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    Summary

    "I came here hoping you would give me an excuse to kill you, but now I can only feel pity for you – pity and horror."

    For eighteen years, he has survived in an army unit where few soldiers live more than two or three years. Now he finds himself in circumstances where his life is a living hell. Will the soldier who defied death find that life is too great a challenge?

    Soldiers, spies, slaves, rebels, assassins, gods, and men who set out to break him . . . The Lieutenant of the Border Mountain Patrol will learn that his greatest test is himself.

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    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    41,541
    Chapters:
    7/23
    Collections:
    3
    Comments:
    1
    Kudos:
    4
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    127
  2. Tags
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    "Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

    Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

    Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.

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    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    161,505
    Chapters:
    27/27
    Collections:
    7
    Comments:
    56
    Kudos:
    7
    Bookmarks:
    4
    Hits:
    575
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    "Fairview was the finest friend a man could have, and the finest battle-companion. I dared not risk doing anything that might break our friendship."

    On a hot summer's day, on a high hill surrounded by the enemy, the best battle-companion can turn out to be the truth.

    Rook and Fairview have worked alongside each other for years, first as officers in the navy, then as officers on a steamship, and finally as colonels in an invading army. Members of a nation where tiny differences in rank are considered all-important, the two men defy convention by treating each other as equals.

    But now their life-long bond is about to meet its greatest strain, when they are ordered to seize and defend a hill whose landscape is unknown, in the company of soldiers who may be incompetent or treacherous. Will Rook and Fairview's friendship remain by the end of the battle? Or will their lives take an unexpected detour as they struggle to survive on Spy Hill?

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    33,386
    Chapters:
    14/14
    Collections:
    3
    Comments:
    4
    Kudos:
    3
    Bookmarks:
    2
    Hits:
    149
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    Summary

    "The beginning of the end for him (or so it seemed at the time) came in the moment that he stepped into the shadow of Capital Mountain and was assaulted by a stranger."

    In the battle-weary lands of the Great Peninsula, only one fate is worse than being taken prisoner by the Lieutenant: being taken prisoner if you are the Lieutenant.

    As the world's most skilled torturer struggles with his change of fortune, he finds that his fate is intertwined with the destinies of an idealistic army commander, an affectionate prisoner, and a protégé who reveres the Lieutenant's art . . . but is on the wrong side of the conflict.

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    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    37,426
    Chapters:
    7/7
    Collections:
    3
    Kudos:
    7
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    193
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    Summary

    "'Shall we allow criminals to roam the streets at will because we're afraid to take the chance of harming an innocent prisoner?'"

    A bloody knife from a crime scene becomes a mystery to be solved and a foreshadow of trouble to come.

    The ties forged between the noble-minded Eternal Dungeon and an abusive foreign dungeon have set off an unpredictable chain of horrific events, in which the love between two of the Eternal Dungeon's Seekers (torturers) will be tested to the straining point. Caught in the middle of the struggle are Barrett Boyd and Seward Sobel, loyal guards who will find themselves questioning their most fundamental beliefs about the royal prison's ideals.

    Barrett must help his Seeker determine whether their mild-mannered prisoner is an attempted murderer. His friend Seward has pledged to guard his own Seeker against an assassin . . . or should Seward be protecting the dungeon inhabitants against his Seeker? But when the guards' two Seekers fall into a lovers' quarrel, that is when the real danger begins.

     

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    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    86,076
    Chapters:
    10/10
    Collections:
    4
    Comments:
    2
    Kudos:
    5
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    391
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    Summary

    "Lying on my stomach in the passage, I held my breath. Knowing the man who spoke, I had no doubts as to what he was suggesting."

    When an endangered slave visits an imprisoned spy, she discovers that she has more options in life than she had thought.

    Life is not easy for Serva, the bastard daughter of the King of Daxis. Alternately treated as a slave and as a princess, she is distrusted on all sides . . . especially by her old rival from the nursery, her cousin the Prince.

    When the Prince begins to hint that she is a threat to his ambitions, Serva must make a decision that will determine the course of her life. And that decision will determine the fate of a spy who is due to be hanged. . . .

     

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    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    33,542
    Chapters:
    10/10
    Collections:
    4
    Comments:
    8
    Kudos:
    4
    Hits:
    392
  7. Tags
    Summary

    "'Yet every nation of the Three Lands possesses treasures that ought to be shared with the other two nations,' replied the bard, reaching for the key with which to tune his harp. 'Half-men know that.'"

    Daxis is the land of bards and of truths too painful to be faced.

    When a man in the guise of a Koretian trader visits Daxis for his own purposes, he is confronted with memories of a battle from the past, as well as a challenge for his future.

     
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    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    6,015
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    5
    Comments:
    2
    Kudos:
    5
    Hits:
    377
  8. Tags
    Summary

    A prince who could see beyond his borders but not see the people around him. . . . An enemy who would take any measure to get what he wanted. . . . And now a stranger has brought news to the prince of an approaching danger.

    Young though he is, Farsight has inherited a powerful gift from his father that allows him to protect his realm. But when a conniving king in a neighboring country sets his sights on Farsight's mountain of gold, the prince will need help to protect himself against an assassin's knife. Will a newfound companion-in-arms be enough to save Farsight, once the Night Shadow crosses the border?

    "'That will be your death.'"

     

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    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    7,814
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    5
    Kudos:
    6
    Hits:
    224
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    Summary

    After ten years as apprentice to a Peacesteward, the one thing Erastus is sure of is that he's ill-prepared to become a master. Unfortunately, he's about to discover just how ill-prepared he is.

    When he and his master stray into forbidden territory, Erastus is thrust alone into a community that is on the brink of war. His only hope for bringing peace is to ally himself with a young boy . . . a boy who has stolen what Erastus values most.

    "I tell you all this, Erastus, so that you will understand. I owe a debt to my master, and a debt like that cannot go unpaid."

     

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    All the stories in this series are stand-alones; you don't need to read the others to understand this one.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    21,427
    Chapters:
    6/6
    Collections:
    5
    Kudos:
    7
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    228
  10. Tags
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    "He looked at Linnet, smiling as sweetly as though she had offered to buy the man's shop. 'Tell me,' said the shopkeeper, 'what caused you to leave your barony?'"

    Linnet is trouble. Everyone agrees about that. Driven from her native barony, she arrives at Goldhollow in hopes of beginning a new life, only to discover that she cannot escape her past.

    As Linnet is drawn into memories of a dark young man she once knew, she must deal in the present with a boy who is headed toward danger, as well as a child-like baron who may force her to betray her past.

     

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    All the stories in this series are stand-alones; you don't need to read the others to understand this one.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    18,036
    Chapters:
    4/4
    Collections:
    2
    Comments:
    2
    Kudos:
    3
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    139
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    Summary

    "Ira had never beaten him, even though their pack-leader clearly found his constant suggestions to be annoying. That showed good sense."

    Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble.

     

    This mini-cycle of five stories is written as part of the 50 Darkfics challenge and as a 2014 holiday gift for my readers. Boilerplate warning for all my stories.

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    12,811
    Chapters:
    5/5
    Collections:
    2
    Comments:
    2
    Kudos:
    8
    Hits:
    597
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    Summary

    "His King had shown mercy to the people of the Palm, had sought to bring peace to them, and now the King was dead. And Lomus was left with only one duty more to Brandin before he too died."

    Revenge is sweet . . . unless you are haunted by dark memories of your own misdeeds.

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    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    5,298
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    1
    Kudos:
    7
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    367

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