XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - GENERAL FAN FICTION REVIEWS
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LADY KNOWS WHEN TO LEAVE by Temora
Set during the episode THEM BONES, THEM BONES in that instant in time when Alti was killing Gabrielle, this tale has the bard receiving an unexpected offer that will have her facing her greatest fear. Emotional, well-written character study. - 6 pgs., 3/15/00
http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/l/lady_knows.html

**LAIR OF THE SERPENT by Wishes - [See SERPENT/TEMPLE TRILOGY by Wishes]

LAMIA by Noelle
Spooky story that has Xena and Gabrielle trying to track down a number of missing children only to discover that an old tale told to children to make them behave may not be entirely fictional after all. - 16 pgs., 7/4/98
http://www.amazontrails.com/xena/lamia.htm

LANGUAGE OF POTEIDAIA (THE) by Erika Bwo
Beautiful tale by a new bard which reveals a shocking secret from Gabrielle's past - a secret which brings back memories of treasured loved ones, childhood games, and innocence destroyed by the mindless cruelty of a savage time. Very nicely written. [See the sequel THE SEARCH FOR THAT WHICH IS] - 8 pgs., 6/6/97
http://xenafan.com/fiction/content/language.html

LAST STORY (THE) by Leapr
Moving story set in the last years of the bard's life that has her reminiscing about her life with Xena. Kleenex alert on this one! - 3 pgs., 3/15/98
http://www.sonic.net/LightStreams/FanFiction/laststory.html

**LAST WORDS by Storygal
Major kleenex-alert on this one. Beautiful read, not very long. Another exploration of Xena's feelings toward Gabby. DO NOT MISS! - 11 pgs., 12/96
http://xenafan.com/fiction/content/lastwords.html

LEARNING TO SING IN SPARTA by Lisa Grandstaff
A long adventure story that could easily be made into an episode or two, this tale is set after CRUSADER and has Xena and the bard traveling to Sparta in hopes of getting Gabrielle's cousin out of the trouble she's in after challenging one of the most repressive societies in Greece. Lisa does a nice job with the treatment of the Xena/Gab friendship presenting it as a very devoted, playful, partnership of equals who both need and can learn from one another. - 113 pgs., 5/5/99
http://www.xenafan.com/fiction/content5/lg_sparta1.html

LEAVE ME, LEAVE ME NOT by Ella Quince
Ella's newest is a thought-provoking product of the third season which has the warrior and bard airing out some lingering doubts and concerns between them. This one packs an emotional wallop. - 3 pgs., 9/26/98
http://www.gabwhacker.com/xwp/quince/leaveme.asp

LEGACY by Anon
This talented veteran returns with a sensitively written, nostalgic story that serves as a reminder of the wonderful quality literature has to be different things to different people and to give immortality to those special souls that make a difference. Set in a tavern, the story chronicles a conversation between the famous Blind Bard of Ancient Greece, Homer, and a stranger as Homer recalls the beautiful, gifted young bard he once met at the Academy years before and wonders whether her stories and his own will live on as a lasting legacy to who they were and the lives they touched. This is a very nice little tale featuring an insightful commentary about life and literature along with a thoughtful tribute to a great historical figure and a couple of very memorable fictional ones. DO NOT MISS! - 10 pgs., 12/15/99
http://www.bejay.com/cave/stories/fanfic/xenaff/legacy.htm
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**LESSON 1 - SWORDS ARE NOT TOYS by Brigid Doyle
With this story Brigid begins a clever new series called BETWEEN THE TIMES which will feature tales inspired by dialogue or events in the TV series suggesting that at some point Gabrielle learned an important lesson on the subject at hand. In this first entry set just a few moons into their friendship, the young village girl remains fascinated with Xena's sword despite the warrior's admonitions to stay away from it. With Xena gone fishing, Gabrielle thus decides to engage in a little swordplay - never suspecting just how profoundly she's going to regret that decision in the days ahead. This is a delightful throwback to the beginnings of the Xena/Gab partnership resurrecting the appeal of that initial pairing between a gruff, impatient ex-warlord with a soft spot for little blonde strays - and a naive, chatty but fiercely stubborn village girl offering the gift of friendship. Nicely written, dripping nostalgia and guaranteed to evoke a grin or two, this is one for the MUST READ list. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 9 pgs., 10/3/99
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Chamber/7473/swords.html

