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[Review] Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

Title: Song of the Sparrow

Series: No

Author: Lisa Ann Sandell

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published Date: May 1st, 2007

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Mythology, Poetry

 Format: Hardcover

Pages: 394

Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis (From Goodreads)

The year is 490 AD. Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat, the daughter of one of King Arthur’s supporters, lives with her father on Arthur’s base camp, the sole girl in a militaristic world of men.

Elaine’s only girl companion is the mysterious Morgan, Arthur’s older sister, but Elaine cannot tell Morgan her deepest secret: She is in love with Lancelot, Arthur’s second-in-command. However, when yet another girl — the lovely Gwynivere– joins their world, Elaine is confronted with startling emotions of jealousy and rivalry. But can her love for Lancelot survive the birth of an empire?

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My Review

My Arthurian knowledge is very limited. I really only know what I have picked up in snippets from other books or television; which honestly wasn’t very much. I had no idea that Elaine had even existed, and I only knew of Tristan from that movie with Heath Ledger; which I hadn’t watched :D.

Okay so long story short, this was a fantastic first introduction for me. The pace was fast and easy, it flowed really well; and despite my worry that I wouldn’t connect with the characters because of the format of the story, there was no problems there.

I love Elaine, she is such a wonderful woman! She has yet to come into her own; which is understandable considering she has been the only girl in a camp full of men. She feels almost childish in the beginning flitting around camp and pining over Lancelot. I was really worried for her considering I know where Lancelot’s devotion ends up! But she tumbles through and comes out none the worse for wear. I loved how she stood up to Gwyneviere and ended up being the awesome badass woman she is! Major kudos to Elaine!

The verse style of writing took a little while for me to get into as I am not really familiar with it. However, it really didn’t take long to get into it. I don’t think it took away from the story and the author was able to get across the emotions as well. Spectacular job! I highly recommend!

This was the February pick for the Verse category for It’s Not Just A Book Club! We have our March picks ready and we hope that you will join us!

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8 thoughts on “[Review] Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

  1. Hey Jackie! Nice review! I plan on doing mine soon…. I plan on doing a lot of reviews in the next three days: I did the one for Temeraire already. I finished it last night and OMG!!!!!!! It was incredible.

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    1. Thanks Keira! I will post reviews for all the ones I read tomorrow hopefully…today I I will finish Truthwitch and then tomorrow i will tackle The Luckiest Girl Alive. I am not really digging it yet but we will see what happens. I will check out your review for Temeraire today! The library is finally sending it to me…only a month too late lol! 😀

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