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The Cerebrals are a tribe so elusive that most believe them to be imaginary. Like vampires, they live on an isolated Scottish island and drain languages from people’s minds. The few who have encountered them fear losing their speech and vow never to mention them again. No one on the island can even imagine the sinister plan behind the thefts. With powers so vast, these thi ...more
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published July 19th 2018 by Misty Moon Books /Marc Remus
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Susan
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elementary, fantasy
Fun fantasy in the real world!
The concept of lost languages brings to mind the depth of the meaning and importance of diversity. In Ireland, they are trying to bring back their Gaelic language before it is lost ~ even the signs in town are in 2 languages and students are studying Gaelic in school.
Thanks Marc Remus for a great way for our youth to understand the importance of their own culture ~ including their language.
Dimitris
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got The Language Thieves because I became a big fan of the Magora fantasy series by Marc Remus. My niece loved that series, so I was pleased to find a new title by the author!

The Language Thieves is completely different than his other books, but no less exciting and thrilling! The audience I’d say is young adults rather than middle graders, but I’m sure adults will enjoy it as much, at least I did. The story is well-written, the characters are believable and memorable, and the plot moves fast.
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Jo-Marie Jo-Marie
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Amazing Fantasy World Within Reality

Did you ever wonder why there are so many different languages spoken today? Or why some languages are no longer used?

Do you speak multiple languages? Perhaps you should be on guard. Or just enjoy reading The Language Thieves!

Marc Remus has done it again! He’s created a beautifully detailed fantasy within our real world, taking legends from the past to create a totally believable adventure.

I was hooked on his teenage characters from chapter one. I cheered
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sonngoc1987
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The illness of his mother brings 16-year-old Daniel to a remote island in Northern Scotland. There he discovers that his mothers' illness is linked to a mysterious tribe living hidden in the forest. This tribe, the Cerebrals, steals languages from people's minds and leaves some of them in a catatonic state. Daniel ventures out with his friends Jenny and Connor to find the village of the tribe. When they sneak into the village, they learn that the Cerebrals have a global plan to extinguish all la ...more
Dwee Andrea Nugraha
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had a wonderful time with this book. My daughters and I couldn't put it down and read to the very end in just a weekend. The idea behind the story is very creative. The author mixes traditional myths (The Confusion of Tongues, Atlantis and Babel) with a modern story and comes up with an ingenious ending. ...more
Songkim
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nice book! It is about how languages die out, especially small ones. I see this in Asia so often. Small languages disappear because big ones take over. Everybody forgets how to speak them. Book explains how this happens.
Zohaib Shakeel
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Cerebrals are a tribe in Northern Scotland that steals languages from people. The main character Daniel tries to find out how these mysterious people do that. It is an action-filled adventure with lots of surprises. The book gives a new perspective on why languages have been disappearing from the world daily.
Alba Mend
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting concept that I didn't expect but loved very much. The story of a boy who runs into a strange tribe in Scotland. He discovers that they steal languages out of people's heads. That is why they are called Cerebrals. This book is hard to describe because it has so many different layers. I would just suggest to read it and find out for yourself. I wouldn't be surprised if you were thrilled as much as I was. ...more
Sayan Roy
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daniel has an issue being of Irish descent and wants to forget the Irish Gaellic language. Moving from Arizona to Northern Scotland into a building decorated with Irish symbols doesn't make his life easier. But when he discovers a tribe that steals languages from people he suddenly realizes how important his language is. A fight against the Language Thieves takes place. The plot of a world-wide conspiracy is perfectly woven into a well-developed personal story. ...more
Susmita Ghosh
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting read for all who love fantasy, scifi and a little bit of romance.
Duke Bane
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book with lots of beautiful descriptions as well as action. A mysterious tribe in Scotland steals languages from people's minds. Nobody knows how they do this and why until 16-year-old Daniel moves to the island and unravels the secret that lies behind it. There is not a single page that is boring and it keeps you wanting more with each chapter. ...more
Ranjh
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
book that is different from any other and can't be placed into one genre. A little bit of fantasy, sci-fi and adventure combined with a world conspiracy to extinguish languages ...more
Anil
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the Language Thieves' village where everything is dominated by languages from all over the world. ...more
Bappa Bhakta
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book that can be read quickly without being slowed down by complicated expressions or vocabulary. I wish this was a series.
Andrew Sal
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled across this book during a free promotion on Kindle Unlimited by this independent author. Having read many self-published books from independent authors I was reluctant at first because I have had many bad experiences with these types of books. But "The Language Thieves" is clean, well edited and the writing is excellent. With very simple words the author creates an imaginative world that blew my mind. The Cerebrals are a mysterious tribe in Scotland that turns out to be something comp ...more
Nada Sobhi
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Were there actually people called Cerebrals who could steal languages from your mind?
They sounded like vampires draining words from people."


The Language Thieves by Marc Remus is fun, quick-paced young adult story for anyone who is a fan of languages.

Daniel is moving to a remote area in Scotland with his parents after his mother suffers a strange disease that renders her unable to speak or move and after his father is cured of cancer. His father brings everything Irish and green along with
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Acorabell
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Found this book through a free promotion offered on Twitter. I was positively surprised by this book. It has a lot of beautiful scenes, the plot flowed and the characters were loveable. The ending was amazing even though it felt a little bit rushed to me. Overall this was a great book.
Ellen Manaford
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Off the bat, this is an amazing book! It surprised me very much. I was drawn in by the cover but did not expect such a wild ride. It's a mixture between fantasy and sci-fi about a tribe in Scotland that steals languages. As strange as the concept seemed at first, in the end the entire book came together smoothly. It's an exciting story with lots of twists and turns. My daughter is a little too youg to read this story (just 7 years) but my 13 year old son loved it as much as I did. ...more
Sally
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love science fiction and fantasy. This book was an amazing experience that combined the two genres and took me on a wild ride with a surprise ending.
It's easy to read and a page turner. Love it!
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Fiona Ingram
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Language Thieves is a young adult fantasy by Marc Remus. Sixteen-year-old Daniel is none too happy about his father’s decision to move the family from Arizona to a remote Scottish island, of all places. His mother was stricken by a mysterious illness that has rendered her incapable of communication. Daniel speaks English and Irish Gaelic although he isn’t too keen on overtly displaying his Irish roots. Once on the island, he meets two new friends, Jenny and Connor, who are as suspicious as h ...more
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Daniel is none too thrilled to be moving to Ireland. But when he learns about a centuries-old tribe rumored to steal people’s language, he is determined to learn more. The Cerebrals, as they are called, live on a remote Scottish island. They have created a means by which they can drain language directly from people’s minds. Daniel can’t help but wonder if the Cerebrals have anything to do with his mother’s recent illness. And now, to make matters worse, it appears the island to which they are mo ...more
Shea Carlson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unique storyline that will appeal to both teenagers and adults. It seems far-fetched, but that’s part of what makes the book so appealing. And the cover? Magnificent. Mr. Remus is a talented author and artist.
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