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Reign Review

This month I review Reign, by Thats_My_Bulma! It is a Vegeta-sei AU with a twist! Rating of E for smutty smutty goodness, some violence. Completed fic, approx. 93,000 words.
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There are SO MANY Vegeta-sei fics out there (hell even I have written my own). I really love the issues explored in them, ruling, succession, diplomacy, the past. This fic hits all those issues and even has a twist. 

 

There is so much smut… like even before vegebul gets together there is a smutty scene with Bulma and an OC. All the lemon is written really nice with great attention to detail and pacing. TMB seems to know when lots of detail is good for a chapter and when a broader version is needed – which is nice. There is nothing worse than reading through a plot heavy chapter and the whole plot stops for a heavy fucking session with no real reason for it being there (besides sex, but my point stands).

 

I love the world building that happened in this fic. First and foremost, the history is great, you get to see sights that you hear about in canon like the tuffle war, and these places feel real and thought out. The way that the planet is described is AWESOME. There are scrublands, vast lifeless desert, but also vast snowy mountain ranges. Its a real planet with biomes and zones and man I would really like to see what her ideas for plant and animal life are in these places. There is great history and lore for the Saiyans, and the expansion of Vegeta’s family is great; I love that he has a sister and the whole family dynamic is wonderful. Hinting at Tarble being a “deviant” is wonderful as well, giving the race a really nice round feel. 

 

I wanna talk about how Vegeta is basically a dragon in this fic. He is majorly jealous, wanting his woman for his own. Hes horribly violent when people disrespect his things. And the hoarding of jewels. The gambling of the jewels, all the jewelry and vanity described in this fic is so different and interesting. I was really happy to read these things in this fic because it is such a different take on the Saiyan ways and I really like that out of the box thinking. 

 

Probably my favorite thing about this fic is the subversion of what we think is the bad guy. So many times it is Daddy Geets and or Frieza, and OMG how wonderful is it that we get different baddies? I love getting to know this manipulative and completely bitchy mom Vegeta has. And the whole family dynamic is just fantastic – I love how Tarble plays into the vegeta/mom dynamic of the story.

 

Overall, a really wonderful story. There is great writing, and plot development. I love good world building (as you may know) so this fic is fantastic. If you are into an AU where Vegeta-sei is still around, and want a different take on who some of our minor characters are, plus a great bad guy you should really read this fic!

 

Check it out over on AO3! 

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