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Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

Song of the Sparrow (2007)

by Lisa Ann Sandell

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A quick and quaint read! Entertaining and endearing, Elaine is a character I wish I could have met. I especially enjoyed the beginning but I feel that it flagged towards the end. I don't think that being in verse helped the story in anywAy and I think there would have been more depth in prose form. Still fun though, I love reading about Arthurian times! ( )
  Jackie_Sassa | Nov 20, 2015 |
Just didn't do anything for me. Not bad per se, but not memorable or even interesting. The verse format detracted my comprehension of the plot and of the characters and their motivations, even though normally I like stories told in verse. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I have just finished the book called Song of the Sparrow. It is a beautifully written book. It got me interested into a folklore that I have never read before. I love how the young woman named Elaine was the heroine in the story. ( )
  harleyqgrayson02 | Jan 3, 2015 |
I love this book. It's structure is different from most books. It's in lyric form, which matches the story line. The story line is based in the Arthurian legends, but revolves around a young girl that lives in the army camp with her family. She has a one sided love with Lancelot and tries to prove to all the men around her that she can be useful and not just trouble. ( )
  Y-NhiVu | Nov 27, 2014 |
I bought this book years and years ago and as a child, I could never get into it with the way the sentences were staged. This last week I came across it again and decided to give it another try.
While the book revolves around the legendary Arthur and his Round Table, the real story rests on Elaine, the woman behind Arthurs soldiers. When her mother is slaughtered, Elaine is surrounded by men and only men for many years- with no one else to do the mending, healing or aid of friendship that only a lady can give, Elaine longs for someone to share her burdens. Unfortunately when the Saxons attack and her family and friends decide to band together with the other Britons to drive them out, they bring with them Gwynavere. Loved only for her looks and seldom what's inside, Gwynavere is bitter and rude and Elaine starts to find solace only when she is alone.
When Arthur, Lancelot and the rest of the men leave for battle, Elaine decides she can not stay and wait for heir return, and follows after the soldiers.
For days and nights she trails after their footsteps until eventually she is captured- Gwynavere having filed at her own rescue attempt is along side her. Together they overhear the Saxons plan, and run to help Arthur.
It is a story of love, bravery and acceptance, all within the beloved characters we've known for centuries.
The problem with the book however, is that I found the initial events to be quite long, and most of the story took place before the war ever started. Unfortunately too, Elaine was, for the most part, happy to keep to her place, and so the story rarely got much adventure except for one small, quick chapter- and while I can empathize with the characters and I rather liked the turn of events that happened after her near fatal injury, I can only wish that there had been much for daring adventure, outside of the tedious jealousy and conflicts that sat throughout the book.
Overall, while the story was better than expected, it never impressed me and I was looking for a friend of Arthur's to be a little more in the action than she was. ( )
  PracticallyPerfect | Sep 30, 2014 |
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Lying, robed in snowy white

That loosely flew to left and right --

The leaves upon her falling light --

Thro' the noises of the night

She floated down to Camelot:

And as the boad-head wound along

The willowy hills and fields among

They heard her singing her last song,

The Lady of Shalott.

"The Lady of Shalott" by Alfred, Lord Tennsyson, 1842
In loving memory of Sydney Sandell.

For my two best friends....

Sharon, more than you know, you are a source of inspiration, of joy and love.

Liel, my partner, my muse, you are the love and light of my life
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I am Elaine daughter of Barnard of Ascolat. Motherless. Sisterless. I sing these words to you now, because the point of light grows smaller, ever smaller now, ever more distant now. And with this song, I pray I may push back the tides of war and death. So, I sing these words that this light, this tiny ray of light and hope may live on. I dare not hope that I may live on too.
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"Elaine the fair, Elaine the loveable, Elaine, the lily maid of Astolat": Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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Since the days of King Arthur, there have been poems and paintings created in her name. She is Elaine of Ascolat, the Lady of Shalott, and now there is a book all her own. The year is 490 A.D. and 16-year-old Elaine has a temperament to match her fiery red hair. Living on a military base with her father, brothers, and the rest of Arthur's army, Elaine pines for the handsome Lancelot, and longs for a female friend. But when the cruel, beautiful Gwynivere arrives, Elaine is confronted with startling emotions of jealousy and rivalry. Can Elaine find the strength to survive the birth of a kingdom?

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In fifth-century Britain, nine years after the destruction of their home on the island of Shalott brings her to live with her father and brothers in the military encampments of Arthur's army, seventeen-year-old Elaine describes her changing perceptions of war and the people around her as she becomes increasingly involved in the bitter struggle against the invading Saxons.… (more)

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