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Song Of The Sparrow Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Gwynivere's mean remarks but beautiful outer self makes Elaine jealous enough to play a cruel prank on her, but when her friends and family leave her to go fight the Saxons, her heart tells her to pack a bag and go with them to heal the wounded. Shot by arrows and cut by a knife, Elaine gains both friendship and confidence in herself.
This exciting book by Lisa Ann Sandell makes you feel like you are back in olden times, right there fighting with Elaine. This is a VERY well-written book and I recommend it to all. A great read!
Reviewed by: Holly
Britain, 490 A.D.
The adventurous Elaine of Ascolat, known throughout the myths as The Lady of Shallot, lives with her father in one of Britain's war camps. He is an avid supporter of Britain and has joined the army to serve his king and country. Ambrosius Aurelius, leader of all Britons, is about to lead his people into the battle of Mount Breguoin against the Saxon army. Britain is on the brink of war, again.
Elaine has been raised to believe that a woman's domain is in the home, not on the battlefront. But when she thinks of her father and brothers and the other men she's grown to care for, she feels she's in the right place. The people she loves most could march off to battle today and never come back. Why would she want to be anywhere else?
The only other girl at camp is Morgan, Arthur's older sister, but she's much too close to the king for Elaine to share her deepest secret with --- Elaine is in love with Lancelot. Elaine and Lancelot grew up together, playing games and running along the riverbanks, but all that was long ago. Now when Lancelot looks at her, all he sees is a wonderful girl. He sees a gifted healer, a girl armed with milfoil and poultices to stanch the wounds of the soldiers. He sees her skill at mending clothing and chain mail. He sees her loyalty, her hard work and her vital job within the army. But he doesn't see a woman.
When King Aurelius is poisoned by a Saxon spy, Arthur is the obvious replacement.Read more ›
Ms. Sandell's book truly brought to life the saga of Elaine, fated to love a man who did not return her feelings, and kept alive the heroism of Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain, Tristan, and all the other knights, who seemed like the kind of guys every girl would want to have around.
The characters are so very human, from Arthur right on down the line. It is great to see Elaine's character given so much depth--always when I've read about her before, she is jealous and hateful, forever fated to take second place to Guinevere in Lancelot's heart. I've also never before seen Lancelot portrayed the way he is in this book, and I love the happy ending this tale is given.
I've never read a book set in verse as this one was, and it truly enhanced the beauty of the words. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of THE WEIGHT OF THE SKY, and very much look forward to Ms. Sandell's next book.
I was rather surprised to open the book and find it told in verse format (I think that's what it's called - it's not really poems, but like prose or verse). I've never read a book like that, and from the review and lack of summary, I'd assumed it was a novel. I had been ridiculously excited, being a fan of stories like the Round Table and Arthur and medieval times, but a little less thrilled at the format. But I told myself I'd give it a try, read a couple of chapters.
The story was amazing. It's a retelling of Elaine of Ascolat as a teenager in Arthur's (then military leader, not yet King) military camp, surrounded by all the young Knights of the Round Table (Arhtur, Lancelot, Tristan, Gawain). As the only girl, aside from Arthur's older sister, she has a special, unique position in the camp, until beautiful and snobby Gwynivere comes along. Gwynivere also catches the attention and affection of Lancelot, whom Elaine has had a crush on since childhood. Told within this setting and legend is Elaine's growing up, coming-of-age story/moment/adventure.
I don't really understand the purpose of the format, but it read like a really fast book. I finished it in a couple of hours and then immediately went looking for more on the legend of Elaine (aka, the Lady of Shalott - I just kept thinking of that scene from Anne of Green Gables...). I was surprised at the parts of the original legend that made it into this story. This book also re-interested me in Meg Cabot's Avalon High, which I had to track down so I could reread it after reading this amazing version.
Bottom line, great story that sparked further interest in the legend.
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Such a good story! Novel in verse about a variant of Tennyson's "Lady of Shalott" which is my favorite poem. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was so readable and fantastic for teen daughter and Mom enjoyed it as well.Published 20 days ago by A. Peterson
One of my favorite books. Love this so much as a middle student and now several years later I am enjoying it againPublished 2 months ago by victoria jensen
Great. Bought it so I could have it again. I read it in middle school and wanted to reread it. Brilliant.Published 15 months ago by Cheyann
This book is a quick read and makes me squee at the end EVERY TIME! I love it. It's in my top 5 all-time favorites.Published 23 months ago by Hannah Morgan
A little rough around the edges, but for four dollars it was a perfect second copy for my future classroom library!Published on January 10, 2014 by Tiffany
this book was great. AMAZING! I could not stop reading " Song of the Sparrow". I love this story alot.Published on August 9, 2013 by Amber Payne
Song of the Sparrow follows Elaine, the only girl in an army camp full of men. She's grown up there, away from the limitations that were enforced upon women at that time, free to... Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Kayla