LESSON 2 - STAYING PUT by Brigid Doyle
The second entry in the BETWEEN THE TIMES SERIES has Cyrene trying to soothe a distraught young bard and calm a FURIOUS ex-warlord after Gabrielle once again ignores Xena's orders and ends up almost learning a deadly lesson. Brigid paints such a poignant, earnest characterization of our heroines that you'll heart will go out to both of them as they struggle to make a seemingly impossible partnership, work. - 10 pgs., 10/3/99
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Chamber/7473/stayingput.html

LESSON 4 - DON'T LEAVE THE BARD BEHIND by Brigid Doyle
This fourth entry in Brigid's BETWEEN THE TIMES SERIES turns the table a bit on the developing relationship between warrior and bard as Xena finds herself learning just how important her young partner has become to her no matter how frustrating Gabrielle can sometimes be. This is a nice hurt/comfort tale set during those early years. - 6 pgs., 5/19/01
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/b/betweenthetimes4.html

LESSON LEARNED (A) by Marie E. Costa
This is a very poignant look at Xena's thoughts throughout the events in the episode SINS OF THE PAST. From the puzzled amusement of her first meeting with Gabrielle, to the heart-wrenching pain of her mother's rejection, to the haunting loneliness she still feels at having lost Lyceus, to the continuing amazement at the tenacity of a certain young bard. Insightful approach which gives a unique perspective into the mind of the Warrior Princess. - 3 pgs., 7/26/97
http://www.amazontrails.com/xena/learned.htm

LESSONS YOU LEARN (THE) by Amy Graham
Poignant glimpse at the life of a seven year-old Xena on the day she last saw her father and learned her first lesson in how to harden that heart. A simple style makes for an effective little tale. - 2 pgs., 2/9/00
http://www.dreamworker-magazine.com/fanfic/lessons.html

LIFE by BitrSuite1
A very short little vignette about what life can be like traveling with an inspired bard ;-) This one left a grin on my face. Cute. -- 1 pg., 9/9/98
http://rocfanatic.simplenet.com/fanfiction/bitrsuite1/bitrsuite07.htm

LIFE HAPPENS by Marie E. Costa
This little vignette presents Gabrielle's thoughts during the events in the episode THE GREATER GOOD. [Note: Story is the second one on the page] - 4 pgs., 2/11/98
http://www.amazontrails.com/xena/lifehapp.htm

**LIFETIMES by Visitor
LONG story which spans...well, a lifetime really - specifically, Xena and Gabby's life from the time they meet to their older years. Has Callisto in there and just about every other character from the show. You will laugh and cry with this one. - 78 pgs., 12/96
http://xenafan.com/fiction/content/lifetimes.htm
http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/2015/life1.html

LIGHTER BURDEN (THE) by EMartin
New story, as yet unfinished, set immediately after Xena's conversion to good and her separation from Hercules at the end of UNCHAINED HEART. In chapter one the Warrior Princess is on her way to Amphipolis. [unfinished] - 3 pgs., 10/8/97
http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Lot/9254/burden.html

