Title: Soul Mirror Author: Archontruth Rating: M Genre: Fantasy/Mystery Status: WIP Fandom: Naruto Pairings: Naruto/Hinata, Naruto/[spoilers], Spoiler / Spoiler Length: 44 chapters, 383,240 words Summary: The Kyuubi has granted a wish Naruto never should have made. Now he must come to terms with a terrible power he cannot control. Allies and enemies alike are in the crosshairs as Naruto delves into the lost past of a dead village seeking to understand the Kyuubi's malicious gift before it destroys everything – and everyone – he has fought for. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9065052/1/Soul-Mirror I'm throwing this up here because this story's low exposure is criminal. I've basically given up on finding common ground with DLP when it comes to Naruto, but I think this story will probably fit DLP's tastes better than the author's other story, since it's at least nominally Naruto-centric (though it also has numerous character perspectives and OCs - the OCs are at least not given the spotlight as major protagonists). This story is not any one thing. It is a fantastic deconstruction of (or perhaps just an attempt to take seriously) several of the most reviled tropes in the fandom (in any fandom, really). It is a horror story, up to a point. Normally I don't like horror, but psychological horror is a rare exception, and this is done very well. This is a love story... sort of. It is most certainly not a traditional romance, but it wouldn't be inaccurate to say that relationships between characters are what drive this story, both in terms of interpersonal and violent conflict. This story is technically an AU, in that it introduces several elements and characters into Naruto lore that were not present in the original formulation, but the present-day backstory remains mostly the same. These changes become more and more relevant as the story goes on, of course. My praise of this story is much the same as with the author's other story, Black Cloaks, Red Clouds: However, I also feel like it has less issues than that story, particularly with the pacing, and also in some ways that conflict is handled (Naruto may have a Big Stick, but others have Bigger Sticks, so direct confrontation is generally a side-show). For me this is easily a 5/5, but of course the final determination is up to you.