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We are Voulhire: Someone Else's End by Matthew Tysz continues the narration on the kingdom of Voulhire. This time round, Galen is getting on quite well with his uncle's trade. Demetrius and Rowan are by his side to help him where he may be faced with challenges. Demetrius has discovered a new potential about the stone that he is studying, a potential that he has used to save himself (Demetrius) and Galen from war.
Back in the palace, king Wilhelm is busy with a case, which has been named 'Shore against Soulhire.' The outcome of this case will determine Voulhire's fate incase the king's judgement does not go on well with the Emperor of Lullabies. Nartik, king Wilhelm's co-advisor, views this as an opportunity to achieve his dream. He views the king's hospitality as his greatest weakness and if taken advantage of, could make him - Nartik - the next king of Voulhire. However, he must convince the Mianoran council that is led by Midius Maido of his abilities to lead Voulhire. To do this, he needs one of the king's enemies, who has a similar agenda to his, which is killing king Wilhelm.
What I liked most about this book is its narration technique. Tysz told this story from the characters' shifting perspectives. Relevantly, he developed other parts of the plot from the third-person omniscient point of view. The effect of shifting perspectives not only made the book engaging for me, but also endeared all the characters to me. In as much as I found the main characters to be king Wilhelm and Galen, the other helping characters' roles in the story are equally significant. Characterized by murder, war and ultimately death, the author has been able to eliminate other characters but still continue advancing his plot without losing the reader's psyche or interest.
The inclusion of dialogue and humour contributed immensely in maintaining my attention. I enjoyed engagements between Meldorath and his acquaintances because of the philosophical path that his speeches frequently took. Quite uniquely, the author used profanity to bring in humour in the book, which I found very relevant and refreshing. It made the characters holistic by distinguishing their social classes and educational backgrounds. I was also able to distinguish between characters that came from noble families and those that were from a lower social class.
There is nothing that I did not like about this book. It is professionally edited and contains zero grammatical errors. This amazing work of fiction deserves a maximum rating of four out of four stars. I recommend it to readers who are interested in plot constructions that are in archaic scenes or old era. However,the only limitation is that one would have to read the first installment of this book so as to comprehend what happens in this second installment.
We are Voulhire: Someone Else's End
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