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  • Shahrezad1
  • Recommended by Much Ado About Nonny
  • Comments: Mainly Merida/Young MacGuffin shipping fics. She knows her characterization, though, and she's probably the only author in the fandom to perfectly execute MacGuffin's Doric. A great read, no matter which fic you're looking at.

A Merry War, by Trivial Queen.
  • Recommended by Much Ado About Nonny and Enjoydamoment
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Young Macintosh/ OFC. Rosalyn Brolchain was raised to be mindful of her temper and reserved with her emotions. Winter winds, ice and snow rise when her temper flairs. Hers is a cold fury. Out of her four sisters, Rosalyn is the most in control. Unless Dougal Macintosh is concerned, then she is as raw as the winds she conjures.
  • Comments: HOLD THAT THOUGHT! I know what the summary looks like, but this is most certainly NOT an annoying Mary-Sue latching onto the most physically attractive male in the movie. This author has talent; Rosalyn is a wonderfully rounded-out OC, and you really want her and Macintosh to get their happy ending. Aside from the shipping aspects of this fic - well, be warned, it does borrow heavily from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Austen's Pride and Prejudice, especially in earlier chapters. You'll either be charmed or annoyed to see some lines copied almost word-for-word. But that's the only bone to pick with this fic, as far as I can see. Also, the later chapters deal with a SERIOUS SPOILER... potential ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. Hell yeah.
    • Seconded hard. The characterization of both the new and old characters is beautiful, and there is a loving attention to setting that really adds to the atmosphere of the fic.

Brave Drabbles, by gabthebomb.

  • Recommended by Rookiez 78
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A series of drabbles/one-shots/vignettes; each chapter stems from a prompt submitted by various people. The name of each chapter is the prompt requested.
  • Comments: Each short story captures the characters and setting to a T, with a good handful of them focusing on Elinor and Fergus's relationship in particular. While some are just the author's adaptation of certain promotional videos and scenes from the movie, the series' pros far outweigh its cons, and all the stories are nonetheless fun, sweet, and well-written.

'Stories that crossover with other series

How to Be Brave by Time.To.Vaporize.A.Maths.Teach

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Vikings are at war with Dragons AND the Scottish! However, the dragons become too much, so the Scots and Vikings decide to make a truce, which needs to be agreed by the royals of Scotland and the tribes chief. Upon meeting, Merida and Hiccup quickly befriend each other, and both help to train Toothless. They eventually go on the journey to protect dragons and and might just feel a spark between each other as they do so. Post-Brave, How to Train Your Dragon AU
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  • Comments: An awesome How to Train your Dragon AU story with Merida in the mix.
  • It has its own tropes page, How To Be Brave.

The Lady of the Loch by Dinosaur Barbecue

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hiccup has never believed in magic, but when he's enlisted in a fierce princess's attempt to change her fate, they both must fight against forces darker then they'd ever imagined. Post-How to Train Your Dragon, Brave AU.
  • Comments: An awesome Brave AU story with Hiccup in the mix.
  • It has its own tropes page, The Lady Of The Loch.

The Curse of the Night Fury by Dinosaur Barbecue

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Four years have passed since dragons returned to Dun Broch, and tension between the Clans threatens to erupt into civil war. When tragedy strikes the Vikings of Berk, putting old friendships and new alliances to the test, Merida, Hiccup, and Astrid must fight against an ancient power that is determined to destroy them. Sequel to The Lady of The Loch.
  • Comments: As good as the first story

Bravely Tangled Up with Dragons by x-X-The D'Arch Angel-X-x

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: This is a three-way crossover between Tangled, Brave, and How to Train Your Dragon. The day before Hiccup's final dragon training test, Astrid never finds him in the woods. He suits up, packs up, and heads for the sky. Across the ocean, Princess Merida runs away, wishing for anything in the world to change her fate. A hop, a skip, and a boat ride away, Rapunzel with her magic hair just can't wait to be finally free.
  • Comments: This is an awesome crossover with three popular movies.
  • It has its own tropes page, Bravely Tangled Up With Dragons.

The Dragon and the Bow by Finmonster

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Political marriages are nothing new. Times are hard even in the harsh Northlands, with dragons and marauders in abundance and allies few and far between. But when Hiccup and Merida are forced together to forge an alliance between Berk and the Highlands, will the result be heartbreak or will unexpected feelings defeat an ancient evil that threatens to turn the world to ash? How to Train Your Dragon and Brave fuse.
  • Comments: This is one of the best Brave and How to Train your Dragon crossover I have ever read.
  • It has its own tropes page, The Dragon and the Bow.

Seven Days in Corona by Finmonster

  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: It's been almost a year since the events that changed Rapunzel's life forever, and she's beginning to get a handle on what being a princess is truly about. But is she ready to meet someone of equal standing or will the fiery Highlander be more than she can handle? Sequel to Heaven's Light and prequel to the Dragon and the Bow. Tangled and Brave crossover.

The Four Seasons by The Diz Bizz

  • Crossover with: Tangled and Brave
  • Recommended by Eric W, nightshade1218, The Great Me
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Just as Princesses Merida, Rapunzel, Anna, and Elsa settle down from their adventures, fate drives them together - and apart - to fight a war against a returning evil that threatens their Kingdoms, their loved ones, and their own lives.
  • Comments: Oh my goodness, the way this fic is put together is brilliant. Set post movie for all 3 franchises, the conflict, character moments, dialog and even jokes all draw the three movies together in a unique and creative way. The title refers to how each of the three princesses and one queen relate to each other, and the chapter structure works this way as well. Focus rotates between Merida, Elsa, Anna and Rapunzel from their points of view in the story. The best part about this is that it keeps you in suspense over what's happening with the other "seasons", but also gives you some nifty foreshadowing, side shadowing and even horror as you see the machinations of the Big Bad play out. This highly ambitious fic is a delight for any person to read, so long as they accept it's going to be a bit more political and dramatic than your average crossover fic.
    • Seconded with gusto. It starts out a little sluggish, and the dialogue can be a bit wonky at times, but as a whole it is a definite good fic. The characterization (including how the above characters would act if placed in tense situations), the structure, the merging of the different universes, and the allusions to each of the films (including the fact that a lot of secondary characters from the films get a good amount of screentime). It also features some twists that will knock your socks off. Highly recommended.
      • Again, this fic is the best I've ever read. Ever. The characters are spot on and the author does a wonderful job of crafting a solid story while staying true to the movies. Sadly, it has not been updated since early March, and I suspect it is dead... but you should still read it, trust me it will blow you away!

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