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  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • One of the best writers for this fandom in existence. Every story is a joy to read, and both Sakura and Syaoran are perfectly in character.

     General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

The New Trials of Card Captor Sakura, Syaoran and Friends by Wish-Chan

  • Recommended by: Tamer, Nadrixam, selenityshiroi, Loekman3
  • Status: Ongoing note 
    • Last updated July 2019
  • Synopsis: The story begins 2 years after Syaoran left Tomeda when a mysterious pair of twins that call themselves "The Dark Ones", Eron and Erika Chang arrived to Seijou Middle school and Sakura encounters a dark force known as The Knife. From then on, Sakura and her friends begins to unravel the secrets of the past, their parents, and the property of magic. In the meantime, Sakura's relationship with the entire cast, especially Syaoran will be put to the test.

Shadow of the Dragon by Lord Archive

  • Recommended by: Stratagemini
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: A continuation of the series after the anime. Sakura faces deadly attacks from an unknown source, with Syaoran and Meiling returning to lend her a hand. Despite the battles, the greatest threat to love may be themselves.

Through Another Day by ButterflyIllusioned

  • Recommended by: Comartemis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sakura is one of the nicest girls you would ever meet, so it's almost unfair that she becomes cursed by an ancient book. She's forced to track down and capture ancient spirits before they cause terrible destruction. She uses the spirits she's captured to capture the others... There's only one problem with that. Every time she uses a spirit, some of her life is taken away. No one knows, not even her best friend Tomoyo, who believes this is all fun and games. When Syaoran Li shows up to investigate the strange powers, he finds Sakura. After he starts to notice a change in her magical strength as well as her own appearance, she confides in him the awful truth of the curse. Even if she captures all the cards, it will probably kill her in the end. As Sakura struggles, Syaoran's feelings make him carry the biggest burden of all. He can only watch as he falls in love with a person marked for death. As Sakura continues to lie to everyone she loves, the only person she can turn to is a stranger. One who can painfully do nothing but tell her she'll "make it through another day".
  • Other: Fanfic in video format.

The Boy who Cried Clow! by Elihice

  • Recommended by: Pata Hikari, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Yamazaki is telling his weirdest story yet. And it's ALL true.

El Último Card Captor by Mikki_chan(Other link)

  • Recommended by: Quaero
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set 9 years into the future, where things didn't go quite as anyone expected...
  • Other: In Spanish. Partial English translation here.

Wolf of the Snow by DandyMandy

  • Recommended by: sabrinadiamond
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Cardcaptor Sakura retold in a mythic story arc structure, involving Syaoran's immortal werewolf curse, only with getting the seven gems from the Clow-card guardians.

Chaos Card Captor Sakura by DrakeTheDuelist

  • Recommended by: Voidwalker
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: The Kaos Cards, eight sinister relics from Clow Reed's mysterious past, have reappeared in Tomoeda. Now it falls to a new generation of Card Captors to defeat a force beyond even Clow Reed's power.

Four Months Before the Golden Rooster by 0o Mooncalf o0

  • Recommended by; Thimble, Shinihana
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Seventeen centuries after the birth of Christ, eight decades after Robert Devereux was beheaded, three hundred years since the birth of Marco Polo, sixteen years after the great plague of London, four months before the year of the rooster was declared in China... An unspeakably clever Chinese-British wizard who hasn't quite mastered 'ineffably wise', journeys to the ramshackle manor inherited from a father he has never known and takes advantage of peculiar astrological conditions to call down the sun and moon. Hilarity Ensues.

Didn't Mean To Do That by Dr Megalomania

  • Recommended by: Ktarra Moon
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A parody romp through the CCS universe where Meilin became a Card Captor after Sakura finished her Card Captor tenure.

Discovery by Madhumalati

  • Recommended by: Cat0922, Somariel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kero, coffee and how Fujitaka found out.

