyuerism/exhibitionism, dirty talk
Summary: The small tent is warm and even across the small stretch of space Arthur is like a furnace.
Such a fabulously hot fic with Merlin and Arthur wanking off next to each other in their tent and then things escalate.

Title: A Slight Miscalculation
Author: faithwood
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,022
Content/Warnings: tentacle!sex, bottom!merlin, dub-con (with the tentacles)
Summary: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/a thing with tentacles. Arthur and Merlin track an evil, murderous creature back to its lair. Now if only Arthur would leave so Merlin can kill it.
Super hot tentacle sex fic with a really great Merlin and Arthur.

Title: Smart Mouth
Author: fr333bird
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,091
Content/Warnings: established relationship, gags, bottom!merlin, marking
Summary: Arthur isn't particularly fond of Merlin's neckerchiefs, mainly because they cover Merlin's beautiful neck. But one day he finds a new use for them. Canon era.
Super hot fic where Arthur gags Merlin with one of his neckerchiefs.

Title: Revealed
Author: destina
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 2,128
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, truth spell
Summary: When a sorceress casts a whammy on Arthur, Merlin intercepts it, and secrets come tumbling out.
Such a wonderful fic! I do love me a good truth spell!

Title: Be Wise and Keep On
Author: ladyflowdi
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,706
Content/Warnings: established relationship, rimming, first time, bottom!merlin
Summary: “Ow!” Merlin yelped, and just barely kept himself from shoving Arthur’s chest with his foot. “You could be a little more careful there!”
JFC this is so filthy and hot.

Title: Patience
Author: myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,776
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin
Summary: When it comes to caring for his stubborn prince, Merlin has to get creative.
Super hot and super sweet fic with Merlin taking care of a sick Arthur.

Title: Ever Bright and Ever Close
Author: favicon Lisztful
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,042
Content/Warnings: established realtionship, wall!sex, bottom!merlin
Summary: Future fic, set several years after season two. Completely pronz, consisting of worried!Arthur, equally worried!Merlin, general exasperation, and filthy wall-sex. Written for I_Claudia's Great Merlin Slam Fest.
Super hot post-battle sex

Title: Evermore; Still Never Enough
Author: lillaw
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,058
Content/Warnings: established realtionship, rimming, bottom!merlin, snowballing, reincarnation
Summary: He’ll live countless lives and find Arthur in every one of them and lose him all over again. But this will always, always be what he lives for…
There are no words for how unbelievably hot this fic is. The hunger that Merlin and Arthur have for each other, never diminishing throughout the ages is just breathtaking.

Title: Moments Like This
Author: mysecretashes | favicon dreamdustmama
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,078
Content/Warnings: established realtionship, rimming, bottom!merlin, arthur finds out
Summary: In which Arthur is definitely not drunk, Merlin's secret is no longer a secret (at least from Arthur) and so-not-the-first-time sex happens.
Super hot fic that picks up with Arthur having recently found out about Merlin and coming to terms with it. But mostly sex.

Title: Sparring and Submission
Author: leashy_bebes
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, implied Gwaine/Percival
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,160
Content/Warnings: implied bottom!merlin
Summary: Merlin leaves the training session weighed down with the usual armour, swords, and the rest – but he barely notices, his head still teeming with thoughts. To do that, to make Arthur work for the control he feels entitled to, to make him fight for it. What must that feel like? It's an interesting notion, to say the least. But it's just a notion, and Merlin thinks it'll always stay that way.
Fun and sexy fic with Merlin learning some fighting tricks from Gwaine to give Arthur a bit of a challenge.

Title: With Love From Camelot
Author: tourdefierce
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,368
Content/Warnings: established relationship, dirty talk, bottom!merlin
Summary: Coronation!fic: wherein Arthur misses Merlin's bum, Merlin feels like destiny is screwing with him and James, Arthur's new manservant, gets an eyeful of the crown jewels. ♥ (Or, why no one in Camelot goes to a whorehouse because all they have to do is go to court instead--except Gwaine, but he likes the architecture and it reminds him of his mum.)
Funny, super sexy fic, with established Arthur/Merlin who are too busy with the coronation ceremony to fuck and quite put out about it.

Title: We Get Around
Author: novemberlite
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Knights
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,552
Content/Warnings: voyeurism, exhibitionism, bottom!merlin, barebacking, moresome, gangbang, rimming, felching, bondage, dirty talk
Summary: the round table is useful for all sorts of things.
Super hot kinky fic with Merlin getting it from everybody.

