This fic is set in an alternate timeline in which the conflict of season 2 ended differently. The plot starts off a bit shakily, but the tension quickly mounts and it morphs into something complex and suspenseful, and which manages to be original and inventive while still staying true to the mythology of the show. While the fic does focus a bit on Damon/Elena, it builds on the canon relationship between them and sticks very closely to the Original Flavor
of the show in both style, tone, pacing, and characterization. The fic is a very strong ensemble piece, giving nearly equal attention to all the main characters of the cast. Quite the enjoyable read.