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Everything, no matter how great, is just a means to someone else’s end. Galen decides it’s now time to explore the capital city of Voulhire, to see whether its peculiar beauty will end his desire to adventure the remaining towns. We are Voulhire: Someone Else’s End by Matthew Tysz is the third book in the We are Voulhire series.
The author describes the Voulhirian Kingdom as weak and strong at the same time. Some weaknesses of the Voulhirian Kingdom include Wilhem’s generous heart and small mind that only focuses on helping refugees at the expense of his people’s safety while the Kingdom is gradually destroyed from the surface, for instance, destruction of Alcovia and Magnum Caelum by the Riva Rohavi. With an increased number of people possessing magic powers, Matthew’s argument that a person can only focus on either magic or physics is clearly seen in their acts of defense during attacks by their enemies, and this somehow strengthened their army, for instance, Meldorath defeats the Emperor of Lullabies with a bit more of advanced magic. However, those who only focus on physics are destroyed if they don’t run to safety.
The author further talks about insatiableness for power as well as patriotism in different parts of Voulhire, for instance, Meldorath manipulates Maido to crown Nartik as king of Voulhire, who will grant him access to the archives where he would retrieve notes of Javikun to help him teleport to the magic world. Despite their bad deeds to the Voulhirian Kingdom, Nartik and Meldorath still treasure and protect it from Emperor of Lullabies. Kayden of Virko also supports Alcovia in fighting the Riva because his town depends on resources from Alcovia.
The writing style of this book is thought-provoking because the plot of this story is unpredictable, for instance, when I thought that Meldorath was the only man feared by the Voulhirians then a new character, Emperor of Lullabies, who terrifies people more is introduced. This book is a fast-paced light read because of the few pages and action during wars in Voulhire. The use of descriptive words made me picture the scenes in my mind and felt like I was present in Voulhire with Galen, Demetrius and Rowan. The author picked the best choice of characters that fit the plot of the story well.
I really enjoyed reading this book but what I liked most was the twist in the outcome of the wars, for example, Meldorath saving the Soulhire from falling into the hands of Emperor of Lullabies, unlike my expectation of him helping the Emperor destroy it. The Riva running away when Kayden of Virko and his army of demons arrive to support Alcovia, unlike my expectation of the Riva staying put to fight. This book has 114 pages, and I could not find anything negative about it.
I rate We are Voulhire: Someone Else’s End by Matthew Tysz 4 out of 4 stars because it was professionally edited since i did not find typos, and the story had a flow. There were instances of non-borderline profane words but this did not interfere with my reading. I recommend this book to readers who like science fiction/fantasy with a bit of magic, adventure and action. If you don’t like murder scenes then this book is not for you.
We are Voulhire: Someone Else's End
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