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The Prince of Ombria lies dying, and already his sinister great-aunt, Domina Pearl--called the Black Pearl--is seizing power. The Prince's heir is a child, a boy too young to oppose her, and the Prince's nephew is a powerless bastard, an artist preoccupied with sketching the decaying city. No one lives who may stop the Black Pearl's ascent to the throne, or so it seems. But beneath the streets of Ombria lies a second, shadow Ombria, a buried city inhabited not only by ghosts, but by a powerful, mysterious sorceress and her creation, a girl sculpted from wax. But the sorceress is a woman of uncertain allegiances, and her beautiful young assistant has become fascinated by the Prince's bastard nephew--and has caught the malevolent eye of the Black Pearl. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Author Patricia A. McKillip has created a wonderful city of magic.
From the beginning of the novel I was hooked and kept reading thinking that the novel would get better and better as each page moved along.
Like many of her recent books, this book focuses on several individuals whose lives interconnect within the main plot.
I was expecting a soft cover book. I was very pleased with this book! It is in very good condition. I have not had the chance to read it yet, but I love Patricia McKillip's books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dawn M. Wheeler
It is a book that I would only read a second time if I could get it in hardcover which I did that is how much I loved it.Published 5 months ago by Chris Aura
I think what's ... what's the notion I'm searching for? ... distracting to most readers about this book, to include the title, is that the city itself is the protagonist of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nichole Webberring
Amazing as usual. The black pearl is one of the best characters in a while. The contrast of her and faey is wonderful.Published 10 months ago by landward
The book is well written and shares certain qualities in common with the paintings on the cover (which I am crazy for) The girl is romaticized and appealing, but still seems real... Read morePublished 16 months ago by B. Bonta
Ombria teeters on the brink of destruction: a child ruler sits on the throne while a dangerous regent vies for power. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Juushika
I was excited to try my first McKillip book, and was hooked by the beginning, but this turned into a rather frustrating read. Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by E. Smiley
Having read almost all of McKillip's books, I have come to expect and enjoy a certain style. She has this minimal, vague, poetic way of writing, which I've come to love. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Beth
Though I like everything of McKillip's that I have read so far, Ombria in Shadow is my favourite. The character of Meg and what she is had me from the beginning and never failed to... Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by Avidreader