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About the Author

Josepha Sherman is an author and folklorist whose novels include The Shattered Oath and Forging the Runes. She lives in New York City.

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Chapter 1: A Wandering Bard Gathers No Hearth

Another of the questions I'm always being asked is "What was it like, setting out on the road for the first time?"

The answer, in a word, is -- terrifying! Here I was, turning my back on everything I'd known from childhood, everything safe and secure, and setting out into the utter unknown. Of course I was scared!

Why did I do it? I wish I could say something noble and properly bardic, but the true answer is that I'm not really sure. I was bored, yes, restless, certainly, knowing everybody in Poteidaia far, far too well. And Perdicas...if I had known then...

But neither of us were yet whom we would become, if that makes any sense. And back then, I knew only that I couldn't marry and settle down and be a nice, docile village wife, but was pretty much giving up on figuring out what to do about that.

And then Xena swept into the village like a fresh, clean wind, and the world suddenly opened up for me. I knew only that I couldn't let her get away, because once she was gone, I'd never have the nerve to leave.

So I followed her.

And followed her.

And followed her.

It says a great deal for Xena's patience, and for her determination to stay on the side of Good, that she didn't just kill me. I must have been a thoroughly irritating kid back then. Gabby Gabby, I admit it. But I was talking so much to hide the fact that I was scared silly!

Nothing was easy. I had never slept on the ground before or had to forage for something to eat. I had never gone without a roof over my head, either, or realized just how dangerous it was outside the walls of my village.

But I had also never realized just how beautiful it was out there, either, or how exciting it is never to know what wonders might lie ahead.

Most of all, I had never realized just how close I'd grow to Xena. For she has become my sister not of the body, but of the heart.

Copyright © 1998 Universal Studios Publishing Rights,A Division of Universal Studios Licensing, Inc. All rights reserved. Xena: Warrior Princess is a trademark and copyright of Studios USA Telvision Distribution LLC. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original ed. edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671023896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671023898
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hmmmm, this book is quite good - but I believe that there are better ones out there. If you're a complete xena freak like me then, then you'll want to have it - it is amusing, especially as it is from gabby's point of view, and sometimes the author manages to nail it and you can hear gabby's voice saying the words. It's not for someone who doesn't know the programme too well. It often makes brief references to episodes and I'm not really sure how much sense it would make if you hadn't seen them. It is quite a short book, but you'll not want to put it down until you've read it. Don't buy this if you're looking for something really informative about the show. This book is a bit of fun and nothing more - like I said before - something for the die-hard fans rather than anyone else....
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If you want to learn everything about Gabrielle's life this is the book for you! Her stories and journeys with Xena will thrill and take you beyond the pages of her book. Every chapter has something new, and you learn many things about the way she lives with Xena, and Joxer too. Pick this book to learn more then even Xena knows about Gabrielle's life.
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This book is a creative way of putting any xena fan on the journeys. It comes from Gabrielle's perspective of lessons, discoveries, friendship,and many things well taught, that she's learned on the journeys. As a Xena fan I recommend it. Though it's fairly short, It will keep you turning the pages all night long! Complete with a Introduction by Renee 'O Connor, I find it a very believable book.
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This was a real cute book..a must for any "hardcore nutball" Xena fan. I like the pictures and Renee O'Connor's small top ten list in the front was a big bonus...It was not a real introduction, but good nonetheless. I wouldn't spend a huge amount of money on it..but good for the price here.
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A great edition for any true Xena fan. Read through the list of things Gabrielle has learned from her friend Xena as well as the ins and outs of living life on the road, (or the dirt track as they would say) A great read, full of good laughs and informative too.
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This book poorly attempts to offer a glimpse into the scrolls of Gabrielle, relating to her insights and feelings about her adventures with Xena. The style in which it is written is unworthy of any bard, especially Gabrielle. Childish and choppy, the text reads more like a rant than a narration. While Gabrielle may babble and ramble on in normal conversation, any scrolls she would have written seriously would have had some form of elegant expression. The only credit to give are a few interesting references to episodes, but not enough to make the book work.
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While sort of outdated, and really needing a sequel, this book is very entertaining. It goes into the thoughts and general mindset of Gabrielle, the battling bard of Potidaea, and characterizes everyone exactly as they would be in canon. We learn a bit of Xena and Gabrielle's off-screen life, as well, which is normally not covered in the series proper! All in all, a very interesting book.
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