This article is about "Child of Darkness," a short story. For Jame, often given the epithet Child of Darkness, see Jame.

As it was, I tackled Jame as best I could, putting her in a familiar context—college, during the Vietnam protests, which in science fiction terms translated into a post-WWIII dystopian world. The rationale for this was that there must be more worlds down the Chain of Creation and that Jame, in fleeing Perimal Darkling, had over-shot Rathillien and crash-landed in the next world down the Chain—a world created by the Kencyrath's failure to stop Perimal Darkling in Rathillien. It was, if you like, an alternate history. I don't know if it will ever come to exist.
P. C. Hodgell, Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry,
"Child of Darkness"

"Child of Darkness" is the first complete story P. C. Hodgell ever wrote. It places Jame and the Kencyrath in a science-fiction setting, in a post-World War III dystopia. It is supposed to be the next world in the Chain of Creation after Rathillien.[2] Although space has been left for it in the series' chronology, Pat says that it is "an alternate history. I don't know if it will ever come to exist." As such, it is not considered canon by fans and will be largely ignored by this Wiki.


  1., Child of Darkness; Artist: Robert Courtney; Berkley Showcase Vol. 2, 1980
  2. Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "Child of Darkness"
Short stories
"A Matter of Honor"
"Child of Darkness"
"Stranger Blood"
"Hearts of Woven Shadow"
"Lost Knots"
"Among the Dead"
"The Talisman's Trinket"
"Songs of Waste and Wood"

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