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Saving Connor

(Sacrifices Arc #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  538 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Fandom: Harry Potter
AU, eventual HPDM slash, very Slytherin!Harry. Harry's twin Connor is the Boy Who Lived, and Harry is devoted to protecting him by making himself look ordinary. But certain people won't let Harry stay in the shadows...

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ebook, 326 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by
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Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Spoiler Free Book and Series Review.

To give a good review of this story, you first need to understand my criteria for rating this as I have. I first read Harry Potter as a young adult. I avoided it for years thinking it was "for kids". I was wrong. It is a delightful series.

This series is better.

Yep, I said it. This is Harry Potter for ADULTS. The whole series is a long journey filled with character depth and plot, that made me feel like every other thing I have ever read to date was just fluff
Anna Kļaviņa
3 stars for the first book and 5 stars for the series.

Saving Connor is the first and the weakest book in the Sacrifice arc but after that the series gets better and better.

One of the best crafted fantasy words I've read. And I'm comparing this with such books as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.

Narcissa Malfoy from these series is my favourite female character ever.

Minor spoilers

In this world Harry has a twin brother Connor who is the boy-who-lived. James and Lilly are alive. Remus and
Very, very good.

I am wary of the sequels, though. They sound too dark. [I started this story for many reasons—to explore the ideas, to write about the psychology of a certain kind of abuse] << Author's note after the epilogue of pt 7, which I don't find very encouraging.

And look at that length!

1 - Chapters: 22 - Words: 81,263
2 - Chapters: 33 - Words: 169,197
3 - Chapters: 51 - Words: 278,941
4 - Chapters: 86 - Words: 500,864
5 - Chapters: 125 - Words: 786,063
6 - Chapters: 124 - Words: 709,580
7 -
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time, I though fanfiction was just this silly thing I wrote and read in my free time. I didn't really think much of it. After all, it's the natural progression of a reader who wants know what happens beyond the pages of a character's story. That's all I thought it was. Then I started to stumble across stories that radically changed the ones I had read, the ones that were darker and harsher and maybe more honest. I read The Darkness Within trilogy and the Sacrifices arc. And while bo ...more
Simply. Great.

One of the best HP fanfics I've ever read, and I'm not trying to sugar coat it. It's been a few days since I read this and to be honest I can't recall much fromn the first part of the series but that it'll take amazing plot twists in the long run. Once you start, you can't stop. When I started "Saving Connor", I expected the usual "Harry has a twin brother who's a boy-who-lived and now Harry is ignored" story but in the end everything will turn out to be very different from how it
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was leery of reading this. When I found Saving Connor I was looking for some Harry/Draco slash, not a tale of two brothers. However, I decided, based on the positive reviews, to give it a chance. I'm glad I did because, frankly, I loved it. More than the actual book it was based on even. Books written from the point of view of children often fall into two categories I find. One, where the child acts as adults expect children to act; they make silly mistakes, act impulsively, and are intimidate ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, free, drarry, fanfic
The concept ended up being my favorite part of this one. The idea of an AU in which Harry's a Slytherin and it's his twin who's known as the Boy Who Lived fascinated me.

I'd initially put off reading this because of the daunting length of the rest of the series. But then, I realized I was searching and searching for new drarry stories just to keep living in these fantastic interpretations of a world I love. Once I realized that, I decided that 2 million+ words might be a GOOD thing, and I gave th
This series is the BEST HP fanfic I've ever read. Nothing even comes close. I think this series rivals the original books in world building, plot, depth and complexity. I'm absolutely gobsmacked by how phenominal this series is. I'm very saddened that the author walked away from writing, as far as I know.

Just.... unreal. 6 stars.
Five-star rating for the integrity and brilliance of the entire series, if not the for this particular installment alone. The author's Sacrifices Arc is a great one, the kind of long epic readers hope for -- it's a story that isn't contained in a few hundred pages, but a few (many) thousand pages. The story is constantly growing, revolting, surprising, and endlessly entertaining. It's told beautifully, and has fierce detail, careful structures, wild imagination. It'll ensnare you for weeks in a ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I don't like original characters in fanfiction, especially in Harry Potter fanfiction. Who needs it? There are so many canon characters that creating your own seems unnecessary. I'm pretty sure even J.K.Rowling doesn't remember all of them. Besides, most of the original characters I read about were usually Sirius' girlfriends, their names something like Helen and of course they were fierce as fuck, they were hot and they were Gryffindor AND one of the best friends of Lily. Who needs that when we ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Saving Connor is definitely the weakest book in the series yet (while writing this I'm currently on book three, Comes out of Darkness Morn) and it was still really good. I love the premise (Harry has a twin that's supposedly the Boy Who Lived and he's his loyal protector; until suddenly he's sorted into Slytherin and everything slowly, but surely, changes) and I really liked some of the dynamics (Harry/Draco, Harry/Malfoys, Harry/Hermione). REALLY liked.

