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Emperor of lullabies has four sons who are not conspiring to kill each other but to overthrow their father and divide his kingdom equally among them. So, the wise and crafty emperor gave each of them one of a small chain of islands off the mainland of his empire. Also, he gave each of his sons a small army and lots of weapons to defend their holds from invaders. Soon, the princes are at war with each other and the lands of Princes are in constant chaos and blood baths.
Galen Bray has met with an opportunity to sail away from these lands of war. The great uncle he never knew he had, has left him his forge in a faraway land. Now, Galen who only knew survival in the lands of Princes has to carry on his uncle's legacy. Even if he doesn't have the faintest idea about forging, he has to learn. Fortunately, his uncle's executor is there to teach him the basics of forging and help him navigate this foreign land, known to all as 'Voulhire'.
King Wilhelm Arcola is Voulhire's ruler. Like any other great kingdom, Voulhire too has enemies. If anyone can be dangerous than a pedophile, it's Meldorath. Meldorath is the most powerful mage, and he has a grudge against King for betraying him. Riva Rohavi are the descendants of people who didn't bow down to the rule of the first Voulhirian King. Both these enemies are powerful and are a threat to the kingdom and its ruler. So, how will their tale unfold?
WE ARE VOULHIRE: A New Arrival Under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is the first book in We Are Voulhire series. This is not a long tale and consists of only 138 pages. It is fast paced and I'm sure you won't be bored for a single moment while you're reading it. Since the storyline captivated me, I went through it within a single day.
What I liked most about it was the way the author kept readers on their toes. Other than the few characters whom you could predict were gonna be evil from the beginning, it was full of unexpected twists. Since I can't give you spoilers, I'll just warn you to expect the unexpected when you embark on this journey. Also, the character development was great and inclusion of humor made it easy to sail through heavy, serious situations.
I liked everything about this book except the use of profanity within the context, which didn't appear to be much appropriate. We've only heard about the use of formal languages during the reigning periods of kings. So, this might appear awkward to certain readers. But, in fantasies, since there are no limits for authors, you can't find fault with the author. But there was one instance on page 20 where the statement “your uncle paid top dollar for me” was not valid for the story as the currency used were gold and silver coins and not dollars.
Aside from the above-mentioned error and another error of a missing word, this book appeared to be professionally edited. Therefore, I can award it a 4 out of 4 stars as character development, storyline, and everything else appeared to be immaculate. This read will be perfect for fans of sci-fi, and fantasy genres and those who like to read books about mages and magic. But, if you're not fond of bloody scenes, massacres or any sensitive themes, then you'd better skip this. Also, it's better if young readers are not reading it, because there's mature content included.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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