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Half Sick of Shadows | Laura Sebastian: ARC Review

Half Sick of Shadows | Laura Sebastian

Page count: 448

Publisher: Ace

Publication date: July 6, 2021

Genres: Adult, fantasy, retellings


“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.”

Thank you to Ace and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This was a pleasant surprise! I honestly wasn’t expecting much out of Half Sick of Shadows, but I enjoyed my read. It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster, but it ended up working out.

When I first heard that this was a retelling of the legend of Arthur, I thought that Elaine would end up being a side character in her own story. That was corroborated by how shy and uninvolved she was in the beginning and the flashbacks. I’m so glad that she wasn’t! Elaine is the main character and a strong one at that.

I loved that this was a character-/relationship-centric book! All of the secondary characters were fleshed out and important to the plot. They were also unique and honestly very different than I expected.

While I enjoyed most things about this book, I wish I was more familiar with the legend of Arthur. Half Sick of Shadows seems to occur before and during the beginning of the story, but the ending is presumably everything that happens in the legend it’s based on. The ending is a little abrupt because it assumes the reader has read the legend and knows what’s coming.

All in all, Half Sick of Shadows was a solid four-star read.

Have you read the legend of Arthur?

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