The Language of Spells

The Language of Spells Grisha is a dragon in a world that s forgotten how to see him Maggie is a unusual child who thinks she s perfectly ordinary They re an unlikely duo but magic like friendship is funny Sometimes it ch

  • Title: The Language of Spells
  • Author: Garret Weyr Katie Harnett
  • ISBN: 9781452159584
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Grisha is a dragon in a world that s forgotten how to see him Maggie is a unusual child who thinks she s perfectly ordinary They re an unlikely duo but magic, like friendship, is funny Sometimes it chooses those who might not look so likely And magic has chosen Grisha and Maggie to solve the darkest mystery in Vienna Decades ago, when World War II broke out, someone dGrisha is a dragon in a world that s forgotten how to see him Maggie is a unusual child who thinks she s perfectly ordinary They re an unlikely duo but magic, like friendship, is funny Sometimes it chooses those who might not look so likely And magic has chosen Grisha and Maggie to solve the darkest mystery in Vienna Decades ago, when World War II broke out, someone decided that there were too many dragons for all of them to be free As they investigate, Grisha and Maggie ask the question everyone s forgotten Where have the missing dragons gone And is there a way to save them At once richly magical and tragically historical, The Language of Spells is a novel full of adventure about remembering old stories, forging new ones, and the transformative power of friendship.

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    1. (4.5 stars) This was adorable. It was very The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, if The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland was set in historical Vienna. Full review to come closer to the publication date, but I would definitely keep an eye on this one if you like bittersweet fantasy.

    2. I was disappointed in this. I picked up the ARC because between the title and some Jewish names I saw in it, I hoped it would have Jewish content, and instead I got the sour note of a story that takes place in Vienna and deals with injustice against dragons in the post-WWII period and never mentions the Holocaust. Maggie, the human protagonist, is shocked and horrified to learn that her beloved Vienna has exploited and harmed the dragons: did her education never mention the genocide against huma [...]

    3. Loved this little book. "The Language of Spells" is a short and quick read, but better to read slow in order to enjoy the author's beautiful use of language and description. This book draws you into a world of fantasy and magic, a world where dragons gave way to technology leaving Grisha all alone. He spent decades as a prisoner, trapped inside a teapot and watching the world around him from a limited view. I found myself heartbroken reading through it. Weyr's skill shines in the text, making re [...]

    4. A dragon and an 11 year old girl become friends and go on a quest to free dragons that are under a sleeping curse, imprisoned beneath Vienna. Talking cats, an evil magician who turns Grisha into a teapot, and a strong lesson in discrimination feature in this fantasy novel with pencil-sketch illustration sprinkled in. Grisha the dragon was a teapot for hundreds of years. After being freed, he finds out all the dragons have been drawn to Vienna and goes there to be with them. The dragons are not f [...]

    5. This is an adorable middle grade book and I might have teared up just a bit finishing itGrisha, a dragon with a strange and lonely past, finds himself in Vienna with the rest of the dragons who have left the forest. Maggie is a precocious, but lonely, little girl being raised by her poet father and the city of Vienna. Together, they discover both the beauties and dangers of magic and how they can use it to make the world a better place.This book was so cute. Grisha and Maggie (and other supporti [...]

    6. *I received an ebook of The Language of Spells in exchange for review.*The Language of Spells is everything I want out of a middle grade book. Like The Girl Who Drank the Moon, it combines childlike wonder and magic with adult conflicts and social issues, making it ideal for readers of all ages. The atmosphere of the book is cozy, exciting, and familiar, but I’ve never read a fantasy quite like this. For one thing, the backdrop of this dragon tale is our actual history, spanning hundreds of ye [...]

    7. I enjoyed The Language of Spells very much. The storyline was fascinating, but the narration style is the true magic of this book. Occasionally, the narrator addresses the reader directly; a majority of the text is a narration, but it is punctuated throughout by dialogue. Taking place in a seemingly parallel history to earth, the characters love in a world with dragons who intermingle with people though they are often discriminated against. Readers who love Newt Scamander's character with adore [...]

