UBER-XENA AND ORIGINAL FICTION REVIEWS
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Please make sure to read the EXPLANATORY NOTES before reading these reviews.

The file includes reviews of both uber-Xena and/or original fiction. It is a combined file of general and alternative stories. The alternative titles are designated as such with an [Alt] at the end of the title line.

Also, several of the uber stories deal with the characters of Mel Pappas and Janice Covington featured in the episode THE XENA SCROLLS. Mel/Janice stories are designated as such with a [M/J] at the end of the title line. You can also find them listed separately in the Mel/Janice Fan Fiction Reviews

Definition of Uber-Xena fiction

Uber-Xena Fan Fiction Contents Guide


**BANSHEE'S WAIL (THE) by Nene Adams - [Alt]
After BLACK BY GASLIGHT and THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, this third story in the GASLIGHT SERIES once again brings back one of the most popular and best-drawn incarnations of Xena and Gabrielle to be found in uber fan fiction, the ever-adventurous private investigator Lady Evangeline "Lina" St. Claire and her beloved partner Rhiannon Moore. Set in the late 19th century right after the events in Nene's previous tales, this new offering has Lina and Rhiannon heading for Scotland where they are to attend the reading of Rhiannon's late Great-Aunt Margaret's will. The affair seems simple enough until the two hear a strange tale about ghosts and murder which Lina soon begins to suspect may be connected to an even darker truth. This story is an absolutely DELIGHTFUL marriage between XWP alt. fiction and those great detective stories of old. Nene just keeps outdoing herself with each new story in this series. Her Lina and Rhiannon are two of the most colorful, clever and richly drawn characters I've seen in fiction ANYWHERE. As their relationship grows and deepens through the series it becomes even more enchanting! Nene notes at the end of this tale that if we want to see more, we are to write her. Well folks - I'm finishing this and starting my e-mail message right away because I want to see PLENTY more of Lina, Rhiannon and their extremely talented creator. This story carries my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! [See the followup THE MYSTIC DRAGONS' CURSE] - 63 pgs., 9/13/97
- 9/13/97
http://www.corrieweb.nl/bansheetitle.htm

**BATTLE by Wishes
It is undoubtedly no secret that reading fan fiction is one of the greatest pleasures I derive from the Xena experience online. The depth of talent, the creativity and the generosity of bards continues to amaze and humble me every day. One bard in particular has stood out as a rare talent since her first appearance on the NetForum just about a year ago. Extremely prolific and multi-talented, Wishes has produced a truly extraordinary body of work which includes poetry, skits, parodies, and stories, in both the general and alternative categories, featuring rich, insightful depictions of just about every character from the series. It should come as no surprise then that having decided to explore further the uber-Xena concept she first dealt with in her Mel/Janice stories, Wishes now brings us a tale which raises this increasingly popular type of XWP fan fiction to a new level. BATTLE is a dark piece of fiction - a story which in the author's own words deals with "totalitarianism and the banality of evil". Some of you will be profoundly touched by this story, some will be deeply disturbed by it but I can guarantee NO one will walk away from it unaffected. It is a testament to the skills of this bard, that her writing doesn't just create images - it INVOLVES us - it sparks our imagination daring us to create our own images, daring us to envisage horrors and a sense of hopelessness which imbues this tale with a very personal sense of psychological terror. Caroline is a young technician charged with the care and supervision of prisoners sent to the medical facility she works at. Elizabeth is her latest assignment. In the character of Caroline we can easily see ourselves, a young woman making her way through the days, working to improve her lot in life, working to fit into a system that is all she knows - a system she doesn't want to or doesn't care to question. In Elizabeth we see a prisoner - someone who chose to place herself above the system and who must now pay the consequences. BATTLE is the story of these two women - of two souls connected by a bond which evil will test once more as it did long before. This is a MUST READ for ANYONE who enjoys a well-crafted, brilliantly written work of fiction. BATTLE carries my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! - 8/26/97
http://ausxip.com/fanfic/judy/battle.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

BATTLE KICKS by Verrath
This ninth installment in Verrath's delightful TELL ME SERIES finds a little Warrior Princess on the warpath determined to conquer her battle field...even when it just includes a ball, a couple of goals, and soldiers that aren't quiiiite as imaginative as their fearless leader ;-) Another adorable look into the minds of two of fanfic's most cleverly conceived and endearing ubers. DO NOT MISS! - 3 pgs., 1/12/00
http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/b/battle_kicks.html

BEAUTIFUL LIE (THE) by Curiositee-- [Alt]
Curiositee continues the story begun in THE DANGEROUS TRUTH as Alex Bryson contemplates the recent changes in her life - the new vigor that has her feeling more alive than she has in a long time and the beautiful reporter that has her feeling more loved than ever before. For both women, however, many questions about the past remain unanswered. Alex cannot ignore the curiosity she feels over a woman long believed dead, while Bridget cannot ignore the concern she feels over a possible threat from the ancient past... Curiositee adds new depth to the characterizations in this sequel as she starts to explore the history of these two women. The sense of suspense and mystery is in evidence right from the start. Showing great potential this is one to be checking on regularly. DO NOT MISS! [unfinished] - 21 pgs., 12/14/98
FANFIC ART: "Alex" by Barbara Maclay
http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/Heights/7228/tbl1.htm

