Patricia A. McKillip
Adult Fiction MCKILLIP
Summary: Ombria. It is a city that echoes with the footfalls of sapphire-heeled shoes…that holds its breath as a straw-haired apparition glides through its streets…that sees its dreams -and nightmares -take shape in the drawings of a bastard-heir. It is an enchanted time and place envisioned by World Fantasy Award winner Patricia A. McKillip, acclaimed author of The Tower at Stony Wood.When Ombria's prince, Royce Greve, breathes his last -in palace rooms high above the city -he leaves his young son at the mercy of his ancient great-aunt, Domina Pearl -a woman who has plotted her rise to power in Ombria for far too many years to allow a little boy to stand in her way. Already she has thrown Greve's pretty mistress out into the streets, where no one would expect her to live an hour. The boy will take her a little longer. Meanwhile, in a dreamlike underworld peopled by Ombria's ghosts, a sorceress weaves her spells and brews her potions, never revealing her real face -or true heart. And somewhere in between, the struggle to rule the whole of Ombria -both its light and shadows -will rest in the hands of those whose fractured lives align like the lost pieces of a magical puzzle…
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Domina Pearl, aka "The Black Pearl"
Great-aunt of the dying Prince of Ombria; determined to seize the throne.
Powerless; too young to rule; son of the Prince of Ombria.
Powerless; silver-eyed; nephew of the Prince of Ombria; obsessed with sketching the city.
Lover of the Prince of Ombria; determined to defeat Domina and save Kyel.
Created by a sorceress; made of wax; lives in the city beneath the city.