Reviews: The Young Stag

Young Stag with a Bright Future

While the Game of Thrones fanfic archive has it's fair share of CO-centered stories featuring a trueborn son of Robert Baratheon in a What If? scenario, this is quite possibly my favorite fanfic among them.

As I said before, this story revolves around Steffon Baratheon, the second and trueborn son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister. Unlike others OC sons of Baratheon, Steffon truly feels unique to the cast with his own ideals, goals and flaws. Unlike some who are built likes tanks and merciless killers, Steffon feels human and believable. He's not a great fighter or even that strong. He's a competent fighter who's greatest weapon is his mind. Steffon works as a stark contrast to his father by not being a man of action, but a man of strategy. I genuinely believe I can take him seriously and nothing about him feels exaggerated. Like many stories, it's shown that Steffon and his brother, Joffrey, are polar opposites. However, as the story progresses you start to see that while they are still complete opposites, they aren't as different as they appear.

Another thing I love is the romance between Steffon and Arya. Arya starts off acting a little Tsundere towards Steffon at first, but the two eventually start a very genuine relationship built around admiration and trust rather than politics and family duty.

All in all, this is a very enjoyable fanfic and I highly recommend it.