Symmetria by butterflydreaming

  • Recommended by: Little Kit
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Like any artist, Clow can be consumed by self-doubt. But being Clow Reed, his despair manifests in a more significant way than mere thoughts.

Blood and Duty by Rosabell

  • Recommended by: Somariel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Semi-AU. Orphaned at 5,Syaoran was rescued by Yue from sorcerers out for his blood and was raised by the guardian as his own son. 6 yrs later when Sakura becomes Card Master instead of Syaoran, the two have to adjust to the changes this inflicts on them.

The MoonRuled by Madhumalati

  • Recommended by: Somariel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The first two seasons of CCS, told from a certain Moon Guardian's viewpoint. The behind the scenes story of what REALLY happened. TYY, implied CY.
  • Other: Has a sequel, Dual Orbit (see below).

Dual Orbit by Madhumalati

  • Recommended by: Somariel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sequel to The MoonRuled. As Sakura struggles to transform the Cards and Yue begins to weaken, the Guardian makes some surprising discoveries about Touya, Clow, Yukito...and himself. TYY, CY.
  • Other: Has a prequel, The MoonRuled (see above).

Dragons & Dinosaurs 3 by Kisuru-chan

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Kero wants to play a brand new video game released that morning! Sakura indulges him.

Keep Tomoeda Weird by ConjuringScribeZiel

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Mike is from Portland. People had warned him that moving to Japan would be a culture shock- and it is- but he likes to think that over 20 years experience of being born and raised in Portland helps him roll with the punches. Nothing quite prepares him for Tomoeda and its rampaging strangeness.

     Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

All I Want For Chistmas Is You by Amazoness Duo

  • Recommended by: Hereward
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Sakura's unable to attend Tomoyo's Christmas Eve party her mother arrives, telling her to expect three spirits to appear that night to give her a lesson that her mother missed while she was alive.
  • Pairing: Sakura/Tomoyo
  • Comments: A surprisingly poignant adaptation of an archetypal Christmas story for a Magical Girl anime.

Icebreakers by Suppi-chan

  • Recommended by: Carla, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Breaking ice, breaking patterns, learning new ways and new loves. Eriol and Tomoyo fall in love reluctantly.
  • Pairings: Eriol/Tomoyo, Syaoran/Sakura, background Touya/Yukito
  • Notes: Alternate links here and here.

Pink Petals by FadedLace

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Yukito is sick, and misses going to the Sakura Matsuri with Touya. His day couldn't get any worse, but could it get better?
  • Pairing: Touya/Yukito

Triune by hausos

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After years of obliviousness, Sakura comes to a rather important revelation. It changes nothing, and yet it changes everything. AKA, Sakura realizes Tomoyo is in love with her, and what happens after.
  • Pairings: Sakura/Tomoyo, Sakura/Syoran
  • Notes: Alternate link here.



Wildflower by Peacewish

  • Recommended by: Outsider
  • Crossover with: Firefly
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: On the run and desperate to get offplanet, Li hitched a ride on a scrappy old cargo ship. But this ship has its secrets too. Will he ever solve the puzzle that is Sakura?

Shard Card by Knight of L-sama

  • Recommended by: Karsten69
  • Crossover with: Lyrical Nanoha
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Can Sakura and Tomoyo survive the rough and tumble lesbian network that is the Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha world? Massive extraneous shipping especially NanoFate and Sigmal , plus a crossover one-sided TomoHayate. Humor, Romance, Subtlety, and a few crack scenes.

