Title: With Strength of Steel Wings Author: AngelaStarCat Rating: M Genre: Action/Adventure Status: WIP (about 560,000 words) Pairings: no definite pairing yet, but no slash Summary: A young Harry Potter, abandoned on the streets, is taken in by a man with a mysterious motive. When his new muggle tattoo suddenly animates, he is soon learning forbidden magic and planning to infiltrate the wizarding world on behalf of the "ordinary" people. But nothing is ever that black and white. (Runes, Blood Magic, Parseltongue, Slytherin!Harry) (SEE NOTE 1st Chapter) Link: FanFiction.Net I wanted to copy the note from chapter one, but ffnet doesn't allow it, so you'll have to make do with my summary. I know this story has been posted in the "Almost Recommended" section in September 2013. It had 17 chapters and 178,136 words back then and was in Harry's first year. Since then a lot has happened. The first 15 chapters deal with Harry's time before Hogwarts. To be honest, in this part of the story I sometimes skipped whole paragraphs, and I really didn't like the tattoo idea in the beginning. But I kept reading because I was bored and had a lot of time on my hands - and I was pleasantly surprised. Yes Harry is more powerful than your average wizard, but there are good explanations for this. Yes, the tattoo idea seems stupid as hell, but I really got used to it and wouldn't want it any other way now. There are two main story lines. 1) The wizarding world: The author only changes events that are directly influenced by Harry. The rest (Lucius and the diary, Sirius breaking out etc.) stay the same. Though she made quite interesting changes when it comes to the Triwizard tournament. Harry is a lot more aware of the machinations and manipulations surrounding him. He really is a different person, and that changes a lot. It is in NO WAY a canon rehash. 2) the muggle world: opposed to canon, the muggle world plays an important role here. Harry is adopted by a muggle man who is aware of the wizarding world, and as the story progresses we find out that there is a whole organization trying to find out as much as possible about the wizarding world. A lot of time travel stories have Harry travel back and take Voldemort's side because muggles found them in the future and a war between muggles and wizards broke out. This story is the first I read that not only refers to such a war but shows in detail why muggles might want to find out more, how they could go about it, how the muggles might react to magic etc. Here muggles are powerful in their own right, and Harry who grew up with them is torn between both worlds. ---- As the story progresses it expands to the wizarding world of the US, which is interesting in itself. There are a lot of original ideas, but it never feels forced (tattoos aside). The author has very interesting ideas concerning magical rituals and theories. She's not really contradicting Rowling's magical rules, but adding to them. In general it is very well written, there are hardly any grammar or spelling mistakes (as far as I can tell). And no character bashing, thankfully. The updates are enormous - around 30 000 words each, every one or two months. I'm really not sure how to rate it. The earlier chapters can get quite boring - and considering that I'm talking about 100 000 words that's not easy to ignore. Though even considering this I would definitely rate this story 3 or above. probably a 4/5. When Harry finally enters Hogwarts things start to get more interesting, and now (in year 4) it's at a point were I find myself constantly wanting to read more. Things are really heating up on all fronts. (magical and muggle that is).