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Elsdon said, "I don't think that's going to be enough to remind me of how fortunate I am. Layle, I ought to be dead. I would have died at the hangman's noose if you hadn't rescued me. And yet, for the past two days, I've been doing my best to destroy you. You believed I was abusing this dungeon's prisoners. If you had committed crimes, then I should have treated you like any prisoner should be treated — I should have been concerned about the well-being of your soul.

It's as you said before: I wanted to think myself superior to you. Even the knowledge that I had committed kin-murder didn't prevent me from lording myself over you. It was clear enough to him that it was no accident that Elsdon had transferred his affection and his obedience from a father who abused his son to a High Seeker who had darkness dwelling in his soul.

It was clear enough also why Elsdon had reacted with vehement hatred when he suspected the High Seeker of using his power to abuse his prisoners. Elsdon's father, who had caused him so much suffering, was far away. Layle was near at hand. That much was clear; the surprise was that, in the space of a very short time, Elsdon had been able to forgive Layle — had symbolically forgiven his father for all the pain he had undergone at that wretched man's hands.

Where had Elsdon found the strength to do that, and where had he found the wisdom to realize the danger he posed to prisoners? Layle was still trying to puzzle that out.

Elsdon said in a low voice, "Layle, you're High Seeker, and everyone says you're the most gifted prison worker in the world. How do you prevent yourself from feeling superior to the prisoners? From the corridor came the sound of voices: Layle did not move. His primary duty lay here, with his former prisoner. When it became clear that Elsdon would not reply, Layle said quietly, "My dreamings are all I need to remind me that, without a great deal of mercy from people I have known over the years, I would be a justly executed prisoner rather than a man who receives the privilege of helping prisoners to their transformation and rebirth.

You will find your own method of retaining gratitude for your good fortune. All of us who become Seekers develop a method to keep this thought in mind. Ally Man rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Garvan rated it liked it Mar 02, Ewelina rated it really liked it Aug 09, Tharayn rated it really liked it Mar 27, Kim rated it liked it Nov 20, Georgia rated it really liked it Jun 17, Catsy rated it really liked it Nov 11, Bookwatcher marked it as to-read May 07, Daniel is currently reading it Apr 09, Katherine marked it as to-read Sep 07, Deb Williams added it Jan 16, Queenb marked it as to-read Jul 14, Paulo added it Mar 23, Ashley E marked it as to-read Jul 03, Buttons marked it as to-read Oct 13, Clary Dinsmore marked it as to-read Jan 30, As the prisoner and his torturer beg "'This prisoner deserves special treatment.

As the prisoner and his torturer begin to be drawn toward each other, the ripple effects of their meeting will have a powerful impact on other inhabitants of the Eternal Dungeon: Layle's faithful guard, struggling to contain his doubts. A younger guard determined to take any shortcuts necessary to ensure that his life follows the path he has already chosen.

An old love from Layle's past, still sorrowing. And most of all, a prisoner who has not yet arrived at the Eternal Dungeon, but whose fate will depend on how Layle handles Elsdon Taylor. A winner of the Rainbow Awards within the "Eternal Dungeon" omnibus , this tale of love and adventure can be read on its own or as the first volume in The Eternal Dungeon, a speculative fiction series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

Set in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. As a result, the New World retains certain classical and medieval customs. Published February 22nd by Dusk Peterson first published October 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Rebirth , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. To say that this book messed with my head a bit, might be a touch of an understatement. Indeed, many parts of the story are disturbing. So, if descriptions of abuse, torture or rape trigger issues, for you, then you might want to keep on walking.

Rebirth doesn't pull its punches.

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It is quite intense and at times, it is pretty hard to read. The main themes explored are good and evil, guilt and redemption, life and death. It's a very psychological and philosophical journey. Rebirth has 2 distinct story elements. And the other, intermixed with Elsdon and Layle's story, is written in a more scholarly style and is from what would be the future, from their perspective.

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And that part is mostly about Layle and how there isn't much known, with any certainty, about his life. Without giving too much away, Rebirth is about two men, both very damaged by their pasts, and both of whom want nothing more than to be reborn into men that are each worthy of the other. He's a master torturer; a sadist. He is greatly shamed by his nature and has made the personal decision to spend his life alone because he can't see a way that he could find another Seeker who was also a masochist.

And, yeah, he's pretty right, there. You see, The Code prohibits Seekers from having physical contact with prisoners, with very good reason.

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Seekers are also forbidden to have relationships with guards. Their only option is another Seeker. So, you see his dilemma, yeah? But he falls for Elsdon.

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His innocence, his compassion And Elsdon feels the same. Elsdon sees a good man in Layle. One who has spent nearly 20 years doing everything he could to protect the integrity of The Eternal Dungeon while also protecting the rights of the prisoners within. When Elsdon looks at Layle, he sees a compassionate, intelligent, emphatic man. He does not see a monster. So the story revolves around Layle and Elsdon learning how to be together, given their individual frameworks. And Elsdon has such insight and understanding. Layle, did, too, because he tried so hard. The writing is impeccable, though the style really didn't mesh with me.

Still, it was very well written and one of the most unique stories I've read. And as I mentioned earlier - it is intense. View all 10 comments. The book is incredible, even if it proved itself to be an uneasy read: I had to put it aside a few time and think about some aspects of the story before I could continue. Jul 25, A. There are a few stories around that were born as online sagas and for various reasons never went the traditional route of publishing.

Themes of good and evil, guilt and repentance, redemption and renewal. Each of the chapters except the last are primarily told through the eyes of the two main characters, Elsdon Taylor and Layle Smith. Rebirth 6 is told completely by a totally new character, giving a whole new twist on the scene. The master's first acquaintance with his prisoner had come through the arrest records, and what he read there confirmed his long-held belief that the torturers of the Eternal Dungeon were fools.

Their hope in prisoners' rebirth seemed to be based on the belief that prisoners' evil nature was shaped by the people around them: The master considered this theory to be muck.

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In his experience, most people who did evil had been evil from the day they were born. This boy was a clear example. His early childhood had been no harder than that of many other children, and his time in the band had been, by the witness of the children and of those who had seen the boy during those years, a relatively pleasant period.

There was no reason the boy should have turned to criminal torture — unless he was a boy born to do evil until someone stopped him by strangling him It seems to me," he said slowly, "that your friends are looking at the matter from the wrong side round. The question isn't whether the evil men of this world should receive punishment. The question is what happens to the hearts of men who decide to inflict such punishment on their own, in time of anger. It's quite possible, you know, to become as evil as the wickedness you're punishing.