The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined

The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined Review

The Language of Fire is a lyrical, dark, and moving look at the life of Joan of Arc, who as a teen girl in the fifteenth century commanded an army and helped crown a king of France.

This extraordinary verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill dares to imagine how an ordinary girl became a great leader, and ultimately saved a nation.

Jehanne was an illiterate peasant, never quite at home among her siblings and peers. Until one day, she hears a voice call to her, telling her she is destined for important things. She begins to understand that she has been called by God, chosen for a higher purpose—to save France.

Through sheer determination and incredible courage, Jehanne becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. She runs away from home, dresses in men’s clothes, and convinces an army that she will lead France to victory.

As a girl in a man’s world, at a time when women truly had no power, Jehanne faced constant threats and violence from the men around her. Despite the impossible odds, Jehanne became a fearless warrior who has inspired generations.

Title:The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined
Edition Language:English

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  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Plot twist: she diesWhy have I never read verse before this year?! It lends itself SO WELL to historical fiction!I really liked the start of this book especially since her family life is not something...

  • Caylynn Bleess

    Even if I can't change the direction of the wind, why must I agree that foul air smells sweet? Meh. I can't say that I really enjoyed this one as much as I hoped I was going to. Admittedly, I found m...

  • Kelly Hager

    Stephanie Hemphill explains in a note before the book begins that she chose to call Joan of Arc Jehanne because that was how she referred to herself. Also, like her other books, this is a novel in ver...

  • Emilee King

    I should’ve guessed this book would be a little heavy, but I’m shocked at how much it hit me. Such a unique blend of history, fiction, and faith. Honestly makes me wish for more female-led scriptu...

  • Jennifer

    3.5/5 starsThe Language of Fire is a Young Adult version of Joan of Arc told through verse.This book is divided into eight parts and tells the story of Joan of Arc. The book starts with a very long fo...

  • Claire

    UM YES PLEASEJoan of Arc is the best...

  • Katherine

    This book begins when Joan of Arc, in her early adolescence, first hears the voice of God assigning her the task of helping to end the Hundred Years' War, and continues up to and beyond her death. Tol...

  • Shauna Yusko

    Long but good. Pair with Elliott’s Voices...

  • Tamara

    Even if I can't changethe direction of the wind,why must I agreethat foul air smells sweet The Language of Fire is a fascinating novel. It recounts Joan of Arc's life from her childhood to her early ...

  • Tasya Dita

    I received an e-ARC through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest reviewJoan of Arc has been a fascinating figure for many centuries for many people. There's not many known of her as a person, what...