Prince Ombra

By Roderick MacLeish,

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Eight-year-old Bentley--baseball fan and television addict--finds that his destiny is to battle Prince Ombra, the archdemon, in a duel of devout magic against black for the fate of all humankind

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1 author picked Prince Ombra as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This one isn’t very well-known. It was recommended to me by the same friend who recommended The Book of the Dun Cow, so I bought it and was well rewarded. The theme of the child who is somehow the Chosen One, destined to fight the great Evil, has been overdone in literature, and often done badly. MacLeish gets it right. Here’s a familiar world where nevertheless the supernatural somehow lurks around every corner. There’s a haunting quality here that many authors have attempted but not quite achieved.

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