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An alternate world called Caromentis looms in the shadows. Some men can use physics to teleport. All this and more make for a dangerous place in the kingdoms of Voulhire and Soulhire. We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is just the beginning of an epic series. In a world where kings rule and mages run amock. Follow Bray Galen as he takes the place of his uncle as a forger. Is Meldorath the powerful mage dead? King Wilhelm has a troublesome kingdom, to care for, but will his kind heart be enough to save and satisfy his people? What is Beth to do here, in a new world, with the mysterious hooded man? Read We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies, and accompany these characters, and more on a great adventure.
I loved this book! The story was fast-paced, never dull, and it was pleasantly unpredictable. Having imagined the plot on the outset of the story I thought it was understood who would die in the end. I was wrong, all along! For everybody who reads fantasy novels, whether it is dark fantasy or epic adventures, in this narrative you will never know when one of the main characters may be offed. Also, the characters though many are unique and amusing. The reader is never confused as to what is happening in the story, and I was never muddled as to who I was reading about.
The book seemed to be set in an era of knights and castles yet the author has artfully given it a modern touch. For example, when one of the characters addresses her father, she simply says "Hi Dad". I thought it was a nice change instead of the usual stuck-up greetings exchanged in such stories. Still, Tysz did add formal greetings when they were necessary.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies has one particular prime character who narrates the story. The book has all the other principal character's perspectives presented in an orderly fashion. Although this is an amusing read, it did have character deaths, for all those who may not like this beware. I love epic adventures/fantasy novels and loath sad stories with a passion. Matthew Tysz does not seem to be going in the indicated direction, but he does kill a few people for realism. I was holding my breath hoping some characters would make it, but sadly they did not. If you like page-turning excitement then this book is a must-read. For all those who like books by Brandon Sanderson, We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies is a must-read. The author has written five books in the series, and he has promised four more.
The story is exceptionally well-edited which was a bonus. A few issues will be pointed out for the author privately as they may have been done on purpose. Otherwise, it seemed to be a flawless text. The solitary thing I wish was different was the mention of some taboo things and some language. I recommend a mature reading audience. I cannot give this book anything less than a full rating at 4 out of 4 stars. For such a recent author like Tysz, who is now one of my favorites, he has created a fantastic unknown world for all to enjoy.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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