4 out of 4 stars
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The city of Virko, Voulhire’s most productive city, is on its way to a great change. Venden Hrelek, the city’s lord, decided that a captain appointed by the king would be better to run the prosperous city rather than its own lord. But as these changes start to take place, Hans Hrelek, Lord Venden’s son and successor, has his own plans regarding the industrious city. Unknown to all who reside in Virko, their city holds a great secret right in the heart of it. A certain form of evil is waiting to be unleashed, and it sits patiently for the right time to come.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko is the second book of the We are Voulhire Series written by Matthew Tysz. Following the events that happened in Hillport from the previous book, Galen Bray, an immigrant from the Land of the Princes and a blacksmith, together with his new friends Rowan and Demetrius find themselves traveling to the rich city of Virko. In there, Galen finds himself caught in the middle of the action of political changes and of an evil plan.
As with the first book of the series, the story’s theme includes science, faith, and magic. But this time, the book also includes politics and the schemes that happen behind the scenes when rich and influential men seek more power. I think this makes the book more realistic and relatable. I also like that the story has a different and otherworldly form of evil from the first book, but in the end, it is still humans who try to take control for their own benefit. Galen, as the main character, is a very innocent man to the point of being ignorant at times, but one can immediately see that the author has big plans for him. Aside from that, his character is also a stark contrast to the book’s dark and morbid motif.
The book follows different characters’ perspective and, just like in the first book, I found that this makes the character development a little slow. But even as it is, I understand that the plot wouldn’t unravel smoothly if it was written any other way. I also found some errors in the narrative although they are all typographical. For examples, a missing close quotation mark and misspelled words, but they don’t get in the way of enjoying the book.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The narrative is nicely written and easy to understand. Although this book takes place in a different city and has a different main antagonist than the previous one, I can see that the pieces of the story are now in the right place to come together for the third installment. I would recommend this to adult readers who like magic, fantasy and adventure books, but not to those who don’t like dark and morbid themes. The story also contains swear words and some gore so I wouldn’t recommend it to young adults.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko
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