Title: Song of the Sparrow
Author: Lisa Ann Sandell
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published Date: May 1st, 2007
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Mythology, Poetry
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?
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!