I read a good book a while ago and can't remember the title.

It is the story of people stuck on a planet made of hexagons, where the level of technology is set depending on the type of hexagon. Some have high-level tech, others have magic, and some have both or neither. Magic can't be used on tech-only hexagons, and vice versa.

I also remember that at some point the heroes get captured by a magical tribe, and one of the women ends up being forced to touch a pyramid that transforms her partly into a donkey.

I also think that the planet was alien-made, and the hero ends up realising that he is not human at all but alien. He is just so old that he forgot part of his memory.

I don't think I mixed up two different books in there, but I might have...


How about Well World (1977-2000) by Jack L. Chalker. Not a 100% match for some of your later details, but has the hexagons of different tech levels.

It is a series of books.

  • I'm pretty sure that's the right series. Too bad the question has spoilers! – Erik Noren May 18 '11 at 20:01
  • @Erik Noren I do not recall that the spoilers are really accurate. But I read the series at least 10-15 years ago, so my memory is somewhat faint on the topic. – geoffc May 18 '11 at 21:51

This is Jack L. Chalker's Well World series (1977-2000). Specifically, I believe it is Exiles at the Well of Souls, which has the sequel Quest for the Well of Souls. (As for the rest of the the list I linked to, Midnight is a standalone, and Return & Twilight tell of a deliberate and more organized return on the part of the characters from Exiles and Quest.)

Your memory of the details is not wrong.

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