Just Let Me Go, by JaggedCliffs - Teen

Fic Title: Just Let Me Go
Author: JaggedCliffs
Fandom: Thor
Universe: MCU
Main Characters and/or Pairings: Loki, Frigga, Thor
Length: 62,820 words
Brief summary of fic: Odin dies while in the Odinsleep, and with him also goes Loki's Æsir glamour. Naturally, all of Asgard assumes the worst and punishes Loki for a crime that was never committed.

Reason for rec: This fic was surprising, and went places I didn't expect it to go. When Odin dies and Loki's glamour fades at the worst possible moment, Loki reacts in the worst possible way and starts laughing. None of the Æsir are willing to listen to Frigga, and insist that Loki has been kidnapped and that Frigga is mad with grief, so both are locked up: Loki in Asgard's deepest dungeons to be tortured for information that doesn't exist, and Frigga in her chambers to be cured of an illness she does not have. Frigga is exceptionally tricksy in this, and manages to manipulate her way into bringing Thor home from his banishment and freeing Loki from his imprisonment. But even then, Loki's secret is still out, and even when he's released from the dungeons, battered and beaten within an inch of his life, the situation does not improve. If anything, it only gets worse. It's a little overwrought at times, but otherwise quite enjoyable.


Road to Nowhere, by Lise - Teen

Fic Title: Road to Nowhere
Author: Lise
Fandom: Thor
Universe: MCU
Main Characters and/or Pairings: Thor, Loki, Frigga, Hela
Length: 27,722 words
Brief summary of fic: When Loki shows up and asks for Thor's help, it's with unquestioning loyalty that Thor follows. Not even knowing what Loki has planned, Thor blindly follows him to Hel and back to rescue Frigga from death.

Reason for rec: Frigga's death was literally one of the most infuriating parts of the entire MCU for me. It felt so pointless and unnecessary, so anything that seeks to undo it stands a good chance at automatically being something I'll be into. But the fic is really about Thor and Loki having to trust one another again, in order to make it to their final destination; a difficult task when Loki is involved. He keeps everything close to his chest, and Thor doesn't help by not asking questions until it's too late. He's smart, but a bit thick at times, and quick to jump to conclusions. When they reach the final gate, Thor takes an absurd amount of time to work out what Loki means to happen, but it doesn't feel like it drags out. Instead, he's just too damn trusting for his own good. It has a very satisfying ending as well, with everyone getting what they want to a degree, even if things still aren't perfect.


Hogwarts: A (Marvelous) History, by altilis - Teen

Fic Title: Hogwarts: Hogwarts: A (Marvelous) History, or: Thor and Loki's Excellent Adventure
Author/Artist/etc: altilis
Fandom: Thor, Harry Potter
Universe: MCU/Comics
Main Characters and/or Pairings: Loki, Thor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, Angrboða
Length: 15,580
Brief summary of fic: Thor and Loki are sent down to Midgard to blow off some steam. While there, they have a hand in founding a school for witchcraft and wizardry.

Reason for rec: This is such a great fic. Thor and Loki take the place of Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin respectively, and thus have a hand in shaping how the individual houses gain their reputation. This is so far pre-canon that Loki's just kind of a surly bastard and not actually evil and broken yet. His reasons for wanting the school to only teach pureblood students takes on a rather different shade in this, geared toward safety and secrecy more than status and class. Loki wants to teach the students how to defend themselves using any means necessary, but winds up being shot down by the other founders. Meanwhile, Thor just kind of trundles along, having fun with the whole thing and not really noticing that Loki's displeased until it's too late, in typical form.