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  • Recommended by Cattychan
  • This girl is spectacular when it comes to plot holes. Many of her fics (most notably The Fierce War and Cry for Hyrule) do a great job of "humanizing" Ganondorf.

  • Recommended by Cattychan

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Rose Zemlya
  • Recommended by Redeadhunter, Mirage
  • Rose Zemlya has written four Zelda tales, being known for very detailed exploration into Link's coming of age, psychology and has many unique and memorable original characters and overall vivid and imaginative expansions upon the Zelda universe.

  • Recommended by serpentchan
  • fleet does novel length general fanfics revolving around Vaati. Although he's usually the protagonist, she does a good job of never softening him up to make him more likable, and her plots and writing are always engaging. She also has a DeviantART page where she does fanart to accompany her stories.

     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 Legend of Zelda: Twilight Wind Waker by AngelRin89
  • Recommended by clockwork11
  • Status: Dead/Deleted
  • Synopsis: Link and Midna battle their way through the Temple of Time, they come across a curious hidden room, not on the map, in there they find an object that was forgotten by time. A gateway opens, pulling the two in, eventually awakening to find themselves in a world covered in water. Even stranger, they come across a young boy who bears a resemblance to Link, even sharing his name!
  • Comments: The fanfic is basically a crossover between the two games of the separated timeline, Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker. The story is already very fascinating and the author loves giving you details on the littlest things that make you feel like you're in this world. It leads some interesting foreshadowing of things to come that only makes you guess what's going to happen, and it's very clever in bringing back elements from Ocarina of Time, to tie these two separate worlds together. It so far shows to be a very creative story and the character interactions that you see so far are very enjoyable to read. Also there are promises from the author that there will be ship teases between TPLink/Midna and WWLink/Tetra.

The Legend of Zelda: Sky Lines by Light Onthemayo
  • Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: (From FF.Net) One hundred and fifty years after the disaster with the Spirit Tracks, Hyrule has taken to the skies, where people have made a living through the use of airships and the "Sky Lines", trails of intense wind used to aid these airships in their travels. And now, a young boy named Link has just been given his own airship...
  • Comments:
    • Mugen Kagemaru: I'm not gonna post a synopsis as I would like to preserve what the summary hasn't already spoiled. But I WILL say that this fic has a lot of promise, and I am very much looking forward to the next time, Mr. Mayo updates this.
    • Nightgazer: This fic has finally been completed, and it's well worth the read! It should be noted that this has evolved into a series of sorts, including Airman Link of the Grand Sails (Dormant), Tails of the Island Symphony (Dormant), and the in-progress sequel to Skylines: Dreamweaver's Shield. If you enjoy Skylines the rest of these are also recommended. The author also has a page on DeviantArt with maps of the Skylines world and other things related to the stories.
  • Has two sequels - Dreamweaver's Shield (Complete) and City Watch (Ongoing)

Dimensional Links by ChangelingRin
  • Recommended by Glaceon Mage
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Sypnosis: "Demise has finally managed to reform after the events of Skyward Sword, and he is furious. He comes up the perfect plan to get rid of the Hero once and for all — the only problem is the side effects."
  • Comments: A humorous story in which Demise tries to reclaim the power of his various hatred incarnations, which on top of erasing them from existence, creating reality-eating holes, traps them all in his mind. While he deals with them (and their various methods of trying to get him to let them go, most of which involve annoying him as much as possible, ranging from Go Fish to bagpipes and kilts) the various Links wind up encountering each other, and in traditional Hero fashion, bumble around in the dark trying to fix the problem of reality eating voids. The Links are as follows:
    • Green, Red, Blue, and Vio: Four Swords Adventures, but primarily draw from the manga adaptation of their game. Named for the color of their clothes, as in the manga.
    • Steam: Spirit Tracks. Named for the fact trains make steam when they move and his insistence that he not be named Train.
    • Realm: The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link. Named for a country synonym to reflect his title being "Hero of Hyrule".
    • Dusk: Twilight Princess. Named for a Twilight synonym to reflect being the Hero of Twilight.
    • Wind: The Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass. Named for being the Hero of Wind.
    • Sketch: A Link Between Worlds. Named due to his ability to turn into a painting.
    • Lore: A Link to the Past, Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Link's Awakening. Named for being the Hero of Legend.
    • Ocarina: The adult Link of Ocarina of Time. Named for the fact the Ocarina of Time was central to getting him into the mess with Ganondorf.
    • Mask: The older-but-younger version of Ocarina, drawing inspiration from Majora's Mask. Named for using a lot of masks.
    • The Four: Four Swords. They act in unison, thus have no individual nicknames, and are named because they couldn't think of anything better.
    • Speck: The Minish Cap. Named for his ability to shrink in size.
    • Genesis, normally shortened to "Gen": Skyward Sword. Named for being the "first" Link.
    • Shadow: All the Ganon-related Dark Links from throughout the series as one entity.
    • Oni: The Link who died in the Skyward Sword prequel manga, he's within the Fierce Deity Mask for unknown reasons.

