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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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    "It was when Michael's voice went flat and his face drained of expression that Janus would begin to worry."

    It is intended as the model pleasure house, the one that will transform the manner in which male prostitution is conducted in the Kingdom of Vovim. But Michael's House is facing ruin – unless one of the partners falls back on old ways.

    As Janus struggles to rein in the destructive tendencies of his friend Michael, a new patron appears on the scene: one whose appearance will pull back the curtains on a charade that has long fooled Janus.

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    "With a movement too quick to see, the master torturer used his whip to send the prisoner to his knees. 'Crawl,' he said in the flat voice a man might use toward a stubborn animal."

    Vovim was renowned for its strong monarchy, for its love of the theater, and for its skill in the art of torture. In other words, it had all the qualities needed to become a civilized nation. But would anyone be willing to defy Vovim's tyrannical king? And if they did, would they survive?

    Grieving over an acrimonious departure from his love-mate, a youthful ambassador from the neighboring nation of Yclau has come to Vovim on a mission to help that barbaric kingdom's prisoners. But he faces unexpected barriers: An insane young king. The king's effeminate companion, who holds his own plans for the ambassador. And a populace whose greatest wish, it seems, is to see the ambassador die during a theatrical performance.

    Then arrives the only Vovimian who seems to have a shred of sanity to him. But this man is a skilled torturer, and he is hiding depths that even the ambassador may not be able to penetrate.

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    "'We'll be hiring the finest craftsfolk in the city, giving them hours of training to perfect their much-demanded skills and allow them to perform their tasks to the peak of their mastery – and the peak of the satisfaction of those who buy our goods.'"

    Running a business seemed a simple enough matter: you learned what the patron wanted, and you forced an employee to satisfy his needs. Then along came the new boy.

    Male prostitution has a new face, with an old score to pay: an ex-whore has started a pleasure house, and he has turned all the old rules on their head. Now the centuries-old system of prostitution in the Kingdom of Vovim is in danger of being overturned in favor of a new, gentler way of doing business. But will the young man who is carrying out this revolution be able to keep himself from repeating history?

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    "Thatcher was having difficulty deciding who to attack first."

    When you're a prisoner, having a torturer who's mad can be an advantage. Or maybe not.

    Thatcher Owen is a soldier who has been sent to the Eternal Dungeon for doing his duty. Accused of committing war atrocities, he is faced with the possibility of being manipulated by his torturer into confessing to a crime that was no crime. So Thatcher sets out to trick his torturer. But how do you trick a man whose very sanity seems in question?

    Seward Sobel is faced with a similar dilemma. As senior night guard to the Eternal Dungeon's High Seeker, his job is to prevent that brilliant torturer from abusing his prisoner. But how do you tell the difference between madness and genius?

    As these two men perform their delicate dance of duty, their fates will depend on the High Seeker's truthfulness . . . and on the nature of his lies.

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    "Watching the hand fondle the sword-flat, with the blade's killing edge turned toward him, Prosper found himself doing battle with no less than three demon-fears."

    Three days ago he faced death by fire. Now he faces a bigger challenge.

    Made a priest at age thirteen and then elevated to the high rank of City Priest when he was twenty, Prosper has long held a position of tremendous power. But a terrible misstep causes him to break the God's Law which governs the Northern Peninsula. Now he is in exile from the God's Law: any man who meets Prosper is free to murder him.

    A friend has sent Prosper to a protector . . . but can that protector shield Prosper, not only from potential killers, but from the consequences of the exiled priest's unacknowledged demons?

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    "'I can see why this place would suit you. Your conscience need no longer bother you.'"

    He has come from the Eternal Dungeon to offer his services to another prison's head torturer. The only trouble is that the head torturer likes him too much.

    Separated from his love-mate and forced to serve in a prison whose practices violate the ethical code that he has long obeyed, the High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon finds himself surrounded by temptation: the bodies of prisoners, stripped to provide pleasure for their torturers.

    Then the greatest temptation of all arrives. This one, the High Seeker realizes, he may need to surrender to, for the sake of his ethical code.

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    "'For a woman who spends most of her time listening to other people talk,' he said, 'you have a special talent for always saying the right thing.'"

    The song has ended . . . except for one important part.

    After years of suffering as a slave, and after years of escaping from her changeable cousin the Prince, Serva has finally found her peace, it seems. She is safe now, in all the ways she sought to be safe.

    But certain mysteries have yet be solved. The chief mystery is herself.

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    "Weldon, if there were any other Seeker I could assign this prisoner to, I would."

    A mysterious prisoner. A chance to begin again.

    Reeling from a personal tragedy, Weldon Chapman is assigned what appears to be a clear-cut case of extracting a confession from a young man who has committed murder in front of dozens of witnesses.

    But the prisoner comes from a neighboring country where ancient customs continue to be practiced. As Weldon penetrates the mystery surrounding his prisoner, he will come to realize that he cannot keep his distance from the agony of this tragedy, nor from the agony that lies within himself.

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    "It would have taken a more imaginative singer than I to envision walking up to a man like this and introducing ourselves. In silent agreement, we turned and fled through the first open door."

    In the north lies separation and snow and far too many revelations.

    Serva has lived her life as a slave, a princess in name only. Because she is the bastard daughter of the King of Daxis, her cousin the heir seeks to capture her.

    None of this has prepared her for the moment when she must enter the Emorian palace and introduce herself to the ruler of an empire. Accompanied by a escort who is even shyer than she is, Serva must somehow find the courage to face the Chara and beg refuge from him.

