XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - ALTERNATIVE FAN FICTION REVIEWS
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**LEADER (THE) by Storm
A very determined, courageous rebel leader and a Conqueror in transition combine to make this entry in the Conqueror genre a highly entertaining story about two very different women drawn together despite the adversarial roles fate has placed them in. The story opens with the Conqueror intent on torturing to death a captured rebel unless the former Amazon reveals the identity of the rebel leader. Before long the Conqueror finds herself facing a young woman named Gabrielle of Poteidaia who proclaims herself the rebel leader and fully expects the Conqueror to release the prisoner now that she has what she wanted. To Xena's surprise, the young woman is an intriguing puzzle - committed to a cause that opposes the Conqueror's rule and yet wanting to understand the Conqueror better - spiritually strong yet physical vulnerable - wise in some ways yet innocent in others - and most confusing of all - an enemy offering friendship. With nothing to loose, the Conqueror decides to keep the little rebel around for a bit never suspecting just how much an enemy will eventually come to mean to her or what a revolution of the heart Gabrielle is about to spark in the feared Destroyer of Nations. Storm presents us here with very likeable characterizations of our two heroines. The Conqueror, despite her steely, dangerous demeanor reveals a very human need for friendship and an honest desire to improve the life of those under her rule while Gabrielle's integrity and willingness to risk it all endears her to the reader. The story progresses at a nice pace developing the relationship in a believable way and keeping us totally involved in the intensifying drama. A great read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 144 pgs.
http://merwolf.com/academy/fanfic/s/storm_leader1.html

**LEAP OF FAITH by Missy Good
So consistent she'd probably never make it as a character in a third season episode of XWP, Missy returns with another exceptional XWP novel. Set about a month after the events in DARKNESS FALLS, the story begins with the warrior and bard recovering nicely from their recent ordeals, rejoicing in the healing their relationship is experiencing. The sense of things in fact returning back to normal becomes even more pronounce when they visit Poteidaia and once again find people in need of their help, people looking to the Warrior Princess when no other hope remains. Unbeknownst to them, trouble is stirring in other parts too, as danger envelops a dear friend. Featuring exceptional writing, masterful storytelling, Missy's endearing sense of humor, and one of the most beloved depictions of the Xena/Gab relationship in fanfic this is another treat for us all guys. A MUST READ that receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! [See the sequel PROMISES KEPT, part of the JOURNEY OF SOULMATES SERIES] - 305 pgs., 4/12/98
FANFIC ART:

Barron Story Cover
Ciegra Story Cover
"Leap Of Faith" desktop by Ciegra
"Xena and Gabrielle" by Barbara Maclay
http://www.merwolf.com/ffiction.html
http://ausxip.com/bards.html#melissa
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

LEAVE A LIGHT ON by Darkone  Save Alert
A bitter-sweet tale that has Xena going against a warlord who once almost destroyed her and this time is determined to do so. The one thing helping the warrior to survive is the bard she knows is waiting for her and a love which can make all horrors go away. Well-written and very passionate. - 11 pgs., 7/21/97
FANFIC ART:Ciegra Story Cover
http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/d/darkone_leavealighton.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20010606234709/http://xwp-altfic.simplenet.com/darkone100.txt

**LEGACY (THE) by Simahoyo
Fantastic little adventure story. Xena and Gabby join Gabrielle's untrustworthy cousin on a dangerous quest to recover a lost inheritance left by Gabrielle's grandfather. - 13 pgs., 1/97
http://xenafan.com/fiction/content/legacy.htm

**LEGEND OF CASSUS SOMNUS (THE) by Nene Adams
A delightfully clever retelling of one of our most popular Halloween myths, this story has Xena and Gabrielle traveling to a little village named Cassus Somnus, loosely translated as "Sleepy Hollow", where the bard hopes to meet with a renown storyteller she's long-admired. Unbeknownst to her, a headless monstrosity has been decimating the village's youth - an evil spirit one resident of Cassus Somnus is determined to stop...even if the price is the lives of one warrior and her bard. This is suspenseful, fun twist on a very familiar tale, reworked so that it perfectly suits the Xena canon. To complement the story, Nene gives us an interpretation of the Xena/Gab partnership that is loving, fiercely protective and charmingly sweet. A MUST READ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [Part of the CHAMBER OF HORRORS SERIES] - 25 pgs., 11/10/01
http://www.corrieweb.nl/chamber/cassus1.htm