The Hyrulian Valhalla Saga by Queenie Z
  • Recommended by Cattychan
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Meanwhile, in the Hyrulian version of Valhalla, where the Heroes go when they die… A series of cracky shorts featuring all of the Links and their wacky adventures in the afterlife.
  • Synopsis: As mentioned in the summary, this is about all the Links spending eternity in the afterlife. Follows the new official timeline, with Skyward Sword coming first. In Chapter 4, "I Dreamt I Was a Moron", the CD-i games and/or the animated series is mocked. Chapter 9, "Let's Conductive Ourselves Like Abults" (deliberately misspelt) makes fun of the infamous My Inner Life. Chapter 11, "I Kissed My Past Self (And I'm Not Sure if I Liked It)" is slightly disturbing. Chapter 23, "With Apologies to Akira Himekawa" refers to the artist circle that created most of the manga adaptations of the games (I'm not really sure why the author felt the need to apologize, though...). Each hero apparently manifests as they were in their prime, rather than as they were in their later years. Since every hero is named "Link", each one has been given a nickname. Here's what I've managed to figure out (listed in no particular order):
    • Ocarina of Time / Majora’s Mask Link (the Hero of Time): Time
    • Twilight Princess Link: Twilight
    • The Minish Cap Link: Mini
    • Skyward Sword Link: Sky
    • Four Swords Links (the Heroes of the Four Sword): Green, Blue, Red, and Vio (based on the Four Swords+ manga)
    • Oracle of Seasons / Oracle of Ages Link: Duo (because he saved both Holodrum and Labrynna)
    • A Link to the Past / Link’s Awakening Link: Light
    • The Wind Waker / Phantom Hourglass Link (the Hero of Winds): Wind
    • Spirit Tracks Link: Engie (because he was an engineer)
    • The Legend of Zelda Link: Brown (because he’s the only brunette)

Legend of Zelda: A New Day by Snake Staff.
  • Recommended by Forged in Darkness
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Zelda attempts to keep power in a rapidly modernizing world after an attack on her father, while Link is sent out to bring her the Triforce. Interesting and fairly original ideas so far.

The heros of Termina by Freak Gamer.
  • Recommended by indexer
  • Status: Dead (last update in Jul 3, 2011)
  • Synopsis: Four alternate links are separated at birth and raised by the four non-human races. They find themselves thrust together one year into the future in a dying land.
  • Comments: Solid characters, sort of a what if as opposed to strict AU.

Hit List by zestycrouton.
  • Recommended by Mugen Kagemaru
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A classic Zelda story set in a modern-day high school. On the site we have this. "It all started as a typical day at Ordon High, until a sudden school shooting turns the life of Link Hero upside down. Now, surrounded by enemies, can Link save his friends and escape the school alive?"

Link and Zelda Get Their Driver's Licenses by Villain-of-Awesome

  • Recommended by Jailbird 408
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Link's trusty steed Epona is killed in an unfortunate volcano-related accident, he and Zelda have to find a new ride to get around. So they go to the DMV to get their driver's licenses.

A curse, not a blessing by Insane. Certifiably
  • Recommended by Cattychan
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: "The Triforce, the golden power, the blessing of the goddesses. Is it truly a blessing, or a curse?"
  • Synopsis: A different approach to the "the Chosen One" theme of the Zelda series. Not set in any particular game, just about the legacies of the Triforce-bearers. The inner thoughts of the Bearers of Wisdom, Courage, and Power.
  • Notes: Very, very sad. Uses the perspectives of Zelda, Link, and Ganondorf, in that order. Each one's POV uses a different format. Zelda's is NORMAL, Link's is ITALICIZED, and Ganondorf's is in BOLD.

To Forge the Master by Emerald Dragon
  • Recommended by Sheik
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: They say a legend is just a little bit of truth, wrapped in a lot of fiction. One boy, one girl, one sword, one hope, one destiny. A legend is born, and a kingdom will never be the same.

Chronicles of the Chosen Three: Unholy Triforce by Seldavia
  • Recommended by Cattychan
  • Status: Dead
  • Is in no way related to that Unholy Triforce.
  • Summary: "Why is the most sacred icon in Hyrule's history seen as a curse mark? Why is Princess Zelda being held in a tower by her uncle and forbidden from practicing magic? What will happen when two other Bearers come to the castle, asking dangerous questions?"

The Great Desert by Shadsie (Might be considered AU due to the setting.)
  • Recommended by Sgt Conley and Har D Har Koopa
  • Status: Complete.
  • Synopsis: In the distant future of Hyrule, when all that remains is a vast desert, a young rancher named Link takes part in a grand adventure. With the help of heroes past, Princess Zelda, and the most unexpected of beings, Link must fight to fulfill his destiny as the next true Hero.

