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“Hermione gave him a look. “I’m not making any promises.””

If this is your first foray into the world of Dramoine fanfic, put The Measure of a Man into the hold category and save it for later. However, this is your story if you like your Dramoine with a prolonged burn with DILF Draco. 

After Hermione steps back from her rising career in The Ministry of Magic, she finds solace and comfort in a quieter life. She becomes a healer and focuses her brain power and force of will on helping patients with various disorders. Her cottage becomes her sanctuary, her healing place, her home. To maintain a low-stress level and give her patients the best quality of care possible, Hermione only takes one patient at a time. She utilizes a complete care system for each patient, including cooking, exercise, and potions, all brewed under her watchful eye. Her newest patient is the socialite and one-time opponent Narcissa Malfoy, who has begun the first stages of a degenerative brain disease that has no cure. 

“He will be the hardest lesson you’ll ever learn.”

The Measure of a Man asks what makes a man and man in the sense of a human. Is it their past, future, children, family, or legacy? Or is it more, and it is the journey they go through with no real destination? Unlike many of Dramoine’s stories, this story is not entirely about the love that Draco and Hermione eventually share. Instead, it touches on a grander level; it is about the kind of love a person can have. Not all love has to be romantic; within the bounds of the word love, there is room for many types. The Measure of a Man explores many of them and shows how one can heal through them. 

The gist of the story is that Hermione and Draco are genuine people with real pain. Malfoy is a widower who is trying to learn to be the best father he can be. Hermione is trying to find her place in the world and a place to put the love she has to give. Both are deeply flawed characters whose joy and pain appear on every page. Things like death, parenting, grief, and history are delved into. 

There is so much to love about this story. It is exceptionally well written, and I am continually shocked by how well the stories in the fan fiction world are done. I am new to the world and realize, as I did with indie fantasy, that my suppositions about the quality of writing are utterly wrong. Manacled remains one of the best books I have ever read, bar none, and it is just one of the many examples of stellar work out there. The Measure of a Man is entirely different in tone and temperament but no less impactful. It is one of the best I have read and takes on many real emotional issues one can face. 

Also, if you enjoy your books on the saucy side with a bit of smut, you are in luck. This story balances hot and heavy scenes and plot, giving the reader enough to be fully happy with the relationship portrayed. It is a massive epic story that clocks in at around 588,659 words or 1300 pages; there is enough meat to satisfy both the saucy and plot-heavy. 

“The quietest people have the loudest minds.”

Come for the gorgeous characters in this very well-read fanfiction, but stay for the story of two flawed people on a healing journey. 

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