Book Review: Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sabastian


Title: Half Sick of Shadows

By: Laura Sebastian

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 448

Release Date: July 6th, 2021

Publisher: Ace

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Everyone knows the legend. Of Arthur, destined to be a king. Of the beautiful Guinevere, who will betray him with his most loyal knight, Lancelot. Of the bitter sorceress, Morgana, who will turn against them all. But Elaine alone carries the burden of knowing what is to come--for Elaine of Shalott is cursed to see the future.

On the mystical isle of Avalon, Elaine runs free and learns of the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends--countless possibilities, almost all of them tragic.

When their future comes to claim them, Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to take his throne in stifling Camelot, where magic is outlawed, the rules of society chain them, and enemies are everywhere. Yet the most dangerous threats may come from within their own circle.

As visions are fulfilled and an inevitable fate closes in, Elaine must decide how far she will go to change fate--and what she is willing to sacrifice along the way.


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I'm not extremely familiar with Arthurian lore, but this book took me by the hand and led me through the old world with ease. 

The story follows the Lady Shalott. She has been having visions of her death for some time, but the path is unclear. She knows her mother is overbearing and her friends stand for freedom, but anything beyond that is still to be seen.

I cam to enjoy Elaine's story line and her growth throughout the book. She's strong and intuitive. The other characters seems to pale in comparison. I wish the rest of the Camelot team was as strong as Elaine, but in the overall scheme of things, they held their own.

The pacing at the beginning of the story was slow and almost repetitive. It took the party a long time to get moving on their journey and it almost lost me, but once they had left Avalon things became more interesting.

All in all, a good read. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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