**LIKE CHAKRAM FOR CHOCOLATE by The Lurkers - Rastro and Maddog
If you thought Rastro and Maddog were funny after reading SYNCHRONIZATION BETWEEN FRIENDS, you're going to think BRILLIANT after reading this second effort. In the words of Caesar, with this new tale the Lurkers *define* themselves as two of the nuttiest...and most hilarious bards in the Xenaverse!! This is actually beyond hilarious! Maintaining the PMS theme of their first story, the Lurkers here have Xena and Gabby meet up with a lost band of Aztecs who as a peace gesture decide to share a mysterious dark powder with the Gabster, showing her how to make a muddy mixture with it that is guaranteed to cure the Warrior Princess' "pissy" behavior. The poor Aztecs never suspect, however, the - er - rather strong effect their concoction will have on the bard who after tasting it is suddenly convinced the mixture is better than sex!...THIS IS A MUST READ!! - 5 pgs., 5/28/97
http://xenafan.com/fiction/content/likechakram.html

LIKE PEGASUS by Barbara Davies
With the spotlight on the third member of the Xena/Gab/Argo team, this little tale is told through Argo's perspective, revealing the proud mare's insecurities, her unquestionable loyalty and her most heartfelt aspirations. Different and very nice. - 6 pgs., 8/2/98
http://www.xenafan.com/fiction/content3/likepegasus.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

LITTLE GABRIELLE LEARNS TO READ by Susan A. Rice
Inspired by Lucia's delightful comic strip XENA AND GABRIELLE'S LITTLE ADVENTURES, this adorable tale takes place during Xena and Gabrielle's childhood and assumes the two have been best friends for MUCH longer than we ever thought ;-) The story has Little Gabrielle trying to learn to read so she can be a bard someday, and her best pal Little Xena coming up with a clever plan to help her do just that. Cute does not even begin to describe how precious these characters and their friendship is. Lucia's comic strip along with stories like these from Susan would have made for one MARVELOUS Saturday Morning cartoon for kids...certain to attract quite a number of adults too :) DO NOT MISS! [Part of the LITTLE XENA AND LITTLE GABRIELLE SERIES].- 5 pgs., 6/13/00
FANFIC ART:

"Bard In Training" by Lucia
"Bard In Training #2" by Lucia
"Bard In Training #3" by Lucia
"First Critic" by Lucia
"First Critic: Persuasion" by Lucia
"A Really Bad Critic" by Lucia
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/l/little_gabrielle_learns_to_read.html

LITTLE RED RIDING CLOAK: A XENAVERSE FAERY TALE by Nene Adams
Nene's third entry in her XENAVERSE FAERY TALES series based on classic fairy tales tackles a much darker theme than the first two offerings in the series as it tells the story of a tortured soul who targets an innocent child and a bard in a haze of rage born of abuse and neglect. A poignant story certain to affect you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 4 pgs., 3/25/98
http://www.corrieweb.nl/faery/redcloak.htm

LITTLE SOLSTICE (A) by Susan A. Rice
Based on the cartoon strip XENA AND GABRIELLE'S LITTLE ADVENTURES by Lucia, this charming Solstice tale has Little Gabrielle spending time with her best friend in Amphipolis where the two girls look forward to a visit from Senticles and later have a great time with a very special new present. Susan does a great job capturing the feel and characterizations of Lucia's popular strip. Very cute. [Part of the LITTLE XENA AND LITTLE GABRIELLE SERIES.] - 6 pgs., 2/7/00
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/a/a_little_solstice.html

LITTLE XENA AND LITTLE GABRIELLE SERIES by Susan A. Rice
FANFIC ART: "Xena And Gabrielle'S Little Adventures" by Lucia

LITTLE XENA'S CHORES by Susan A. Rice
This second entry in Susan's LITTLE XENA AND LITTLE GABRIELLE SERIES finds the girls sharing the load as it where when Cyrene insists her energetic daughter do all her chores before going out to play and Little Gabrielle offers to help her best friend. Before long those "chores" have become an adventure in themselves as the girls figure out ways around tricky challenges and discover even work can be fun when shared with a friend. Lovely storytelling in an engaging story perfect for kids from pre-K to...80 or 90 :) DO NOT MISS! - 14 pgs.
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/l/little_xenas_chores.html

