4 out of 4 stars
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We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko by Matthew Tysz is the second book in the fantasy series set in the kingdom of Voulhire. This installment focuses on the industrial city of Virko and the governing changes that are happening there. The Lord of Virko has sent a highly unusual and insistent request to King Wilhelm, the sovereign of Voulhire. The proposal is to cease noble sovereignty in the city of Virko and replace it with a group of civilians, business owners, investors, and bankers. Ever the accommodating and fair king, Wilhelm grants this request and unknowingly places Virko into nefarious and greedy hands.
We meet up again with our friends Galen, Rowan and Demetrius from the first book. Having arrived in Virko to claim some steel for Galen’s hometown of Magnum Caelum, the friends are unknowingly about to be thrust into the chaos that's brewing. Demetrius, who's a monk and imbuer for the Eiodi, grew up in Virko, senses malicious darkness overlaying the city.
Meldorath and Folcro also continue in this book, meaning no one is safe. Evil from everywhere is bearing down on the unsuspecting people of Virko. What follows is not only a terrifying and horrific fight for control of this industrial metropolis but maybe all of Voulhire.
I very much enjoyed this book. It was much grittier and darker than the first one so I felt it paired well not only with the backstory of Virko but vibed with the Gothic architecture and characteristics of the city and its people. We were introduced to some exciting new characters, both protagonists and antagonists, Lord Kayden being one. His character was so tortured, not being able to live the life he wished for. Nonetheless, he tried to live the life expected of him with much aplomb and I found myself rooting for him. We also get to know and appreciate the character Eiodi Gadesh, the head of the holy church. What a fantastic character, he brought some virtue and lightness to the book that balanced well with the evil and immoral attitudes of other characters.
I found the character development for the main players well done and the background story of Virko effectively explained. Matthew Tysz has become one of my favorite new authors and I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see where he goes with this. It appears to be professionally edited as I didn't perceive any errors. I liked everything about this book, therefore I'm rating it 4 out of 4 stars.
This book is for readers who relish fantasy with plenty of action and sorcery. I suggest reading the first book in the series so you have a basic understanding of the storyline, places, and characters. This book is darker than the first novel so sensitive readers need to take heed. Along with blood and gore, there is depraved behavior by some characters.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko
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