3 out of 4 stars
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Young and innocent Galen, a refugee from The Land of Princes, continues his adventures in the land of Voulhire. In search of a fresh start to his new life, he seems to be incredibly unaware of the darkness rising everywhere around him and his companions. Galen is sent on a mission by the mayor of Magnum Caelum, his new home town. The journey takes them to Virko, the industrial city that is swearing to the name of modern technology. There, in between the ash-covered streets, they encounter a demon bonded by a complex man named Folcro. The events rapidly take a turn to worse, and in their desperate search of help, Galen and his companions reach towards the church. But is the church willing and able to save the city who so eagerly sacrificed God at the altar of technology? Meanwhile, Meldorath, the most wicked wizard of mankind, is quickly gaining more power. His biggest desire rests in taking over the throne of Yamon Soul, the sacred city. Will he succeed in his attempt to abduct the power from the Eiodi?
After finishing the second book of We are Voulhire series, titled We are Voulhire: the Fires of Virko, I found myself grown deeply fond of young Galen and his companions. I had to watch the poor boy unintentionally walking directly into the monstrous waves of evil that were washing over the land of Voulhire, and I was suddenly struck by the realization that I could not stop reading the series even if I wanted to. But it was not only young Galen who had managed to glue me tightly into my seat. We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko marched some new characters into the spotlight. For example, the oddly twisted but still somehow humanlike demon Sod, who in all his hideousness manages to awaken faint feelings of compassion in the reader’s mind. I believe, creating such adorable and plausible characters are one of the biggest strengths of the author, Matthew Tysz.
Another enjoyable detail worth mentioning is the author’s ability to create an excellent, well-structured story, yet with multiple thrilling layers. Matthew Tysz is unquestionably a gifted storyteller. However, there are other features in this book I was not remarkably pleased with. We are Voulhire: Fires of Virko contains quite an amount of violence and extremely brutal scenes. To my taste, it was slightly too much. As far as I know, every fantasy series has one book which is more twisted and macabre than the others. After all, the darkness must rise before the light can re-enter. However, with this particular story, I felt like the author was seriously stretching the boundaries of good taste. Recognizing myself as a sensitive reader, I was only able to finish this book by relying on the awareness that the darkness will pass.
I gladly recommend this book to every fantasy fan of legal age, with one exception: each sensitive reader should consider twice before opening We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko. I do not feel comfortable recommending this book to minors because of the massive amount of violence and several indications of perverted sexual affections.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko was edited flawlessly. I was able to locate only one typing mistake. As is mentioned above, this book also earned my full respect for the character development and excellent storyline. Regardless, I am willing to rate this book only 3 out of 4 stars. I cannot give a full rating with a good conscience to a book that consists of such a horrific amount of violence and dismal outbreaks of pure evil. However, I am looking forward to reading the story further and reaching the point in this series, when the time comes for the light to re-enter.
We are Voulhire: The Fires of Virko
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