Ombria in Shadow was my second book by fantasy author Patricia McKillip and I liked it much more than the first one I read, Winter Rose.
The story takes place in the city of Ombria - a city that is changing into a dark, terrible place after the death of the Prince. The new Prince is only a little boy, after all, and there is a powerful witch who controls him. And she doesn't want what's best for the city at all... Thankfully, in the shadows there exists a whole community of beings who can help return Ombria to what it's supposed to be.
I liked the magical feel to this book, it really was like reading a fairy tale. I also liked the characterisation - I had no trouble believing in their existence and motivations. If you like fantasy, you might want to try this one.
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I really should read something by her. I have never read her before...
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