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    "Trafford came first. Trafford was always going to come first, Davenham quickly gathered when he announced his intention to take a liegeman."

    Studying at boarding school is hard enough. Balancing the needs of your liege-master and liegeman is impossible.

    As Davenham struggles to be both loyal and protective, he finds that he must consult the most despised student at school. But what use is it to seek advice on duties from a boy who seems incapable of mastering his own duties?

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    "He slipped out of the Chara's quarters while the ruler remained sleeping. The sun had barely touched the clerestory windows in the main corridor of the palace, but he needed time to escape. To escape, and to think about why he had chosen to remain with the Chara."

    Free-men are the backbone of Emor: the men who run and protect the empire. But when a young servant finds himself unexpectedly vaulted into manhood, he must decide how he will use his power, and who will pay the price of his decision.

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    "Such was his dark reputation that the other prison workers no doubt imagined that he was relishing visions of unimaginable horrors, dwelling with delight upon thoughts of prisoners screaming hopelessly for mercy. . . . Elsdon only wished this weren't the case."

    Unexpected danger reveals to a young torturer the dark mystery of his love-mate's past . . . as well as unpleasant revelations about himself.

    Assigned by his Queen with the task of bringing peace, Elsdon Taylor has witnessed his mission go terribly wrong. Now he is left in a desperate position. His only hope lies with the man he loves most, but Elsdon is beginning to realize that he knows much less about his love-mate than he had assumed. Confronted with clear evidence of his love-mate's dark past, can Elsdon find the strength to hold out for as long as it takes for rescue to arrive? Will Elsdon even want rescue by the time his ordeal is over?

     

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    "I don't need medicine. I need more books to distract me."

    There are patients, and then there are patients who require patience. The world's most famous dungeon-keeper has a cold.

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    "For many years, I have wished to make a memoir of my life to pass on to future generations of Emorians who desire to learn what it means to have complete dedication to the Chara and his law. This is not to be the memoir I intended, but I find the time passing slowly here in the Chara's dungeon . . ."

    For over twenty years, Lord Carle has told the heir to the Emorian throne that vengeance is only the other side of mercy, and that disobedience and treachery should never be forgiven. Finally it seems that his message has been received. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that Carle should have chosen this moment to break the law.

    As war threatens and the foundations of his life crumble, his only hope for rescue lies with a man who has every reason to hate Carle.

     

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    "Layle had imprisoned his dark desire seventeen years before. And now his new love-mate had opened the cell where that desire lay bound."

    One man seeks to heal from abuse. The other man dreams of abusing. Now they're in love.

    As the Eternal Dungeon's chief torturer and the dungeon's newest member strive to find a middle ground on which they can meet, their lovemaking forces Layle Smith to return in his mind to an older dungeon he had long abandoned. In that dungeon lies a helpless prisoner . . . yet perhaps the prisoner is not quite so helpless as he appears.

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    "What wonders would he see in Yclau? Robots? Holovisions? Visiphones? Microwave ovens?"

    Bat is in trouble. Again.

    The only way out of the trap this time is to take a leap into the future, into a world of wonders that his mind can scarcely grasp.

    But trouble awaits Bat at the border to his refuge. How he handles that trouble will determine his own future . . . and the future of what he is leaving behind.

     

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    "'I agreed to become a Seeker because I believe you're right that if I find an acceptable outlet for my violent desires – ordering punishments only when it would be in the best interests of the prisoner to receive pain – that will stop me from losing control of myself again. But I'll never enjoy other people's sufferings. You mustn't think I'm a monster like that.'"

    As a torturer learns the art of questioning prisoners, he discovers that the word "love" can have a darker meaning than he had supposed.

    Idolizing a mentor who teaches him to place first the best interests of his prisoners, young Elsdon Taylor gradually realizes that the High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon is hiding a secret. Now Elsdon must confront the man whose work determines the future of the dungeon's prisoners.

    In doing so, Elsdon must also confront a demon from his past.

     

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    "Master Meredith, whose entitlement to a last name had not yet been determined by the courts, was sitting in a window-seat overlooking the playing fields of Narrows School when the Third House bullies found him."

    He needs a guard.

    In his final terms of school before his university years, Meredith is faced with a host of problems: A prefect who abuses his power. A games captain who is supposed to protect Meredith but has befriended the prefect. And a legal status that makes everyone in the school question whether Meredith belongs there, among the elite.

    Unexpectedly, rescue arrives, in the shape of a fellow student who seems determined to right wrongs. There's only one problem. . . .

    "Fair play" is the motto of the Third House, but that motto takes on a different meaning when Meredith is secretly wooed by a young man from a rival House.

     

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    "Ledwin growled, 'I trust the slave is dead. The last thing our landstead needs are perverts wandering about causing trouble.'"

    In a society where the rank of master or slave defines every aspect of a person's being, what do you do when you're a master and you envy your slaves?

    This question is debated by the men who have gathered for the quarterly meeting of the High Masters of the Dozen Landsteads. It seems an impossible dilemma; in the Dozen Landsteads, one's rank is determined at birth. A master or a slave who wishes to hold a different rank is considered shocking.

