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    "They say that Koretian wild-berry wine is an acquired taste."

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    "The Fan Club of the First High Seeker has issued a formidably large document (312 TB) detailing all the known instances in which Layle Smith was polite."

    The historian returns to interpret the events in Forge.

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    Matthew loved the stars.

    They had always been there, and they always would. They had seen him thrive in his highest points and fall slowly, agonizingly, to his lowest. Empires had risen and fallen as the stars stood silently over them like sentinels in the night, immortal in the depths of mankind's imagination. They were the keepers of long-forgotten secrets, of stories scarcely told.

    Matthew loved the stars because they were like him.

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    Matthew's been alive for more than a thousand years. He's seen far too much, died far too often, and yet he's still there.

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    In which it takes the end of the world for a pair of 20s flappers to admit their feelings for each other.

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    Mona has a fine dress and a very special girl to appreciate it.

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    "'It was . . . Oh, I can no longer remember the exact day, after all these years.'"

    The end owes its existence to the beginning.

    When a youth escapes his captivity, he starts a dangerous journey that leads on a long road to the future. But will his future self remember what brought him to that day?

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    A young woman becomes the slave of a Roman commander after he captures her village. She soon learns that in the violent and unforgiving society of ancient Rome, a prisoner of war is little more than a plaything for the victors.

    Although she initially fears and hates her captive, her feelings become more complicated as their relationship grows more tender and her old home becomes a distant memory.

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    "'You forget,' he said softly. 'I was trained to break prisoners by word alone.'"

    The hunt is drawing to an end. The outcome remains uncertain.

    Memories of love have sent Toler on a long road leading to this trap. Now love will send him into a second trap. The choice of whether to escape is his.

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    "There seemed nothing for him to do."

    It is the anniversary of a protest that ended in dozens of deaths and hundreds of arrests. Not the best day on which to hold a protest.

    As the commoners gather in an effort to bring about change, Toler finds that his own role is slipping away from him as others take the lead. Unexpectedly, though, chance will offer him the opportunity to display a special, deadly talent.

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    "The only thing that could help here was the truth – or at least part of the truth."

    The entranceway to service can be narrow.

    His only intent is to help, but in order to do so, he must achieve one of the hardest deceptions of his life: he must pretend to be of a lower rank.

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    "He was not yet ready to part with his memories of Vovim."

    His past is his future.

    A half-breed left over from a wartime conflict, Toler had long ago abandoned all thought of his sordid origins. But a bureaucratic stumbling block will set Toler on a quest for his past, which will in turn bring him to a fork in the road to his future.

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    "His goal this afternoon must be what it had been since he moved to this district: to escape anyone's notice."

    You can hide from the world, but you can't hide from yourself.

    Toler has come to the notorious Alleyway District in order to start a new life: alone, hidden away in a commoners' tenement.

    But finding refuge does not prove to be easy. A determinedly friendly neighbor, a pestering servant, and a visitor from the past all seem determined to bring back memories best forgotten.

    And then there is an interference that Toler is unaware of: a hidden figure who watches Toler, making plans. . . .

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    "It was like waving a wintergreen stick in the face of a starving man, then slowly sucking it in front of him, smiling smugly."

    Having other folks flaunt their winter festival celebrations is bad enough, when you're a prisoner locked down for the rest of your life.

    The only thing worse is having a cell-mate who is determined to join the celebrations.

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    "'I know this is hard for you. But the ability to hold a normal conversation isn't lost in you, my love.'"

    He isn't prepared be swept off his feet.

    It's a test of how far he has progressed since he began to heal from the trauma of his near death: a journey to a beach hotel with his true love, to stay with the family of a fellow guard from the Eternal Dungeon. All that is asked of Barrett Boyd, it seems, is to be polite.

    But a stormy past has led to a fractured present. As Barrett begins to realize the implications of his own past and the past of others, he finds he will have to call upon all his strengths to confront what lies ahead . . . and all his weaknesses as well.

