Ombria in Shadow Hardcover – 1 Jan 2002
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The prose is lovely and the tale carries you with grace. What a lovely book.
Meanwhile, we discover that there is more to Ombria than originally meets the eye - the city has a shadow, a place that has always drawn Ducon for reasons he cannot explain, and within it a sorceress who has been helping Domina Pearl. Her servant, Mag, is trying to figure out who she is since she has been told that the sorceress made her out of wax when that patently isn't true. It's Mag's interest in first the prince's lover and then, curious to see if he's worth saving, Ducon that leads the various characters storylines to merge and bounce off one another.
So, for a book that seems like a generic fantasy, what makes it worth reading? Well, for starters there's the quality of the writing, especially when describing the other Ombria, which manages to be both beautiful and unsettling at the same time. And there's the characters, Ducon and Mag in particular, who are looking for answers all the way through the book and get them, only to be thwarted (as we discover in the final chapter) by the way that Ombria settles around them once more. Anyway, if you're looking for a good stand-alone fantasy book, I highly recommend this.
'Ombira In Shadow' is by far one of the greatest novels I have ever read! This is yet another title aimed at the 'Young Adults' market, and I really can't think why, since this will appeal to any age group who loves 'Fantasy Fiction'.
Beautifully written with lots of atmosphere, vivid characters (with names that one can pronounce!) and lots of subliminal inspirations at every turn! Countless dark rooms and passage-ways, twisting streets and ancient dark alleys to explore, with scenes that will conjure up all sorts of wonderful imaginings in your mind! This is pure escapism which will take you to places from where you will not wish to return! The nearest thing I've ever come to reading anything like this was C. L. Moore's collection of short stories called: 'Black Gods And Scarlet Dreams' which also left a lasting impression.
Many will find the cover artwork to this book very misleading (here I refer to the 'Atom Fiction' edition only - there are bindings with much better and more appropriate artwork, and so be 'selective'!) The 'Atom ' edition was definitely a bad choice whoever it was that made that decision. The cover pictures a young girl (almost a child) half-dazed and looking somewhat 'love-sick', but this only serves to misconstrue this novel into being just a simple romance or 'contemporary' love story about adolescence - in fact it's neither of these, and the time in which the story is set shoots all over the place!
I was really sorry to come to the end of this book, and will most definitely be reading more by this wonderful and remarkably talented author.
Truly a modern classic!