Read for the Once Upon a Time VII Reading Challenge.
The Prince of Ombria is dead, leaving only his young son to follow him, and those that love the young prince are not able to keep him from the influence of Domina Pearl, whose malevolent presence has loomed over the House of Greve for centuries. Ducon Greve, the Prince’s bastard cousin, as well as Lydea, the old Prince’s mistress, who loves the young prince like a son, have been banished from the young Prince’s presence, and sent out into Ombria.
In Ombria, the shadows have the run of the place, and history seems to be leaking into the present. Both Ducon and Lydea separately meet a mysterious sorceress and her familiar, who may hold the key to saving the young Prince, and all of Ombria.
What I really loved about this book was the atmosphere – you could see the shadows, and feel the ghosts of history that the Sorceress Faey and her waxling Mag lived with in their underworld home. The mysteries surrounding the Greve family, Ducon’s father, and the origins of Domina Pearl were heavy over the story, and it was a real joy to swim through the details. Once again, I have to profess my undying love of Patricia McKillip’s work.