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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.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1141667
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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.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1155790
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Fic Title: A Kindness Repaid
Author: Potboy
Fandom: Thor, Captain America, Avengers
Universe: MCU
Main Characters and/or Pairings: Loki, Steve Rogers
Length: 23,992 words
Brief summary of fic: Steve rescues Loki from an unfortunate situation. Loki unexpectedly returns with an even more unexpected display of gratitude. Turns out, Steve doesn't even want it.

Reason for rec: I really like these two together. Steve's levelheadedness is a nice counter for Loki's antics, and I am a sucker for Loki redeeming himself while still being a complete asshole. My only gripe with this fic is the action that sets the whole thing off, and it relies on Thor raping Loki. It's a pretty major hit against it, and I admit it took me several times to try to get to this fic. When I finally managed to get past that, it wound up being rather lovely. Loki finds weird ways of displaying his gratitude, like stabbing Steve, and kidnapping him and making him an accessory in overthrowing a monarchy. But better still is that the Avengers don't automatically all suddenly decide that Loki deserves sympathy, and aren't too pleased to find out Steve's getting pally with the resident super villain. It's got a great build-up between the two, and the adventure in the second half is the part of the fic that's always stood out best for me.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/277998
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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.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/224284
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Fic Title: The Joke
Author/Artist/etc: Imbecamiel
Fandom: Avengers
Universe: MCU
Main Characters and/or Pairings: Steve Rogers, Thor, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov
Length: 7445 words
Brief summary of fic: Steve assumes that the whole "worthiness" thing with Mjolnir is just something everyone indulges Thor in out of some sense of politeness. Steve is wrong.

Reason for rec: This is primarily a character piece, and I love those. Steve goes through most of the fic assuming that they're all just supposed to pretend that nobody can lift Mjolnir. That doesn't stop him from picking up the hammer and moving it from time to time. The characterisation is lovely and subtle, which just brings the humour out even more. Thor's confused reaction to finding Mjolnir not where he left it is especially good, and the whole fic builds up to a very satisfying ending.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/435654
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Fic Title: This is What the Water Gave Me
Author: FelicityGS
Fandom: Avengers, Thor
Universe: MCU
Main Characters and/or Pairings: Loki, Steve Rogers
Length: 4,670 words
Brief summary of fic: While travelling, Steve rescues Loki from a fall. Having nowhere else to go, Loki tags along.

Reason for rec: I'm really getting into Steve and Loki friendship fics, and this was a strange little one. Loki feigns amnesia to keep his secrets from Steve, but you can tell that Steve catches on before Loki even realises it. As they travel across America, Loki slowly comes to accept the fact that Steve is not Thor, and eventually even realises that he wants to go along, instead of letting himself be taken for the ride. His experience of the first large city he comes to on Midgard is great, as his his dawning understanding of what that means when he's told it's not even in the top 20 largest in the country, let alone the world. It's these little things with Loki that I love, and this fic hit all the right buttons.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/819819

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