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FAN FIC RECS: Shadowhunters

A selection of assorted fanfics encompassing the entirety of Shadowhunters, The Mortal Instruments Series, The Infernal Devices Series, The Dark Artifices, The Bane Chronicles, and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, arranged by appropriate ship. Suggestions for additions are always welcome.




Alec Lightwood / Magnus Bane

I am Fire. I am... Drunk by Lecrit:

  • Vodka Cannot Kill a Dragon: “It’s my bachelor party and you’re my best man,” Jace had said. “You owe me to get drunk.”The thing is, Alec doesn’t really drink. He never does. He doesn’t like the way it makes his head foggy and his long limbs out of control. Even with Magnus, who quite surely can hold his liquor, he never goes past one or two cocktails. So, after Jace has managed to shove drinks in his hand time and time again, Alec is not drunk. He’s hammered. (*)

  • What's Life Without a Few Dragons: “It’s your bachelor party and I’m your best man,” Jace had said. “You owe me to get drunk.”Alec is pretty sure he’s heard those words before, or something close enough.He also knows that two things came out of it. One, he got engaged to Magnus, which is a good thing. Two, he experienced the most embarrassing week, maybe month, of his life after that, which was a very, very bad thing. For a while after Jace and Clary’s wedding, he had had to deal with knowing smirks and snickers behind his back every time he walked through the Institute. He is not going to make the same mistake again. Except he already has because before he can register what happened, he’s hammered again. (*)

  • after you, it's all cheap tequila: “You two are made for each other, you’ll figure out a way to make it work,” Jace says with an assurance that is oddly comforting. “In the meantime, I don’t have a magical solution to solve the problem but I definitely have one to solve it temporarily.” “Let me guess,” Alec deadpans. “Getting drunk?” “Yup.”

Quid Pro Quo by RedOrchid:

  • Quid Pro Quo: A What if…? taking off from the “I’ll do you pro bono” scene in 1x11. Alec accepts Magnus’ initial offer; things grow complicated from there. (*)

  • Bittersweet: She knows that Alec and Magnus will love the child they’re about to have. Knows they will be the kind of parents who will walk through fire for their child’s happiness. She only hopes she’ll be able to feel the same, eventually.

The Boundless Saga by sarcasticfluentry and Teumessian:

  • pro bono: After the Clave drops the charges against Isabelle and declares her free, Magnus decides he doesn't want Alec's bow and quiver after all. He gets something even better. (*)

  • night highs: The Book of the White turns out to be encrypted, so they're unable to immediately wake Jocelyn up. Magnus returns home to his loft feeling defeated and wonders where he stands with Alec. (*)

  • Thunder's Getting Louder: For once in his life, Alec decides to take something for himself. He forgets that everything comes with a cost. (*)

  • Paradise in Between: In the months following the loss of the Mortal Cup, anxieties run deep. It's no time for a vacation, and yet... Magnus has had a lot of years to practice the art of persuasion.

  • making new clichés: Alec doesn't like to think about getting older. This anxiety gets even worse on his birthday, so Magnus whisks him away to Paris to cheer him up.

  • carve it in: Valentine moves on Idris and open war falls on the downworld. Magnus knows that his time with Alec is limited, but he’s not prepared for it to be over yet.

  • feel it break: When the crown is cast off, the sound of its fall will ring across the earth. Alec can only be pushed so far.


Internet Famous by kuro1neko2kun: Alec and Magnus are both Youtubers. They meet for the first time at Vidcon, doing a video together. The viewers (and Izzy) think they'd be a cute couple, and they awkwardly fulfill everyone's dreams. Sort of. (*) (WiP)

Anything You Say by milominderbinder: Detective Alec Lightwood likes his job. He likes the order of it, likes helping people, likes that he gets to work with Jace and that Izzy is always right downstairs in the morgue too. He's wanted to be a cop ever since he was a kid, just like his parents before him, and now he's living that dream. His life should be perfect. There's just one problem. Their precinct has just gotten a new forensic expert -- Magnus Bane. And honestly, he's so cute that Alec's kind of losing his mind. (*) (WiP)

In the Sin Bin by otppurefuckingmagic: As the goalie for the New York City Blazing Angels, Alec Lightwood thinks he's finally found the team he can go all the way to the championship cup with. Then his agent and financial advisor are arrested for stealing their clients' money, and Alec is forced to take on a side job doing endorsement deals, plus find a way to trust his new agent--Magnus Bane. Alec hates Magnus the first time he sets eyes on him. Magnus hates Alec more. But they're going to have to find some way to work together if Alec is going to make it to the championship.

Takdir by t0nt0n: Alec finds out on his 16th birthday that he's been engaged to Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, since he was two years old to secure the peace of the Shadow World. (WiP)

Strange Love by arandomfan91: Alec is in love with Magnus. Magnus needs Alec to be his fake boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong? (WiP)

Take me back to the basics by Berch: Soulmates are a lost romance that have been shrouded over with fear of abandonment or fear of love, but sometimes lost romances can be brought back. Sometimes all it takes is a color. Maybe the color gold. Alexander Lightwood thought he was normal. He has a normal family, a normal school, a normal life. But when his parents decide to move him and his two siblings from Chicago to New York, Alec's would is turned upside down. Between meeting his somewhat famous soulmate and his parents' demanding an mysterious job, Alec realizes that his life is far more complicated than he thought. (WiP)

make this feel real by magnusbanes: In order to strengthen the Accords, Alec has to marry a Downworlder. It just so happens to be Magnus. It's all for duty; at least, that's what they like to tell each other. (WiP)

Undercover Lover by Centa0592: Alec has been sent under cover, from the Clave, to spy on Magnus and find out what he took from them. Alec, like the good soldier he is, does as told. Yet, the longer he stays under cover the more he realizes he's in love with the Warlock and will do anything to protect the man. But will secrets keep them forever apart? What happens when Alec suspects that the Clave has lied to him? (WiP)

Take me to Church by Maleciseverything: Alec is the acting head of the Institute trying to deal with the new pressures this title brings. A string of Mundane murders and strange demonic markings leads him to seek help from the nearest High Warlock, Magnus Bane. Upon meeting him, Alec realizes that his secret is at risk of being revealed. He tries to keep his growing attraction for Magnus hidden as best as he can. With the support of his sister, Isabelle, who is trying to find love herself; they both try to discover if they can let their worries go and accept love with open arms. (*) (WiP)

Shadowhunters: The Immortal by Beautiful_Warlock93: “You have to watch the ones you care about die.” If only Alec knew when to shut his mouth. Magnus may be immortal but that isn’t mean he isn’t able to get hurt. After the events of 1x13, with Jace missing, tensions are high between everyone. Where will they go from here?

pillow talk by lacheses: Alec Lightwood falls in love, one nap at a time.

Blue by mechanical-scarecrow: Alec is the only Sub in the Institute and he knows that he will never have a Dom. He will never have a collar. Everyone expects him to fail. Then he met Magnus Bane. And he started to believe in himself again. (*) (WiP)