Young Elaine of Ascolat is surrounded by men, after losing her mother as a child, her father - a soldier in Arthur's army - brought her to the encampment. Now, at sixteen, she's the sole girl among all these men she knows and loves, including her father, brothers, Arthur, Gawain, Tristan and Lancelot... specially Lancelot.
Song of the Sparrow picks up Elaine's life at a crucial time, Arthur has just been selected to lead the Britons against the Saxons, and a new girl, Gwynivere, arrives at the camp to become Arthur's bride. At first Elaine is thrilled, thinking she's finally getting a girl-friend but it's not long before Elaine and Gwynivere clash. Tensions run high in the encampment and a Saxon invasion is imminent.
Romance, danger and even a little bit of adventure, you'll find all in this book.
I had never picked up a verse novel before, but this one was just brilliant adding pace and lyricism to a story that has everything we have always loved about Arthurian Legends and so much more.
Lisa Ann Sandell takes these women - Elaine, Gwynivere, Morgan - and treats them fairly, making them real and strong as they fall in and out of love and find happiness. She also does a fair portrayal of the men - Arthur, Lancelot, Tristan - which makes the story twice as good.
There are no dumb damsels in distress or silly men with hero complex in this book.