Title: A Moment in Ealdor
Author: piscaria
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Will
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,763
Content/Warnings: voyeurism, exhibitionism, bottom!merlin, barebacking
Summary: Coda to 1.10. When he accidentally stumbles across a private moment between Merlin and Will, Arthur settles back to watch . . .
Seriously fabulous coda to the Ealdor episode in season one. Super hot and great relationship here between Merlin and Arthur.

Title: Post Meridian
Author: angstslashhope | favicon Hope
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,822
Content/Warnings: established relationship, somnophilia, bottom!merlin
Summary: “What is it,” Arthur says, gentler; he’s always less acerbic when he’s got his clothes off, and Merlin has an expression like that: like he’s so wide open that even a playful assault could wound him. “You’re too good for a tumble with a king?” Follows episode 4.03.
Seriously smoking hot fic, with a bit of sexy somnophilia. :D

Title: Misrule
Author: thehoyden | favicon thehoyden
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, mention of past Merlin/Will
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 4,293
Content/Warnings: cross-dressing, bottom!merlin, first time
Summary: "Well," Morgana said, looking pleased, "Maybe Arthur won't actually throw the tourney this year."
Fun and sexy fic! Love the idea of the Feast of Fools!

Title: A Choice is All That's Left Him
Author: mellacita
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 4,516
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out
Summary: Arthur is captured by an enemy - either a sorcerer or an enemy who has a sorcerer at his bidding. Arthur is forced to watch Merlin's difficult journey to find and rescue him through scrying; through this, Merlin's magic is revealed. Kidnapper tries to use this information against Arthur.
Really interesting fic that has Arthur finding out about Merlin and seeing the possible futures that might come from his choices.

Title: Rivers 'til I Reach You
Author: tourdefierce
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 4,760
Content/Warnings: D/s, dom!arthur, sub!merlin, bottom!merlin, felching, rimming, arthur finds out, spanking, rough sex
Summary: Sometimes Merlin gets lost and he needs to be guided back home.
Super hot fic with Dom Arthur needed to pull Merlin back from losing himself in magic.

Title: Making Apologies
Author: marguerite_26
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 4,942
Summary: When Arthur returns from a impromptu hunting trip to find the stocks empty, he’s surprised by Uther’s leniency. But Merlin doesn’t get away with making Arthur’s excuses so easily this time.
Gorgeous fic. Great Arthur here and the whole thing was wonderfully heart-achey.

Title: Stumble Into Faith
Author: leashy_bebes
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: R
Word Count: 5,264
Summary: Set in S1. Arthur returns from a deadly mission, and Merlin is concerned.
Sweet and sexy h/c kind of fic!

Title: The Prince Prat and The Idiot Sorcerer vs The Tentacle-Plant Monster (or How it took a Tentacle-Plant Monster to Make Arthur and Merlin Admit the Truth to Each Other and Themselves)
Author: kitty_fic
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 5,882
Content/Warnings: tentacle!sex, bottom!merlin
Summary: Merlin thinks that it's just his luck to get caught by some kind of tentacle-plant monster… but at least Arthur isn't around to see it. Except that he is… and isn’t it just like him to rush in and put himself in danger for Merlin’s sake. Meanwhile, Arthur wonders how Merlin manages to get himself into these situations… and he would like to make it known that Merlin is his.
Oh god this is fabulous! Sex pollen with tentacle sex! Love!

Title: That Dust Is Gonna Settle Your Nerves
Author: nu_breed
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 5,953
Content/Warnings: face-fucking, sex pollen, bottom!merlin
Summary: Arthur gets wounded in an encounter with a siren and makes Merlin's life even more difficult than ever.
Super hot fic with seductive Arthur and a desperate Merlin who is trying to do the honorable thing and resist him.

Title: Winterbloom
Author: shinybug
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 6,200
Content/Warnings: rimming, bottom!merlin, first time
Summary: Deep in the woods in the frozen heart of winter, a careless comment leads to a redefinition of Arthur's relationship with his manservant.
This is so freaking crazy hot, and I loved the undercurrent of emotion.

Title: Few Words Suffice
Author: myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 6,361
Content/Warnings: massage!fic, implied bottom!merlin
Summary: When Arthur strains a muscle, Merlin must tend to him.
Super sexy massage fic with a really wonderfully characterized Merlin and some sexual tension that just crackles.