**BEFORE THE DAWN OF TIME by BladeMast
Amidst all the brouhaha over Creationism vs Darwinism comes the REAL story about how it all got started folks. BladeMast recounts how once upon a time there was this VERY dark place in the Universe and this rather insistent little speck of light and how together they discovered...how to have fun :) Firmly establishing itself as the "first" uber, this certainly gives us cause to reprint all those text books!! >:) HUGE grin alert on one of the cleverest entries this year. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 4 pgs., 11/18/99
http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/b/beforethedawn.html
[French version: AVANT LE DÉBUT DES TEMPS translated by Cat at http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Land/8379/beforethedawnfr.html]

BENEDICTION (THE) by PatR - [Alt, M/J]
A touching Mel/Janice vignette about a love so deep it inspires workship. - 2/14/98
http://www.sonic.net/LightStreams/AAfanfic/benedict.html

**BLACK BY GASLIGHT by Nene Adams - [Alt]
[Story previously titled XENA BY GASLIGHT]
This is an Uber-Xena story based in the London of 1888 and featuring the first encounter between Lady Evangeline St. Claire ("Lina"), a tall, wealth beauty who lives by her own rules and the lovely Rhiannon Moore, streetwalker with a gentle heart who has faced much misfortune. Rhiannon's latest bad luck comes when she agrees to service a strange gentleman on a dark night - a fellow who will soon reveal his true deadly intentions but which in so doing, will ironically bring Lady Evangeline and Rhiannon into one another's lives, awakening feelings of familiarity and more within both women. Soon they are working together to try to stop a madman who walks at night - a killer the world will come to know as...Jack the Ripper. Nene brings a sense of realism to this story that is really stunning. She describes Victorian London - the clothing, the people, the nuances of the period with exacting detail. Even her dialogue is written to sound like the vernacular of the time. In "Lina" and Rhiannon she has created two characters that stand on their own while maintaining a strong connection to the warrior and bard from whom they are apparently descendants. This is a very well-written, suspenseful and different XWP story. It is the first entry in Nene's GASLIGHT SERIES. Note: PLEASE make sure to read the author's disclaimer as the story does contain graphic violence. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! [Make sure to also read the sequel THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE] - 110 pgs. 7/30/97
FANFIC ART:

"Lady Evangeline" by Barbara Maclay
"Rhiannon Moore" by Jeri Peterson
http://www.corrieweb.nl/gaslighttitle.htm

**BLOOD RED SCREAM by Tragedy88 - [Alt]
This terrific contemporary uber story revolves around the life of a very troubled and very lonely computer hacker by the name of Taylor. Having suffered through a nightmarish past, the young woman is still reluctantly tied to the employer who rescued her from the streets - a very wealthy, deadly and heartless employer vent on using Taylor to advance her power. For the hacker life consists of time spent working amidst her computers in an out-of-the-way warehouse, and time spent trying to loose herself in alcohol and sex - until the day she receives an e-mail complementing her on one of her Web stories and suddenly she finds herself... with a friend. Tragedy does a nice job establishing rather original uber characterizations in a suspenseful, poignant storyline. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [See the sequel - DANCE OF DEATH] - 51 pgs., 12/9/98
http://keket0.tripod.com/scream.html
[DOC format] - http://keket0.tripod.com/scream.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

BLOODLUST by Protek - [Alt]
A follow-up to Protek's THE LONGING, this newest entry in the INFINITY SERIES has Xena and Rickie investigating a gruesome series of murders showing the telltale signs of a vampire on the loose. Having never met a real vampire in her two thousand years on Earth, the ancient warrior rather doubts that's the answer but the bloodlust evident by the murders do remind her of an all-too-human monster she once met centuries ago called...Prince Vlad. Well-written, Protek's latest does a good job of capturing the feel of this always intriguing series but be warned - if the opening of this story doesn't make you squirm you're a much tougher customer than I am! [unfinished] - 8 pgs., 4/25/99
http://members.spree.com/romance/dmredhawk/Blood/Lust1.html

