The Plot (Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature)
The novel is set on a planet that does not rotate, so that half of it is in perpetual darkness and half has perpetual daylight. Born in Twilight, Jack of Shadows is soulless, like a darksider, and has a finite number of resurrections. He is unfairly executed for a crime he had not yet committed and is sent to the Dung Pits of Glyve to begin another life. He awakes in the Dung Pits and begins his return.
Unlike other darkside magicians, Jack does not have a stable power base, but he is able to gain strength and work magic whenever he is in shadow. Defenseless in the everlasting night near Glyve, Jack meets Old Rosie, a tavern girl from his past who has become a Wise Woman. Despite Rosie’s help, Jack is captured and kept in a magical prison of mirrors and light. Evene, the woman he had hoped to marry, has wed the Lord of Bats and disdains both Jack’s powers and his love for her.
The Lord of Bats attempts to drive Jack mad, and Jack vows vengeance. Jack escapes from his prison and, as he travels toward twilight, he visits his friend, Morningstar, a huge, Promethean angel trapped on a mountain awaiting dawn, which will never come because the planet does not rotate. Jack then journeys to the dayside, where he becomes Jonathan Shade, a sociologist and expert on darkside culture. While at the university, Jack uses a computer to rediscover a lost magical key. Using his newly found powers, Jack conquers the darkside, but Evene refuses to love him...
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