Title: The Weight of Words
Author: waldorph
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 6,921
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!arthur, arthur finds out
Summary: Arthur knows how to use words just as well as Merlin, and he knows about the magic.
Great fic with a really wonderfully characterized and intelligent Arthur.

Title: Accept No Substitutes
Author: lamardeuse
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7,034
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin
Summary: It was extraordinary, Merlin reflected as he pounded down the corridor toward the Great Hall, how often the destiny the Great Dragon constantly spoke of entailed saving Arthur from beautiful women.
Great fic that has Merlin trying to protect Arthur from a maiden with a love potion while coming to terms with his own feelings. Plus some super hot sex!

Title: Grave Mistake
Author: kick_flaw
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~7,100
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!merlin, dirty talk, mild pain kink, merlin/arthur fuh q fest
Summary: “You want me to rob a grave?” Merlin asked, appalled.
Funny and sexy fic with Merlin being haunted by a ghost who keeps whispering naughty things in his ear.

Title: A Lot Like Life
Author: shinybug
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7,399
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin, first time
Summary: Arthur tugged sharply on Merlin's neck and leaned forward to growl in his ear. "Fine. If you want to serve me so badly, then I'll teach you what that means."
Blazing hot fic.

Title: Finding Home
Author: riventhorn
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7,857
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out
Summary: When Gaius retires a new physician takes over and quickly kicks Merlin out of his room and takes it for himself. Arthur finds Merlin sleeping in the stables...and it's winter.
Lovely h/c fic. So many wonderful feels!

Title: Privileges of Rank
Author: seperis | favicon seperis
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,001
Summary: Arthur's biggest problem to date, Merlin thinks darkly as he carries yet another load of suspiciously not-really-dirty clothing down the stairs, is an unaccountable fear of anyone, anywhere, suspecting he's capable of being other than a complete and utter prat.
Sexy fic with Merlin not quite fitting in with the servants and Arthur schooling him a bit in the two-faced ways of the court.

Title: The Prince and his Catservant
Author: favicon Shadecat
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 8,214
Content/Warnings: cat!merlin
Summary: When Arthur’s mouth gets him in trouble with a psychotic faerie, it’s Merlin that has to save him from himself again. Will either of them be able to cope with Merlin’s new situation – and will they be able to reverse it?
Seriously adorable fic with Merlin being turned into a cat and Arthur having to take care of him. Lovely seeing author giving and receiving the affection he has such a hard time with in person. The wrap up felt a bit rushed, but everything is resolved.

Title: The Dirty Little Things You Say
Author: blood_songs90 | favicon bloodsongs
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, implied past Merlin/OMCs and OFCs
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,689
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!arthur, implied switching, dirty talk
Summary: When a conversation around the campfire one night turns to the topic of dirty talk during sex, the knights proceed to try and outdo one another at it, yielding some truly hilarious attempts. Merlin's roped in after a fashion because the knights reckon it'd be golden to hear Merlin talking dirty, only Merlin turns out to have the filthiest mouth in their company, getting everyone squirming barely minutes into his session.
Arthur's more affected than he'd like to admit, and finds he can't stop thinking about it later even in the tent that he's sharing with Merlin...
Dirty talk is a huge favorite of mine and dirty talking Merlin telling the knights all his filthy fantasies was perfection.

Title: With This Ring
Author: marguerite_26 | favicon marguerite_26
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 9,258
Content/Warnings: bonding!fic, forced bonding, marriage!fic, bottom!merlin, arthur finds out
Summary: After being enchanted, Uther forces Arthur and Merlin to marry.
Great fic that has Uther magicked into making Merlin and Arthur wed. Which actually ends up working out pretty well for everybody.

Title: A Thousand Different Skins
Author: tarayith
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~9,500
Content/Warnings: outdoor!sex, bottom!merlin, arthur finds out
Summary: Merlin decides he wants to learn to fly. Only things don't quite go to plan.
Fun fic with Merlin trying to change into different kinds of animals and his trial and error experiences. Arthur is so wonderful in this and the sex was hot! :D

Title: Externality
Author: zarathuse
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 9,700
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out
Summary: Because, really, why wouldn’t the slash dragon’s fire create a slash sword?
Fabulous fic that has Merlin leading Arthur to Excaliber and some hot sword sex (wherein Arthur can feel when Merlin's polishing his sword...)

