"While the ruler of the ancient city of Ombria lay dying, his mistress, frozen out of the room by the black stare of Domina Pearl, drifted like a bird on a wave until she bumped through Kyel Greve's unguarded door to his bed, where he was playing with his puppets."
This book is simply gorgeous, the prose is outstanding and it's as if your reading from the most magical dream. McKillip is an outstanding author, her ideas are brilliant, her characters real and her plot line genius. This book is dreamlike to the last page, and the ending is so subtle and revealing it blows you completly away. Who could use such wondeful originality, get away with it, and write with such skill and style, only Patricia Mckillip.
A plot line that is great, but hard to explain; when the Prince of Ombria dies, leaving behind his mistress, his great aunt The Black Pearl who is feared across the land and plotting to sieze power. His young son, child heir of Ombria, and his sister's bastard son. All of this is watched by the wax girl, Mag, who lives in Ombria's shadow city below it and decided to interven with the world above.
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