The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined

The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined

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 il 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 ce...

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Title:The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined
Author:Stephanie Hemphill
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:512 pages pages

The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined Reviews

  • Kelly Hager
    Jun 09, 2019
    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 verse. I didn't know very much about Joan of Arc before reading this book. (Young girl...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Jun 09, 2019
    Long but good. Pair with Elliott?s Voices ...
  • Lisa
    Jul 15, 2019
    In The Language of Fire, Stephanie Hemphill has"reimagined" Joan of Arc's tale and told it not only in verse but in Joan's own voice. She elects to refer to Joan as Jehanne, which is how Joan referred to herself in documentation of the time. There was so much about Joan of Arc I didn'...
  • AsteropĂȘ
    Nov 30, 2018
    Interesting, there's another Joan of Arc verse novel for 2019 as well: Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. Will be interesting to see the different takes on the same figure. ...
  • Jennifer
    May 27, 2019
    3.5/5 stars The 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 foreward explaining the actual story. Before reading this I wondered if the v...
  • Sesana
    Oct 13, 2019
    I couldn't help but compare this to Voices, another recent novel in verse about Joan of Arc. Elliott's version had better verse, for the most part, though Hemphill's is perfectly fine. Read this if you want a much more historically grounded version of her life, though. I feel like Hemp...
  • Kimberly
    Jul 30, 2019
    I've always been fascinated with Joan of Arc and this reimagining of her life was a wonderful exploration into her journey. I am inspired by her. Although I'm not particularly religious, I am her for Joan because she was steadfast in her beliefs and although she may not have intended t...
  • emma
    Jun 20, 2019
    I have a hard time reading books about Joan of Arc who subscribe to tropes that she hated femininity and things like sewing. This occurs within the first three pages of this book. I've read enough about Joan of Arc to know that this is a modern projection- there was nothing or little i...
  • Emma-Kate Schaake
    Sep 23, 2019
    I?m not sure this story lends itself to the verse novel. The genre is easy to read, but therefore, they sometimes can just feel too introspectively repetitive. Joan of Arc is unarguably amazing, but maybe I just need to read some history about her, rather than the verse. I can see th...
  • Erikka
    Jan 01, 2019
    This wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't great. It got very monotonous after about 100 pages and had way more detail than I think the intended audience would care about. I think the idea was solid and that Joan of Arc is a fascinating character, but this book made her seem very dull. I...
  • Tabrizia
    Sep 17, 2019
    This one had such a unique blend of fiction, history, and faith. Albeit long, this novel in verse dives more into detail what Joan may have been thinking throughout her life. Although a story that takes place in the past, this powerful storytelling makes Joan of Arc's story more releva...
  • Saruuh Kelsey
    May 20, 2019
    I'm always on the look out for new novels in verse, so when I saw a poetry book about Joan of Arc? No brainer, got it instantly. This book is, as you would expect, difficult to read at times. It shows the best and worst parts of religion, humanity, and the treatment of women at the ...
  • Lauren
    Sep 09, 2019
    This book is a stunner, an epic work of poetry retelling the story of Joan of Arc in a very accessible and modern way. It?s meticulously researched and focuses more than anything on her humanity?her fears, her doubts, her devotion, and her bravery. I couldn?t put it down. It?s ...
  • Tasya Dita
    May 30, 2019
    I received an e-ARC through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review Joan of Arc has been a fascinating figure for many centuries for many people. There's not many known of her as a person, what we know of her is claim to be chosen by God, her subsequent role during the 100 y...
  • Michael Perez
    Oct 17, 2019
    I love verse poetry and medieval literature. The problem is that this book comes off as extremely dense. You can tell that this book was made for people who LOVE Joan of Arc. But if you're looking for a strong female lead, I'm not sure this is going to be the choice for everyone. This ...
  • Katherine
    Jun 19, 2019
    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. Told in the format of a verse novel, the book reimagines the rise of a well-known histori...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 16, 2019
    While it was a little dry for some of the historical parts (the travel and battles, mostly), I thought it was overall interesting and offered insights about society's treatment of women that are still relevant. It was also quick to read and absorb. I'll be sure to check out the auth...
  • Emilee King
    Jun 21, 2019
    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 scripture stories. Not only did I learn a lot, but Jehanne?s personal and endearing narrati...
  • Sophie
    Jun 18, 2019
    I don't have much taste for verse, but I received an ARC and IT'S JOAN OF ARC. She and I have been tight for a long time. The verse was very accessible and being written for a younger (teen/YA) audience didn't detract from the quality. The style feels simplistic but compliments Joan?...
  • Kimberly Antill
    Oct 15, 2019
    I have always loved reading about Joan of Arc. A teenage girl in the 1400s is raised above her station and called by God to fight among men and unite France. It's amazing for it's time. It's amazing for any time. And Stephanie Hemphill does a wonderful job capturing the life and the le...
  • Tamara
    May 05, 2019
    Even if I can't change the direction of the wind, why must I agree that 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 death and fills this myth of a girl with so much life and detail. It does...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    Jul 15, 2019
    Plot twist: she dies Why 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 I've really ever heard of. I also loved how this showed how heavily manipulated...
  • Christine
    Sep 03, 2019
    I enjoyed learning more about Joan of Arc, a historical figure I previously knew little about. It is obvious from reading the author's note that Ms. Hemphill is passionate about Joan of Arc and that her novel-in-verse was well-researched. However, at more than 500 pages, I thought this...
  • Dawn Ferencz
    Aug 30, 2019
    This book took me a while to read, but I learned a lot about Joan of Arc and appreciated the way the author helped take us inside the story and situation. ...
  • Kate
    Sep 30, 2019
    My first novel in verse! Beautiful and haunting. ...
  • Claire
    Oct 31, 2018
    UM YES PLEASE Joan of Arc is the best ...
  • Amanda
    Jun 13, 2019
    While there are a few historical inaccuracies in this novel, it is, overall, true to the central story of Joan of Arc. This book really brought Joan to life with the beautiful verse. She came alive on the page, and I really felt for her. Her story is a powerful one, and this is a great...
  • Katherine
    May 09, 2019
    The Language of Fire is Joan of Arc's story from her own perspective, told in verse. The poems easily flow from one to the next, making a timeline of Joan's life from her childhood and first encounters with the voice of God, to her finals days and execution. In terms of structure, this...
  • Caylynn Bleess
    Jul 13, 2019
    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 myself continuously comparing this novel to David Elliott's Voices that was published...
  • sgould8
    Jun 30, 2019
    This is an intense story- absolutely amazing what thirteen year old Jehanne/Joan of Arc set into motion and accomplished in the 15th century. With everything going against her- her sex, age, and social status- she managed to lead an army and accompany the king of France to his coronati...