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Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Author David Elliott explores how Joan of Arc changed the course of history and remains a figure of fascination centuries after her extraordinary life and death.

Told through medieval poetic forms and in the voices of the people and objects in Joan of Arc’s life, (including her family and even the trees, clothes, cows, and candles of her childhood). Along the way it explore
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was really fascinating! To be honest, I don't know too much about Joan of Arc, but it was neat learning more about her through this poetry format. I loved the unique perspective of her story being told through things like her armor, her sword, a tower, fire.. the list goes on and on. I did feel like sometimes the flow of the story felt a bit off, but for the most part I liked this quite a bit!
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a creative book, a story told in different types of verse by Joan herself and by different people and objects that were present during her life and near her death (the flames at her pyre, St. Michael the Archangel, her banner, her sword, etc.). Its unique form and its attempt to deal with subject matter like medieval gender roles will likely make it popular with educators, librarians, and award committees.  Other Goodreads reviews also suggest that readers unfamiliar with Joan of Arc lik ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read this in the span of 45 minutes, and while the writing was so beautiful, I really didn’t care much for this at all. I don’t think it was as awe inspiring as I hoped, and I really struggled because it wasn’t holding my attention well. Perhaps it’s a case of its-not-you-it’s me, but I just felt this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.
Nicole Hewitt
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Wow! A historical novel about Joan of Arc in verse? It's either a crazy idea or utterly inspired---turns out it's the latter. First off, I highly recommend that you read this book aloud because a lot of the book is written in rhymed and metered verse. I started out reading in my head, and I liked it, but when I started to read aloud the verse truly came alive. You'll have to have an open mind when you read this---some
Hannah Jayne
I don’t know how to rate this

I don’t know the actual story of Joan of Arc
I don’t know if this was accurate at all
I don’t know if I’m supposed to like her or not

What a strange story

What a scary story

Other than that — and the general wariness that all brings — the poetic structure was really cool. Much cooler if you read it out loud and get a feel for the rhythms. A little boring and repetitive if you read it in your head. I liked the perspectives of inanimate objects, and the placement of words o
Katherine Moore
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is exquisite. ‘Voices: The Final Hours Of Joan Of Arc’ has brought life once again to one of the most unforgettable and extraordinary female warrior icons. Everyone knows her name, but do they know her story?

Told in verse, in different medieval forms of poems, ’Voices’ is so unique (some stanzas are shaped like the subject that is ‘speaking,’ ie the sword or the crossbow). David Elliott has written such a compelling account of Joan’s short life from her beginnings in Domrémy, to her v
Bitchin' Reads
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
2/19/2019: Second read through for a reading challenge, prompt "historical retelling." This is the perfect quick read to fulfill the prompt too. I think I enjoyed it more this second go around since I knew what to expect. The trouble women face with societal expectations hit me a little harder this time and I can't stop thinking about it.


This was a different kind of read for me. It's kinda a historical verse novel with some perspectives that are explored and imagined. Unfortunately, I don't c
Sam & Isabelle (CapuletReads)
Okay, so something to know about me is I have a weird fascination with Joan of Arc.

Literally one day I woke up and had to know everything about her.

So when I heard there was a YA book about Joan of Arc coming out I knew I had to get my hands on it. I also had some really high expectations. And I can say, without a doubt, this book was everything I wanted and more. I didn't expect the book to be told in poems (I obviously didn't read the synopsis), and it ended up being a delightful surprise. 

Caylynn Bleess
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every life is its own story-
not without a share of glory,
and not without a share of grief.
I lived like a hero at seventeen.
At nineteen, I die like a thief.

This was my first time ever diving into a book written in verse, and I was NOT LET DOWN. Jeannette- more commonly known as Joan of Arc- was my biggest idol during my childhood years. I aspired to be her, I read tons of kid friendly history books about her, I wrote all my essays about her in some way or form, etc. She was a big part of formin
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I expected. The poetry made more sense to me as it had a story to tell, and it is based on Medieval types of poetry which apparently match some types of poetry in Spanish (I don't understand poetry in English all the time).
And of course, my child heart that used to play Age of Empires II, knew how to pronounce all the places and surprisingly to myself, a lot of the story and characters. It felt like coming to a meeting fo The fire poems are in some way my favourite but
Madison Berry
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just read this in one hour and....holy shit
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Real good! RTC
This would be a fantastic book to use in a book club or book study. The history, the queer lens component (would Joan today be trans or just a normal soldier who happens to be a woman, how does our time and culture influence identity, etc), and the poetry involved. So much learning could be done with this book, amazing.
Emmy Neal
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of BLOOD WATER PAINT
That was a very cool reading experience--the verse, the metre, the shapes and formatting--and I'm rounding up my initial 4 star reaction because the more I think about it, the more I like. Also, I am not a poet, much less capable of writing in any kind of meter and this was so impressive. There's just SO MUCH HERE.

