The Shadow of Death

By Darkened Void

Status: Work In Progress, Word Count: 46,300, Pairing: Harry Potter/Fleur Delacour, Genre: Adventure/Romance

Author’s Summary: Harry Potter seemingly disappeared that night in 1981. Presumed dead, the world continued on without him and allowed Voldemort’s return mostly unopposed. When he is finally found the game of the gods begins to come to its finale. The world will shake under their combined might. Can Harry prevent all from becoming dust? HP/FD, OP!Harry, OP!Voldemort (eventually), no bashing.

My Thoughts: The Shadow of Death is a properly mixed bag. While it certainly has some excellent moments and scenes, it also suffers from what is, in my opinion, an overabundance of edge. However, I’m getting ahead of myself. I think there’s some great stuff here. I quite enjoyed the first chapter, and especially the duel between Harry and Dumbledore. There’s something quite satisfying about watching Dumbledore duel at full power and go toe to toe with this version of Harry, and I also really enjoy the world building that goes into this chapter. In fact, pretty much every action scene is great! However, I feel like the writing hasn’t really grabbed me yet. I’m five chapters in, and I still haven’t found that hook that makes me desperate to read more, and while I’ll continue reading, I’m starting to become a bit worried. I also feel like this concept is a bit cliche, but seeing as this is one of the best versions of this cliche that I’ve seen, I can’t get too mad about it. If you like OP!Harry stories I’d check it out, but be careful not to cut yourself on the edge.

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