Title: The Coming of Spring
Author: favicon ingberry
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 9,746
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin, outdoor!sex, glomp fest 2013
Summary: Kings, even new ones, were not supposed to long for their menservants. They shouldn't let their eyes linger on their wrists, the plump of their lips, or the shape of their thighs. Arthur knew this, but he still wanted. There was nothing about Merlin he didn't want.
Such a lovely gorgeous fic with pining!Arthur and a seriously beautiful relationship between Arthur and Merlin.

Title: You Drained My Heart (And Made a Spade)
Author: favicon keiran_emrys
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 10,190
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, bottom!merlin
Summary: Desperate to keep his head and body intact, Merlin flees Camelot, Arthur and his Knights not far behind. But Arthur is willing to go to great lengths to get Merlin back with him, though not for the reasons anyone suspects.
Great fic that starts with Merlin revealing his magic in front of the court, and then running off to escape Camelot. I loved the switching POVs, seeing Merlin's thoughts while he's on the run, and Arthur's as he persues him.

Title: August
Author: rageprufrock | favicon rageprufrock
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 10,217
Summary: Merlin looked uncertainly to Arthur. “Have you ever made bread?” he asked. “How hard could it be?” Arthur said.
Such a lovely fic! Merlin's mom was wonderful and I adored the boys in this one.

Title: Until Morning Light
Author: myashke | favicon myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 10,380
Content/Warnings: massage!fic, holiday!fic, implied bottom!merlin
Summary: The citadel is coldest during Midwinter vigil, but warmth comes in many forms on that magical night.
Really gorgeous and sexy fic. Loved the midwinter rituals here and watching Merlin and Arthur finally come together.

Title: Cause There's No Choice In The End
Author: luisadeza
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~10,600
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, future!fic, bath!sex, bottom!merlin, camelot solstice 2009
Summary: Shortly after the death of his father Arthur has to fight his first battle as King of Camelot.
Awesome fic that follows canon up to season 2 and then takes place sometime in the future, once Uther has died and Arthur's become king. Loved seeing Arthur and Merlin's relationship here, with Arthur already knowing about the magic.

Title: Pain Series (2 Fics)
Author: myashke | favicon myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 10,617
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, implied bottom!merlin
Summary: Merlin takes Arthur's pain with unexpected consequences. Written for merlin_melee Round One: Hurt Comfort, Team Physical. Special thanks to linnet_melody for the pain-switch prompt!
Gorgeous fic that has Merlin casting a spell to feel Arthur's pain during a tournament. Which luckily works just as well on feeling pleasure as well!

Title: Fools of Us All
Author: adelagia | favicon adelagia
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 11,141
Content/Warnings: future!fic
Summary: Merlin accidentally makes everybody in Camelot fall in love with him. Everybody except Arthur, that is.
This fic is so much fun! Sort of rom-com-esque with a really delightful Arthur. Light and enjoyable read.

Title: Wager of Battle
Author: destina | favicon Destina
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 12,073
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin
Summary: When a knight-in-training mistakes Merlin for a common servant, Arthur is Most Displeased. Trial by combat ensues...but Arthur isn't the one who takes up the sword.
Enjoyable fic with all the knights having to train Merlin up for a duel, and, of course, Arthur and Merlin's relationship grows.

Title: His Own Hand
Author: mpoetess | favicon Mad Poetess
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 12,206
Content/Warnings: spanking, voyeurism (sort of)
Summary: In which Merlin is punished for saving his life for the thousandth uncredited time, and arguing with Uther is the stupidest thing Arthur's done until the next thing.
Hot and hilarious and awkward in turn. Great characterizations of everybody in this one.

♥ ♥ Title: At Our Best When It's From the Hips
Author: derryere | favicon derryere
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 12,781
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!merlin
Summary: Merlin goes to a brothel to get rid of that virginity thing and runs into Arthur. From there on, it's all madness.
JFC this is the hottest fucking thing ever. Virgin Merlin and hopelessly turned on Arthur and crazy hot sex.

Title: Favorite
Author: astolat | favicon astolat
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 13,035
Content/Warnings: switching, bottom!merlin, bottom!arthur, bath!sex
Summary: Arthur was tipped back against the wall, his mouth open for breath and staring at the small arrow-slit window over Merlin's head, trying to work out how it could possibly be that good with Merlin, of all people.
Funny and sexy fic with Arthur and Merlin having an ungodly amount of sex and stumbling into a relationship.

