The LanguageThieves is an exciting young adult fantasy novel written by Marc Remus.
Daniel Sullivan’s father just found a new job. So, Daniel, his father, and his mother who has been sick and unresponsive for a while leave Arizona and travel to a small Scottish island of Inverdee.
On their way, Daniel encounters the Cerebrals, an elusive tribe that drains languages from people’s minds, and who are somehow responsible for his mother’s sickness. Daniel is a bilingual who speaks English and Irish Gaelic. If discovered, he is likely to be attacked by the tribe and his language, or both, stolen.
Together with his friends Connor and Jenny, Daniel sets out to the Cerebrals’ village hoping to get her mother’s languages back. What they found out leads them to a far more sinister discovery.
This is an exciting and suspenseful fantasy book. It’s about family and friends, and what we are willing to do for them. It’s a combination of legends and modern technology and depicts preservation of traditions as well as embracing innovation. It has a set of delightfully charming characters like the stubborn and determined Daniel, skeptic but supportive Connor, smart and brave Jenny and the sweet and elusive Emily.
Scenes and settings are vividly described while dialogues between characters sound natural making the book an easy read that can be finished in one sitting. Needless to say, this is one very enjoyable book. However, the ending felt a little rushed and less conclusive than I hope it is.
Still, I love this book and I recommend it to fans of young adult fiction and fantasy books.