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We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies is a fictional story written by Matthew Tysz. This novel occurs in a fictional world where magic exists. There are two worlds described in this novel; Cosmos, the physical world, and Caromentis, the magical world.
For many years, Galen suffered poverty in a foreign land. This all ended when an executioner gave him the documents necessary to travel to Voulhire. It turns out that he is the nephew of a rich blacksmith from Magnum Caelum. After arriving, he got acquainted with the town's mayor and the executioner. From then on, he decided to study how to forge. During his journey to find a material, he stumbled upon a unique stone. Together with his newfound friends, Galen investigated the secret of the stone.
Lord Eldus Alderman is a newly appointed Lord of the town of Hillport. He began investigating about his predecessors. He was particularly interested in Lord Meldorath. Meldorath was a powerful mage that even the king feared. He was previously a general who commanded a powerful army. Suddenly, he decided to quit and asked the king to appoint him as Lord over Hillport. What will be the outcome of Eldus' investigation?
I find the novel quite entertaining. The world-building is interesting. I enjoyed reading about the history of their world. Although fictional novels like this are quite common, it did not prevent me from enjoying this book. Galen is an interesting character. His upbringing made him appreciate what his uncle left him. He is also humble, kind, and somewhat ignorant. His curiosity is his best trait. I feel like there is more to Rowan's character than what he let on. I am curious as to what he will turn out to be. I also appreciated the author's way of writing. He wrote Galen's character in the first person while writing the rest in the third person. Because of this, I get to see the world of Voulhire in Galen's perspective while knowing what happens to the other characters in the sideline. I also liked how the author separated the world into two. This novel also tackled some sensitive issues like pedophilia. I appreciated it and I applaud the author for handling it well.
Overall, I rate this novel 4 out of 4. I didn't find any errors which led me to believe that this is professionally edited. Since this book is under the We are Voulhire series, I am curious as to what will happen next. This novel contains profanity and some sexual content. As I mentioned above, this book tackles sensitive issues that may not be appropriate for younger readers and those who are sensitive to it. I do recommend it to others who like fictional novels about a magical world.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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