Title: Return From the Isle
Author: marguerite_26 | favicon marguerite_26
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 13,123
Summary: After Merlin kills Nimueh, he becomes trapped on the Isle of the Blessed, learning all he can from the ancient magic there until he is needed again.
Cool fic that twists canon a bit, with Merlin being stuck on the Isle for five years after the end of season one, and coming back once both he and Arthur were ready. Great characterizations and a fun concept.

Title: On a Dare
Author: myashke | favicon myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 13,358
Summary: Merlin confidently accepts a challenge to go without his magic for one week, but will he be able to hold out, or will Arthur win?
Arthur and Merlin were lovely in this and I really enjoyed seeing the bet sort of give them that final push they needed to come together.

Title: Let Go and Watch the Sunlight Bend
Author: cherrybina | favicon cherrybina
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 15,338
Summary: It's the hottest summer in Camelot's history. Arthur is confused about what he likes, Merlin tries to help him figure it out, but neither one of them has a clue what they really want.
Wonderful fic that has an inexperienced Arthur figuring out his desires during a Camelot heat wave.

Title: So Are They All, All Honourable Men
Author: seperis | favicon seperis
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 18,199
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, bottom!merlin
Summary: Considering Arthur's future wife will be chosen less for compatibility than for her political value, Merlin may be the only marriage he'll have that won't end in bloodshed or a great deal of fortifying wine.
So the summary is a bit misleading in that there is not marriage, but rather the marriage-like arrangement of servant and lord. But this fic is really fabulous. A wonderful Arthur sort of realizing how important Merlin is to him, and Merlin is so perfectly in character, even without his POV. The emotion here is just great and the sex is super hot.

Title: Arthur, Unconscious
Author: malu_3 | favicon Grainne
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, mention of past Merlin/Will
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 20,351
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, first time, bottom!merlin
Summary: Some quests are about much more than finding medicinal plants, mythical treasure, or large quantities of meat. Arthur is slow on the uptake, but he will get there, eventually.
Really wonderful Canon AU fic. This is basically my perfect kind of canon getting-together fic.

Title: Come Here to Me
Author: myashke | favicon myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 21,201
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!arthur, dragons
Summary: When Merlin accidentally brings home a dragon egg, his relationship with Arthur is forever changed.
Super fun fic with a great Merlin and Arthur and a super freaking adorable baby dragon!

Title: A Disarming Act of Loyalty
Author: favicon barbitone
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 23,706
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, temporary character disability, bottom!merlin
Summary: Arthur is severly injured in a fight with a mysterious creature, and Merlin's determination to help brings certain secrets to light and turns Arthur's world upside down.
Surprisingly funny fic, with a lovely relationship between Arthur and Merlin.

Title: And No Birds Sing
Author: omi_ohmy
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 34,783
Content/Warnings: memory loss, amnesia!fic, ambiguous/open ending, canonical major character death, first time, bottom!merlin
Summary: Merlin has been cursed and lives as a hermit, knowing he has lost something, although he cannot remember what. One day he finds a knight, weak and injured, by the lakeside.
Oh goodness, this fic killed me! The writing here is gorgeous, and the longing tone of melancholy is really fabulously done. It's definitely not a fluffy fic, and the ending is not what I would call happy, but the whole thing really is so beautiful and meaningful. It's the kind of fic that will stay with you for a while.

Title: On the Knob Training
Author: morcalivan
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 36,523
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!merlin, box of magic fest 2009
Summary: A promotion and a swanky new title, one might even think Merlin’s luck had changed. That is, if you didn’t look too closely to the fine print on Uther’s offer. There is companionship and then there is companionship.
Fun fic with Merlin being promoted to Lord of the Bedchamber and having absolutely no clue what that means and why everybody is acting so weird around him. Though I will say that the ending felt a bit abrupt and there were a few loose threads.

