Thursday, July 5, 2012
Review: Song of the Sparrow
By Lisa Ann Sandell
Genre YA fantasy
Recommended by Me
First sentence Motherless.
This verse novel tells the story of Elaine of Ascalot, or as most people know her, The Lady of Shalott.
What it has going for it
I really truly love verse novels. Not only are they incredibly quick to read, but they say only what needs saying in the most beautiful way possible. The flow of this one was lovely. I'm going to go ahead and admit, right here, that the only King Arthur story I've ever read and enjoyed was The Mists of Avalon. It occurs to me, that it's the only "Arthur" book I've read that's from a girl's perspective. Hmmm, that might have something to do with it. And now that I've read this one, from a girl's perspective as well, I think I can safely say that it probably does determine whether I'll like a book about Arthur. But I'm totally getting off track here. I liked Elaine in this one because she wasn't portrayed as the simpering, rather worthless woman she usually is. She was tough and useful and smart. She was a friend to all the men she'd grown up with and they valued her opinion. And best of all, she doesn't freaking kill herself over stupid Lancelot! Sorry, maybe I shouldn't have spoiled that for you but, come on, this book is from Elaine's perspective. She's not going to die at the end!
I'm going to rant for a minute here. Bear with me. I really, REALLY hate Lancelot! I can't stand him. No matter the book or movie that portrays him, he's always the same narcissistic, melancholy, poor picked on me asshole! Anywho, I only mention it because he was the same in this one and, yes, it bothered me. I also thought the ending was very rushed. It probably only felt that way because the first part of the book was a completely different pace and then suddenly everything happens and ends. It was sort of like going through an art museum in a race car.
Tristan. Sigh! Any part with him.
Yea or Nay?
Um, yes, even if King Arthur stories aren't your thing. It's a verse novel and a beautiful one at that.