I'm glad to have another badass historical heroine to put in front of reluctant readers. I think this book is easier to slid into than BLOOD WATER PAINT, and might have a stronger appe
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

This is a book told in verse – specifically through mostly medieval poetry forms – and gives voice to Joan of Arc, as well as the people and objects involved in her life. The shifting perspectives alternate with Joan’s own telling of her life as she awaits her execution in her final hours, filling out a story that, while well-known, is not humanized. Joan was a real girl, people were truly affected by her, and those who loved
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2018
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

“They would have hated me far less if I had been a girl of ill repute instead of what I was and who I am: a girl who dared to live the life of a brave and honest man.”

I really, really wanted to like this book. History, especially women’s history, is my thing. It’s what I study, and historical fiction as a genre helped cultivate my passion for history. But this book doesn’t really fit any of these genres, which might b
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
So, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. I was initially skeptical of a Joan of Arc story written by a man, but when I saw that it was written by Elliot (who wrote Bull, which I loved), I was on board. Then I read Megan's review and I got nervous. I decided to start Voices, but ultimately only made it about 60 pages. Joan's voice just didn't work for me, and I couldn't care less about the inanimate objects she interacted with and their "impressions" of her. I really expected this ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because I loved Elliott's Bull last year and I looked forward to his approach to Joan of Arc. Honestly, I haven't done my own research into her life outside of the basic storyline we've all been told. I feel I learned quite a bit more in this retelling and I so appreciate Elliott's dedication to the different forms of Medieval poetry. I admire the way he's done so much work so educators can use modern storytelling to make history come to life for students and readers alike. Beli ...more
While I think it is novel to tell the story of Joan of Arc in a verse novel, I feel like this one tried way too hard. The vocabulary was very high and lofty, which is not the best choice for a teen book. Likewise, I felt the point of view changed far too frequently and that the only truly interesting voices were Joan and the actual quotes from the trial. I don't think is recommend this.
Courtney Rodgers
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As someone who has also worked creatively with Saint Joan of Arc's Trials, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Those who are not as familiar with the story or source material can appreciate the detail and emotion put into the poetry. I loved how Elliott played with form and shape, but the ebook edition made some of the poems difficult to read. The reoccurring fire's voice was haunting.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the use of different poetic forms for each of the voices, and the fact that the different poetic forms were all used in Joan's time made it more special.

Not only was the voicing great, but the story was told in a way that even people not familiar with Joan of Arc's story will still enjoy it. No prior knowledge necessary.

As it is a short book told in verse, this is a very quick read.
J. Alfred
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a bunch of records from Joan of Arc's trial, and then poems based on those records, from the standpoint of people involved, interested objects, and abstract qualities. You can, and should, read it all in one sitting, like it was one long poem.
At one point a Saint says that Joan should have "faith in the fire" in a pretty sinister way.
Hang in there, Joan.
Moni Lareva
Sep 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Uff, que libro más raruncio y más poco aprovechado. No solo en cuanto a trama, que no hay a penas trama ni nada a resaltar, los personajes (por llamarlos de alguna manera) tan mal tratados a penas tienen hueco en la historia.
Tengo que decir que no soy muy fan de las novelas en verso pero esta no tenía ni pies ni cabeza.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Certainly not a normal choice for me, I find this novel in verse to have piqued my interest again in the story of Joan of Arc. I am glad to have received an Advanced Reader Copy of this title at ALA Midwinter, to allow me to read it this weekend. I loved how the voices of Joan, and the other people of her story, are shared to paint a picture of her final hours.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I've always been fascinated by Joan of Arc. I remember doing a big project on her when I was in school, and eagerly reading the translations of her trial. So when I saw this book was out, I jumped on it. I think it was well done, the poetry styles really work. Totally recommended.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was transfixed by Elliott's use of language as he told the story of Joan of Arc. Poetry enthusiasts (which I am generally not) will appreciate the poetic forms listed in the author's note.
It is a pleasure to see masterful work. That is how I felt as I read this in one sitting.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, english
Me ha gustado y me ha parecido curioso.
Al estar en verso recomiendo escuchar el audiolibro, la rima es más limpia al escucharla por un narrador experimentado que al leerla.
Me ha dejado con ganas de leer más obras del autor del estilo.
Leah (Jane Speare)
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! What an unusual kind of storytelling. Couldn’t stop reading. My initial hesitation with a male author writing Joan’s story was completely flipped by the creativity and passion shown in its telling. Highly recommend for fans of Hamilton, or lovers of history and poetry.
Jennifer Fenn
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-fiction-2019
Sign up me for novel in verse, and this one is so inventive, using formal structure and many POVs to put a fresh spin on an oft-heard tale.
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Creative poetic forms; minimal concern for historical accuracy or authentic medieval context.
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David Elliott is the author of THE COOL CRAZY CRICKETS and THE TRANSMOGRIFICATION OF ROSCOE WIZZLE. He says of AND HERE'S TO YOU!, "My neighbor’s rooster and I were having a disagreement. I wanted to sleep in the morning; he wanted to crow. The rooster won, of course. The first verse of AND HERE'S TO YOU! is a tribute to his victory and to the joys found in simply following your nature."
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