Title: In Time of Trial
Author: shinetheway
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 36,807
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, bottom!merlin, box of magic fest 2009
Summary: Uther fears his son's power, and Merlin has helped Arthur flee to escape imprisonment. Now the two of them must fight to regain Arthur's rightful place in Camelot.
Really wonderfully written fic that shows Arthur coming into his own while essentially starting up a rebellion against his father. Merlin and Arthurs relationship in here is really great, and I adored seeing them both grow together and grow in their destinies. Plus super hot sex. :D

Title: Ivy and Amaranth
Author: favicon Thursday_Next
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 41,866
Content/Warnings: switching, first time, bottom!merlin, bottom!arthur, arthur finds out, paper legends fest 2013
Summary: While clearing out Morgana’s old rooms, Merlin discovers a pair of unusual magical bracelets. Arthur wants to destroy them, of course, and so begins a quest that will take them over snowy mountains and through rain-soaked forests, dealing with Druids, bandits and inns of questionable repute. With the future of magic itself hanging in the balance and matters complicated by the changing nature of their relationship, Merlin discovers that destiny comes at a price.
Wonderful post-season 4 fic that has Arthur on a quest to essentially destroy magic, and Merlin, of course, tagging along in hopes that he can persuade him otherwise. Merlin was wonderful here in all his pining glory, and I really like this conflicted, confused Arthur who is so clearly in love with Merlin. Great read.

Title: From The Ashes
Author: randomslasher | favicon RandomSlasher
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 42,102
Content/Warnings: temporary major character death, paper legends fest 2011
Summary: When Merlin uses magic to save Arthur’s life, he is condemned to death, and Arthur is too late to save him. But when the grief-stricken prince, along with Morgana and Gwen, journeys to Ealdor to return Merlin’s ashes, a series of strange events leads them to believe the warlock may not be as dead as they thought.
Oh this fic! So, so good and heart-achy and fabulous! I was tearing up in the first section, which is rare for me. I know MCD can be a squick for people, but it's temporary in this fic and I swear it's so worth it. Arthur here is so wonderfully characterized especially, and watching him deal with his grief and then seeing his hope that Merlin might not really be lost is just gorgeous.

Title: A Long Way to Go Before We Are Truly Divine
Author: staraflur | favicon Staraflur
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 45,022
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin, arthur finds out, implied switching, box of magic fest 2009
Summary: Merlin is content, but not exactly happy, in Ealdor, so when his mother's friend Gaius' shows up with a tale of dragons under castles and priestesses and an exiled prince, Merlin is thrilled to listen. The reality, however, isn't so great: the priestess is a killer, the prince is a prat, and the dragon sure does have some curious ideas about them. But Gaius is saying it's Merlin responsibility -- destiny, even -- to help Arthur win back his kingdom, and to evade all the forces amassing against him on the way. This would, of course, be a whole lot easier if he could stand to be in the same village as Arthur for enough time for them to stop arguing.
Super cool canon twist with Nimueh taking over Camelot and sending Arthur and company out into exile and into Ealdor, where they meet Merlin. Really interesting how canon events are tweaked here, and great buildup.

Title: The Apple Grove
Author: piscaria | favicon Piscaria
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen, Gwen/Lancelot
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 51,043
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin, arthur finds out, outdoor!sex, paper legends fest 2010
Summary: After saving Arthur from Morgause in a very public display of magic, Merlin must flee into the forest to avoid Uther's men. Living apart from civilization, Merlin loses his mind to the wild magic that teaches him how to survive on his own. A year later, rumours of a magical wild man finally reach Camelot. Arthur convinces his father to let him lead the small troop of knights responsible for hunting down and killing Merlin. Torn between his duty to Camelot and his feelings for Merlin, Arthur must somehow draw Merlin back from the wild magic. However, he must hurry, for Morgana has seen Merlin's hiding place in her visions, and she and Morgause are eager to seek revenge.
Really gorgeous fic that shows how everything could work out between Arthur and Merlin and all the other characters. Fabulous characterizations and I loved the relationship between Arthur and Merlin here.

Title: The Isle of Mora
Author: favicon Ceebee
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, background Gwen/Morgana
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 53,739
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, intercrural sex, memory loss, rimming, felching, bottom!merlin, paper legends fest 2013
Summary: When Arthur and Merlin go on a trip to the mysterious Isle of Mora, the best case scenario would be that Merlin summons up the courage to finally tell Arthur how he feels about him, they have amazing sex, and enjoy the scenery. The worst case would be that Merlin gets magnificently sunburnt, accidentally reveals his magic, is almost sacrificed to the Gods of the Isle, loses his memory, and finds himself on the run with an Arthur who is struggling to come to terms with Merlin's betrayal and the idea that magic is not all he was taught it was. This story is a combination of both scenarios.
Really interesting fic with good!Morgana and Morderd and a fascinating trip to a darkly magical island. I like the creepiness of the island culture, and the connection between Arthur and Merlin was wonderful.

