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Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
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Feb 05, 09

bookshelves: young-adult-fantasy

In the ancient city of the title, the prince dies and leaves his young son to rule—but his aunt Domina has other plans. She rules like a spider monitoring its web and has the young prince all to herself after she tosses out the beautiful young mistress who cared for him. Surviving the streets of Ombria, the former mistress returns to her father’s pub and eventually stumbles upon a girl from the underworld—the other Ombria—who works for a shape-changing witch. Meanwhile, the dead prince’s older bastard draws pictures of an Ombria not in this reality while caught in a feverish haze that could kill him. The characters converge and the story ends leaving me impressed by McKillip’s skill once more.
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