Hylian Lullabies by Kayari of Midnight
  • Recommended by Cattychan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is a collection of Kayari of Midnight's fan-made lyrics to many of the songs from The Legend of Zelda franchise. Hylian Lullabies does not include any songs from Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, or Skyward Sword, because it was completed before those games were released.
  • Comments: "A collection of over 100 lyrics set to many of the background music tunes from the different Zelda games. Some are cute, some are silly, some are just plain weird. Enjoy!"

Zelda: Winds of a New Beginning by Alaia Skyhawk
  • Recommended by Xolroc
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A few years after The Wind Waker, the oceans begin to recede and Link must discover why.

Ascension by Damien
  • Recommended by Watashiwa
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Post-Majora's Mask, Link is spending his time trying to find out about his parentage and avoiding the orphanage's attempts to get him adopted. His life gets complicated when a delegation of Terminan nobles arrives in Hyrule via the Lost Woods, searching for the Hero of Time... except no one knows what he looks like, or what race he is! Things rapidly spin out of control from there. Warning: HIGHLY not canon.

Breaking Zelda's Curse by Seldavia
  • Recommended by Comartemis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: For centuries the name Zelda has been cursed with loneliness, suffering, and tragedy. But I will not surrender to the Bearer of Power. I will not deny my bond with the Bearer of Courage. My name will not decide my fate.

Free as the Wind by Trickster's Imagination
  • Recommended by Meikyu Butterfly, Aditi Young, Marioguy128, omegaman
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: In their respective time periods, Link of Twilight Princess and Link of Ocarina of Time (and Navi and Midna) are both caught by a mysterious storm at lake Hylia. After being infused with each other's memories, they find themselves stranded in the other timeline, on Outset Island, just in time for Link's (The Wind Waker) catastrophic eleventh birthday. The story follows the framework of the The Wind Waker, but deviates in various points, mostly through the two adult Link's heavy influence on the Kid-Link by tring to pull him into different directions: While Ocarina of Time Link, who entered a Heroic BSoD upon realizing that there was a timeline where his attempt to secure Hyrule just flat out FAILED, tries to train the boy into becoming the one who can bring Hyrule back, Twilight Princess Link wants the boy to decide for himself, instead of being sucked into some ancient prophecy.

Exoria by Sudentor
  • Recommended by l3wt, Meiousei, owlbot, Minkette, REV 6 Pilot
  • Status: Dead (last updated October 2012)
  • Sypnosis: Set many centuries after Zelda canon, Hyrule is now a modern superpower that shares the continent with two other nations of equal strength which are in a stalemate, Gerudo and Valent. When Valent begins an unexplained but ruthless invasion of both Hyrule and Gerudo, Crown Princess Zelda has to do what she can to save her nation... and finds hope in the strangest of places, that being Hylian Joint Intelligence Agent Link.

Curse of the Triforce by Lord Syntax
  • Recommended by Pentrox
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 400 years before Ganondorf's birth, the Triforce first becomes the object of mortals' desires. Heroes, kings and thieves clash in their bid for its terrible power, heralding the dawn of a new, bloody age in the history of Hyrule. Prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

Legend of Zelda: The Return by Rose Zemlya
  • Recommended by Shay Guy, Malonromani
  • Status: Completed 10-31-03
  • Synopsis: Takes place after OoT, with the assumption that Link lost all of his memories of the events in the game when Zelda sent him back in time.
  • Legend of Zelda: Reconciliation by Rose Zemlya

The Legend of Eevee: Pokéflute of Time by that one little guy
  • Recommended by Spiri Tsunami
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Another humorous telling of Ocarina of Time, this time with all characters replaced by Pokémon. Link is an oddly-colored Pichu (and later, Pikachu), his inventory is represented by Pokémon moves (many of which Pichu can't normally learn), the sages and Princess Zelda are all members of the Eevee family, and Ganondorf is Mewtwo. Also...Hotter and Sexier? Huh?
    • Seconded by Drake Clawfang. Fic is absolutely hilarious, Pichu is the Butt-Monkey of the universe and everyone in it, and there is such Medium Awareness the characters are constantly lampshading the fact they're Pokemon in a retelling of a Zelda plot. Also has a sequel based on Majora's Mask, Majerkass's Mask.

Impa's Story by Ted Anderson
  • Recommended by Shay Guy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The story of Impa's life, from the loss of all she'd ever known and her subsequent meeting with the goddesses, up to Ocarina of Time.

The Legend of Zelda: The Chameleon Stone by Lupi Loop
  • Recommended by Quin Kylar, AQZT, lax
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Let's have Lupi Loop's own summary do the talking: The Legend of an unstable Link, a long-suffering Zelda and a special Ganondorf who loves Seeing Stones and baths with his Rubber Ducks, as they go head-to-head with a fallen goddess for the power to make dreams reality. mayhem & zelink.
  • Comments: AQZT: I have only one thing to say about this: Most awesome version of Link EVER. He's [[badass, brilliant, snarky, intelligent, competent]], and utterly batshit insane.

