NOTE: I do not update these reports after they are posted so some of the links may not work after a while. If you find a broken link check the title in the alphabetical lists of alternative or general reviews at the end of this report.

[Previous report was for 2/20/99]

Hi all,

Short one this time - hectic weekend.


Gripping new Conqueror story that has the feared empress suspecting that all is not as it should be in her realm. Determine to personally investigate any threats to the empire, the Conqueror decides to go among the people in search of dissenters and traitors. Meanwhile, in a small village a young healer named Gabrielle works hard to try to survive under the Conqueror's harsh regime, even risking death by maintaining a secret herb garden so she can have something to treat the sick with after Xena's soldiers come around for their usual tribute. It is while tending to that garden one night that her life is forever altered when she's discovered by none other than the Conqueror herself. Intrigued by the young healer, Xena decides to delay the usual punishment of death so she can look into the girl's claims of corruption among the soldiers. Thus begins an unusual friendship as the Conqueror finds herself loosing her heart at a time when she might just be loosing her empire and Gabrielle discovers the love of a lifetime in an enemy she once feared above all others. Featuring a nice depiction of the relationship and a suspenseful plot, this is an engrossing read. DO NOT MISS! - 95 pgs.

Chapter 2 is now available. This bard's debut on the web comes with a very well-written first chapter in a story with terrific potential set in the world of Xena the Conqueror where the deadly empress is getting ready to extend her empire while a determined resistance looks for ways to stop her. Part of that resistance, Gabrielle is well aware of the woman's cruelty but convinced despite it that Xena's death is not the answer - not for their world...and not for herself. To prove it she's willing to risk it all - even the possibility of an agonizing death on a merciless cross. In this latest chapter, a visit to the valley of crosses leads to a change of heart for the Conqueror as her latest victim is moved back to the castle and put under the care of a mysterious silent healer. This is a riveting story with terrific characterizations and a very intriguing, carefully crafted storyline certain to entice even more readers into the genre. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 10 pgs.

KINK'S THE THING by Penumbra
Part two is now available. Penumbra continues her sizzling KINK SERIES with a very promising new entry that has both Ghis and Della troubled by recent job assignments, certain only of their love for one another and their determination to protect that at any cost. In this latest part the clubowner is called on a mission as her partner returns to the United States to deal with work and family matters. Just as atmospheric as the previous stories in the series, this new one offers a compelling mixture of the outlandish and the romantic setting the passionate tale of two souls very much in love amidst the exotic world of the London BDSM club scene. Definitely one to follow in the weeks ahead. DO NOT MISS! [An IMPORTANT cautionary note here - featuring an exploration of the BDSM scene (that stands for bondage, domination, and sado-masochism folks) this story definitely lives up to its title so make sure to read the disclaimers first.] [unfinished] - 20 pgs.

STRICKEN by Barry Marshall
The conclusion is now available. On their way to Thessaly the warrior and bard learn that a deadly plague is raging through Greece...and that an old friend of the Warrior Princess may be the one spreading it. In this final part Gabrielle cares for her partner and learns of a deadly plot against them. Barry's latest is a well-written hurt/comfort tale with an appealing depiction of the Xena/Gab partnership. - 7 pgs.


"Three Naked Bards" by Slash
Inspired by the story THREE NAKED BARDS...OH MY! by Anima

For those of you reading this post who are not familiar with the term alternative (alt.), it refers to ADULT stories that add a romantic element to the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, depicting them as more than just friends.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)