Online serializations: Death Mask (The Three Lands) 11/24. Hell's Messenger (Life Prison) 11/21.

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An early update this week, because my reading eyes are going into their annual "It's late winter, so we're not going to function" snit.

(For those of you who need to catch up on my eye situation, I summarize it in a paragraph in this entry; skip down to "partial sightedness".)

With luck, my reading eyes will be back in a good mood by the time for the next update, but if not, you'll know why there's a delay.


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Death Mask (The Three Lands)</b>



"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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Hell's Messenger (Life Prison)



"'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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