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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 10 Jun 2019, 05:29

[Following is a volunteer review of "We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko" by Matthew Tysz.]
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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.

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Post by unamilagra » 11 Jun 2019, 12:26

This sounds like a fascinating series with a nice writing style. Hopefully the author cleans up the errors. Thanks for a great review!

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 12 Jun 2019, 04:53

unamilagra wrote: ↑
11 Jun 2019, 12:26
This sounds like a fascinating series with a nice writing style. Hopefully the author cleans up the errors. Thanks for a great review!
Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Post by Helene_2008 » 12 Jun 2019, 20:56

I read this book myself and know what your mean by "disturbing imagery"! I've liked the series so far and I really enjoy the characters of Galen and Demetrius. I'm excited to see what the story takes them.

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 13 Jun 2019, 03:43

Helene_2008 wrote: ↑
12 Jun 2019, 20:56
I read this book myself and know what your mean by "disturbing imagery"! I've liked the series so far and I really enjoy the characters of Galen and Demetrius. I'm excited to see what the story takes them.
Me too! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Post by inaramid » 13 Jun 2019, 05:08

It's good to see that the author seems to have more stories to tell in this particular series. I might wait for more of it before deciding to commit. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Prisallen » 13 Jun 2019, 07:56

This sounds like a well-described and written fantasy series, apart from the errors. Hopefully the author will get those fixed soon with editing. Thank you for a wonderful review!

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Post by briellejee » 13 Jun 2019, 08:40

Sounds like this book has great world-building and characters as well. Too bad about the errors though. Thanks for the review! :tiphat:
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Post by Bianka Walter » 13 Jun 2019, 11:07

Sounds like the author did a good job building these worlds. I love that :)
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 13 Jun 2019, 13:57

I really like good descriptions and world building. It sounds as though this book does a great job of that. Thanks for the thorough review!
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Post by Miriam Molina » 13 Jun 2019, 20:55

IIRC, the author is only in his twenties. That he writes these fascinating books is nothing but amazing. His books are mainly dystopian. I wonder what inspires him to create these worlds. I won't be surprised if Voulhire will become a household word like Hogwarts.

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 14 Jun 2019, 02:50

briellejee wrote: ↑
13 Jun 2019, 08:40
Sounds like this book has great world-building and characters as well. Too bad about the errors though. Thanks for the review! :tiphat:
Prisallen wrote: ↑
13 Jun 2019, 07:56
This sounds like a well-described and written fantasy series, apart from the errors. Hopefully the author will get those fixed soon with editing. Thank you for a wonderful review!
I really enjoyed it despite the errors. I just wish it didn't keep me from giving it 4 stars.
Thanks for reading and commenting! And please consider checking out the review I wrote for the first book in this series.

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 14 Jun 2019, 02:52

Bianka Walter wrote: ↑
13 Jun 2019, 11:07
Sounds like the author did a good job building these worlds. I love that :)
Great review!
sarahmarlowe wrote: ↑
13 Jun 2019, 13:57
I really like good descriptions and world building. It sounds as though this book does a great job of that. Thanks for the thorough review!
Thanks for reading and commenting! And please consider checking out the review I wrote for the first book in this series.

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 14 Jun 2019, 03:01

inaramid wrote: ↑
13 Jun 2019, 05:08
It's good to see that the author seems to have more stories to tell in this particular series. I might wait for more of it before deciding to commit. Thanks for the review!
I discovered the day after I submitted this review that the fourth book in the series has now be published, so I definitely encourage you to go ahead and give it a try.
Thanks for reading and commenting! And please consider checking out the review I wrote for the first book in this series.

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 14 Jun 2019, 03:05

Miriam Molina wrote: ↑
13 Jun 2019, 20:55
IIRC, the author is only in his twenties. That he writes these fascinating books is nothing but amazing. His books are mainly dystopian. I wonder what inspires him to create these worlds. I won't be surprised if Voulhire will become a household word like Hogwarts.
Thanks for reading and commenting!
I double checked his bio on Amazon,and it says he's 29. I agree, it's amazing what he's already been able to write. Depending on how the rest of the series goes, this definitely has the potential to become a well known series.

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