Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Beautiful sixteen-year-old Elaine has a temperament as fiery as her long red hair. The daughter of a soldier in young Arthur's army, Elaine is the sole girl in a militaristic world of men. Often slipping into daydream, she wishes that the handsome Lancelot wouldsee her as more than a tomboy.
Then a new girl arrices, and Elaine is thrilled - until Gwynivere proves to be cold and cruel. But when Elaine and Gwynivere are thrown into a situation of gravest danger, the girls must band together in order to surveve. Can Elaine find the strength to fight for the kingdom she has always believed in?
One thing that's really cool and I enjoyed about this book is that it's written as a poem. It makes the book very unique and beautiful. And speaking of beautiful, how about the cover? I absolutely looooove this cover. I am a real fan of Camelot and King Arthur stories, and I always love a good adventure. This book mixes the two magnificently in a true story of love, fear, freedom, hatred, friendship, family, and one young girl's amazing story.
Elaine is sixteen and lives with her dad and two brothers in King Arthur's army camp alont with fifteen hundred other soldiers. She lives there because when she was eight, other soldiers killed her mom - and she watched it all go down. She is the only girl and she is their nurse. She heals their body wounds, and their clothes. She has always looked up to Lancelot because when she was eight and absolutely terrified, he looked out for her and he always played with her. He was her hero, and slowly she began to fall in love with him. But, when Gwyneviere, Arthur's bride, comes to the camp, Lancelot falls head over heels for her and completely dismisses Elaine. Humiliated with Lancelot for giving her heart ot him, and feeling a total sense of hatred for Gwynivere for numerous reasons, Elain turns to her best friend Tristan. But, the Saxons are attacking Arthur's land and he has to lead his army into war. And Elaine is determined to go with them to protect her family and loved ones. She trails behind the army, but it only leads to trouble. She will need Gwynivere's help to escape and save Arthur and the whole army.
I'm just totally in love with this book!
Elaine is a perfect character for this book. Everyone in the army still views her as the little girl that came to the camp eight years ago, but she's not. And she is determined to prove it. She is free-spirited, caring, loving, protecting of her family, and strong. Those qualities keep you gripped to the book and just rooting for her the whole time, just waiting to see how she will deal with every new situation that arises, and what devious plan she has in store next for Gwynivere or anyone else who gets in her way.
Mixed with all the fighting, this book is also a love story which has such a beautiful ending I just wanted to jump right into the book and cheer with them. Anyone who reads this will absolutely love it, I can garuntee that!
Overall Rating: 5 Stars