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  • Posted June 23, 2010

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    McKillip at her richest and most beguiling.

    All of McKillip's novels are beautiful. Her exquisite prose and her ability to capture the sense of magic (both light and dark) that imbues traditional fairy tales ensures that any novel she writes will tantalize and delight. Her style is deliciously archaic, even baroque, and she has a habit of giving the reader the bare minimum of information to make the plot and motivations of her characters understandable, tingeing every action with the spice of mystery. This has worked not very well in some novels -- I found the climax of In the Forests of Serre near-incomprehensible -- but even when the mystery isn't working her novels are delightful confections designed to be savored.

    Ombria in Shadow is McKillip at her best -- a dark chocolate truffle, rich and beguiling. The city of Ombria, with its decaying streets, and its shadows that bleed into the underworld of its past, and its hints that there is yet another shadow city that may overlay Ombria itself, is the most breathtakingly beautiful McKillip creation I have encountered since I read Alphabet of Thorn (my first McKillip, though published two years later -- clearly McKillip was on a hot streak). The cast of characters is just as good, each one three-dimensional and bowed (but not broken) by heartbreak. And the central mystery, of how the city will cope with the loss of its prince in an already uncertain time, is always enticingly just out of reach until the climax, when strand after strand of the plot comes together in a breathless resolution that answers a host of questions and raises a dozen more, but which is still entirely satisfying on a visceral level. The denouement is quietly wonderful, granting the happy ending that seemed hopeless in a most unexpectedly melancholic way.

    All in all, I don't think I could have loved this book any more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    beautiful lyrical fantasy

    Ombria is a city in trouble and its inhabitants know it. The ruler Royce Greve has died, leaving behind his heir, the child prince Kyel. However, serving as regent is Domina Pearle, an evil and ageless being, intending to rule with an iron fist. She practices the black arts and uses the sorcery of the shadow city to kill people. <P>The sorceress Faey has an assistant Mag, a curious young woman who likes to go into the city proper to spy on its inhabitants. A chance encounter with Domina Pearle makes Mag determined to keep the young prince alive along with his loving uncle Dicon. When Mag goes too far and is caught in Domina Pearl¿s clutches Faey travels to Ombria, causing a catastrophe of epic proportions. <P> OMBRIA IN SHADOWS is a beautiful lyrical fantasy, an adult fairy tale that makes no pretenses as to whom is whom when the forces of good battle those of evil. Patricia A. Mckillip has such a vivid imagination that readers will believe that the author has written about a place she actually visited. Readers will want more visits to the magical realm of Ombria. <P>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    One of McKillip's formidable best.

    All of McKillip's novels are beautiful. Her exquisite prose and her ability to capture the sense of magic (both light and dark) that imbues traditional fairy tales ensures that any novel she writes will tantalize and delight. Her style is deliciously archaic, even baroque, and she has a habit of giving the reader the bare minimum of information to make the plot and motivations of her characters understandable, tingeing every action with the spice of mystery. This has worked not very well in some novels -- I found the climax of In the Forests of Serre near-incomprehensible -- but even when the mystery isn't working her novels are delightful confections designed to be savored.

    Ombria in Shadow is McKillip at her best -- a dark chocolate truffle, rich and beguiling. The city of Ombria, with its decaying streets, and its shadows that bleed into the underworld of its past, and its hints that there is yet another shadow city that may overlay Ombria itself, is the most breathtakingly beautiful McKillip creation I have encountered since I read Alphabet of Thorn (my first McKillip, though published two years later -- clearly McKillip was on a hot streak). The cast of characters is just as good, each one three-dimensional and bowed (but not broken) by heartbreak. And the central mystery, of how the city will cope with the loss of its prince in an already uncertain time, is always enticingly just out of reach until the climax, when strand after strand of the plot comes together in a breathless resolution that answers a host of questions and raises a dozen more, but which is still entirely satisfying on a visceral level. The denouement is quietly wonderful, granting the happy ending that seemed hopeless in a most unexpectedly melancholic way.

    All in all, I don't think I could have loved this book any more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2005

    Breathtaking

    Ombria in Shadow comes close to the top of my list of favorite books. Patricia's verbal imagary leaves one speechless and in awe of what is happening. The secrets, passion, and beauty make this one of the best books I've ever read.

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