Title: Fate: Hard Knocks Author: Fell The Tempest Rating: T Genre: Fantasy/Tragedy (From what author says) Status: WIP Fandom: Dresden Files + Fate/Stay Night Pairings: Harry/Murphy Summary: When Nicodemus stole the Holy Grail from Hades' Vault Seven, he missed a few items: a scrap of cloth, a knife, an ancient wood placard, a thorned circlet... and a finely crafted scabbard. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11614219/1/Fate-Hard-Knocks Found this while favorites list hopping around. Takes place right after Skin Game. Premise is exactly as it sounds, Harry Dresden lifts Avalon from Hades' vault and sets out to figure out what the hell it is. Relatively decent length at just under 59k words over 14 chapters, a pretty good clip for something that was first published in November 2015. Has some minor grammar issues and typos here and there, but nothing huge. The story starts off heavy Dresden and all the characters feel in-character. The author's very good about keeping the pacing high and the reader interested in what Harry's doing at every turn. The action sequences are dramatic and the author is very good at the "show, don't tell" when it comes to displaying personality and "oh shit" moments. 4/5 due to keeping my attention throughout with no section that felt really boring or dragging. Depending on how the Fate angle plays out, rating could go up or down.