Sunday, April 06, 2008

Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 263
Reason for Reading : Once Upon a Time Challenge, Twisted Fairy Tale Challenge, Book Awards Reading Challenge

A prose re-telling of the famous traditional ballad of Thomas the Rhymer. Thomas bargains away seven years of his life inadvertantly for a kiss form the Queen of the Fairies who takes him to her fair realm. She was attracted to him for his harping and bardic skills. The time passes in days and Thomas asks to live out the full seven years in the fairy land as her lover and harper. He can stay as long as he only speaks to her (apart from when he is performing of course) and is careful to eat only the human food she provides for him. At the end of the seven years when he returns to the mortal realm, she makes him True Thomas and he can never tell a lie.

The story is fleshed out further with the relationhips Thomas has with elderly, childless couple Gavin and Meg before he is taken away as well as his mortal love Elspeth amongst his many other conquests. The tale is told in four sections starting with Gavin's tale, then Thomas Meg and finally Elspeth. There were also two beautiful stories within the main text in the fairy realm about a white dove who cries tears of blood and Thomas' invisible servant.

I really enjoyed this tale. A mixture of fantasy, romance and fairy tale it was everything I enjoy in a novel. There are two previews of some of Kushner's other novels which I will read at a later date and I do hope to read more of her tales in the future.


Jeane said...

It sounds good!

Ana S. said...

It's a great book, isn't it? I really want to read more of her work too.

Carl V. Anderson said...

I have yet to read any of her work, but when I take the time I believe I'll start with this one. If anything the Craft cover sucks me right in!

~ames~ said...

Is this a new book? It sounds interesting and I like the author.

Rhinoa said...

Jeane - Yep it sure is :)

Nymeth - I hope the rest of it lives up to this one.

Carl V - The cover is beautiful and is adorned with a quote saying how fab it is written by Mr Neil Gaiman, what more recommendation do you need :p

Ames - No it's from the early 1990s but I hadn't heard of it until I read a review on Nymeths blog last year.

joanna said...

Ooh another one that sounds interesting and by an author I'd never heard of! I added it to my list, thanks for the review!

Scribacchina said...

Thank you for the review. I have already ordered it, but now I cannot wait for it to be delivered. Sounds good.
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