Story Spotlight: Chasing the Sun

Title: Chasing the Sun
Author: Niknakz93
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: AU/AH: After a brutal tour in Afghanistan turns his life upside down, Jace is forced to battle a new war. This time, one of his own. Fortunately, he’s not alone. Can new next-door neighbor Clary help heal a wounded soldier’s heart? Vulgar language and lots of lemonade.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
I’m so excited!!! I’ve been wanting to spotlight this since she began it-I loved her fic Ascension sooooo much and this one is no different. I’ve been trying to make sure to wait for fics to be at least 10 chapters before I spotlight them and this one is at 15 and it’s a go!!!

Okay, so my insane ramblings aside, I usually don’t make a point of reading war fics. They tend to bum me out. And this one…did, but not in the same way most do. This is the *after effects* of the war…which is a key thing nowadays that nobody wants to talk about.

She’s written this in an awesomely real way. I actually kinda hated the story at first-you’ll see why when you get into it-but the progression and evolution of the characters is handled in such an organic way—it’s amazing. Truly. All their flaws and mistakes somehow make them more likable, at least to me.

The embarrassment, shame, horror, fear, panic, happiness…every emotion she’s managed to capture in such a way that I *feel* them. I mean, that’s what stories are supposed to do-evoke emotion-but this is somehow a little more extreme than most. So it’s definitely worth the read-I usually click and read asap whenever I get an update email-and I sincerely hope you’ll head on over right now to read and leave her love. :)

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