Status: Complete, Word Count: 597,300, Pairing: Hermione Granger/George Weasley
Author’s Summary: Sequel to The Arithmancer. Years 5-7. Armed with a N.E.W.T. in Arithmancy after Voldemort’s return, Hermione takes spellcrafting to new heights and must push the bounds of magic itself to help Harry defeat his enemy once and for all.
My Thoughts: Lady Archimedes is a very satisfying follow up to The Arithmancer. All of the things that I enjoyed about the first one are also present in this fic, and there’s also some new cool stuff as well. The strongest bit of this story is the final ritual scene, although I actually also really enjoy the stuff that involves Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys on the run in year seven. Besides that, I just think the character work is, once again, just fucking fantastic. While the first book is all about Hermione coming into her own, and overcoming a series of small, personal flaws and fears, this book is all about her learning how to cope with fighting in a war. The action here is far more intense and brutal than it is in the first story, and I think it servers this fic’s themes very well. Again, while Hermione’s incredibly powerful, that’s not really the point of this story. This whole series is incredibly character driven, and I feel like all three main characters’ high power levels are more in service to their arcs than anything else. Finally, this story also introduces Augustus Rookwood and his rivalry with Hermione, a fellow Arithmancer. Watching them continually finding counters to each other’s new spells and then having to invent new ones is incredibly interesting, and I’m just a huge fan of how this rivalry plays out. However, I am going to say that this story is decidedly too long. White Squirrel should probably have cut about 30k words worth of this story, just to tighten the plot up a bit, and for this reason, I consider this story to be a fair bit weaker than Book I. However, if you liked The Arithmancer, you will probably also like this one. It’s also very fun.