From his first day at the Academy, things have been difficult for Quay. Though he has surrendered his name, like every other acolyte at the magical school, Quay is the son of a disgraced professor, and he finds that his father’s old enemies are already lined up against him–while the professor’s own faction is just as suspicious. Quay refuses to take a side, but as his powers grow it becomes apparent that the damaged young boy may prove a greater threat than his father ever was.
Deep in the Library of Shadows Quay finds a way to survive his father’s treacherous legacy, but the price is high indeed.
"A mysterious and compelling read told in spookily disconnected first person narrative, delivered by a likeably unlikeable main character. A subtle and dreamlike tale." -- Sam Bowring, author of the Broken Well trilogy
"What happens when the ordinary and everyday is not kind? What happens when we take the hard road and make the harsh, bad choices? Shadowmancy explores this... with relish." -- Gillian Polack, author of Year of the Fruitcake
About the author
Jason Franks writes comics, prose and source code. He is the author of the occult rock’n’roll novel Bloody Waters and the
literary portal fantasy Faerie Apocalypse. He is also the writer of the graphic novels The Sixsmiths, McBlack and Left Hand Path, as well as numerous short stories in prose and comics. His work has been shortlisted for Aurealis, Ditmar and Ledger awards.
Franks lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and son and a trio of sadly neglected guitars. Find him online at