    Then she must find the courage to face herself.

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    "'Sweet blood, no,' he whispered. 'Not now. Please, any time but now.'"

    Only the loyal presence of one man has kept him alive. Now that man's loyalty is about to be tested.

    In the queendom's royal prison, a young torturer is forced to choose between his principles and his love. At the same moment, a homeless youth living elsewhere in the queendom's capital receives comfort and compassion from a rich man mourning the loss of his son. But when the youth decides to fight the Eternal Dungeon's torturers in order to defend the liberty of his patron, he comes to realize that his battle must extend further than he had expected.

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    "He's a bard. I'm his servant. There's no reason to arrest us."

    "The Prince wants you," declared the sublieutenant.

    The best way to hide may be in plain sight. Or perhaps not.

    In order to reach refuge in the north, Serva must travel through a land controlled by the Prince of Daxis, who has already risked war in order to capture her. Outside Daxis, Serva may be able to claim the title of daughter of the King of Daxis, but here in Daxis she is merely an escaped slave, in danger from her cousin the heir.

    Her escort is untested, while her own knowledge of Daxion geography is slight. Then matters worsen when the Prince extends his reach to catch them on the very border of their crossing. . . .

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    "Weldon could not remember the last time he had met a prisoner who seemed delighted to be questioned by him."

    He thought she had come to change his workplace. He found she was there to change his life.

    Still pained by the loss of an old love, Weldon Chapman has his life complicated by an order to question a prisoner with a mysterious past. That she is also a discerning woman seems unimportant at first. Having worked for many years in a prison where he is forbidden to marry, Weldon has long since reconciled himself to the fact that his relations with female prisoners must remain strictly professional.

    But Weldon is about to learn that his own past is as much a mystery as his prisoner's . . . and that his prisoner holds the key which will open the door to that mystery.

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    "It came from the east, swelling like the wind into an exultant thrust of song. It spoke, in its very melody, of charging, pounding, crushing. It hammered through the air like a battering ram, it gathered energy like a fist about to strike, and then it swooped past me in the form of grey-uniformed soldiers."

    As war thunders forth, a fleeing slave-princess discovers that all is not as she thought.

    Endangered by her cousin the Prince, Serva must take refuge with a protector, for despite being the King's bastard daughter, she was long ago condemned to slavery. She has little power of her own.

    But when she loses her best hope for protection, she must draw upon her strength to protect herself. Soon she will realize that others need her protection as well.

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    "Tops are worse, there's no doubt of that. While the sops are singing on about joy and love, the top is screaming in your ear that you'd better move your bloody bum faster or he'll smash your face in."

    The torturer was young, inexperienced, and lacking in knowledge of the world. The prisoner was tough, worldlywise, and had an infallible plan that would give him escape from this place. So why did the prisoner feel as though the torturer had the edge?

    Imprisoned for attempting to protect a fellow laborer against the cruelty of their supervisor, Little thinks he is ready to confront the cruelty of the torturers in the Eternal Dungeon. But life in the dungeon is about to take a strange turn. With one torturer beginning to lose control of himself, and another torturer trying desperately to balance conflicting duties . . . well, what is Little to do when he finds that he has been assigned a torturer who gives him presents?

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    "On the other side of the postcard was a message from his liegeman: 'My research goes well here, sir. If I may be of further service, please let me know.' Nothing more. Nothing about him missing Pembroke. Nothing about him wishing Pembroke was there."

    Bereft of his liegeman, Pembroke is forced to cut short his education in order to serve his liege-master at the Third Landstead University. War upon the waters seems imminent in their bayside landstead. But Master Rudd, who will soon rule over their landstead, is interested in nothing but food, games, and his most recent passion, women.

    With his own bed now cold, Pembroke must decide how far his loyalty extends to his liege-master. The answer may lie in long-remembered tales from Pembroke's boyhood.

     
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    Something kept me back. Perhaps it was the faint sting I still felt upon my cheek, perhaps it was Rosetta's notes of warning, perhaps-- No, there was no question. What kept me back was the knowledge that the Song Spirit had sent my father her command, and in some manner my father was about to disobey it."

    When danger arises, an enslaved princess must reconsider her decision to remain loyal.

    Her father the King has enslaved her, ignored her suffering, and promised his throne to her cousin the Prince, whom she hates. Yet Serva, bastard daughter of the King of Daxis, still loves her father. She has passed up chances to escape from slavery because that would mean leaving her father under the dangerous influence of the Prince.

    Now, six years after a meeting with a Koretian spy that still haunts her, Serva must choose how highly she values her father's life, for war is about to begin between Daxis and the neighboring land of Koretia. And the King of Daxis, it turns out, has a secret that is far more dangerous than the war.

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    "'You thought I had gone mad. Well, I haven't. Not yet.'"

    If the High Seeker wants something, no power in life or death will hold him from taking it. What he wants now has brought danger to the Eternal Dungeon.

    As the Eternal Dungeon's head torturer slowly spirals into the darkness within his mind, two men strive to bring Layle Smith back. One is the High Seeker's love-mate, using all his gifts of gentle stubbornness to keep Layle alive. The other is Layle Smith's second-in-command, Weldon Chapman, who must find a way to breach the wall between himself and the High Seeker. He must also find a way to end his resentment against the love-mate who took the place of Weldon at Layle's side.

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