Patricia A. McKillip, author of award-winning novels such as The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Harpist in the Wind, has written her best novel in years. Ombria in Shadow is a surreal mixture of fantasy, romance, and fairy tale where the lines between reality and myth become blurred in the shadows of an ancient city.
Ombria is a place heaped with history -- and secrets. There is a buried city beneath it inhabited by ghosts, accessible only through magical passages and long-forgotten doorways. When the Prince of Ombria dies suddenly, his wicked great-aunt Domina Pearl seizes power by becoming regent to the prince's young son, Kyel. Minutes after the prince's death, Domina kicks Lydea, the prince's longtime mistress, out into the streets to die. But she is saved by a strange girl named Mag, a supposed waxling created by a powerful sorceress who lives underneath the city. With the help of Mag and the prince's bastard nephew, a strange, silver-eyed man obsessed with drawing, Lydea tries to save Kyel and somehow defeat Domina.
Reading Ombria in Shadow was an absolute delight. Not just a haunting bittersweet story with truly captivating characters but a beautifully designed book as well. The cover art by Kinuko Y. Craft makes this a book lover's treasure. Paul Goat Allen