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A Riddle of Roses

By Caryl Cude Mullin

Meryl wishes to become a bard (a musical and lyrical storyteller) like her recently deceased mother. Unfortunately, her quest is delayed when she is removed from the Hall for a year as punishment for reading from, 'Great Bard's of Taliesin's Collection of Songs and Adventures.' While at first she meekly complies with the punishment, her determination to succeed as a bard eventually forces her to decide to leave on a personal quest to fulfill her dream.

During her journey, Meryl meets several creatures she had only sung of in stories before. Chief among them is Halstaff, a wood spirit known for being wise with a sharp tongue. Together they seek to learn the truth of the fabled bard Taliesin; Meryl to protect the reputation of her hero and Halstaff to prove him a thief. This pursuit leads them in search of the fabled Avalon across the dangerous realm of fairies. Along the way, however, Meryl learns how harsh life is for a bard outside of the hall, and more than rises to the occasion.