By Ellen Kushner
A minstrel lives through his phrases, his tunes, and infrequently by means of his lies. but if the daring and proficient younger Thomas the Rhymer awakens the will of the strong Queen of Elfland, he reveals that phrases aren't sufficient to maintain him from his destiny. because the Queen sweeps him faraway from the folks he has recognized and enjoyed into her realm of magic, opulence—and captivity—he learns ultimately what it really is to be really human. whilst he returns to his domestic with the Queen’s parting present, his nice job might be to search out the lady he enjoyed and wronged, and provide her eventually the tongue that can't lie.
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Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner