Voices The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

SPOILER ALERT!!! You have been warned…

Rating: 4/5 stars

Favorite Quote: “They must have thought me very entertaining. That was their mistake” (Elliot 117).

I was not expecting to like this book that much! I picked it up because I wanted to learn more about Joan of Arc. My friends told me that she was like Mulan, she cut her hair and went to war dressed as a boy. That sold me.

Basically, this book is a series of poems that tell the story of Joan’s life. The cool part was that the poems showed the perspective of people and objects in Joan’s life too! Like there was a poem that showed the perspective of her hair when she cut it. The different “voices” really bring the writing to life and helps the reader immerse into the text.

Joan was such an interesting character to read about. She was so brave and courageous. For a girl that grew up on a farm and was only taught to do “women jobs”, she was so smart and clever!

Although I enjoyed this book quite a lot, there were parts that confused me. I feel like you would need some prior knowledge on Joan of Arc to really understand the writing.

Speaking of the writing, I absolutely loved it! I have never read a book with writing that flowed to smoothly. It was beautiful.

So I rated this book 4/5 stars because I don’t see this book as something I would fangirl about. Sure, I liked the book a lot but it wasn’t one of the best books I’ve ever read. It doesn’t have the pizzazz.

Would I recommend this book to other people?: Yes! It was a quick and captivating read.

Thanks for reading!

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