Ombria in Shadow ★★★★☆

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Title:    Ombria in Shadow
Series:  ——
Author:  Patricia McKillip
Rating:  4 of 5 Stars
Genre:   Fantasy
Pages:  316
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.


My Thoughts:

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.



  1. Review from 2007

13 thoughts on “Ombria in Shadow ★★★★☆

  1. Nathan says:

    I have loved everything I read by McKillip. But getting through her backlist has taken quite a while and thus far I have missed this one.

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  2. This sounds interesting. Is it a stand alone novel?

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  3. Oh I have not read McKillip. I was also going to ask if this is standalone. Does it read like a mix of historical fiction and fantasy or pure fantasy?

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  4. Here’s another author to add to my list! The fact that it’s a stand-alone (quite a rarity in fantasy!) is an added bonus…
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  5. Interesting stuff. It sounds like it has all the ingredients for a good fantasy story.

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  6. Ooh I’ve never read anything by McKillip- but you had me sold at fairytaleish!

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  7. Christy Luis says:

    You actually followed through! I’m very impressed- and sold! Thanks! I added it to my 2017-tbr shelf…it’s scheduled in for after I plow through the May and June Netgalley ARCs 🙂

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