Source: From Librarything Early Reviewers Program and Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
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 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
If it has been a while since you read a Middle Grade book, you should go find one and read it. There is something about that MG authors just get and they pull you into a world and you fall in love with the characters and everything just pulls at your heartstrings.
The Language of Spells is one of these books. It is about a dragon names Grisha and also about a girl named Maggie. The reader meets both of them and follows their lives for a bit before these two wonderful characters even meet each other and start unfolding a beautiful plot.
They live in a World of Magic, and there are magical things and no-so magical, normal world things. If you happen to be a human and want more of the magical world you can give up what you treasure most - money, time, or your most dear things to become magical. This book was a twisty road of past meets present and the magical and non-magical things and it was so wonderful to read.
I loved this world, it was wonderfully whimsical and sometimes very sad, and it just blew me away. I found myself crying a few times throughout and really loved this whole book. That being said, it takes quite a while to get up and running so it is a slower read then most MG books, but the time it takes to get there is a pleasure.