XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - ALTERNATIVE FAN FICTION REVIEWS
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AFRICAN QUEEN (THE) by Bibbit
Mixing history with fiction, Bibbit's latest takes the warrior and bard to the land of Israel where the legendary King Solomon asks for Xena's help in searching for the culprit trying to assassinate the visiting Queen of Sheba. Meanwhile, Gabrielle finds a friend in the foreign queen, immediately sympathizing with the young woman's problematic love life and finding the courage to perhaps someday do something about her own. Bibbit does a nice job of developing the suspense here. The characterizations of both the principals and the supporting players are well-drawn with the Xena/Gab relationship showing a particularly compelling tenderness. [See the sequel FISHING IN THE DARK] - 40 pgs., 1/5/99
http://www.xenafan.com/fiction/content4/queenbibbit.html

AFTER by Lace Priest
A sequel to RELEASE ME which picks up the story the morning after when warrior and bard are both feeling uncertain and tentative. A passionate depiction of the relationship. - 3 pgs., 7/30/98
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Labyrinth/6338/after.html

**AFTER AMPHIPOLIS by Charmer
I love this story. It singlehandedly addresses some of the most CRITICAL issues I and other viewers have had with the TV show, questioning both the perfection of the "hero" and of this "better" world the Twilight of the Gods will supposedly give way to. Set after the events in the episode SIEGE OF AMPHIPOLIS, the story has Xena unable to shake some distressing nightmares about Eve - nightmares in which her baby is in mortal danger from an enemy that looks all-too familiar - an enemy with the face of her beloved partner. The memory of Hope troubles her deeply - distancing her from the one person who's been there for her for so long, even as it gives rise to some terrifying new doubts. In the forests of Bacchus those doubts and Xena's growing worry will finally bring the warrior into a fateful confrontation with her greatest fear, forcing her to reevaluate those choices from the past and experience the very anguish she once visited on another. Charmer delivers here an INCREDIBLY thought-provoking story which very effectively stays away from depictions of villains and heroes as either perfection personified or evil incarnate. The premise set forth here is a very valid one with a cautionary note important for us all to keep in mind. Excellent work. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 16 pgs., 4/3/00
http://cousinliz.com/fanfic/charmer_aa.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

AFTER ROME by ArdentTly
The warrior manages to rather effectively distract her bard from troubling thoughts. Sweet and reaffirming. - 2 pgs., 1/17/99
http://www.amazontrails.com/xena/afterrome.htm
[Portuguese version: DEPOIS DE ROMA translated by Ana Elglin at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Rhodes/1960/depoisderoma.html]

AFTER THE BATH by Erato Bard
This is a very tender, beautiful vignette depicting Xena's first romantic encounter with Lao Ma at a point when the exhausted warrior, tired of maintaining the rage within, suddenly lets herself be vulnerable. Nicely done. - 4 pgs., 1/28/98
http://xenafan.com/fiction/content3/bath.html

AFTER THE CRUSADE by Marion D Tuttle
An epilogue to the episode CRUSADER that has the warrior and bard discussing their recent actions and at long last facing feelings they'd been to afraid to acknowledge. Emotional and passionate. - 10 pgs., 12/24/98
http://www.amazontrails.com/xena/crusade.htm

AFTER THE FLAMES by K. M. McHugh
Set immediately after the events in A FAMILY AFFAIR, this bard's debut story is a riveting tale which uses the backdrop of Gabrielle's reunion with her parents to explore the Xena/Gab relationship, chronicling their way back from one another after the devastation of the rift and marking a much-longed for new beginning for them both. McHugh gives a nice sophistication and realness to the romance while delivering a story which a more stronger sense of closer than the TV series has ever given us. A very promising debut. - 10 pgs., 6/5/99
http://www.xenafan.com/fiction/content5/hughkm_flame.html

AFTER THE GLITTER by Sam Ruskin
In the sequel to TELLING SECRETS, the warrior and bard finally start to explore their passion for one another only traveling with a toddler doesn't make that easy. Sam does a good job here of showing the uncertainty and anxiety that usually comes along with a growing intimacy in any relationship - particularly one with the challenges Xena and Gab have faced to be together. - 4 pgs., 8/20/00
http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/s/samruskin_glitter.html

