The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill

The Language of Fire

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, sh...

Details The Language of Fire

TitleThe Language of Fire
Release DateJun 11th, 2019
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews The Language of Fire

  • 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 death and fills this myth of a girl with so much life and detail.It does all that in verse form which is a fascinating writing style in itself and which works beautifully in this context.Though the plot sometimes drags and the battles and journeys wer...
  • Katherine
    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 was very similar to another book I've read, Blood Water Paint . I love seeing these new ways of telling stories becoming more popular. I think it adds a new eleme...
  • Elizabeth
    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 author's Wicked Girls someday (about the witch trials in Salem), to see if it's similarly reflective about women and history. (EDIT: I forgot to note that my copy was an AR...
  • Erikka
    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. It was definitely well researched and was clearly a passion project, so I'll give it credit for that.