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[Following is a volunteer review of "We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies" by Matthew Tysz.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is the first book in the We are Voulhire series. This fantasy universe is born of magic, mystery, adventure, and something perhaps more sinister. The author puts an original spin on many common fantasy elements which are intriguing and exciting to read.

Galen Bray, who comes from the Lands of the Princes, travels to the country Voulhire to take over his great-uncle’s forge. He finds himself settling into life in a small town named Magnum Caelum. Here, Galen meets Rowan, the executor of the great-uncle's will, and the two quickly become friends as Rowan passes along his knowledge of this mysterious new land. The reader is able to experience this new world through the first-person perspective of Galen and follow his journey through Voulhire. Alongside Galen's story, we discover that the country is fighting potential political unrest and rumours of a powerful and terrible mage. Unable to trust even his closest advisers and friends, King Wilhelm tries to implement his aspirations alone.

There was so much I liked about this book. The universe that the author creates is incredibly immersive and completely captures the imagination. The clever and well-placed humour throughout the book was particularly refreshing as so many books miss the mark in this regard. The novel is also full of interesting descriptions and exciting events that keep the plot moving, and the reader engaged. I could not put this book down.

There was barely anything to dislike about this book. However, I hope we will encounter more female characters who play integral roles in the plot as I felt that this book was lacking them. Additionally, the book is quite short, which was marginally frustrating as I completed it almost too quickly. Despite this, the length of the first book is not necessarily a negative when one considers how We are Voulhire is a nine-part series.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars as it is an exceptional read and evidently professionally edited and formatted. I was only able to find one error in the entire book, but it was minor. I would recommend this book to all those interested in fantasy or medieval period novels. There is some profane and sexual language used so I would not recommend this book to younger readers. I am excited to read the rest of the series, and I encourage others to lose themselves in the world that Matthew Tysz has built.

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I have had the opportunity to read this book and I enjoyed it. I'm glad you liked it! Great review.
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Thank you for your review! So glad you enjoyed this book as well. It truly is interesting. Personally, I think the books just get better. The pace is great as well.
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Thank you for the great review. I also loved the world-building in this book. I hadn't even thought about how there weren't really any strong female characters yet, but your absolutely right. I hope that is something that changes in the later series installations.
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It seems that the immersive fantasy setting is this book's best aspect. I applaud the author for such detailed preparation. Thanks for your wonderful review!
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RayRuff wrote: 01 Mar 2021, 03:14 Thank you for your review! So glad you enjoyed this book as well. It truly is interesting. Personally, I think the books just get better. The pace is great as well.
In that case I look forward to reading the next books! Thanks for the comments.
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Nqobile771 wrote: 01 Mar 2021, 01:27 I have had the opportunity to read this book and I enjoyed it. I'm glad you liked it! Great review.
Thanks for stopping by!
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CozyBookCorner wrote: 01 Mar 2021, 10:39 Thank you for the great review. I also loved the world-building in this book. I hadn't even thought about how there weren't really any strong female characters yet, but your absolutely right. I hope that is something that changes in the later series installations.
Yes, hopefully we will see some more female characters as we read further into the series. It only makes me more motivated to read on.
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PeterRabitt20 wrote: 02 May 2021, 12:40 It seems that the immersive fantasy setting is this book's best aspect. I applaud the author for such detailed preparation. Thanks for your wonderful review!
It is definitely one of my favourite things about the author's work! Thanks for the comments.
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It is a new world. I have finished reading this one. I did notice that some parts had Harry Potter and the philosopher stone movie feel to it. And yes, It does lacks female characters. Thank you for an informative review!
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Kavita Shah wrote: 02 May 2021, 14:50 It is a new world. I have finished reading this one. I did notice that some parts had Harry Potter and the philosopher stone movie feel to it. And yes, It does lacks female characters. Thank you for an informative review!
That's an interesting comparison to Harry Potter, I hadn't considered that but I can see what you mean. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 😊
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WADonnelly wrote: 02 May 2021, 15:06
Kavita Shah wrote: 02 May 2021, 14:50 It is a new world. I have finished reading this one. I did notice that some parts had Harry Potter and the philosopher stone movie feel to it. And yes, It does lacks female characters. Thank you for an informative review!
That's an interesting comparison to Harry Potter, I hadn't considered that but I can see what you mean. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 😊
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The author’s creativity is amazing. I’m glad you liked this first book in the series, and I really enjoyed your review. I’ll have to keep an eye out for your take on The Fires of Virko!
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I have read this book a while ago and I was totally blown away by the authors imagination and creativity. I would have to agree with you that it felt almost too short, but luckily there’s many more parts to this series.

Thanks for a nice review!
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MsH2k wrote: 02 May 2021, 23:48 The author’s creativity is amazing. I’m glad you liked this first book in the series, and I really enjoyed your review. I’ll have to keep an eye out for your take on The Fires of Virko!
Thank you for your kind comment. I'll be sure to get the next review out soon!
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