4 out of 4 stars
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We Are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko is the second book in the "We Are Voulhire" series by Matthew Tysz. It introduces us to the progressive city of Virko, a heavily industrialized town, which is a powerhouse for the Voulhire economy. Virko has a stark contrast when compared to the other towns in Voulhire: At the onset of autumn, the oak trees in the Virken plains where Virko is situated are the first to acquire the red pigment but are the last to lose their leaves.
The beginning portions of the title gives us the historical background of the city of Virko. We are introduced to Lord Venden, who was the first person to move to Virko and single-handedly built the entire city. His son, Hans, is not popular among the people of Virko despite his status because he rarely leaves the house, but he is a gifted violin player. As Lord Venden’s conditions worsens due to an illness, he decides to relinquish sovereign rule in the city rather than leaving the responsibility of ruling Virko to his troubled son. Was this a wise move for Lord Venden?
Galen, Demetrius, and Rowan head to Virko in a bid to solve their challenge of acquiring raw materials following the seizure of Hillport by the Riva Rohavi, which led to the loss of their consignment of the materials needed for Galen’s new blacksmithing business that he took over from his deceased uncle, but their trip to Virko unravels discoveries regarding the house in Rendenhide (Lord Venden’s home) together with the Lord’s son. What will Galen and his team discover in Rendenhide, and how will this discovery impact the city of virko?
I loved the beginning of this book. It was brilliant that the author chose to introduce me to this title with the onslaught that I witnessed. That alone left me contemplating the significance of that incident, like whether it was a foreshadow of what would happen in the later chapters. One could draw some interesting parallels between that incident and the events that occur later in the book.
Another thing that I liked is that there weren’t any loose ends in the plot as it transitioned from the first book to this second book. This title doesn’t pick up immediately from where the previous stopped, but it does continue with the narration. The characters were also given ample character development, including the new characters that were introduced in this book.
There isn’t anything that I disliked about this book. Reading this title was a satisfying experience for me. Errors were minimal in this book. The only caution I wish to put across is targeted at younger readers due to occasional profanities. Children should avoid reading this title as there are several disturbing scenes in the narration. I rate this title 4 out of 4 stars with a hearty recommendation to lovers of the fantasy genre.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko
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