5 out of 5 stars
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Matthew Tysz has written a complex fantasy book called We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies. The story switches between several important individuals, with Galen Bray, a destitute exile from the Land of the Princes, appearing initially. Galen begins the book by telling the tale of the four sons of the terrible Emperor of Lullabies, who he thought were scheming against him. The emperor awarded each prince a group of offshore islands as a means of satisfying the princes. Eventually, the princes engaged in combat with one another.
The series consists of three to four subsequent books after this one, all of which have already been published. Galen Bray's entrance in the first chapter gave the impression that he would be the protagonist of the narrative, but I was shocked to see that many other individuals appear throughout the novel, and the main conflict centers on the kingdom and the threat to its tranquility. Perhaps the complex backstories of all the other characters, including Galen Bray, provide the groundwork for a story that will develop in later episodes of the series.
The author told stories in this book from the perspective of one character at a time, which made me expect that those stories would cross at some point. I also liked that there was enough character development. The way the stories went on also made me curious about what will happen in the second installment of the series. The way the author depicted landscapes and some activities, like magic tricks, was also appealing to me.
The seamless fusion of the magical and natural worlds in this fantasy story makes it intriguing. Readers will experience learning about the beginnings, development, and relationship of magic with the outer realms. The characters were also expertly crafted by the author. They demonstrated faultless personalities, superb taste, and exceptional intelligence. Their arguments were made logical and helped to develop the second installment's central idea. I appreciated how the author used the book's distinctive format to imbue the characters with a sense of the storyline. The characters served as the primary plot devices in this 166-page novel as there were no typical chapters.
We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies has a score of 5 out of 5. There was nothing about the book that I didn't like. The book is compelling, as evidenced by the difficulty I had finishing it.
I advise epic fantasy series fans to read it. A mature audience would be appropriate for the book, given that the narrative included some reference to pedophilia and rape.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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