Adventures in Randomness with Zelda and Company by Deadeyedave(Random humor, anti-Mido, Self-insert, Suggestive humor)
  • Recommended by MMM_AJ
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Author and a rather comprehensive cast of Ocarina of Time Characters spend a lot of time doing moronic things, then go on a reality TV show involving them being stuck on a tropical island together, and finally participate in a murder mystery party in classic Whodunit style.

Potential of Man and Moblin by karkashan
  • Recommended by belgariad
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A discussion held between Ganon and Link in Spectacle Rock near the finale of the first game.

Legend of Zelda: Sacred Reliquary by Sharper Than the Sword
  • Recommended by Ugolino, lanky, Draconic
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is not the Hyrule you know. An ageless Princess rules from cold spires high above, a dark horror stalks the nights, a small band of rebels fights for the people, and a ruthless warrior named Ganondorf thirsts for the blood of nobles.

For the Love of One's Country by Seldavia
  • Recommended by Pata Hikari
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ganondorf has taken over Hyrule, Zelda is imprisoned in the castle tower. And all they can do is wait for Link Chusai, Zelda's bodyguard ends up becoming Ganondorf's bodyguard and second in command, in order to attempt to reduce the damage done while they wait.

Steeped in Fearful Armor, by Marching Madly Onward
  • Recommended by: Comartemis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ganondorf Dragmire considers a great many things. His people, his past, his ambitions, and more... behold the King of Evil. Behold a man.

The Weekly Hyrule News by Bat Neko
  • Recommended by Aranfan, Shay Guy, Jisu, Tacitus, guestyman
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Weekly Hyrule News is the best modern day-Hyrule fic I have ever come across.
  • Comments: Batneko is currently writing a sequel with a Shad/Dark Link pairing, but she makes it work.
    • Shay Guy's review: Dialogue — excellent. Story — not bad. Dark Link — hilarious. Link being bisexual — interesting, if somewhat Writer on Board-ish. Setting — I didn't know making sense HAD an opposite. It's like each of your eyes is seeing a different view, one modern America and one a modernized-society-and-tech Hyrule. Try and imagine a world map with Hyrule, Sweden, and Japan on it and you'll get my drift. Or grafting The Legend of Zelda onto real-world history. (Hippies in the "'60s"... Gregorian calendar... counting from the birth of Jesus? Christianity exists in the same world as Din, Nayru, and Farore?)
    • Jisu loved it. The setting was pretty interesting, the story was awesome (even when it ventured into awesome-ridiculous — killing Volvagia with a van and a fire hydrant is probably the best boss battle I've ever seen), and I was as surprised as everyone when it pulled a My-Otome on us.
    • Tacitus: Dark Link is interesting, but probably overemphasized, and I arched an eyebrow at some of the author's decisions about Link's...preferences. That said, I enjoyed this fic's setting, even if as Shay Guy pointed out it makes no sense. It's like Urban Arcana meets the Zelda series. It almost makes up for the author making me picture Ashton Kutcher with elf ears.
    • guestyman I love this story. Every character has a unique and likable voice, the plot is well paced, the worldbuilding is great. Definitely recommended.

The Legend of Zelda: Legacy of the Sages'' by Kerian Halcyon
  • Recommended by Progeny Ex Machina
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: 100 years after the events of Ocarina of Time, the Hero's Identical Great-Grandson is the happy, hardworking heir to Lon Lon Ranch. On his eleventh birthday, his life changes entirely when he is called upon to save Hyrule from a band of powerful sorcerers who want to bring Ganondorf back.

Tainted Heart, by fleets
  • Recommended by Smash Queen
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What led to Vaati's obsession with ultimate power? Would he still have become evil had circumstances been different? Perhaps his story of his life as a Minish holds some answers.

Eloze by Darklink.
  • Recommended by Shiftyeyeddog
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Set after the main timeline of the series and draws on the events of Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening , The Adventure of Link, and even the Legend of Zelda cartoon series. After defeating Ganon yet again, Link and Zelda investigate a way to stop Ganon once and for all. This is a huge series, with several complete stories, but the series itself is unfinished.

The Stuff of Legends and sequel Off-Kilter by ryttu3k
  • Recommended by Progeny Ex Machina
  • Status: Complete
  • Warnings: Modern AU, some semi-explicit sexual scenes, male!Sheik as a separate person, Bittersweet Ending (in a sense) for the original fic
  • Synopsis: A High-School A.U. done right, this is mainly the story of Link, Zelda, and Sheik in a modern setting. There are plenty of other characters from across the mythos, with roles and characterizations relatively appropriate to those they had in canon, and a lot of the Constructed World elements of the series translate neatly into real-world representations. There is a very jarring Genre Shift later on in the original, with beginnings in chapter nine and really coming in full force in chapter 11; however, it's definitely worth checking out for the way the first two-thirds of it pulls off a modernization that is easily done wrong, and the sequel assumes the twist never happened. The author has some character concepts and illustrations in her deviantart gallery.

