In the unmerciful world of Mercy Prison, there is no rule but unending pain. For Merrick, the arrival of his new guard provides hope that he may break beyond the boundaries of his life prison. But appearances can be deceptive, and Merrick does not yet recognize the danger this guard poses to his future.
"On the tenth anniversary of my arrival at Mercy Prison, I lay beneath my guard, trying to make my mind dwell on thoughts other than what he was doing to me.
- Part 1 of Life Prison
Two guards. Two prisoners. A multitude of problems.
"He knew what his prisoner's expression would be before he saw it: a mixture of apprehension, wary hope, and the expression he had come to fear most of all – determination."
- Part 2 of Life Prison
The High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon visits a foreign prison.
"'Oh,' said the representative. 'Well. If he turns violent, I suppose you can take care of him yourself. I mean, if the stories about you are true . . .'"
This is a side story in the series, but you can read it without having read the rest of the series.