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 9/26/98]

Hi guys,

3 new ones and four updates tonight along with more FANFIC ART.


Long, epic saga set after the events in SACRIFICE II which has Xena immersed in a devastating anguish as the forces of darkness conspire against her. Meanwhile friends try to help and in another, distant place, the soul of a bard struggles against its own darkness. Compelling look into the psychology of these characters [unfinished]. - 62 pgs.

RETALIATION by Barry Marshall
Chapter three is now available. Intriguing story that has the Warrior Princess racing against time to try to save her loved ones from a deadly enemy. Suspenseful and promising. [unfinished] - 8 pgs.


MARVELOUS new story from a very talented bard, this time offering us a deeply moving, riveting look at the events immediately following the episode SACRIFICE II. As a heart-broken Xena travels to Amazonia to deliver the news of her beloved bard's death, an infuriated Artemis decides to get even with brother Ares for daring to influence the life of an Amazon Queen. Meanwhile, in the depths of a very dark hole, an injured bard languishes with the child she gave birth to...a child whose heart is finally revealed as death seems to come for them both. Some wonderfully poignant moments in a well-crafted story that touches upon many of the most significant aspects of the rift and its aftermath. Featuring terrific characterizations, this is one you wont want to put down. A MUST READ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 25 pgs.

Well written new offering that has Xena and the bard coming upon a band of Amazons previously unknown to them. Soon enough the two are helping the women warriors against some mutual enemies while Xena watches her partner, wondering whether Gabrielle would indeed be better off with the stability her own Amazons can offer. Nice depiction of the relationship with a strong supporting cast. - 42 pgs.

FESTIVAL by Melissa Good
The conclusion is now available. This is the sequel to PROMISES KEPT which finds the warrior and bard on their way to the Amazons to celebrate the Festival of Dyonisus, participate in games, enjoy some delightfully tasty nutbread, and generally just get into a lot of trouble ;-) Missy maintains the general sense of playfulness and happiness the warrior and bard achieved in PROMISES KEPT after learning that their little family will be growing. The opening of this latest offering embodies what makes this bard's fiction so very special - a magical sense of connection and trust and love between two soulmates reveling in the simple pleasure of being together. In this final part, the Warrior Princess thinks back to a moment that changed her life as she and her bard witness such a moment in the lives of others. Don't even bother with reviews of a Melissa Good story - just go read. The flashbacks alone in Missy's stories will leave you totally enraptured with her characters. FESTIVAL gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! :) - 39 pgs.

The conclusion is now available. D. Joan's latest is an intriguing tale that finds the warrior and bard enjoying the countryside on a seemingly normal day when a terrifying vision brings them to a standstill. Determined to learn more about what may have sparked that vision the two decide to spend time at a nearby village where preparations for an annual ritual have come to a halt after an important part of that ritual turns up missing. In this final part a goddess answers some questions. Joan does a skillful job of building the sense of mystery in this. Solid writing in an original tale. - 5 pgs.

Part 8 is now available. A delightfully entertaining new offering that finds the Bard of Poteidaia in a difficult predicament after Apollo kidnaps her and she unknowingly eats a little too much ambrosia. The new goddess then embarks on a quest to find someone willing to take her godhood away so she can return to the mortal who owns her heart. Some hysterical moments in this as the bard turned goddess leaves her mark all over Olympus :) This latest section is simply hysterical as the new goddess discovers old friends in compromising positions and pays a visit to her folks. Very well written and very cute! Terrific characterizations. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 14 pgs.


"Gabrielle In The Garden Of Elysia" by Katrina
Graphical interpretation of a scene from THE TOUR by Katrina.

"Izacon Enters The Realm" by Katrina
Graphical interpretation of a scene from THE TOUR by Katrina.

"The Look In Her Eyes" by Paks
Inspired by the story THE LOOK IN HER EYES by Bamaxena.

"Tok At A Meal" by Katrina
Graphical interpretation of a scene from THE TOUR by Katrina.

"Xena Confronts Gabrielle In The Bath" by Katrina
Graphical interpretation of a scene from THE TOUR by Katrina.

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-)