More than it Seems by Electra Goop
  • Recommended by beeruckzII
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Link/Zelda, Dark Link/Midna, others.
  • Synopsis: Link, Sheik, Dark, Tetra, Midna, Zelda, and Aryll are in for an adventure unlike any other. The tables are turned when it's Link and Aryll in trouble. Will the rest of the gang be able to save them before it's too late? Or die trying to save them?

A Spirit of Courage by Ruthie of the Wildcats
  • Recommended by burntnovember
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: An AU fic set after Ocarina of Time. Link fails in the final battle, and Zelda makes an escape with the broken Master Sword. A century and a half later, an aptly named young woman who carries the Triforce of Courage must set out on a quest to break the seals on the six Sages, repair the Master Sword, and eventually take on Ganon. Has a lot of interesting and creative tie-ins to Ocarina of Time.

The Biggest of Lies by Kasuto of Kataan (AU, femmeslash in the sequels)

Rend by fleets
  • Recommended by serpentchan
  • Status: Complete, though it's a revamp of an older fic that the author still has posted, if you need to know what happens next.
  • Synopsis: Ganondorf takes control of the Render, a monster that can warp time and space, and sends the cast of Four Swords through the Hyrule (or ocean) of Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker. In addition to dealing with a strange environment and people who knew his incarnations in those time periods that he doesn't recognize, he's also stuck working with Vaati, whose magic has been sealed by The Render.

Back to Your Roots, Back to the Forest, and Back to a Life Once Lived by Queenie Z
  • Recommended by Sparkysharps
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Shad has prepared something quite interesting for Link's eighteenth birthday — a genealogy of the young hero's family tracing back two hundred years! Just what kind of legacy has Link inherited from his ancestors?
  • Synopsis: A bittersweet glimpse into the Hero of Time's life through the eyes of his distant descendant.

A Simple Game and other tales by Pata Hikari
  • Recommended by Kintatsu
  • Status: Dormant (may be Dead)
  • Summary: A collection of short stories covering our heroes' lives. From laughter to tears, life carries on. Newest story: The Birth of a World
  • Synopsis: Side stories to the author's main Zelda series, starting with "Tales of a Lost Kokiri". (Drunk troping is hard!)

The Waters of Nayru by Frank Hunter.
  • Recommended by Lord Kyuubi
  • Status: Finished, with a sequel in production
  • Summary: Book 1 of the Gerudo Legacy Series. What happened to the Gerudo after Ganondorf? One man is born to the tribe every 100 years, and Rigo is that young man. He is destined to become King. But things aren't so simple. How does his destiny tie into the evil legacy left by Ganondorf, the Gerudos' expulsion from Hyrule, and a strange legend about a relic left by the goddess Nayru?
  • Synopsis: The first story of the young Gerudo prince, Rigo, the successor to Ganondorf after the events of Twilight Princess. Rigo, in his ignorance of the world, goes on an adventure planning to restore greatness to the Gerudo. However, this adventure has consequences more serious than anything Rigo could have imagined...
    • Har D Har Koopa — I second this up and down the street. The premise is very solid, and while I'm not super happy with some of the directions the story went the prose it self was always solid. I was left at the end wanting more, and was so happy that this page here mentioned a book 2. So I went to read it...5 chapters. Not updated since 2013. I really like this story, but please do not read it if you're expecting a fully done trilogy. You're getting one finished book and the first few chapters of a second.

Remember me as a time of day by ryttu3k
  • Recommended by beeruckzII
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Princess Zelda, defeater of Demon Kings, has nothing to be ashamed of. Now she just has to convince the rest of the world of that.
  • Comments: In this story, Zelda is a lesbian that wants to be with her girlfriend but her teacher and some others think that it's "un-princess like behaviour". And thus she sets off to find a way out of her predicament. It's full of emotion and is a very realistic portrayal of what some LGBT people go through. While I was a little confused by the ending, it's still worth the read!

Kasuto's Redemption by Vopi
  • Recommended by beeruckzII, Centurionsof Rome
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Midna/Link
  • Synopsis: What begins as a simple trip to Castle Town spirals into a fight for the world's survival. In the process, battles are raged, relationships are formed, sacrifices are made, lives are changed, and the secrets of the past surface to the present. Post TP.
  • Comments: This story is long and awesome! The OC's are believable, the story is intriguing and engaging, the emotion is real and the fight scenes are well-written. Read this. You shouldn't be disappointed.

Zelda's Honor by Dark Flame Wolf
  • Recommended by loveroftides
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Malon/Link, Saria/Link, Talon/Nabooru, and others.
  • Synopsis: Taken from Ganondorf is imprisoned. The barriers protecting Hyrule have broken down and a new evil from the south emerges threatening all who live. Link, Zelda and others must escape this oncoming menace and find a way to overcome it before all of Hyrule and the rest of the world is lost. Time is running out. Rated M for extreme violence & strong sexual themes.
  • Comments: The fanfic is very adult oriented in both the content and subject matter being addressed. It deconstructs what actually makes a hero and what happens when a person's internal core values change as a result of catastrophic and traumatic events. It thrusts Link, Zelda and the entire ensemble cast from Ocarina of Time into a realistic take on the Zeldaverse with death, despair, rape, torture and more. It aims to explore the Plot Bunny hole between Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess of the child timeline and tries to explain the inconsistencies between the two games in a blunt, unapologetic way. A rather epic story in all respects but due to some of its graphic depictions may not appeal to everyone. I can't say much more since almost the entirety of the fanfic is filled with spoilers and shockers.

