4 out of 4 stars
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Galen Bray, a refugee from The Land of The Princes, has finally found a home in Voulhire and is now running his uncle’s forgery. Magnum Caelum, the town from which he lives in, doesn’t have enough supply of iron to support his craft. Upon learning of iron availability at Virko, Galen embarks on a journey with his two friends, Rowan and Demetrius.
The developed city of Virko is changing its system of government from feudalism to capitalism. The ailing Lord Venden accepts Galen’s request in return for a favor. His only son, Folcro, has been dabbling into dark magic upon discovering its existence in their basement room. As a result, Lord Venden asks Galen and the company to rid the room of the demon, and prevent his son from falling into darkness.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko is the second installment in the We are Voulhire series by Matthew Tysz. Similar to the last book, the narrative shifts between the first person to the third person. Each chapter is clearly labeled, which makes it easier to keep track of who’s perspective it is.
I liked how this book kept me at the edge of my seat. In comparison to the previous book, the pacing was a lot faster in this one. The writing was fitting to the ancient settings. The character development still wasn’t apparent, especially with the main character, Galen. He hasn’t done anything significant yet, which was understandable given that this book was only the second in the series.
I disliked the lack of diversity in this book. For one, I have noticed that there isn’t a single strong female character. On the rare occasions that the book mentions a female entity, it is either in the form of a victimized citizen or some nobleman’s wife. Yes, they live in a traditional society, but I don’t think it is impossible to show diversity in here. Additionally, with a more diverse set of characters, we will be able to see interesting differences in perspectives, motivations, and power plays.
For the intricacy of the plot, and the flawless writing and editing, I assign this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I hope to see improvement with those issues I have mentioned further in the series. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure. If you’re interested, you have to read the previous installment first to be able to understand this one. Moreover, this text is not suitable for children because it contains plenty of vulgar languages, sexual references, and violent scenes.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko
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