LEGENDS LEGACY SERIES by T. Novan - read in the order listed below

  1. ANOTHER BEGINS
  2. WIVES, WARRIORS AND GODS
  3. BIG TROUBLE, LITTLE PACKAGES
  4. IT'S ALL IN THE PRESENTATION
  5. HOME AGAIN
  6. NEWS (THE)
  7. BACK FROM SCHOOL
  8. IN THE ARMS OF A GOD
  9. STALEMATE
  10. DEAL OF A LIFETIME (THE)
  11. WHEN IN ROME
  12. UP THE NILE WITHOUT A PADDLE
  13. CUPIDS ARROW
  14. SOMETIMES THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO
  15. RELEASED

LEND AN EAR by BardWooHoo
A sweet story of discovery set after the events in the episode IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH which has Xena and Gabrielle sharing a quiet time and sharing the secrets in their hearts. Nice feel-good tale. DO NOT MISS! - 7 pgs., 10/31/98
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Nook/9662/LendanEar.html

**LESSONS LEARNED: OR TEACH ME SOME MORE by Pink Rabbit Productions
This story is a study in...teasing >:) It has Xena and the bard sparring with staffs...and then sparring with - other weapons. Delightfully wicked. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 9 pgs., 11/4/97
http://www.altfic.com/subtextfic/Xena/prp/lessonslearned.htm

LESSONS LEARNED by T. Novan
The RAISING MELOSA SERIES continues as the warrior and bard explore the advantages of eating cold chicken and their eldest deals with an ardent admirer. Fun, light piece. - 6 pgs., 7/21/99
http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/l/lessonslearned.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

LET THIS DREAM EMBRACE YOU by Lisa Grandstaff
Short little tale set after CRUSADER about love and longing and friends needing to be so much more. Very nice. - 3 pgs., 1/17/99
http://www.icubed.com/~ljg/scroll.html

LET YOUR SPIRIT MOVE ME by T. Novan
The Warrior Princess gets a little mischievous in this cute, sensual new offering set during the events in A TALE OF TWO MUSES. Grin-alert on this one. DO NOT MISS! - 2 pgs., 11/21/98
http://ausxip.com/fanfic5/tn-letyou.html

LETTERS TO EPHINY by TZ
Gabrielle's thoughts during the past three years and into the fourth are expressed in a series of letters to her Amazon regent which also reveal the bard's growing love toward a woman whose destiny seems irrevocably tied with her own. A thoughtful look into the mind of a young woman aware of her responsibilities but unable to deny her heart. Nicely written series.

  1. LETTER ONE: HOOVES AND HARLOTS - 1 pg., 7/20/98
    http://www.fortunecity.com/village/villageplace/334/letters-to-ephiny.html#LetterOne
  2. LETTER TWO: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE - 1 pg., 7/20/98
    http://www.fortunecity.com/village/villageplace/334/letters-to-ephiny.html#LetterTwo
  3. LETTER THREE: THE BITTER SUITE - 3 pgs., 7/20/98
    http://www.fortunecity.com/village/villageplace/334/letters-to-ephiny.html#LetterThree
  4. LETTER FOUR: ONE AGAINST AN ARMY - 1 pg., 7/20/98
    http://www.fortunecity.com/village/villageplace/334/letters-to-ephiny.html#LetterFour
  5. LETTER FIVE: A FAMILY AFFAIR - 4 pgs., 11/13/98
    http://www.fortunecity.com/village/villageplace/334/letters-to-ephiny.html#LetterFive

**LEVEL GROUND by Emperor Penguin
Set immediately after the episode THE PRICE, this short story has Xena and the bard sitting down to talk about recent events and the feelings they can no longer keep hidden from one another. This is well-written and tenderly romantic. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 17 pgs., 1/26/98
http://www.obsession14.com/XenaRotica/EPenguin/level.htm

LEVIATHAN by Chakram-1
On a journey to visit Gabrielle's cousin, the bard and the Warrior Princess finally find the courage to admit their feelings for one another but have not even gotten the chance to voice these before the ship they're in is attacked. Well-written with some good action this is one to keep an eye on in the weeks ahead. [unfinished] - 6 pgs., 10/31/98
http://www.cfxs.com/Leviathan.htm

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