Lethe by Chavvah
  • Recommended by Dread Pirate Cat
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Ganondorf's hand is forced: he must protect Link. But a sinister force is at work and Ganon cannot drive it away for long...
  • Comments: Really dark, really creepy. Since it hasn't been updated in years, its probably a dead fic, but what is there is well constructed, interesting, and worth the read. And despite what the summary suggests its not really slash oriented.

Gilded by Chinglingabell
  • Recommended by Malconvoker
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "When the scheme of an enigmatic witch is discovered, an unusual alliance between several incarnations of Link and the demon lord Ghirahim forms to stop her. In a time of war, unexpected bonds of friendship are created. This story is based on the theory that Ghirahim is the Gilded Sword and is loosely based on Hyrule Warrior's plot."
  • Comments: This fic takes a random theory and runs with it. The different Links have pretty well defined personalities that make them easy to tell apart and the other characters are given more depth than they were able to have in Hyrule Warriors. Is doing a good job of making Ghirahim become a better person. Updates pretty frequently.

The Legend of Zelda The Circle of Destiny by KeriPeardon
  • Recommended by omegadannyboy
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Over the centuries, Link and Zelda have reincarnated many times, and in each life they're forced to face a great catastrophe. They've always saved the world, but never fulfilled their true destiny. Now, they face a darkness so great, it threatens not only to destroy the world, but also their ability to be reborn. If they don't succeed this time, they never will." (Orig storyline)
  • Pairing: Link/Zelda
  • Comments: How this story wasn't already on here, I will never know. It has elements of the games, but also reads like an original fantasy novel, with over 400k words. A little heavy on the romantic scenes, but the romance is actually important to the story. Do yourself a favor and read it today.

And So We Fight by The Fighting Irishman
  • Recommended by Supreme_Bookworm
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Perhaps it is written in destiny that the struggle between that of Wisdom and Courage against that of Power is eternal. Perhaps it is inevitable that conflict and war shall be birthed of that struggled. But what is also eternal is our refusal to let this overwhelm us. Darkness can never win. And so we fight. A Novelization of Hyrule Warriors."
  • Comments: This isn't just a novelization of the spinoff game; it's practically a remake that goes above and beyond expectation. I honestly can't put it into words how amazingly well done this story is. Not only does the author expand on the canon characters, they've added some of the best OCs I've ever read. This story has pretty much everything! Romance, humour, tragedy, action, drama, friendship, character development, backstories. They've even have footnotes at the end of each chapter with details about characters, locations, events and terms that turn this story into part novelization, part remake, part guidebook. Seriously, go check it out, even if you didn't like the game at all!

The Last Lokomo by Vaantora
  • Recommended by Progeny Ex Machina
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The story of Byrne: how Anjean took him in, his friendship with Tetra's daughter, his rejection by the spirits, and how Cole lured him to the dark side.
  • Comments: A convincing take on a backstory that was only ever mentioned in broad strokes. The timeline is perhaps a little short, and one minor detail is off (Byrne's gauntlet arm is intact in the game), but otherwise it fills in the blanks nicely.

Mary Sue alphabet by Yuyake no Okami
Doubt by Airplane
  • Recommended by Mandichaos
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Her only identity is as the latest version of the Princess. She should be fair. She should be wise. She should be exactly like her predecessor. Modern Hyrule." (Written before Skyward Sword)
  • Comments: Don’t let the modern Hyrule tag scare you off — this is a short and intriguing picture of a Hyrule where the Sages have become too obsessed with the cycle. Saying more would spoil it.

Revival of the Gods by Aroband
  • Recommended by The_Twilit_Lord
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis:: Link just wants to graduate high school. With only a few months to go and an amazing girlfriend, his life is going pretty well. Sure, he's having weird dreams and aching pains in his hand, but that's probably nothing. Until he's told he has a destiny to fulfill with a goddess and goes from carefree senior to hero. (Modern Hyrule)
  • Comments: A fanfic set in modern times. Whilst it is romance heavy, the quest that Link and Zelda get sent on takes center stage. A well-written story.

scratch, static, rewind, reset by nicole_writes
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: They live a thousand lives in a thousand worlds and some of them they meet, some of them they fight, some of them they love, and all of them they die. And no matter how many times he dies, he still remembers.
  • Comment: An incredibly bleak look at the toll that Link's reincarnation cycle would take on his sanity if he remembered his previous lives, including those from alternate timelines. Covers almost every canon game up to Hyrule Warriors.

