4 out of 4 stars
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This is a great story which is mostly told from the perspective of Galen Bray, a citizen of the Lands of the Princes. The islands, where the four princes rule, have become a warzone as each of the princes of Lullabies compete to inherit their father’s throne. The lands have become havens of survival, devoid of happiness. After the demise of his great uncle, Galen travels to Voulhire, the land with a beautiful sky. He is the sole heir of his Voulhiric, great uncle’s business.
Voulhire is a happy, women-empowered society which thrives in magic and civilization. Voulhiric beliefs state that there are two parallel worlds in existence. The Cosmos is the physical, tangible world while Caromentis is the magic world, also known as the flesh of the mind. The cities of Voulhire are managed by lords. They are chosen by the Voulhire king. Riva Rohavi, the insurgents who dance as they wreak havoc, live in the underbelly of Voulhire. They seek to destroy the Voulhire dynasty. They are controlled by some power-hungry characters in the dynasty administration.
This storyline could make a great Disney movie. I love the beginning and the well-told stories within the main story. The plot is well-developed. The storyline is narrated from two perspectives. One is a general, third-person perspective and the other is the perspective of Galen Bray, who is the main character of the story.
The language of the book is descriptive and figurative. The author has a way with witty expressions, such as metaphors and interesting ironic similes. The best example is when captain Barcaedi refers to Lord Eldus’ disfigurement of the captain’s name to being as funny as a stillbirth, meaning it is not funny at all. Additionally, with the use of mere words, the author has succeeded in bringing inanimate objects to life, like the ocean that dares you to share in its freedom.
The characters are well-developed. Some have interesting attributes that will lure you to loving them. Galen is portrayed as naïve, but with a promising future. Meldorath is a villain whom Voulhirians consider with awe. His reputation is capable of causing mass hysteria. However, my favorite character is Midius Maido, the bisexual competitor for the throne, who always succeeds in infuriating the king. He is Voulhire's first knight and chancellor of the Mianora. He is a drama-queen who thrives in the attention he creates.
I most loved Matthew Tysz’s brainpower in bringing nature to life because it made the storyline more enjoyable. I did not like anything least, although the ending caught me by surprise. It felt like enjoying a cup of delicious tea only to realize the cup is already empty, yet you are not satiated. The book contains one profanity but no erotic content. I came across two errors.
I will not rate the book 3 stars because it is professionally edited and the grammar is top-notch. I rate We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies 4 out of 4 stars.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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