The writing wasn't The Best (definitely n
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I love this fanfiction !! I wanted to give it 5 stars but my raison that I didn't have is that it will get better I know and in this first book Connor was acting stupid and harry ... But that's what makes this series so special !! this book !! So different than the others and darker ! I will continue with the rest and enjoy it :)
Menglong Youk
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Harry's twin brother, Connor, is the boy who lived, and Harry can do anything to shield his brother from any harm in the Wizarding world although later, Harry is sorted into Slytherin and his twin is sorted into Gryffindore.

Fanfiction could take readers to another alternative world of their favorite story. For me, it feels great to be back home again, but in different timeline. Although this book received just 3.5 out of 5 stars from me, I will just keep continuing reading the remainin
Roxana Chirilă
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first time I read Saving Connor, I was gripping the edge of my seat and reading like crazy. There's something about it which hints at great, tragic, beautiful secrets - possibly the fact that a 5 year-old has vows to protect his twin brother and to be ordinary so the twin can be extraordinary. Something wicked this way comes...

Lightning on the Wave wrote one of my favorite series, fanfic or otherwise, and now I'm re-reading it for the sheer pleasure.

Rating 4/5 because I know what's next.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Honestly Didn't get to much into this one, thought the character is far far far to mature for a supposed 11 year old(even considering the premise), and wasn't that much of a fan of the writing style. That being said I'm not a big fanfic reader so part of the low rating could be attributed to that. All in all wouldn't recomened someone not read it but definitely wouldnt recomened it to anyone either
Luana Karina
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you don't love these series, you don't love.
Mar 29, 2015 added it
I would like the chance to be given the chance to read this magnificent book only if it would be available to the public.
That was pretty darn good. It was very different from the usual Harry-has-a-twin story, and was very well written. I'm a bit wary about the length of the other works in the series, though.
Minx Vixen
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ff-draco-harry
I fully agree with all the positive reviews on this story. This series of Books are held high in my top most beloved stories.

It is a investment and a long journey to the end. But if you are a keen reader and a fan of this shipping and fanfiction style. Then finishing these stories will be the best achievement you will have. The writer is so intelligent about the world she creates and only builds more on top of what JK Rowling has done to the betterment of the series.

It becomes its own world in
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fanfiction, lgbtq
Normally, I don't really track/count my fanfiction reading, but I found the Sacrifices Arc here and the series is so epic that I had to include it. I've read it before ages ago, but recently started rereading it and found that I loved it all over again. It's such a different version of Harry Potter that it reads on a completely different level. But I love the depth and complexity of the story, there's so much politics and intrigue as the series goes on and a different view of magic. Would highly ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fanfiction, 2020-en
HP1 - alternative universe, Slytherin!Harry AU, Harry has a twin AU, GEN
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Family and friends oriented, power imbalance among characters but I kinda liked that about it, child soldier???, take the world-building with a grain of salt, it's super flexible to fit the narrative, but it's okay, leaves you wanting to read the sequel.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, I really dig AU Slytherin!Harry, and all the Pureblood rituals are awesome. The blend of adult and child in this AU's Harry is a bit disconcerting, but watching all the adult characters engage with him is fascinating. The Marauder's are underdeveloped caricatures of their potential, which is my least favorite part of the book.
Lelia Houbé
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fanfiction
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harry, well, lives for saving Connor. Slow burn, very much focussed on character development, but still sees lots of action and lore.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a unique premise.
Really enjoyed this, even though there was some stuff that was a bit irritating.
Can't wait to continue this series!
Debbie Bregman-Buis
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written very nicely.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, re-read
Revisiting this series after years is an interesting experience. I'll say rereading it at 30 vs ~18yo really shifts your perspective on some of the themes and plot points.
Elena F
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
i really liked it!! i love this whole concept and it left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a very, very interesting Harry Potter AU. I don't read HP fanfiction normally but reading the raving reviews I decided to try it. And it is very good.

I had a little trouble at the start to see Harry as a version of the original Harry. And since Connor isn't Harry either, I felt a bit lost. Funnily enough this changed after the Christmas visit. Somehow I could see more of the original Harry in this Harry from then on. I love the traditional wizard manners etc. This Harry's upbringing and
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My least favourite of the series (the series overall is 5 stars the first two books are not as good as the later books) but very well written never the less. I prefer the books as Harry gets older, wiser and more engaging (and out of the control of Dumbledore).

You really need to read the whole of the series to be able to appreciate all of the books, and set a lot of time aside to do, but it is so worth it. The writing is excellent and the series is one of the most imaginative I have ever come ac
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