LIVING WITH THE BIG LIE by Claire Withercross
This second entry in the RANDOM THOUGHTS SERIES takes place shortly after Xena picks up a little blonde tag along and features a decidedly amusing description of the warrior's efforts to deal with a highly enthusiastic new partner who seems to be a magnet for trouble. VERY cute with some insightful thoughts by the warrior as well. DO NOT MISS! - 6 pgs., 5/8/00
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfic12/random_thoughts2.htm

LONG NIGHT (THE) by Carmen McDonald
Carmen's first attempt at XWP fan fiction is a nice hurt/comfort story that has Xena and the bard fighting the elements and then trying to deal with a serious injury. - 5 pgs., 1/21/98
http://www.freeyellow.com/members3/carmi/mystories.htm
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Chamber/7473/longnight.html

**LONG ROAD FROM CHINA (THE) by Gershwhen
Gershwhen's first attempt at fan fiction is an intriguing, well-written new story that begins immediately after the events in THE DEBT II: BETRAYAL. It has the warrior and bard walking away from the Green Dragon's castle and then beginning the healing process in their relationship as each tries to understand what has happened and how they can recapture the trust and easiness they once had with each other. This offering is not yet finished but it is very promising. [Note: The story contains subtext]. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 58 pgs., 11/19/97
http://ausxip.com/bards.html#gershwhen

LONG ROAD BACK (THE) by Eimajj
Set after the events in THE DEBT and Eimajj's own excellent story THE HUNS, this is a long, emotional hurt/comfort piece that begins with Gabrielle on her way back from the Kingdom of Chin with an ill but still very stubborn Warrior Princess who insists on helping a group of village girls captured by slavers. It is a decision that will deliver Xena into the hands of people whose lives she once destroyed and who very much want vengeance. Still struggling with the guilt from her actions in Chin, a desperate Gabrielle must then try to get Xena to overcome the past and fight for her life before it's too late. Eimajj offers a much more in depth treatment of those initial events from the rift than we saw in the TV series. The story is poignant, engrossing and very nicely written. - 61 pgs., 3/4/98
http://ausxip.com/fanfic2/longroad1.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**LONG WAY HOME (THE) by Scout
With stories like JUST AN ORDINARY DAY and THE CYPRESS GROVE Scout has delivered some of the most moving and beautifully written tales in XWP fan fiction. It is a reputation she more than lives up to with this newest effort - a novel which is her longest story to date and arguably her finest. This is a tale about two friendships separated by eons, but forged by the same fierce love, loyalty and trust. It is a story about slavery and courage, cruelty and hope. It is a story that will touch the deepest recesses of your heart and leave you believing in the ability of the human spirit to pass on the best parts of itself to the generations yet to come. This begins as a Mel/Janice story with Mel's niece Carrie going to visit her aunt. The young girl is delighted when the two women decide to take her along on a trip to the Mediterranean where they are going to investigate a new archeological find - a find which could give them more clues about the lives of their legendary ancestors. Most Mel/Janice stories to date have featured Xena and Gabrielle as well but mostly in secondary roles where they are seen briefly through flashbacks or in dreams. In THE LONG WAY HOME, by contrast, they are EVERY bit as important as their descendants with a story of their own which is truly at the heart of this novel. As we read about Mel and Janice uncovering the past - we also SEE that past - one of Xena and Gabrielle's most trying and emotionally draining adventures as they join the crew of Xena's old ship, now run by slavers, intent on making sure they don't continue using it for that purpose. On board they find a young boy who is regularly subjected to the worse of cruelties - a boy who Gabrielle becomes determined to save at any cost. The struggle of these two women to give back freedom and hope to those from whom it has been stripped parallels the dogged determination of an archeologist and her partner millenniums later to uncover that story and reaffirm the legend of a warrior and her bard. Similar also is the impact the friends will have on the young lives they come in contact with - with Xena and Gabrielle giving a child hope in the ancient past and Janice and Mel inspiring the soul of another in the present. Scout uses a different perspective for the present-day and ancient parts of the novel with Carrie telling the story about her trip with Mel and Janice while the tale involving Xena and Gabrielle unfolds on its own. It is an effective technique which gives a distinctive flavor to the two separate plots. This is a poignant, marvelously crafted story guaranteed to put a tear in your eye one moment and a smile on your face the next. A wonderful read which receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! - 11/24/97
http://ausxip.com/fanfic/longwayhome.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