Hyrule Kingdom Updates / by Quill
  • Recommended by Steel_Star
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Summary: This is just a little comedic blog featuring funny posts from characters who live within Breath of the Wild Hyrule
  • Synopsis: This blog at first seems much like those brand blogs you see on twitter and tumblr, however it slowly reveals the true story via the asks. Being how dangerous malice is and how generational trauma affects everyone. The charming main character gains and loses his found family as he slowly goes through a bastardization arc.
  • Notes: Everyone from Link to Astor falls under the morally grey side as they try and fail to do what they think is right.

     Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.
A Love Story by Allendra
  • Recommended by beeruckzII
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Link/Zelda
  • Synopsis: A young Link moves into the castle with Zelda, thus starting a friendship that grows into more as the years pass. They'll face pirates, old enemies returned for vengeance, and a prince intent on Hyrule's throne. But their biggest battle is the fact that Zelda is royal and Link is not. (Taken from
  • Comments: The whole "snobbish prince that wants Zelda and Hyrule's throne" is kind of clichéd but this story is still VERY good! Be warned that there is violence, torture, sensuality and a bit of swearing.

  • A Tale of Two Rulers by Figment Forms
  • Recommended by beeruckzII, Theriocephalus
  • Here is the archive for all of the pages and here is a long, continuous post containing each page.
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Zelda/Ganondorf
  • Synopsis: Zelda decides that enough is enough with the curse Demise has placed on both her and Ganondorf. And so she meets up with him one night to propose a solution to their never-ending war; a marriage between them.
  • Comments: I haven't caught up with it yet, but this comic is very interesting! The relationship between Ganondorf and Zelda has a slow burn feel to it, there are a good mixture of both dramatic and comedic moments, and the art style is very beautiful! Whether you ship Zelda and Ganondorf or not and are only willing to give this the benefit of the doubt, this comic is still very good.
    • Theriocephalus: Seconded — the art is extremely good, the relationship between the main characters well-written and compelling, Ganondorf's personality is believably complex, and the various characters are all well-realized and enjoyable. Come for the Zelgan, stay for overworked Zelda, long-suffering Impa, Skull Kid and Vaati's nonsense, and Zelda's daughter being a lot more than she seems.

Consolation Prize by Sailor Comet
  • Recommended by Mew24ver
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Link/Tetra
  • Synopsis: A short but well-written drabble delving into Link's thoughts as he rescues the four "sisters" in Phantom Hourglass.

Once Upon A Fairytale by Spiritual Stone.
  • Recommended by Ugolino
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Link/Sheik
  • Synopsis: Link screamed as his legs snapped cleanly in two, his spine twisted and jerked, shoulder-blades jutting out the wrong way, body rippling and bursting with flames of agony, and his scream turned into a wolf's howl as he was mercilessly dragged away. SHINK

Legend by Pam t3h Spam
  • Recommended by Bookwormtiff, Red-Dead-Redeemer
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Link/Zelda
  • Synopsis: "Reincarnation, repetition, redemption: generation after generation, century after century, the princess is always the same." Zelda-centric. Oneshot. Mostly introspection. Zelda reminisces about her suffering caused by the countless cycles of her reincarnation, because she is unable to forget... Very angsty, but poignant, thoughtful, bittersweet and beautifully written. Interesting also if you know your timeline theories and games.

Flowers for Fi by Shadsie
  • Recommended by Stikibunn
  • Status: Complete
  • "Pairing": Fi/Master Sword/LD-301S "Scrapper"
  • Synopsis: In Skyward Sword, a little robot called "Scrapper" became smitten with Link's companion Fi, the spirit of what later became the Master Sword. After Skyward Sword, when Fi is sent into a permanent sleep inside the sword, Scrapper remains by her side, caring for the sword which is the final resting place of its beloved. This is a sad tale spanning several games.

l__________________l by empty2
  • Recommended by RN 452
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Link/Zelda.
  • Summary: "Tell me... if someone lays a book down in the middle of a field... and the book has no name... and the book has no author... and the book has no lines to it... who will read it?"
  • Sypnosis: A heck of Mind Screw fic, in which helps Link to realize something.

A Hero's Tale Never Ends by AngelRin89
  • Recommended by coolman229
  • Status: Dead (last updated December 2013)
  • Pairing: Link/Malon (With promise of other pairings)
  • Synopsis: Link's adventures from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask have not come to an end. He must face new challenges in the next step of this life. Some good and welcome, others... well let's just say Ganondorf isn't the only thing Hyrule had to worry about. Bridges the gaps between Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess.(Currently ongoing)
  • Comments: AngelRin89 shows Link and Malon's relationship through snapshots. She makes good use of Zelda lore and continuity, making references that Zelda players will get.
    • To add to this... this story tricks you. You come in thinking it's going to just be some cutesy Malink fanfic, but it's not. It's literally got so many layers, that this author is known for doing in any of her main ongoing fanfics. There is continuity, shout outs, and so many wonderful interactions between other characters and friendship moments. And this story is now hinting at some new villain who isn't Ganondorf, that apparently is a servant of the Gerudo's and wants revenge for his master being imprisoned before he could get to the triforce. The other knights of Hyrule characters are so delightful and wonderfully written. The friendship and trust between Link and Zelda's friendship is also very well done. On top of the really nice Malink moments of course that is in there. It's not something I just recommend to Malink fans, it's something I recommend to any Legend of Zelda fan.-clockwork11

How Do You Love Her? by The Village Of Bree
  • Recommended by ILOVEVHS
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Link/Fi
  • Synopsis: A realistic look at Link and Fi's relationship, considering Fi's personality.
  • Comments: This fic, despite its short length is mainly great because of how Fi is portrayed as she starts developing human emotion, and by extension, feelings for Link. This is a good reason alone for a read.

