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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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    "Everyone knew that the Moon was the women's goddess, but nobody thought about what that meant."

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    Being the Army and Palace Records of Carle son of Verne.

    "Readers hoping to find risque passages related to a certain scandal that occurred several years ago are warned that these papers are of the usual dry nature of government documents."

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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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    "'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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    "'I don't know which woman I would have chosen. That is the trouble. The choice was taken from me, stripped from me.'"

    Prince Richard has a high office in the army, a ruler who trusts him, and a loyal subordinate.

    He also has a murderer who is likely to kill him one of these days. Amidst the many uncertainties of his life, can Richard count on love, or will that become yet another treachery?

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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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    "'The fire before, the fire during, the fire after – which will be the fiercest? Pray, my children, that it will not be the fire after.'"

    The god's fire is fierce, but not as fierce as the god's wrath if you turn away.

    Tristan is the King's heir, destined to rule the Kingdom of Koretia. His nephew Robin has taken Tristan's place as baron of their town. Now both men are about to face the worst crisis their land has ever known. And neither of them understands what the true crisis is.

    As Tristan struggles to find the courage to follow his god's command, and Robin tries to find a middle ground between piety and disloyalty to his uncle, the two noblemen will be forced to confront the consequences of war . . . and the consequences of their own inaction.

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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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    "It was a final, token gesture to the civilized scholar who spent his odd moments struggling over the fragmented passages in Petronius, trying to fill in the blanks. That part of him, he knew from experience, would begin to disappear the minute he walked through the door. . . . Could he be trusted to walk through the door?"

    You cannot hide what you are forever.

    As Zephyra searches for her brother, worried that her greatest fears have finally come true, a leatherman reaches a turning point in his life.

    Ken had been a mystery from the moment that he showed up at the Mayhill Black and Blue Club, wearing a policeman's uniform. Now Loren, unofficial head of the Mayhill's gay leather community, must use all of his hitherto unused powers to determine what lies at the heart of this mystery.

    When he finds the answer, he will be faced with a choice that he was offered long ago, but which he has never before had the opportunity to explore.


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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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    "He never learned more than his master's first name, and he suspected afterwards that the name had been a lie. He didn't need a name. From the start, he addressed the man as 'sir,' understanding, with some inborn instinct, what the man's leather jacket meant."

    Twenty years have been building up to this moment.

    Memories of all that he has built in this small Midwestern town haunt Loren as he prepares to lead his brotherhood in another night of dungeon play.

    At least, that is how Loren sees it. To the other leathermen in Mayhill, Loren is an effeminate bottom who tries to pretend he's a top. Only Loren's partner knows otherwise, but Elia is wrapped up in his own problems on this night. So it is left to Loren to figure out what to do when the community's latest member turns out to be a keg of gunpowder, ready to explode.

    Meanwhile, Zephyra's troubles grow when her brother goes missing. . . .

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    "Loren had long known that he wasn't normal – not by the standards of his own society and perhaps not even by the standards of humanity. He didn't let it bother him."

    Danger has more than one edge.

    Having long ago abandoned hope of finding any man who would acknowledge Loren's mastery, Loren has contented himself with ambitions that are smaller, though no less challenging: Running a gay leather bar in a town with a vigilant vice squad. Educating the heterosexuals in town on how to maintain their own secret practices. And enduring everyone's assumptions about him.

    But now a new man has arrived on the scene, one who is tempting Loren to the edge, where he loves to play. Dare he allow himself to enter into danger?

    The answer may lie, not only with the participants of the negotiation, but with the bond between brother and sister.

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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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    He has lost his title, his work, and everyone's respect. That will be the easy part.

    When Corbin is taken hostage by York, the King of Fossenvita, he refuses to surrender to the sadistic King's demands that would allow York to win the war between the world's two kingdoms. Only thus, Corbin believes, can he help the petties of Tascania, on whose behalf Tascanian nobles such as himself are fighting the Fossenvites. Rather than lose his honor, Corbin accepts York's "gift": a wounding that will prevent him from ever again fighting with his blade.

    But Corbin lives in a world that has been at war for generations, in which only the nobles who command the battles and raids are considered to have honor. Stripped of his title and his ability to fight, Corbin begins to see that the petties alone may hold the answer of how he should live his life. Maimed as he is, though, Corbin cannot seek answers from the petties unless he receives the help of one man: York's son Firmin, who has warned Corbin that he will betray him.

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