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Title: Ombria in Shadow
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
Ombria, Greatest City in the World. Ombria, a City said to Co-Exist with it’s own Shadow, a city in its own right.
The King has died, his mistress thrown out of the palace, the prince a drugged lackey to the Regent and a bastard cousin trying to stay alive amongst the factions. Throw in a sorceress and her helper and you have the ingredients for intrigue, love and just maybe how Fairytales come to be.
Another fantastic book by McKillip. Ombria is a city that appears to trade places with it’s own shadow every couple of generations but no one can ever remember the actual change. Stories come about that hint at it, but nothing concrete.
That is just the backdrop of this book and isn’t the central point, but the idea of The Past, A Shadow, The Undercity, all flow through the narrative like a deeper current in a wide river.
The actual story about the little prince, his father’s mistress, the bastard who wants to protect them both and the sorceress’s apprentice was really good. The tension was there for the whole story and you just didn’t know what was going to happen.
The ending was appropriately Fairytale’ish and I liked it. McKillip is a talented author and I just like her stuff.