Shame Sleeps Where Pleasure Lies by wayward-river
  • Recommended by adelz2
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Ganondorf/Zelda
  • Synopsis: On the third day of each month he asks for her hand, and each time she denies it.
  • Comments: Most writers of Zelgan fic focus heavily on the tragic side of a romance between the two, but few stick with you like this fic. Tragic and haunting.

Forbidden Love by Linkand Tetra
  • Recommended by pokedude14
  • Pairing: Zelda/Link
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Zelda, the Princess of Hyrule, is royal, and therefore unable to associate with peasants. But what will happen when she meets an Ordonian boy, gradually falls in love, and has a secret affair with him? Will their love prevail against many hardships? Or will it falter at the hands of her father? Slight AU, Ze Link. Rated M for language and sexual content.

Timeline by zestycrouton
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Pairing: Link/Zelda
  • Status: Possibly complete
  • Synopsis: There is always a Hero. There is always a Princess. And no matter how many times the wheel of time spins them out, there is always something between them... even if that something isn't always easy to define.
  • Note: A collection of short stories in which the dynamics of Link and Zelda's relationships are explored across the various games in the franchise; i.e. which ones they get together in, which ones they don't, which ones keep them as strangers, etc.
  • Comment: These stories manage to strike widely varying tones, all of them appropriate for their respective games and where they left Link and Zelda.

Legend of Zelda Kiss Scenes by SpiderKillerTrino
  • Recommended by Clato Lawa
  • Pairing: Various
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: As suggested by the title, a collection of one-shot kiss scenes, with most games in the series represented so far.
  • Note: 47 stories so far, only nine of them involving Link/Zelda parings. Most of the rest can be considered Rarepair stories, some not even involving Link, but are nevertheless handled surprisingly effectively.

     Crossover Fics 
The Legend of Zelda: The Edwaker by ACEAMC
  • Recommended by the tri-ruler
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with: Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • Synopsis: "Not so long ago, before the winds of change blew, there existed three boys. Though they were very different from each other, they were friends and shared many things, including an island called Outset." Basically, it's the Wind Waker with a fresh note of comedy. It's rated T for its occasionally crude humor and constant violence.

The Equestrian Wind Mage by LordSiravant
Unknown Legends by WizardlyWords
  • Recommended by Aevent
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with: RWBY
  • Synopsis: In a land he doesn't know, he is surrounded by things he can't understand. Rules, government, weapons, schooling, even their goals. They are all unknowns, but so is he to them. Link, and the memories of his friends. But there is one common rule between their world and his. The Unknown has the Advantage. So he will remain just that as long as he can. [Pre-Season 3, Min-Canon Change]

Whom She Found by HylianHero5465
  • Recommended by AmityDreams
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  • Synopsis: Before the battle with Nergal, before the fight for Caelin, before her journey began, Lyn found a young man unconscious on the Plains of Sacae, only he wasn't a tactician or even from the same world.
  • Tag: Adventure
  • Comments: Probably one of the best crossover stories I've had the pleasure to stumble across; to put it simply, it's an adaptation of The Blazing Blade but with the Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask incarnation of Link replacing the tactician. While there are grammar issues, long paragraphs, and Link can be OP at times, it's a surprisingly solid read for a fanfic that's been ongoing for over 15 years with slow updates. With exceptional character interactions, well-done action and suspense, and comedy scenes giving a balance to the story's seriousness, it's worth checking out if you're hoping to find a good crossover between these franchises.

A Lady Never Tells Where She Hides Her Triforce Piece by egnirys
  • Crossover with: Senran Kagura
  • Recommended by: Dragonexx
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The beginning of a crossover that absolutely NO ONE asked for! Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf are constantly being reincarnated in slightly different forms, playing out the same story repeatedly... but this time, they've all been reincarnated as busty ninja girls, and students at Hanzo, Gessen, and Hebijo respectively. And the Triforce pieces are in the ninja scrolls... so schoolgirl!Ganondorf has some searching cut out for her...
  • A Crossover with The Legend of Zelda (yes really). Link has been reincarnated once more, this time as Linkle, and this time in the world of Senran Kagura, along with Zelda and Ganondorf. Despite the bizarre premise, the characters so far are very well written and amusing with a touch of hilarity and the plot is engaging. The story is told from the first person Po V of Linkle. An absolute must read.