Title: Life and Honor Author: NoOneo_o Rating: Mature Genre: General Status: WIP Pairings: N/A Summary: After killing the Mad King, Jaime Lannister is forced to take the black. He expects a life of tedium and misery, but upon finding an unlikely friend in Mance Rayder, realizes the world doesn’t end at the Wall—while discovering it’s possible to question common perceptions of honor without rejecting morality entirely. As Jaime finds a place in the Night’s Watch, he grapples with evidence of an impossible threat mounting far to the north. Link: AO3 So, this fic has been doing the rounds in the ASOIAF-thread for a little while and after today's update I thought it was time to put it up for the library. The authors summary of the story is quite excellent at conveying exactly what the story is about, so not much for me to add there. The fic is almost entirely from Jamies PoV which saves us from the all to common disjointedness that can be found in many ASOIAF-fics. What do I like about this story? The characterisation of Jamie feels really on point. He arrives at the wall a somewhat spoiled young man who only wants to be an honourable knight but now the entire realm scorns him. Throughout his adventures he learns to build a new form of self-respect and becomes a well-rounded character after a few chapters. The supporting cast, in particular Mance, is also well-crafted. They have distinct personalities, distinct goals and remain consistent throughout the story. It feels like the characters end up where they are due to the way they are, and not due to plotdevices (most of the time anyway). Life at the wall (and beyond) is fleshed out in an interesting way that seems to make sense in the world. The writing is good, but I've waded through to much bad fanfiction for my alarm-bells to stop functioning, so perhaps someone of our writers could chime in on this? Things I don't like? Sometimes the overarching story can feel a little bit like it's on rails, we kinda know where Jamie will end up. Not always a bad thing, but it does remove some suspense. In the last chapters there's also been some questionable developments where it seems like they are mainly doing it to mirror canon!Jamie which seemed unnecessary for the story. So, go enjoy 144000 words of the best ASOIAF fanfic we've had since Lion in the north (is this a theme?). I'll rate this 4/5 but will easily bump that up to 5/5 if the author can keep up the quality in the future. We've only recently seen Jamie have much of an impact on someone else than himself, so we'll see how the author handles a "bigger" story. EDIT: cleared up some confused sentences.