(The story of a peasant girl named Jhanette, who at the ag...)
The story of a peasant girl named Jhanette, who at the age of thirteen is visited by a saint and told she will be the savior of France, paints a portrait of both Joan of Arc and the medieval Europe in which she lives
Marcantel meticulously researched the life and times of Joan of Arc for her 1997 debut novel, An Army of Angels. The world at the time of Charles VII (the future King of France) and England’s Henry VI is depicted as a world of contrasts in Marcantel’s story as she retells the life of the young peasant girl whose faith in god led the French army into battle. Marcantel vividly portrayed the sumptuous setting of the court, she earned the praise of critics, who noted Marcantel’s Joan, or Jehanne as she is called in the book, for her human qualities and weaknesses. Booklist reviewer Margaret Flanagan wrote, “This richly textured narrative brilliantly revivifies the life and legend of Joan of Arc”. Marcantel weaves her extensive research regarding the legend and historical facts surrounding the Maid of Orleans into the tale, at the same time keeping Jehanne human without trivializing her devotion to God. Her another novel - V-Squad - set during World War II.
Currently, Marcantel works as a freelance copywriter and editor, she also continues her career as an author.