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Thomas the Rhymer: A Romance [Mass Market Paperback]

Ellen Kushner
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Nov 1991
Abducted by the Queen of Elfland, True Thomas, the brilliant Rhymer, lives unaging with her in Faerie's inhuman splendor. Finally, Thomas is returned to the world of work and passing time, with only his harp and the Queen's parting gift: the inability to speak anything but the truth.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (Nov 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812514459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812514452
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 831,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent fantasy story 8 Jun 2005
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In this fascinating book, acclaimed author Ellen Kushner takes the old legends of Thomas of Erceldoune (a.k.a. True Thomas the seer and Thomas the Rhymer), and retells them in a fascinating, thoroughly modern style. This is the tale of a bard of no small talent who find himself the object of the Queen of Elfland's desire. Whisked off to the land of Fairy for seven years, he must unravel a mysterious riddle and save an immortal soul. And when he returns to the land of the living, will he be the same man he was, can he be?
This is a fascinating, and thoroughly enjoyable story. The author does an excellent job of keeping the flavor and substance of the old stories, while at the same time updating them and making them a treat for the modern reader. Indeed, I was often struck by how much the story rang true to the old folktales I have studied throughout my life. So, if you are a fan of stories of Fairy and the Lords and Ladies, or simply enjoy a good (excellent) fantasy story, then I highly recommend this book to you. You won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars superior elves and a good strong story 26 July 2007
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A very interesting and beautifully written novel, comprising of three characters and a triptych structure where each one tells the story in own voice as time passes within the story. What was especially lovely was the refreshing way in which old myths were rescusitated and developed in order to move the plot along. Thomas was an especially interesting character, but I most loved the way she protrayed the elves... inhuman and indifferent yet simultaneously alluring and beloved. Their game of whimsy was also quite intriguing.

Overall I really did enjoy reading this, It was a superior and polished work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered this because I enjoyed 'Swordspoint' and 'The Privilege of the Sword'. This is a very different story, but the quality of the prose remains the same. The four different narrators are all equally able to pull you into their world and allow you to see the story from different points of view. I know I have read a lot of rubbish in this genre, and on that basis I sometimes overplay the quality of the better books. I don't think I've done so this time- it is the best book I have read for a very long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scottish mythology 17 Mar 2010
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This is a beautifully written prose account of the Thomas the Rhymer poem based on the mythological Thomas. Very readable and informative, but essentially an interesting novel. No knowledge of the myth is needed to appreciate the story. For those who enjoy fantasy but are also quite down to earth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! 21 July 2008
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This book is wonderful! I was hooked from the beginning and couldnt put it down! For those of you who love fairy tales, this is the story to read.The authors writing style is seductive and quite poetic. Lovely and sweet if your looking for a light and enchanting read.
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