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Thomas, the Rhymer
Ellen Kushner
Adult Fiction KUSHNER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Based on the famous ballad of the medieval minstrel who was abducted by the Queen of Elfland, this romantic fantasy is a happy blend of discreet scholarship and literary style. A Boston-based radio producer, Kushner ( Swordspoint ) is at ease in Middle-Earth where Thomas, insouciant harper and rhymer, appears at the humble dwelling of a weathered crofter and his wife. Dazzling them with stories of the king's court, the damsels he's won and the sights he's seen, he also enthralls young Elspeth, a neighbor. Their mutual attraction is frustrated when Thomas suddenly disappears, and for seven years is held captive by the silken Queen of Elfland, who releases him with a questionable gift, the inability to speak anything but the truth. As Thomas renews his earthly life with Elspeth, the gift leads to interesting complications. Kushner creates a lavish microcosm where riddles and runes and magical transformations govern. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Thomas the Rhymer's carefree life as a wandering minstrel changes forever when a fateful encounter with the Queen of Elfland takes him from the world for seven years, returning him unmarked by age and gifted with the inability to lie. The author of Swordspoint brings the freshness of her storytelling talent to this ballad-inspired tale of a man's brush with immortality and its inescapable legacy. This graceful medieval fantasy is highly recommended and may have appeal to nongenre readers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Captive of the Queen of Elfland for seven years; returns to the human world able to see the future and unable to speak anything but the truth.
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