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*Read E-pub è Ombria in Shadow ⚡ 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 This book was odd, but in the best possible way The world building was fascinating, and as always, Ms McKillip s prose was beautiful. this is a beautiful, dreamy fantasy it is about a fallen city, the mysterious city under that city, two magical beings, a royal bastard, a cast out mistress, a kind of changeling, a curious scholar, a lonely child prince it is about ruthless control and equally ruthless revolution against that control although it does not have faerie, it is a fairy tale, one that is both modern and classic in tone and structure the writing is splendid McKillip s words are like gems that she strings together this is a beautiful, dreamy fantasy it is about a fallen city, the mysterious city under that city, two magical beings, a royal bastard, a cast out mistress, a kind of changeling, a curious scholar, a lonely child prince it is about ruthless control and equally ruthless revolution against that control although it does not have faerie, it is a fairy tale, one that is both modern and classic in tone and structure the writing is splendid McKillip s words are like gems that she strings together to make a sparkling kind of wonderful she does not overwrite her story her prose is lusciously rich, almost edible but it is also streamlined, stripped down, full of ambiguity and meaning yet never spelling things out too explicitly, never getting lost in detail sometimes you have to step back, to appreciate the vivid beauty conveyed on the page, to wonder over the mysteries being so carefully teased out, piece by piece the setting, the city of Ombria, is a marvel a sad, gloomy, violent, desperately alive place, one that has fallen far from its glorious history a sad, gloomy, mysteriously un alive un place, a shadow city beneath and between and co existing with the living spaces of Ombria, an un living history Ombria in Shadow is full of magic, tragedy, mystery, and love.MAGIC it is front and center don t expect rules to this magic, although it doesn t feel random it is simply not spelled out it is as ambiguous and mythic as the rest of the tale its two sorceresses one a fell and fungal villain of the darkest hues and the other an unsettling force of nature, change, and potential catastrophe are marvelous creations.TRAGEDY there are the central tragedies, of course, the greater ones that dominate the narrative but McKillip does an excellent job in making the tragedy hurt beyond those larger strokes, beyond the death of a king, beyond the attempted murders, beyond the ruination of a city she makes the tragedy felt in many small ways casual violence in the night, the distance between father and daughter, lovers parted and lost, the feeling of disempowerment, the loneliness of a little boy.MYSTERY answers are almost always tantalizingly out of reach, parsed out little by little, nothing ever simply dumped on the reader the ending gives you answers, but they are not straightforward, they require contemplation and a willingness to forsake easy answers and easy satisfaction when they come, the answers were almost as mysterious as the mysteries themselves that said, when the riddles of the nature of the two sorceresses were finally answered, separately marvelous to read, perfect.LOVE my gosh i was delighted about the Love that is at the heart of this tale specifically, the love between children and those people in their lives who love them and care for them be they parents or friends or guardians of course i have nothing against Romantic Love and its place in any story but how refreshing to have that focus changed there are Love Stories in Ombria, naturally but this book has at its heart Familial Love with family being one that is both born and chosen.this is the kind of book that you just want to hold close to your heart, be sentimental over, and think about again but perhaps not talk about, at least not too much it is a delicate book, like most precious things I would recommend this book to people who really enjoyed Peake s Titus Groan or the whole line of the Gormenghast novels Both are slow, gothic, and obsessed with language and timing.There were some quite beautiful passages and overall, I did enjoy the story It wasn t my favorite KIND of story, however, and I wasn t always as engaged in the tale of the magical usurper regent and her charges as I probably should have been It was a case of the details carrying the weight of the plotthan th I would recommend this book to people who really enjoyed Peake s Titus Groan or the whole line of the Gormenghast novels Both are slow, gothic, and obsessed with language and timing.There were some quite beautiful passages and overall, I did enjoy the story It wasn t my favorite KIND of story, however, and I wasn t always as engaged in the tale of the magical usurper regent and her charges as I probably should have been It was a case of the details carrying the weight of the plotthan the characters I can definitely see why quite a few people fell in love with this, however It brings Fantasy back to the old days where kingdoms were besieged from within Where history isof a villain or something else than anything.I think it s pretty well designed to be a quiet, thoughtful read.Me, however I didn t really get into it as much as it probably deserves, having won the World Fantasy Award Patricia A Mckillip is a writer with a rare command of rhythm There s a poetic feel to her work, almost like gentle waves lapping away Ombria in Shadow is one of McKillip s adult works The novel showcases McKillip s talents to an extent unseen in her other stories McKillip s 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 has the un Patricia A Mckillip is a writer with a rare command of rhythm There s a poetic feel to her work, almost like gentle waves lapping away Ombria in Shadow is one of McKillip s adult works The novel showcases McKillip s talents to an extent unseen in her other stories McKillip s 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 has the unique taste of renaissance Italy It is a place layered in history, but also Byzantine deceit and deception And there is a city beneath the city, like in Gaiman s Neverwhere, but this city is inhabited by spirits and accessible only to a few who know its secret ways The story itself is something the Borgias would be envious of The Prince dies suddenly, and the power hungry and suitably wicked great aunt Domina Pearl seizes power as the regent The protagonist and the deceased prince s lover, Lydea, is tossed out into the alleyways Yet an unusual girl called Mag, who may even be a waxling product of socrcery, saves Lydea from the evil of the streets Lydea unravels truths and mistruths, as together, she and Mag set to battle Domina and restore justice to Ombria This is a superb novel I ve always loved McKillip but Ombria s renaissance multi layered world has made me admire her evenso Highly recommended