    The masters sitting in that room, receiving the service of slaves, would be even more shocked if they realized how deeply this question will affect their nation's future. Only one man there could tell them, but he is not yet free to reveal his secret.

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    "I had come to tell him, in the cheerful manner boys have, that our world was about to be destroyed."

    He has taken a blood vow to the Jackal God to bring freedom to his land by killing Koretia's greatest enemy. But what will he do when the enemy becomes his friend?

    Thrust into exile and pain, young Andrew has no choice but to accept the friendship of the very person he had vowed to kill. When he returns with his friend to his homeland fifteen years later, though, he finds himself in a land of conflicting loyalties . . . where a vengeful god awaits him.

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    "He was skilled by now at making innocuous remarks in the presence of the Shining Ones. Nobody had even guessed that he knew what they were."

    The Eternal Dungeon is filled with prisoners who shine like the sun.

    No one knows this except Barrett Boyd, a guard notorious for having survived a disciplinary punishment that should have killed him. He is also notorious for his rebellion against the authorities of the royal prison. At a pivotal time in the Eternal Dungeon's history, when abusive practices of the past may finally be abolished, Barrett finds himself drawn to the mystery of a younger guard, Clifford Crofford, who claims that he and Barrett are love-mates.

    Barrett has no memory of this. He has no memory of anything before his punishment. What does the past matter, compared to Barrett's determination to protect the prisoners? But Barrett cannot ignore his bond with Clifford, and the closer that Barrett comes to Clifford, the more the danger arises that Clifford will question Barrett's sanity. . . .

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    "If I wasn't careful, I'd end up like them."

    His father is a dull farmer. His mother is a dull farmer's wife. He seems destined for a similarly dull life.

    But then a stranger appears in their village, and suddenly the talk is of soldiers and spies and secrets and gods. Will he be able to break free of his father's legacy and make a bold dash to a life of his own?

     

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    When a foul-mouthed, seditious foreigner turns up at your door, what are the benefits of letting him in?

    So wonders Carr, a young man living in a bayside nation that is troubled by internal battles. In his world, servants fight against masters, tonging watermen fight against dredging watermen, and landsteads eye one another's oyster grounds with greed. It seems to Carr that the only way in which to keep such warfare from entering his own home is to keep very, very quiet about certain aspects of himself which his family would not be able to accept.

    But "trouble" is a word that appears to delight the new visitor. He is ready to stir up danger . . . though he may not be as prepared as he thinks to confront what lies within Carr.

    (Note: This is set in my Toughs universe, and nearly all the characters are my own. However, one of Maculategiraffe's characters has taken a stroll into that universe, with kind permission from Maculategiraffe.)

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    "Perhaps, when they spoke next, the other young man could tell Simmons of any masters here who were in need of an apprentice who was perilously close to the age of journeymanship."

    Simmons has been waiting all his life for the day when he would come of age and pledge his service to a liege-master. But at the last minute, all his plans go awry; he is left in the awful position of having to find a liege-master quickly. Desperation may force Simmons to pick the worst of liege-masters.

    Working at his uncle's waterfront store on a bay island, Simmons seeks a way out of his dilemma. Then another young man walks through the door, one whose problems may be even worse than Simmons's. . . .

     

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    "The panic was stronger, now that they had reached the wharf. It was his parents' mightiest rule: Never allow himself to be seen. If, by terrible chance, he met someone in the woods, he must run away immediately."

    His entire life has been a secret. Now he must rip open the secret.

    Hannibal S. Mercer has lived all his life in an isolated island home with his loving parents and two servants. Hannibal never receives the opportunity to meet anyone else. The older servant doesn't speak to Hannibal. The younger servant might or might not be an ally in time of trouble.

    Now trouble has arrived. When hostile strangers invade Hannibal's world, he must uncover the truth his parents have been hiding from him. And then he must make a choice that will determine the course of his life.

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    He was his master's piece: the model for his master's sculptures. But his master was different.

    As Pip longs for the unobtainable, his master finds that he is beginning to have doubts about a long-standing custom in his nation. Yet how can he risk giving up what he values most?

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    "For goodness' sake, what was Starke to do with a servant like this? Criminal background, no service training during his apprentice years, idling his time among tramps on the railroads . . . Starke suppressed a sigh."

    When you're a long way from home, you find companions where you can.

    A tramp and a lord may seem to make an odd pair. But Compassion Life Prison is an odd place to start with, and the tramp has his own perspective on life there. Will the lord listen?

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    "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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    "'Death did not hold the name then that he holds now.'"

    In Mip's most notorious life prison, Death appears in a strange disguise.

    It had seemed for a while that the plan would work: a bold conspiracy by a group of idealistic prisoners and sympathetic guards to stop abuse at Mercy Prison. Then betrayal occurs, and Tyrrell finds himself in a new life prison, with new rules to be learned. No longer is he in a position of leadership; now he is surrounded by men who question his most fundamental values.

    He has new allies as well: fellow prisoners who like what they see in him, a healer who refuses to accept current conditions, and guards who may or may not provide the help that the prisoners desperately need. But Hell's messenger, Death, visits Compassion Prison, keeping his face hidden until it is almost too late for Tyrrell to recognize his touch.

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