4 out of 4 stars
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Author: Matthew Tysz
Galen Bray is a young man of great humility and respect, born in a land full of cruelty and hardship. In the land of Princes where the King learnt of a plot by his four sons to overthrow him as ruler, the king formulates a plan and gives them each an island and an army to rule over but due to their selfishness and impatience, the four princes engage in a war that lasts for years and years while the inhabitants suffer on and on. Many including Galen migrate to a kingdom called Voulhire to start afresh and to salvage any form of prosperity they might attain. Galen discovers that his long lost uncle has left him some inheritance and so he begins his journey to a town called Magnum Caelum to further find out what is in store for him.
Lord Eldus, a highly respected man of honor and discipline, has been instructed by the king to bring Order and peace to Hillport, which has experienced a lot of suffering at the hands of its predecessors. But upon arrival he decides to further investigate the history of his predecessor's rule and how their influence has affected those who live in this town. His discoveries only further fuels his desire to attain knowledge of a kind from which there is no return. He like many soon realise how little they think they know about the past activities of their town and what lurks in the shadows.
A New Arrival under Great Skies has an amazing storyline, from the introduction it captures your attention and allows you to further inquisite the prospects of the book and the characters. Aside from Galen and Eldus, there is more to be known and to be read. Many characters are introduced to you which allows for more understanding of how each piece fits in together. For the length of the book one would expect that there wouldn't be any errors but I managed to find a few here and there, that shouldn't deter from an amazingly written book.
I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars based on the setting, the length, characters and how everything comes together. It is a well written book, and even the minor flaws do not ultimately affect the book in its overall capacity. The transition from first person to third person writing opens up creativity and also allows you to be in personal connection with the characters.
I would highly recommend this book to those who like medieval type books and those who like adventure, fantasy induced writing. Not all might like it due to how it changes from one character to the next but I would recommend it to anyone willing to give it a try plus the length of book is also an advantage.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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