Ombria in shadow is a fantasy novel by american writer patricia a mckillip first published by ace books in 2002 it won the 2003 world fantasy award and mythopoeic award the book centres on the activities of several characters who inhabit a shadowy city beset by intrigue and entropy. Ombria in shadow patricia a mckillip on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers when ombrias 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. Ombria in shadow is one of mckillips adult works the novel showcases mckillips talents to an extent unseen in her other stories mckillips world building in ombria in shadow has the complexities of the most complicated works relating to thrones and power struggles in literature mckillip has made the city itself into a wondrous character. 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. In ombria in shadow mckillip interweaves the finer aspects of the fairy tale and the gothic to evoke a sense of catharsis fairy tale pacing and characters are balanced carefully against the darker aspects of the gothic setting to produce wonder fear and in the end renewed hope that the world not only can but will be a better place tomorrow
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