     


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    "Barrett looked at the lintel, the knocker, the wall-bricks, seeking some sign - any sign - that this was the right place. Nothing spoke to him except the ring of rebirth."

     

    He grew up under the care of a loving mother and father. Now he's about to meet them for the first time.

    Deprived of a past, Barrett Boyd must visit strangers to discover what obligations he may hold in the present. The visit will test his loyalty, not only to his unknown family, but also to the man he has come to love.

     


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    "Barrett Boyd took a swift glance around the breaking-cell corridor, but no Seekers stood within reach . . . and in any case, it was far more important that he seek safety for the man running at his heels."

    Usually, the prisoners of the Eternal Dungeon are at risk of dying. On this night, their guards face death.

    As an invasion unfolds, Barrett Boyd is certain that he and his mate will play only a supporting role in the dungeon's defense. After all, he is lower ranked as a guard. And of all the guards in the dungeon, he is the one least likely to be trusted.

    But trustworthiness may play little role on this night when few prison workers are able to fight the invaders. That leaves Barrett with questions to answer: Who are the invaders, what do they want, and do they want the same things that Barrett wants?

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    "Yeslin stood irresolute. Tangling with torturers seemed the ultimate in danger."

    Sometimes it takes an outsider to point out the obvious.

    Once an abandoned street-lad, Yeslin Bainbridge has become a young man with a mission: to lead the commoner laborers in a fight against the elite men who exploit them. He knows exactly where to start his mission.

    The Eternal Dungeon. Here elite torturers and guards force commoners to offer confessions to crimes they may or may not have committed. Here laborers aid the torturers and guards, unaware that they are being manipulated. Here, if anywhere, Yeslin can make his initial mark on the queendom.

    But he faces many challenges: Officials who seek to hide the dungeon's secrets from outsiders. Dungeon traditions that foil efforts by outsiders to learn the truth. Most of all, Yeslin faces his own conscience, for he knows that, if he is to fulfill his mission, he must lie to the person he loves most.

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    "Sometimes Layle wondered why, in the names of all the minor deities, he had chosen a love-mate who kept him continually off-balance, rather than the helpless, compliant victim he had so often dreamed about."

    Death lurks everywhere in the Eternal Dungeon . . . even in a torturer's bedroom.

    Trained as a young man to execute prisoners by entering their bodies, Layle Smith remains a danger to others, even after he moves to a more civilized dungeon, with strict rules on the treatment of prisoners.

    Unfortunately, he's unable to convince a former prisoner of that fact. Faced with an adoring, oblivious love-mate, Layle Smith must decide whether he can hold back his dark desire, or whether he should give in to that desire . . . for his love-mate's sake.

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    "'You'll break his heart.' 'He's got no heart. That's the point. Have you ever seen him cry?'"

    Michael has survived poverty, prostitution, and the loss of love, but not even his partner may be able to help him overcome the latest challenge.

    A surprise revelation about one of the most loyal patrons of Michael's House has raised questions at this unusual house of male prostitution, suggesting new possibilities for the cramped confines in which Michael has hitherto lived. But what price will be demanded of him for freedom?

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    "One hundred lashes today. At least, it was supposed to be one hundred lashes, but my darling torturer (I call him that to annoy him) was fooled when I pretended to faint after the fifteenth lash. He didn't even order the guards in the corridor to poke me back to wakefulness with their bayonets. Makes me ashamed to acknowledge that we belong to the same profession."

    He had been given the kindest, gentlest torturer in the dungeon. The prisoner was left with only one hope: that he could teach his torturer how to be cruel.

    When the High Master of Vovim's Hidden Dungeon is arrested and placed in the hands of one of his own men, High Master Millard's immediate instinct is to show his torturer how to do a better job.

    But Millard is facing seemingly insuperable odds: a lackluster torturer, a bitterly insane king, and most of all, Millard's own doubts as to whether he will be man enough to face the coming ordeal.

    Perhaps he won't. And perhaps that is part of the lesson he needs to learn.

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