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Set in the world of Xena the Conqueror we first met in the HERCULES episode ARMAGEDDON NOW, this OUTSTANDING tale has the ruthless empress holding a contest to try to determine what "truth" is...with dire consequences for the losers. Undaunted and despite having first-hand knowledge of the woman's cruelty, Gabrielle chooses to participate, driven by this stubborn need to somehow reach the ice cold heart no one else seems capable of breaching. It marks the beginning of a difficult journey for both of them as the Conqueror finds herself intrigued by the young upstart and Gabrielle finds herself suddenly a part of the empress' life - forced to join her on a campaign against the very enemy that helped to make her into the dreaded Destroyer of Nations. Very well written, with a fascinating premise and great characterizations of the Xena and Gabrielle from that alternate world, this one is GUARANTEED to keep you hooked. XWP Fanatic is particularly excelling here in the depiction of the Xena/Gab relationship giving it a gentle quality that is deeply captivating in light of the Conqueror's inate harshness. Put this one at the top of your MUST READ list - it gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! [Episode one in the SEVEN WONDERS SERIES] - 173 pgs, 7/16/98
FANFIC ART: Ciegra Story Cover - Not currently available on the Web

**HANGING GARDENS (THE) by XWP Fanatic -- [Alt]
The second episode in the SEVEN WONDERS SERIES after Fanatic's extraordinary AFTERMATH: THE THREE OF LIFE this sequel continues the story of Xena the Conqueror and her lovely consort, Gabrielle, Queen of the Amazons as they travel to exotic Babylon home of one of the wonders of the Ancient World, the majestic Hanging Gardens. There to celebrate the anniversary of King Nebuharin's reign, Conqueror and queen begin to suspect the intentions of the crafty Babylonian ruler the minute they spot a Roman flag among the ships in the harbor. Joining the other rulers also invited to the festivities they soon learn of Nebuharin's plans for the historic gathering - only there are other plans afoot as well...ones which may endanger the Conqueror, her queen and the still fragile happiness they have found together. Fanatic continues here the very solid characterizations she established in the first story as she develops the relationship between a very dangerous, very driven, very smart Conqueror who is nevertheless pitifully ignorant when it comes to affairs of the heart, and a stubborn Amazon queen with a gentle soul, a wisdom that is often beyond her years and a keen understanding of those affairs of the heart. Establishing in the first few chapters what promises to be one heck of murder mystery, this tale surrounds the Xena/Gab romance with a terrific sense of suspense and intrigue. A MUST READ that comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! - 279 pgs., 3/6/99
FANFIC ART: Ciegra Story Cover - Not currently available on the Web

**SEVEN WONDERS SERIES by XWP Fanatic - read in the order listed below -- [Alt]


TWENTY-THREE by XWP Fanatic -- [Alt]
An absolutely charming little tale that has Gabrielle going through her usual bedtime routine when some insecurities surface challenging Xena to put them to rest. Nice writing with an original touch and a great sense of the love between these two. DO NOT MISS!! - 6 pgs., 7/1/98

**UNCONQUERED SUN (THE) by XWPFanatic - [Alt]
The first ever Conqueror Solstice tale and the third entry in the SEVEN WONDERS SERIES, XWPFanatic's latest is a very timely read that has Gabrielle convincing her beloved Conqueror to reinstate the festival season. With things going well in the empire, Xena orders a series of celebrations, loving the sparkle of excitement in the eyes of her Amazon Queen and willing to endure even the more stifling traditions just so everything is as perfect as possible. It's a time that will reawaken feelings of home and family for them both but one which will also remind them of their duties to Greece and the ever-present dangers always lurking close-at-hand. Bringing back Pei-cha and the rest of the supporting cast, XWPFanatic does a terrific job in continuing to develop these characters, exploring the many sides of the Conqueror and delivering a very appealing depiction of her growing relationship with Gabrielle. These are two women as different as night and day who nevertheless complement each other beautifully and love each other passionately. A MUST for that Solstice reading list - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 31 pgs., 12/27/99

**YOU'VE GOT SCROLLS by Advocate, Fanatic and T. Novan - [Alt]
The warrior and bard get a taste of what millenniums later would become known as "life online" when Gabrielle decides to join a top secret Amazon bards scrolls list and soon finds herself dealing with an endless delivery of new scrolls, huge egos, flame wars, pettiness and a warrior intent on finding out just what is taking her bard away from more...entertaining pursuits. Penned by such an impressive triumvirate, this tale delivers two of the best characterizations of our two heroes I've read in a while with Gabrielle as the sweet bard you do NOT want mad at you and Xena as the barely-in-control lusty warrior you do NOT want to separate from her bard. With a...familiar feel to it despite the ancient setting, this is a comedic delight offering welcome relief from those heavier, grandiose themes the TV series keeps throwing our way. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 46 pgs., 10/23/00
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