LOOSE ENDS by Hobbes
Like many of Hobbes' other stories, this tale reads like a series of vignettes pulled together in a style that very much creates the sense of life on the road. The tale is set after the events in the episode A NECESSARY EVIL and has Xena and Gabrielle returning to the Amazon village before they set off again, this time on a different type of mission - to finally take a vacation. While on this elusive quest, Xena will finally come to terms with the bard's unwavering devotion to her and also find the strength to face some old fears. Nice story firmly based on the powerful friendship between warrior and bard. - 23 pgs., 4/97
http://www.amazontrails.com/xena/loseends.htm

LOOSENING THE CHAINS by JS Stephens
Very sweet little tale set just after the first season episode DEATH IN CHAINS which finds the Warrior Princess in the unlikely position of having to comfort a sensitive young bard...and feeling a tenderness within her she hadn't thought herself capable of again. Nice writing in this - DO NOT MISS! - 2 pgs., 11/8/98
http://jsstephens.tripod.com/jstep64/loose.htm

LOST FRIENDS by Carmen McDonald
Xena and the bard combine forces with an old friend of the Warrior Princess to try to defeat a very deadly warlord. [unfinished] - 2 pgs., 4/15/98
http://www.freeyellow.com/members3/carmi/mystories.htm

LOST SOULS by The Rabbit in Pink Rabbit Productions
Surreal story fragment/digital art combo showing Callisto amusing herself after her capture by Hercules just prior to the episode A NECESSARY EVIL. Stunning lighting in the art piece. -- 1 pg., 8/16/98
FANFIC ART: Contained within the story
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/Callisto.htm

LOVE AND WAR by Storygal
A short, sweet vignette set during the events in THE PRICE, the night prior to Xena's battle with the Horde's leader. [Originally posted on the NetForum]. - 2 pgs., 5/19/97
http://xenafan.com/fiction/content/lovewar.html

LOVE SICK by Arianwen P. F. Everett
Cute story that has Ares taking temporary refuge in Amphipolis to escape the dreaded Olympian flu his fellow deities are affected with, only with most of the gods sick, humans are all acting very strange - particularly a certain blue-eyed warrior. A fun read sure to become a favorite of Ares' fans :) - 5 pgs., 2/16/98
http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/3290/AEverett_LoveSick.html

**LOVE STORY (A) by Tympany
A simply PRECIOUS little tale GUARANTEED to leave you with one huge grin. It's the tragic story of unrequited love as a hapless soul falls for tall, dark and deadly only tall, dark and deadly doesn't get along with the family ;-) Exercise that funny bone and read this! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 2 pgs., 2/7/99
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/tympany_als.hts

**LOVE'S HONOR by Becky Lutzke (deanlu)
Wonderful action-packed story centering almost exclusively on Xena and the Gabster with the bard actually taking the spotlight. This is a tale about being an Amazon, the responsibilities and dangers that come with being part of the Nation. Deanlu introduces a character that is to Gabrielle what Callisto is to Xena. [Originally released on the NetForum] - 30 pgs., 10/96
http://xenafan.com/fiction/content/loveshonor.htm
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Corridor/6211/loveshonor.html

LOVERMAN by Lupine
Inspired by the song of the same name by Metallica, this is an eerie little tale that has the bard coming face to face with a terrifying apparition. - 4 pgs., 2/18/99
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/lupine_l.hts


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