Ombria in Shadow
When Ombria’s prince, Royce Greve, breathes his last—in palace rooms high above the city—he leaves his young son and mistress at the mercy of his ancient and powerful great-aunt, Domina Pearl. Meanwhile, in a dreamlike underworld peopled by Ombria’s ghosts, a sorceress weaves her spells and brews... show more
When Ombria’s prince, Royce Greve, breathes his last—in palace rooms high above the city—he leaves his young son and mistress at the mercy of his ancient and powerful great-aunt, Domina Pearl. Meanwhile, in a dreamlike underworld peopled by Ombria’s ghosts, a sorceress weaves her spells and brews her potions, never revealing her real face—or true heart. And somewhere in between, the struggle to rule the whole of Ombria—both its light and shadows—will rest in the hands of those whose fractured lives align like the lost pieces of a magical puzzle….
Publish date: February 4th 2003
Publisher: Ace Trade
Pages no: 298
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Epic Fantasy
, High Fantasy
, Sci Fi Fantasy
, Fairy Tales
, Fantasy Of Manners
I was excited to try my first McKillip book, and was hooked by the beginning, but this turned into a rather frustrating read.The city-state of Ombria is in decline, made worse when its prince suddenly dies and the sinister, seemingly-immortal Domina Pearl takes over as regent for the five-year-old h...
this is a beautiful, dreamy fantasy. it is about a fallen city, the mysterious city under that city, two magical beings, a royal bastard, a cast-out mistress, a kind of changeling, a curious scholar, a lonely child prince. it is about ruthless control and equally ruthless revolution against that con...
Getting into this book was little difficult for me. This was and is the first Patricia A. McKillip novel I've ever read, which means I can't compare the language to anything and I don't know whether to blame the original author or the translator for my initial confusion. I persisted and within fifty...
One of my favorite McKillips, for the messiness and confusion and complexity of the city, for the many-threaded history, even though I have mixed feelings about the final chapter.
Ombria in ShadowOne of my favorite McKillip bookks, I decided to re-read this one recently. I found the story as beautiful and haunting as I remembered. The city of Ombria and its hidden shadow city seem both tantalizingly familiar and utterly foreign. Most of the characters shift between good an...