4 out of 4 stars
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And my boy Folcro is back! I have to start like this because I was missing him so much. There is so much happening in this book that the cliffhanger in the last installment is justified. So, welcome to my review of the sixth installment of the We are Voulhire Series, The Flesh of the Mind, written by Matthew Tysz.
Right off the bat, we are introduced to Lady Angela of Cridaea. Remember the Riva Rohavi? They came to terrorize the town of Cridaea only to be stopped by their very skilled archers who were captained by Lady Angela. After Meldorath's disappearance into Caromentis, the Emperor of Lullabies didn't waste any time at invading Voulhire. His humongous teleporting black ships hover over all of the major cities and towns of Voulhire. His inhuman shadow-like minions reached the city of Souhire, claiming a peaceful takeover of Voulhire. Being the badass he is, King Nartik stabs the shadow in the face and declares war on the emperor. Lady Angela also receives the takeover message of the emperor through his shadow ambassadors. Much to her criticality and wonder, she doesn't believe any of the words uttered by these faceless shadows. She travels to the city of Ballerhal to set some barricades up and find some allies to face the emperor's invasion, incase it turns violent.
Where is Galen, Demi, and Rowan? Our beloved trio has broken up. Galen is floating in the magical land of Caromentis, hoping to find Meldorath, who Galen believes is the one guy who might have a chance against the emperor. Feeling that the only safe spot is Diamora, Demi and Rowan head to the heart of the Dire Vine Jungle. Diamora is the secret academy of the Mianoran Knights, where the once chancellor of Voulhire, Midius Maido, thrives. Maido requested Demi's help for tutoring the young knights at Diamora, so that one day he may claim back his position at the Mianoran Council. Demi and Rowan think Galen is dead. Akistry prophesized the coming of a witch to battle Demi in the previous installment of the series. Who is this witch? Who are the allies Lady Angela might find? Are they the same? Will Galen bring Meldorath back to save Voulhire? Read the book to find out.
To all those who criticized the series for its lack of female characters, behold yet another strong one. Lady Angela of Cridaea is the sister of Rowan. Rowan's archery skills are the efforts of his enigmatic sister Angela. Being the captain of the archers at Cridaea and having married the mayor's son, she holds a powerful position in the council of the town. It's her critical thinking and brave action that saved her city from the Riva Rohavi. I also liked the arrival of Folcro as late as it may seem. He entered at the right moment wielding the right powers to impress any of the worrywarts such as myself. I commend Tysz on his ability to find the most opportune entry moment for Folcro. His storytelling abilities are top-notch in this installment as well, bringing the highlight of the book towards the end.
Considering the aforementioned points, I would rate the book four out of four stars. There was nothing to dislike in the book. The book was professionally edited. I found one minor typo which didn't hinder my reading experience. There is the presence of mild sexual content in one of the chapters. There is also a fair share of gore and profanity. I would suggest children stay away from this book. I recommend this book to all thriller-fantasy fanatics out there.
We are Voulhire: The Flesh of the Mind
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