"beautiful fairy tale for adults"
Once upon a time a princess fell in love with an apprentice
bard although she never told him what was in her heart.
Mordigan Bryre never knew that princess Allysian loved him,
for he was too involved with his music. He is only two
weeks away from getting his journeyman's certificate when
his path crosses that of the witch FreiFanya causing him to
be late for his music lesson with the princess.
His master kicks him out of the guild house. Dian decides
to follow through on the deal he made with the witch and
journeys to the Azure City to ask the wizard Talthos to
make a magic flute for him. The wizard agrees, if he can
persuade the griffin to part with some teeth and the
unicorn to give him some hair from her tail. He
accomplishes the feats but the wizard reneges on the
bargain. Dian travels to another city and is unfairly
tossed in jail next to the cell where the Princess Allysian
is kept. Together they free themselves and journey back
home where Dian is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice
in the name of love.
THE LUTE AND THE LIAR is a moving and beautiful fairy tale
for adults. The hero goes from being a vain and cocky liar
to an honorable and trustworthy man willing to do anything
to protect the woman he loves. The princess is a feisty
and strong willed young woman determined to get what she
wants and doesn't let anyone stand in her way. Rie Sheridan
refreshing new voice in the fantasy genre.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 13, 2002
Apprentice bard, Mortigan Bryre stands on the brink of
everything he ever wanted. In two weeks, he will come of
age, and receive his coveted Journeyman's papers. He is
gifted with the voice of an angel--and cursed with the
tongue of a liar. A mysterious witch makes him a bargain,
if he sets out on a quest to the wizard Talthos, he will
receive a magical lute that will make him a legend. There
is only one catch--if he lies along the way, he will risk
losing his golden song.
Dismissed in disgrace from the Guild Hall, penniless, and
alone, what does he have to lose?
Princess Allysian has been in love with Mordigan Bryre for
most of her life. How can she let him set off alone? But
how can she follow?
True love will find a way, and some things are worth any