**BLUEST EYES IN TEXAS (THE) by Linda Crist - [Alt]
A young paralegal in Dallas, Carson Garret is relieved to have a seminar on her schedule for Friday, grateful for the change in what has become a rather mundane work routine. It's a fateful day that will have Carson's life spinning in an entirely different direction the minute she sees the seminar instructor and finds herself captivated by the most amazing blue eyes she's ever seen. A hard-working Austin attorney, determined to improve the legal profession by making it affordable to all and empowering paralegals, Kennedy Nocona plans on offering her seminar and getting together with an old friend afterwards but those plans change when the cute blonde from her seminar happens to show up at the same club later that evening. Immediately drawn to one another, Kennedy and Carson overcome some early misconceptions to find themselves in a blossoming romance that will help one come to terms with the demons from her past and will help the other embrace her sexuality and end the loneliness of recent years. Together, however, the two will find themselves in uncharted and dangerous waters when Carson unknowingly stumbles into a situation at work that will put not only her career at jeopardy but her very life. Linda Crist masterfully takes these two dynamic characters on a fascinating emotional journey from friends to soulmates and lovers, allowing us to experience their growing closeness, the initial moments of excitement and doubts and the eventual joy and passion of two hearts embracing one another. The romance unfolds against a suspenseful background that seems to grow ever-more dangerous as Linda skillfully reveals additional complications to the situation facing her heroines. A delightful, sexy romance and a suspenseful thriller in one package, this novel should keep you glued to that seat and thoroughly entertained. It gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! [See the follow-up story SOUL VESSELS] - 305 pgs., 2000.
http://www.geocities.com/texbard/BE1.htm
http://www.ausxip.com/fanfic12/bluest_eyes_in_texas.html

BODICE RIPPER SERIES by Archaeobard - read in the order listed below: - [Alt, M/J]

  1. RISING
  2. FALLING
  3. CURSE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES (A)

BOWL OF TSUNAMI (A) by Verrath
Sina and Gabby face perhaps their most harrowing adventure in this latest addition to Verrath's delightful TELL ME SERIES as they recreate their heroes' adventure on the high seas only to experience some unexpected...clogging ;-) Adorable as usual :-) - 5 pgs., 4/26/01
http://verrath.de/tellme/tsunami.htm

**BREAKING (THE) by Redhawk - [Alt]
A key entry in the popular INFINITY SERIES, this new story marks a turning point in the lives of the immortal Xena and her beloved Rickie as the younger woman graduates from college and the two prepare to go on a celebratory cruise but a cruel twist of fate will destroy those plans as violence once again rips their lives apart plunging the one-time Destroyer of Nations into a darkness she hasn't known in over two thousand years and blinding her to other...possibilities. Redhawk once again gives us a great combination of nerve-wracking suspense, action, and romance in a tale that very effectively merges the feel of both the XWP and HIGHLANDER series. Her Rickie is a delightful, spunky, sexy modern version of the bard that complements Xena just as effectively as her ancient equivalent once did. This one will have you on the edge of that seat. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 83 pgs., 2/27/00
http://www.djordanredhawk.net/breaking/one.htm
http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/b/breaking1.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**BREAKING CHAINS by Rooks - [Alt]
Based on the feature film DEAD AGAIN, Rooks' latest is a fabulous modern-day uber mystery which begins with private investigator Faith Dickinson agreeing to try to help a beautiful young amnesiac recover her life. Calling the young woman Gabrielle until they can determine her real name, Faith places an ad in the paper hoping someone will recognize her. They get contacted instead by a well-meaning hypnotist offering to try to help Gabrielle remember who she is. What they uncover instead is an unbelievable connection to a woman who died nearly fifty years before, a story of passionate love, jealousy...and murder. Faith goes from trying to solve one mystery to dealing with two, all the while trying to deal with her growing feelings for Gabrielle and the realization that she herself may be the key to unraveling that mystery from the past. Rooks does a solid job here of integrating the uber characterizations into a suspenseful plot that will keep you guessing 'til the very end. A MUST READ for mystery lovers in particular. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 181 pgs., 5/5/99
AWARDS: "All Nighter" Swollen Bud Award (June 15, 2000)
No Longer available in HTML or plain text formats.
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**BROKEN BLADE (THE): A TALE OF CAMELOT by Llachlan - [Alt]
Llachlan contributes a very promising new entry in the INFINITY SERIES as the immortal Xena tells her beloved Rickie about a time of knights and kings and chivalry and intrigue. With the teenager listening spellbound, the ancient warrior remembers the day centuries before when she found the bastard son of a medieval warlord and set out to turn that babe into the king legends had long ago foretold. Llachlan immediately captures here the sense of mystery usually associated with the origins of King Arthur. Moreover, careful attention is also paid to developing the Xena/Rickie relationship, imbuing it with a deep sense of love and tender passion. With a nice flashback to Xena and Rickie's first Solstice together - this is particularly timely story that will immediately grab your attention. One to look forward to in the weeks ahead. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 7 pgs., 11/2/98, re-released 2/9/99
http://www.merwolf.com/llachlan/stories/blade/Blade1.html

BURNING TIME by Sandakat - [Alt]
Combining several uber tales into one Sandakat sets her story in modern-day Los Angeles where a chance meeting at a hospital between Doctor Rene Covington and firefighter Dina Pakadios sets in motion a reunion of soulmates that has taken place many times before - in Ancient Greece, then again centuries later on the streets of London and most recently amidst the drama of a world at war. Drawn by a connection neither quite understands but both feel very strongly, the two start to unravel a puzzle centuries old. Sandakat presents a satisfying depiction of the relationship while cleverly linking the different uber incarnations of our heroines. - 81 pgs., 4/22/99
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/sandakat_bt.hts


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