by Lisa Ann Sandell
Elaine lives among the men and boys of Arthur's Round Table as a sister, healer, and friend. When a new woman arrives in camp, Elaine hopes to find a sister and friend to share her life in this world of men. Instead, she meets the beautiful and divisive Gwynivere. What follows plants the seeds for the well-known story of love, loyalty, and betrayal. Told in Elaine's voice and written in lyrical verse, with lovely depictions of the natural world around her, this is a welcome addition to the ranks of Arthurian novels. Elaine of Astolat, or the Lady of Shalott, has inspired poets and artists for generations; this novel tells her story in an entirely new way.