Title: The Mirror, The Sword and The Shield
Author: aelora
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 62,609
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin, arthur finds out, outdoor!sex, box of magic fest
Summary: Fate is a fickle mistress – or rather, the Fates are. When the Wyrd Sisters offer Nimueh a second chance to fulfill her destiny, she takes the opportunity to seek revenge on Merlin. When Uther enters the equation, Nimueh's victory seems certain. Loyalties and allegiances are tested, making Merlin question the lengths that Arthur will go to in order to protect him. Through daring escapes, attempted coups, and fierce battles, Merlin and Arthur discover that the twisting threads of fate are not easily understood, and that the webs they spin cannot be readily escaped.
Super wonderful post season-one fic that explores Merlin dealing with killing Nimueh, and both Arthur and Merlin exploring what they mean to each other while dealing with Nimueh's resurrection.

Title: Light of Arthur
Author: venivincere | favicon Venivincere
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 63,850
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, paper legends fest 2010
Summary: An epic tale of gods and man, destiny and choices, darkness and light, and eternal love that's fixed as the stars to the celestial sphere.
Really interesting fic that have Arthur and Merlin on a quest with the rest of the knights to bring light back to Albion. I thought the introduction of God vs the old religions made for an interesting read, and I really loved Arthur and Merlin both here.

Title: Ascension
Author: myashke | favicon myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 65,785
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin, first time, bonding!fic, rimming, arthur finds out, merry merthur fest 2010
Summary: Faced with the harsh reality of another attack on his father, Arthur sets out to complete the Rites of Ascension alone and unaided, but, as he and Merlin discover, he was never meant to succeed alone.
Wow, this fic is just stunning. The characterizations are fabulous and the connection and relationship between Arthur and Merlin is really wonderfully done. Lots of amazing pining leading to some seriously hot sex.

Title: The Knights Have a Thousand Eyes
Author: stakeaclaim
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~72,000
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out
Summary: In which Arthur attempts to teach his knights, his knights attempt to woo Merlin and Arthur is definitely not jealous....
Really wonderful fic that has some fabulous Knights who adore Arthur and slowly come to love Merlin as well. I really enjoyed seeing the relationships here and watching Arthur and Merlin slowly come together. (Also note that the author's rated this as R, but there isn't any sex at all.)

Title: Stars Above, Stones Below and sequel Para Bellum
Author: destina | favicon Destina
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, part Arthur/Gwen, Arthur/Mithian
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 98,307 total
Content/Warnings: switching, mostly bottom!merlin, bottom!arthur, bonding!fic, arthur finds out, paper legends 2012 & 2013
Summary: After the disastrous end of his betrothal to Gwen and the regret of his offer to Princess Mithian, Arthur swears off finding a wife until he's ready to wed. When Merlin offers himself to Arthur as bedmate, Arthur suggests they hand-fast in secret for a single year of mutual pleasure without obligation. As their year together unfolds, and secrets and betrayals unravel around them, Arthur and Merlin learn there is no such thing as uncomplicated pleasure. Everything they thought they knew can change in the span of a single year.
Really wonderful fics! The first details Merlin and Arthur coming to an arrangement while Arthur gets over everything that happened with Gwen, and shows their feelings deepening into love, along with how they deal with the reveal of Merlin's magic. The second has them in an established relationship handling Mordred and Morgana and other enemies. Their connection and relationship in the verse is wonderful and the characterization are on point. Plus lots of hot sex! :)

Arthur/Merlin/Lancelot Canon AUs

Title: Sharing
Author: scribblemoose | favicon scribblemoose
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin/Lancelot
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 5,828
Content/Warnings: threesome, bottom!merlin, spit-roasting, face-fucking
Summary: Inspired by the re-squee of Episode 1.05: Lancelot. A missing scene or two between the party and the morning after.
Smoking hot threesome fic!
 
 
 
this mundane stuff called life: Merlinwinnett on March 8th, 2015 02:18 am (UTC)
I loved Merlin and the fics that I had read. Lost all my bookmarks though. The show... I would have written it differently. Totally differently, but I did have much love for the actors.

I'm currently OBSESSED with LOTR/HOBBIT. So, I understand.

Bookmarking this for later use. :)
wicked smut goddessgracerene on March 19th, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
The actors are wonderful, and the fic that has come from the show is just amazing! :D