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We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies is the first in the series. It's a great fantasy story written by Mathew Tysz. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. The novel deserves such rating as it is interesting and immersive.
Although the story's setting is entirely fictitious, it feels very real. The navigations between the lands can be very well understood. A reader would come across the detailed map at the beginning of the story. The adventures of the characters also gives us a firsthand experience of what each land looks and feels like.
The first character is Galen Bray, a young man who grew up in the Lands of the Princes. The Lands of the Princes is a turbulent place which had wicked rulers and was always experienced war. When Galen had the opportunity to leave, he rushed to the docks in order to get on the boat. He was so eager to go to another land.
Galen spent a week and half on the journey to Magnum Caelum, one of Voulhire's cities. His great uncle had arranged for him to come to Voulhire so he could live a better life. He met Rowan, the executor who helped his great uncle to find him. Galen and Rowan became friends and began their adventure together.
Voulhire apparently had its own troubles. There were powerful mages who uses magic and tricks to manipulate people. One powerful mage was Meldorath. He was a major threat to the cities of Voulhire which were Hillport, Alcova, Yamon Soul, Ballerhal, Virko, Chalethire, Soulhire, Odaiamar and a few others.
Odaiamar had dancing warriors known as Riva Rohavia. They were ruthless killers who can wipe out every form of existence. The ironical characteristic of theirs was that they danced while killing the people in other Voulhire cities.
Galen and Rowan found a strange rock and they had to let a monk accompany them. The monk was called Demetrius. The trio traveled together, met with opposition and unraveled mysteries.
The book is a perfect one for anyone who wants to experience another reality. It also educates the reader about certain possibilities. It helps to view imagery in the best ways possible. The novel makes us aware of the fact that imagination has no boundary.
A world with strong characters developed from scratch is a very creative piece. Matthew Tysz has effectively pulled this off. It is totally worth reading.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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