    8. This is quite a charming story about the friendship between dragon named Grisha and "human girl child" Maggie. Main thing to say about this book that it's not the kind of a book that can make a child read. This is a book for children which already love reading. It contains many deatiled and nice description of people, places and situations. It raises different kinds of problems, from the problem of remembering and forgetting to the problem of every kind of discrimination. It's quite smart, but n [...]

    9. Parts of this descriptive and sweet novel are truly wonderful-- for instance the descriptions of a dragon trapped in another form watching humans go about their daily lives are vivid and compelling. And the author is good at conveying a sense of place (Vienna, the dragons' forests, etc) and atmosphere. But there is a certain abrupt lack of transition and explanation that leave the book somewhat flat. You get enough to interest you in a story, but perhaps not enough to satisfy you, or make the bo [...]

    10. This book is beautiful and amazing and sweet and almost made me produce tears. Not quite, but almost. It's whimsical and serious at the same time, and the friendship between Grisha and Maggie is a living and lovely thing. The language and style is simple and vivid, really it's exactly as charming and great as the cover art.I give you my first and only friend. I was THIS CLOSE to tears.

    11. I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Chronicle Books.The Language of Spells is a middle grade novel about a dragon named Grisha who befriends a human child, Maggie, in Vienna. Dragons weren’t always confined to the city, and when Grisha and Maggie go digging into the past, they discover that there used to be many more dragons–and something terrible may have happened to them, something that no one in Vienna remembers.There are good and bad things about this book, a [...]

    12. This was a beautifully written fantasy novel about a friendship between a lonely girl and a lonely dragon. As the world gets more technological, and moves faster people stop noticing dragons, and dragons have begun to die out. A wicked sorcerer has called the last remaining dragons to Vienna, and forced some of them to work for humans and others he imprisons.Maggie is a human girl and Grisha is a dragon, they find each other in this quiet but lovely fantasy, and then they begin to work to free t [...]

    13. You might think a book about an 11-year-old girl and a hundreds-of-years-old dragon is a book for children. Oh, but this is a very special book. This is a book to be shared with everyone you love. Make no mistake. It is my pleasure to tell you, read this book! And then, at the end, read the beginning again! Make ready a treasured spot for this book to be when you are not sharing it with more people you love, and then people you like and then people you don't even know, because the greatest magic [...]

    14. I was able to read this book for free thanks to NetGalley.This was a rather cute and quick read! From the beginning, you grow very attached to both characters thanks to the detailed and tenderly presented narration. It has the feel of a fantasy novel, but, at its heart, it's a story about friendship and sacrifice. It's an adventure not just for children, and the ending might leave you a bit teary-eyed. Overall, it was an enjoyable read that truly had a sort of 'comfy' feeling. I'd recommend it!

    15. This was such a lovely MG read with cute illustrations and featuring everything I adore: dragons, magical cats, a curious girls, and a quest. It would be such a lovely read for any child or adult, and I can’t wait for readers everywhere to pick this up!Note: This e-ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. But thank you so much Chronicle Books!!!Rating: 4.5/5

    16. Mesmerizing. A masterpiece. Every bit as good as Gaiman's Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Nuanced and captivating for adults and tweens alike.

    17. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC preview of this title and would like to thank the publisher and author fit the privilege of reviewing this wonderfully rich-not only in the wonderful adventure, but in the gorgeous illustrations! Definitely a great read and My copy was digital I imagine a hardcover with these illustrations would be incredible. I may invest once it becomes available!

    18. A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    19. The Language of Spells is a quiet book, rather like the human protagonist, a girl raised by her poet-father and whose artist-mother died before she could establish memories of her. The magic side of the book is represented by Grisha, the dragon who was enchanted into a teapot and trapped for many decades until his final owner, who could sense his presence, made the sacrifice that freed him. The two protagonists encounter each other in modern-day Vienna and embark on a quest that will large heart [...]

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