3 out of 4 stars
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We Are Voulhire: Someone Else's End is a third installation of the series written by Matthew Tysz. The series is sci-fi/fantasy fiction. I imagined it could be adopted into a television series. The author has a great writing style which switches from narrative to dialogue all the time. We get to experience the world through some of the important characters. Yet, for the most part, the author maintains the idea of an illusion that the entire story is told by Galen, I will explain why I was confused.
Galen comes from the destroyed Land of the Princes. He seems to be one of the very few survivors to have lived to experience the beauty of other cities. In his quest to experience Voulhire's aesthetic 'capitol', he gets his friends, Demetrius and Rowan, to accompany him. They together have a deep desire to head to Virko, to the palace, to seek help from the king. War ensues upon their arrival.Will their encounter be successful as the city gets attacked by dark magic and demonic creatures that destroyed the Land of the Princes?
I love that the novel is action-packed and mysterious. An assassin attacks king Willem during a court session that was to decide the city's future. The attack is both a work of the visible and invisible world at work. Spells, swords, spirits and martial arts are at play as we observe the action. The novel may be a dark sci-fi/fantasy but it is filled with warmth. It must have taken great skill for the writer to portray his characters (even those who carried out evil acts) in a warm way. The characters are full of sarcasm and witty jokes when they address each other throughout the book. An example of this hint of humor is in the conversation between Galen and Rowan where they were both arguing over perfecting Rowan's sword. Rowan says he doesn't want his sword perfect, he says this for the "10th time". The stubborn Galen replied, "for the 10th time" as well, that he wanted his "first sword to be perfect". The author's emphasis was necessary to create the dry humor in the conversation. The humor was enjoyable throughout the book.
My concern with We Are Voulhire: Someone Elses End is that it seems to have an old, church style setting. Such that you would compare it to the early centuries AD. The author even writes "my liege" to depict the era in language use, but I found that he portrayed this idea inconsistenly. Demetrius also explains preceding eras to Galen, and the current era they are in which reveals social advancements and its impact on the church. The advancement were not modern enough to have a 'capitol' that was built in modern building material and, in a world where people used swords and horses. The author lost me a bit with his switch of writing style. Although commendable, I sometimes felt like he would narrate, then Galen, then other characters as well. He should have removed himself from the narration. I noted only one typo on page 41.
I give the novel a 3 out of 4 mainly because of the points explained in the preceding paragraph. The novel is a page-turner and deserves a dedicated, imaginative reader. The reading audience can be anyone from 16 to 28 due to its highly animated demons and magic. The scenes are complicated enough to suit this demographic and for them to enjoy it. There is some use of foul language as well. (Capitol is spelled in this review as is spelled in the novel).
We are Voulhire: Someone Else's End
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