3 out of 4 stars
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We Are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko is the exciting second installment in Matthew Tysz’s We Are Voulhire series. Changes are happening in the industrial city of Virko. At the behest of Lord Venden, the city is transitioning into being run by a council of business owners and bankers instead of a noble sovereign. However, Lord Venden’s son, Hans (also known as Folcro), has plans of his own. At the same time, Galen, Rowan, and Demetrius travel to Virko to get iron for Magnum Caelum. While there, they learn of a dark secret hiding in the undercroft of Lord Venden’s manor. When it is revealed, what will become of Virko? In another part of Voulhire, Meldorath’s plans also move forward with a shocking death. What is his final goal?
Like in the first book, there is plenty of world building included in this book. It focuses on Virko and its history and also on Yamon Soul. However, this book has a lot more intrigue about what the characters are planning, and there is not as much revealed to the readers.
A lot of the plot focuses on Folcro and his plans and there intersection with Galen’s group. There are also regular point of view changes to what is happening in Yamon Soul with the Eiodi, the leader of the church. As I read this book, it was obvious that Galen is the everyman of the story, which made me even more curious about the role he will play in future books.
There were some very good descriptions, which let me picture the setting and what was going on. Some particularly good ones were describing Virko and the surrounding Virken Plains, like the city’s Gothic architecture, tall spires, and numerous smokestacks surrounded by the completely featureless land of auburn soil.
There were some violent scenes which were slightly more detailed than the first book, but it was still kept to a minimum. A few of these scenes had enough detail to invoke some disturbing imagery. Unfortunately, these were plot heavy scenes, so I cannot be specific without giving away spoilers, but I do think that most readers would be fine with them.
Unfortunately, this book needs more editing. The majority of the mistakes were missing or unnecessary commas, which did not affect my enjoyment of the book. However, there were some bigger mistakes, like a few times where a character was called the wrong name.
Overall, I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first and look forward to finding out what happens with the characters in the next book. Due to the editing problems, I can only give this book 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book and series to fantasy fans. Due to harsh language and some disturbing imagery, this is definitely not for readers under 18.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko
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