Melodie Muses On Too Much Darned Sun

Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel
Published in
3 min readJul 26, 2022

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Image reproduced with permission from Fantastic Books Publishing

The four Shadeward books, Emanation, Exoneration, Enervation, and Expiation by Drew Wagar are set in a world where the sun never sets. The other side of that coin, of course, is the other side of that same world where the sun never rises. You can imagine, it’s pretty darned hot and pretty darned cold, and there are only certain zones where it’s possible to live.

When the sun never sets, you lose some of the things we take for granted — like day and night; not just actual day and night, but the concepts of them. It’s fascinating stuff.

Drew Wagar didn’t just lose day and night when he made up this world. He lost all the words that go with it, the day/night vocabulary that we take for granted — and he always includes a section at the start or end that goes into some of this.

Those special bonds between animals and people

Fascinating though the day/night conundrums are, in this piece I’m turning my attention to the animals. On the Shadeward world, you’ll find some animals you recognise and some you don’t. You’ll also find something that most of us will have experienced — those special bonds between animals and people.

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Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.