Story Title: The Beggar-Thief
Author Name: Gravidy
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Adult
Story Summary: Written for DMGH ficexchange. DM/HG DH compliant until epilogue. Hermione Granger has enough problems without worrying about Pureblood kidnappings and techno-geeks. The last thing she needs is Draco Malfoy breathing down her neck.
I’m not generally a fan of dark!fics, and so I’ve little basis for comparison here. Because of the level of psychological and magical manipulation which takes place in this fic, I think it absolutely should be considered a dark!fic. But I have to admit that in spite of that, I found it to be an absolutely brilliant story. The plot is nail-biting in its exciting intensity and the characters are vividly drawn.
The technical proficiency of the author is easily established. The shrewd psychological insight into Hermione’s character, however, crept up on me. I was initially intrigued by the sci-fi/fantasy action/adventure which explodes into the story, bringing with it a huge mystery. It took me awhile to catch on to the strange dynamic between Draco and Hermione. Be forewarned that this is not your traditional DMHG romance fic. Fans of Draco may not like this story at all. But if you’re interested in an intriguing look at the character which is both consistent with canon and yet wildly AU, you’ll love this story.
Because of the violent nature of the threat to the wizarding world which is faced in this fic, there are a lot of deaths. There is also a non-con scene, though the censored version at ff.net is very careful about not being explicit in depicting the event.