4 out of 4 stars
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We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko is the second book in the We are Voulhire series. Matthew Tysz in the first book unveiled the political wrangling, and the issue of governance in the Hillport town of Voulhire. In this second book, the attention is shifted to Virko which is the mainstay of the Voulhirian economy. The author started from where he left off in the first book of the series. However, there was the introduction of many characters aside from the ones in the first book but this did not take away the fact that Galen Bray still remains the main character.
Galen Bray, the protagonist, who started in the Land of the Princes, was now settled in Magnum Caelum. He has grown in a relationship with Rowan and Demetrius. This great tie amongst them ensured that the Galen's forge was working. On invitation, they visited Virko and witnessed the twist in the proposed agitation by the people of Virko for a capitalist economy.
Lord Venden was at the center of it all. As someone who witnessed the origin of Virko, he lived to see and ensure that Virko had the best. He selflessly worked towards the actualization of his desires. Even on his death bed, he was bent on ensuring that capitalism was enthroned in Virko. What became of his quest for a capitalist economy, and the reactions of the people for and against his move, be left for the readers to find out.
There were many themes like politics, power, and religion that were weaved into the main plot. The book started at a slow pace. This was perhaps the author's style of allowing the readers to be properly tuned to the book. The book is not structured into chapters, but with headings that open the discourse on a particular character. The narrative is in the first person of the character under consideration. Overall, there existed a rich relationship between the characters.
One thing that the author did to sustain the tempo of the book was to ensure that the readers are kept in suspense. In a way, he decided to make the issue of magic in the book a mystery. Perhaps that might be unfolded in subsequent installments of the series. Matthew Tysz ensured that readers think out the mysteries themselves and brace up for the new ones that may appear.
I like the way the author orchestrated the transition from the first book to the second. The book was professionally edited as I did not find any grammatical errors. However, the erotic scenes, and the use of profane language, make the book suitable for adults only. I recommend this book to adults, and those who love fantasy novels. Based on the aforementioned points, I gladly rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko
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