fic: Madrigal dei Traditori by nancybrown
Length: 50,000 words
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Jack/Ianto/Lisa, Gwen/Rhys, Mickey/Tosh, Lois, Tony Tyler, OCs
Genre/Category: action, adventure, drama, romance, far future AU
Warnings: As per the author: "violence, non-explicit sex, dodgy understanding of UNIT hierarchy, angst, fluff, OC overload, chapteritis, alcohol."
Spoilers: up through CoE, one small spoiler for EoT Pt 2 (assumes knowledge of entire DW canon)
Summary: Putting one's thumb on the scale of history is generally considered a bad idea.
Why you should read it: This marvelous AU is set in the future of the "Rabbit Hole AU," a post-CoE reset of Jack's timeline explored in nancybrown's previously recced Wonderland. The 'verse's premise is that Jack, with the Doctor's assistance, has edited the timeline so that Ianto and Lisa survive; eventually, they return to Torchwood Cardiff and enter into a relationship with Jack. In this story, Jack attempts a further "edit" to spare his family and the world the consequences of a first contact gone awry. But while Jack is the prime mover, this story could have been titled "Torchwood: The Next Generation." It shows us the upbringing and young adulthood of a stellar cast of OCs: Ianto and Lisa's son, who bears the weight of the whole enterprise; his two sisters; Gwen's son; and the mysterious Tony Tyler, displaced from Pete's World and drawn into the intrigue.
Told from multiple points of view -- much like the chorus of singers implied by the title -- the story shifts among all these characters, the expanded Torchwood teams, the political schemers of UNIT, and many alumni of other Whoniverse adventures. It's a deeply satisfying re-imagining of the canon future, full of humor, suspense, space adventure, and unexpected romance. The original characters show the stamp of their parentage but are terrific creations in their own right. Above all, the story gives us a Jack who has learned to fight for those he loves even in the face of their mortality, and it winds to a breathtaking conclusion, equal parts joyful and bittersweet.
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