4 out of 4 stars
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With a mystical deposition filled with enchanting settings We are Voulhire A New Arrival Under Great Stars by Matthew Tysz casts the reader into a world consisting of mages, magical deities, holy Eiodis (priests), two separate worlds, and ordinary working people traveling through the magical world of Voulhire: where nothing is as it seems. By setting the chapters with names of characters, the author is able to draw great attention to details of vital settings in the story such as Magnum Caelum, Hillport, and Yamon Soul with effective use of imagery, character depiction, and dialogue. The story appears to center around King Willhelm who is trying to decipher how to keep the prosperous economic balance of Voulhire protected from enemies inspired by tribal ethics within its borders. The reader may feel as though they’re being transposed through a dreamworld filled with mysticism, chaotic happenings and unrelenting darkness. The intricate dichotomy of a world guided by time and space called the Cosmos vs. Caromentis: a world governed by the madness of every mind, the ordinary vs. extraordinary, and Mages set the supernatural tone of Tysz’s transformative Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel series.
In, creating an analogy of the seemingly ordinary world of the Cosmos with the extraordinary world of Caromentis, Tysz creates a dichotomy that enriches the story’s overall plot. In the Cosmos realm, Voulhire is a world known for its economic brilliance, keen working capability and structure, and monarchical rule. While, the Caromentis realm is the Voulhairian world of mages, magic, quartered physics, and unsung chaos. With that being said, the realm of the Cosmos is reality-driven with certain magical qualities allegedly hidden in its structure. Where-in, unlike its opposite: the realm of Caromentis is fully riddled with mystical enchantment, mystery, and chaotic order. In the text, the world of the Cosmos is described as ‘order that is defined by time and space’, while the world of Caromentis is described as ‘order that is defined by the madness of every mind'. The dichotomy of settings envisioned is vital to the story’s plot because it helps the reader to recognize a certain character’s journey with more context and ardor. Central characters like Galen, Rowan, and Lord Melodrath’s stories are elevated by the dynamic use of setting depictions and word choice.
As a reader, one may feel captivated by the intricate details interwoven within the lines of the page of text and dialogue. The first glimpse of proposed minor profanity enters the form of the word “Slut” on page 11. “Is he still running around with that slut” as said by the King’s Chancellor Midius Maido is used in a humorous yet casual manner. However, it’s the smarmy Chancellor of the Mianoran Knight’s line of dialogue regarding a woman’s appearance that would seem to capture the reader’s eye. The line, “Yet those tits were just as full as they are now,", as said by the Chancellor on page 13 appears to be the first use of clear profanity in the novel due to the way that the word, ‘tits’, is presented in the sentence. The novel has several examples of profanity inter-laced within its pages; of which add to the way that characters like Rowan and Midius Maido are shaped throughout the story.
Based on the reading alone, the novel appears to be professionally edited and is clean and simple to read and comprehend. On the subject of typos, there was not an exclusive amount to be found in this well-written novel. One could say that when certain characters speak, that a few words may sound misused or that a certain word could be used in a way that is out of context. For example, in the sentence, “I was sure he would be helpful to me and Rowan” on page 87; a simple word choice error is noted. The author may have intended to use the word ‘me’ instead of ‘I’ due to the way the language is used in the novel. The typo issues were minor and were noted as mostly punctuation and capitalization type of errors. Along those lines, there are only a few issues that have to do with subjective punctuation, grammar, and word choice; but no mistakes that keep the author’s intended audience from grasping the general plot ideas of the novel.
On the basis of my overall review score of We are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Stars, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel with its keen setting descriptions, historical character, action-based plot, and historic mysticism. By presenting the various cities and towns in the Kingdom of Voulhire and painting them in different lights with historical backgrounds, Tysz sets a descriptive juxtaposition between the seemingly ordinary magical capabilities of the citizens of the Cosmos and the extraordinary magical capabilities of the beings of Caromentis. Where-in by introducing characters who are different in many ways like Lord Melodrath and the young Blacksmith Galen, Tysz creates a world of mysterious intrigue along with witty dialogue that will keep the reader wanting to know more about Voulhire’s past, present, and future economic capabilities as a kingdom.
As a reviewer, my overall rating of We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Stars would be 4 out of 4 stars because the novel is an exhilarating read that will leave readers guessing about prominent situations with only a few word choice and grammar errors. The only thing that I took a bit of issue with was questioning the ending of the story and how it comes into balance with the rest of the story's plot. With that being said, the writing style used by the author is interesting, easy to follow, and leave readers wanting to read the next book in the series. The general plot, depictions of setting, and character arcs of the story are well thought out and will leave readers wanting to find out more about the mysterious yet chaotic kingdom of Voulhire. If a reader is young and prefers reading Science Fiction or Fantasy novels of a magical quality, I believe that taking notice of We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Stars would bring them a contemporary sense of historic mysticism and possibly evoke positive political interests within them.
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