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This file features reviews of stories written by E.L.F.. For any other fiction by this bard please visit any of the Xena fan fiction indexes.

This brand new bard makes an impressive debut on the Web with an EXCEPTIONAL new novel sporting all the right ingredients. Set after the events in the episode ONE AGAINST AN ARMY, the story begins with Gabrielle convincing Xena that they need to take a little vacation - take some time to do a little sightseeing. The decision made, they arrive at a small town where both soon find themselves getting more and more involved in the lives of the villagers. They are befriended by a mysterious librarian with an uncanny knowledge of them both and embraced also by others in the town whose lives they will forever change. It is a vacation that comes to an abrupt halt when one of their new friends suddenly disappears with all evidence pointing to a deadly menace just outside of town as the culprit - only as Xena and Gabrielle know very well - things are often not what they appear to be. ELF does a marvelous job with the characterizations in this story presenting a very unique portrayal of our two heroines. With each showing both strengths and vulnerabilities, the resulting relationship is as close to an equal partnership as we've ever seen in fanfic. These are two women who respect one another tremendously and who love one another with breathless passion. The love scenes are raw and tender and ultimately very real. The supporting cast includes a slew of interesting well-developed characters who will each pull you into their own personal dramas. Intelligently written, with some thoughtful commentaries, a solid treatment of the romance and an intriguing storyline, this one will keep you fully engrossed for a long while. Wonderful! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 138 pgs., 7/10/98

OFFERING (THE) by E.L.F. -- [Alt]
Emotionally drained by her recent struggle against Ares and the Furies, Xena agrees when her bard suggests they relax for a bit while visiting a very old, abandoned temple. The strange, mystical quality surrounding the place will soon have them admitting emotions long kept secret. - 18 pgs., 7/13/98

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