Xena: Warrior Princess Recommendations

Xena is a former warlord struggling to make amends for past misdeeds who travels around Greece with her best-friend Gabrielle, the "Battling Bard of Poteidaia". This is a US television series produced by Renaissance Pictures et al.

There are 12 recommendations on this page.

Ratings:

  • E (everyone); equivalent to "G"
  • PT (preteen); equivalent to "PG"
  • T (teen); equivalent to "PG-13"
  • M (mature); equivalent to "R"
  • AO (adults only); equivalent to "NC-17"

Warnings:

  • BDSM: These stories contain consensual bondage and/or domination and/or sadism and/or masochism.
  • Dark: These stories puts one or more of the main characters through a high amount of psychological or physical distress, often incorporating more than one issue (abuse, torture, rape, etc.).
  • Drugs: These stories contain drug usage.
  • Graphic Language: These stories contain a high amount of profanity or abusive language.
  • Graphic Violence: These stories contain graphic violence or high amounts of violence.
  • Lemon: These stories contain graphic sex.
  • Lime: These stories contain non-graphic sex.
  • Major Character Death: These stories involve the death of one or more protagonists.
  • Minor Character Death: These stories involve the death of one or more secondary characters.
  • Mpreg: These stories have at least one of the male main characters giving birth (male pregnancy). I won't recommend a story that doesn't sound plausible, though.
  • Nonconsensual: These stories contain incidences of nonconsensual sex (i.e. rape).
  • Psychological Issues: These stories deal with such issues as child abuse, suicide etc. or deals with the effects of these issues.
  • Torture: These stories contain incidences of physical or psychological torture.

Recommendation Levels:

star = I liked the story a lot.

starstar = I loved the story and will probably still remember large portions of it years later.

A Journey of Soulmates by Melissa Good starstar

Rating: M

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): Dark, Graphic Violence, Minor Character Death, Torture

Length: 17 stories

Summary: This is the epic journey of Xena and Gabrielle as they somehow find themselves caught up in numerous situations... just like in the TV show.

Status: incomplete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site

Comments: This is probably the best (non-Uber) Xena series I've ever read and I've done so over four times. It's only been four because it's so long. Anyway, Xena and Gabrielle still travel around Greece for majority of the series and they still get into all kinds of trouble. There are many, many original characters but they're not at all annoying. The primary difference about this series is that Xena and Gabrielle are confirmed soulmates (like in the show) and have an emotional connection because of it.

As Long As the Earth Endures by Bracer star

Rating: T

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 10 chapters, 50,000+ words

Summary: (from The Athenaeum) Xena and Gabrielle are enlisted by Meleager the Mighty to help him escort the Pristesses of Innana to their sacred home.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): The Athenaeum, The Bard's Corner

Deus Ex Gabrielle: The Author's Cut by Chris M. starstar

Rating: M

Genre(s): Humor

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): n/a

Length: 47 chapters, 80,000+ words

Summary: (from The Athenaeum) While waiting for Xena, Gabrielle is wisked off by Apollo, who can't take no for an answer, and she...um....becomes a goddes. The questions is, how does Xena get her back!

Status: complete

Added: May 29, 2013

Link(s): The Bard's Corner

Comments: What happens to Gabrielle while she's trying to get rid of her godly powers is hilarious.

Joxer: The Legendary Journeys by John Dorsey starstar

Rating: PT

Genre(s): Humor

Main Pairing(s): n/a

Warning(s): n/a

Length: one-shot, 17,468 words

Summary: The saga of "Joxer the Mighty".

Status: complete

Added: May 29, 2013

Link(s): The Athenaeum, Tom's Xena Fan Fiction Archive

Comments: Joxer is at his best in this story.

Seasons of the Gods by Katrina star

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): OFC/Xena/Gabrielle/Callisto/Ares/Aprhodite/Hephaestus/Mel/Janice (various combinations)

Warning(s): Lemon

Length: 9 stories, 200,000+ words

Summary: A somewhat mousy, introverted young woman named Bernice is sucked into Xena and Gabrielle's modern day world.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site

Comments: First of all, this story is told from an original character's point-of-view and, by every definition I've ever seen, she's pretty much a Mary-Sue. But Katrina's really good at creating worlds and the stuff that happens to Bernie is far too bizarre to pass up. There's an additional story in this series that isn't on the list. It's not finished, I don't believe, but you can still check it out: SOG2: Winter's Lion.

The Amazon's Boy by Day star

Rating: T

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): Graphic Violence

Length: 10 parts, 70,000+ words

Summary: Xena and Gabrielle run into an old friend of Xena's, who was raised in an Amazon village.

Status: complete

Added: February 03, 2007

Link(s): The Athenaeum, Tom's Xena Fan Fiction Archive

The Queen Series by LJ Maas starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): Graphic Violence, Lemon, Psychological Issues

Length: 5 stories + 1 side-story, 400,000+ words

Summary: Xena and Gabrielle are childhood friends who are violently separated when Gabrielle is sold into slavery.

Status: complete

Added: May 29, 2013

Link(s): The Bard's Corner, Tom's Xena Fan Fiction Archive

Comments: The link above is to the first story. Stories 2 and 3 can also be found on Tom's Xena Fanfiction Archive. The links below point to The Bard's Corner.

(1) To Become A Queen, (2) Quest for a Queen, (3) The Heart of a Queen, (4) The Queen of My Heart, (5) To Walk the Path of a Queen

plus a side-story called The Perfect Gift

The Tour by Katrina starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): Graphic Violence, Lemon

Length: 59 chapters 200,000+ words

Summary: Xena heads to Tartarus to retrieve Gabrielle's soul.

Status: incomplete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site

Truth or Dare by WordWarrior starstar

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): Graphic Violence, Lemon

Length: one-shot, 30,902 words

Summary: Xena and Gabrielle are trapped in a cave-in.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Xena Dinosaur Bards, Tom's Xena Fan Fiction Archive

Comments: There are two sequels: The Child and the dark conclusion The Empty Heart.

Warlord Daze by Katrina star

Rating: AO

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Humor, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): BDSM, Graphic Violence, Lemon, Minor Character Death

Length: 87 chapters, 200,000+ words

Summary: Gabrielle goes in search of Xena when she hears that she's become a ruthless warlord again.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): Author's Site

Xena the Merciless Series by Melissa Good starstar

Rating: M

Genre(s): Alternate Universe, Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): Dark, Graphic Violence, Minor Character Death

Length: 3 stories, 300,000+ words

Summary: Xena is the Conqueror of Greece and Gabrielle becomes her slave.

Status: complete

Added: February 03, 2007

Link(s): Author's Site

Comments: Since Xena never turned onto the path of Good, expect lots of graphic violence in this one. It's not all dark, though, as Gabrielle works her bardly magic on Xena.

There are three stories in the series:

(1) Shadows of the Soul, (2) Queen of Hearts, (3) A Queen for All Seasons

You've Got Scrolls by Advocate, Fanatic, and T. Novan starstar

Rating: PT

Genre(s): Humor

Main Pairing(s): Xena/Gabrielle

Warning(s): n/a

Length: one-shot, 18,039 words

Summary: Gabrielle joins a bard mailing list and receives more scrolls than she ever wanted.

Status: complete

Added: July 22, 2006

Link(s): The Bard's Corner, Royal Academy of Bards