Merlin's Gate is a dark world where owning books, weapons or products of modern technology will get you a one-way ticket to The Pit--and all tickets to The Pit are one way.
This is a long short story (or a very tiny novel) for your snacking pleasure.
Chapter 6 of Heart of the Tengeri is up on my blog. A snippet: "The gods didn't release Amanizar for a long time. She could tell it was a long time because sometimes they'd withdraw a little and she'd remember that she was alive and then she'd forget again."