**AFTER THE HONEYMOON SERIES by Donna E. Trifilo and Catherine M. Wilson
This series is an absolute *MUST READ* for all of you fans of alt. fiction or anyone who just wants to laugh...A LOT!!! All are little tales which have Xena and Gabby learning about each other, getting comfortable in their relationship and looking for ways to make it more... er... "satisfying" - most often than not with HILARIOUS consequences! Be warned that your funny bone may not recover from reading these FANTASTIC little additions to XWP fan fiction. The nine stories in the series are:

  1. **SURPRISE (A) - 3 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH1.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/01After.html
  2. **PARTNERS IN GRIME - 4 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH2.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/02After.html
  3. **JOXER THE MIGHTY - 5 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH3.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/fanfic/03After.html
  4. **SEX AND VIOLENCE - 6 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH4.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/04After.html
  5. **REALITY CHECK - 3 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH5.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/05After.html
  6. **CO-DEPENDENT NO MORE - 5 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH6.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/06After.html
  7. **12 STEPS TO MYCENAE - 6 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH7.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/07After.html
  8. **SPRING CHICKEN - 8 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH8.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/08After.html
  9. **WHO'S ON TOP? - 6 pgs., 3/97
    http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH/ATH9.html
    http://ausxip.com/fanfic/09After.html

    All are available at: http://www.tsoft.com/~cmwilson/ATH.html

AFTER THE RETURN by Marion D Tuttle
Sweet story set after the resolution to the events in SACRIFICE II which has Gabrielle hurting and confused over feelings she can no longer deny but is too afraid to confess while a frustrated Warrior Princess gets some help in understanding those feelings from an unlikely source. Very loving depiction of the relationship and a believable premise make Marion's latest a nicely satisfying read. -- 10 pgs., 9/15/98
http://www.amazontrails.com/xena/after.htm

AFTER THE SIEGE: FOOLISH NOTIONS by Kamouraskan
Effective little epilogue to the episode AMPHIPOLIS UNDER SIEGE that has Gabrielle using words she wrote long ago to soothe the concerns of her partner and remind the townspeople of just how senseless war can be. Another good example of fanfic strengthening those TV storylines. - 5 pgs., 2/27/00
http://www.dreamcatching.netfirms.com/kam/foolishnotions.htm
http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/f/foolishnotions.html

AFTER THOUGHTS by BJ O'Donnell
Set immediately after the episode ONE AGAINST AN ARMY, this is thoughtful vignette that has a recuperating Gabrielle deciding it is time to be honest about her feelings - 1 pg., 9/21/98
http://ausxip.com/fanfic4/afterthoughts.html

AFTERMATH by Pink Rabbit Productions
A vignette set immediately after the events in DELIVERER which has Xena guiltily pondering what has happened while Gabrielle struggles with nightmares. This little snippet is accompanied by one of the many EXCEPTIONAL digital art images at the Pink Rabbits site. [Check out the link at the end of the vignette for other digital art] - 2 pgs., 4/16/98
FANFIC ART: Contained within the story
http://www.altfic.com/xena/digital/aftermath.htm

**AFTERMATH by T. Novan
Part 29 in the RAISING MELOSA SERIES finds a worried and frustrated Amazon Queen taking care of both her spouse and their daughter in the aftermath of yet another challenge to the happiness and peace they've fought so hard to have. An emotional wrap-up to the conflict begun in the previous story, this entry has Gabrielle once again rising to her role as leader of the Amazons and a source of strength for her family. DO NOT MISS! - 6 pgs., 3/30/99
http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/a/aftermath-tnovan.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**AFTERMATH: THE TREE OF LIFE by XWP Fanatic
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
http://www.home.earthlink.net/~theconqueror/after1.htm
http://ausxip.com/bards3.html#xwpfan

AFTERNOON BY THE LAKE (AN) by Miss
Sweet alt. story that has Xena and Gabrielle in a very playful mood while they camp near a lake. DO NOT MISS! - 4 pgs., republished 6/14/98
http://members.aol.com/xenatales/afternoon.html

AFTERSHOCK by JS Stephens
Set after the events in the episode A NECESSARY EVIL, this tale has Xena trying to help Gabrielle get over the nightmares she's been having recently. Eventually they discover a new interest that succeeds in doing just that ;-) -- 4 pgs., 9/5/98
http://jsstephens.tripod.com/jstep64/aftershk.htm

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