Sakura and the Scottish School of Magic by Shareon

  • Recommended by: Maymei, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After running into problems developing her magical skills on her own, Sakura decides to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for some formal magical studies.
  • Other: Has a sequel, Sakura and the Whirlwind of Discovery, also complete.
  • Comments: Both stories take a quite different route from the usual "Sakura come to Hogwarts to protect Harry and save the day";. There is no super Sakura, just a girl who has great power but lacks the experience to use it properly; instead, we have Sakura's progress in study, making friends and her interactions with the differences between Western and Eastern magic.
    • Another thing; One thing that sets this apart from other crossovers is that while these storied take place during the first two books, it can easily blend into Harry Potter canon without contradicting it.

lift me like an olive branch (i'll be your homeward dove) by high improbability (Other link)

  • Recommended by: Synchronicity, Somariel, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Crossover with: CLAMP School Detectives
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Nokoru/Tomoyo Arranged Marriage AU.
  • Comments: Not the wacky CLAMP fusion fic I was expecting; it's actually quite sad and really well-written. It's also a great Tomoyo character study and a nice interpretation of Nokoru's personality.

The Road Less Traveled by Mystical Magician

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A strange cat and mysterious terrorist attacks in London herald the rediscovery of the Wizarding World in the midst of civil war. Wary and cautious, Sakura, Syaoran, Eriol and Tomoyo move among the wizards in secret, making startling discoveries.
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

In Plain Sight by Aspirator

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Crossover with: Gakuen Alice
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Love is a powerful motivation." He said, his warm eyes focusing back on her awed ones. "It makes you risk it all and think it's all worth it." But it was not time to sing to Juliet, Romeo. No, it was time for war. Time to crush souls, tear apart families, break hearts. There will be espionage, bloodshed, battle of the wits, and worst of all...Syaoran's driving. AU without supernatural.
  • Other: A sequel to the Gakuen Alice fanfic The A Team, but can be read independently.

Short Cuts by hausos

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Crossover with: The Lord of the Rings
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Sakura will hold out that it was an accident, and even if it wasn't, obviously there was some higher being at work. Still, she manages to travel sideways to Arda and finds herself joining the Fellowship of the Ring. Everything will definitely be alright! Right?
  • Notes: Alternate link here.

Cardcaptor Rad by Shade Penn

  • Recommended by: Nightelf 37
  • Crossover with: Transformers Armada
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: After his parents leave for an archeological expedition, Rad White is left in the care of his cousin Rachel until their return. Finding a mysterious pink book with the word Sakura on it, and an odd green panel in a cave, things take a sharp left turn as giant robots from outer space show up intent on hunting these ‘mini-cons’, while dealing with recapturing all of the released Sakura Cards.
  • Trope page here.

Inheritance of Cards and Demons by Love Psycho

  • Recommended by: fruitstripegum
  • Crossover with Blue Exorcist
  • Status: Complete
  • Synosis: When Kinomoto Sakura died, she set it up so that her Cards would go to the person who not only deserved them, but needed them. Vanishing across dimensions, they reappear in Assiah. Just in time for new Junior High School student Okumura Rin to find them. And so the cycle begins again. But when the new Master is also the Son of Satan, nothing is going to be easy.
  • Comments: A fantastic crossover that blends quirky comedy and family bonding with deep character introspection and adventure. The magic systems and character interactions all feel realistic and well thought out. Would definitely recommend a read.
    • Now has its own page.

    Alternate Universe Fics 
Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.

Never Mind Me by watercircle

  • Recommended by: Zashiki-Warashi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Syaoran is the ghost of a young boy who haunts the Kinomoto family's new home. When Syaoran discovers that Sakura is in for a terrible fate, he agrees to a sacrifice to protect her. But he doesn't realize what he's really given up...

The Clow by Yuuki.Odei

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: In a world where love and peace were long forgotten, they were two people brought together by fate. Now, they will set out on an unforgettable journey through the world of the Clow to fulfill their destinies. Courage will falter in the face of death and hope will be lost in the darkness ahead but together they will discover that their greatest strength comes from their hearts.

Fate Guides My Steps by BrokenPoetry

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: On the island continent of Isha, an unstoppable tyrant seeks to own everything from shore to shore. Many have stood against him, and many have fallen. But when the rebel forces manage to gain the aid of a Seer, perhaps even Fate can be changed.


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