4 out of 4 stars
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We are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is the first in the series of nine fantasy novels. The book is a science-fiction novel that introduces a platform for the rest of his upcoming series. It orients you in an alternate, fictional world Voulhire with a remote land of dreams, ruled by a king Wilhem. Voulhire land encompasses multiverse that will explore the magical world Caromentis that stocks magic and full of mysteries.
Voulhire was the kingdom of dark magic and a lot of political instability where good and evil stayed in tandem hand in hand. It remained in constant trouble by the enemies conspired in cold wars, including one of the closest friends.
The story starts with a young man Galen Bray entering Voulhire after he was escaped from the Lands of the Princes after it was war-torn. Galen arrives in the Magnum Caelum city, where his late uncle, Galen Onita, had left an inherited Onita Steel forge through his executor Rowan. Rowan anticipates Galen to settle in the blacksmith trade. However, he was not acquainted with the strange environment and a monarchical system of governance of Voulhire; he stays curious. He learned that the Midius Maido, the King Wilhelm, and First Knight of Voulhire, had a conflicting interest towards one another. King Wilhelm assigns Lord Eldus Alderman, a mayor to develop the State of Hillport and revamp from control from former mayors, Lord Orlin and Lord Meldorath. Galen, with Rowan, pledged to uncover the mystery of Voulhire. Galen’s intention to help to restore the land of the greatest wizards and warriors of history taken him on. The story further narrates the mission of chasing the rival group of the neighboring states who seek power in this world.
The author, Matthew Tysz, is a young, outgoing personality. Besides Voulhire, he has worked on several books, including “The Turn” series novels and a stand-alone novel: The Last City of America. Tysz’s writing style keeps a consistent pace and fantasy factor. He intentionally kept the fascinating stories unconcluded. The open threaded suspense leaves the readers to wait for what is next in the series.
This book portrayed Galen in a childish innocence. He possibly would be a lead hero in the successive series. The best approach in this book is Tysz included a map of the Voulhire in the introductory pages. He also provided a link (“voulhire-references” section on his page https://www.matthewtysz.com/) to lead you to the resource of common words, places, and historical matters relevant to the people of Voulhire. The Initial pages are slow-paced in building up the background, introducing the new worlds, characters, and the intriguing plot to the readers. Then the core tale picks up the narration where the scenes describe the extraordinary beauty, culture, celebration, feast, and festive moods that readers could visualize. Imaginations in the story were on par with famous episodes like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and similar ones, I often enjoyed. I am sure the twists in the story would surprise readers to take the ride of watching the events in black magic and tempted fights.
I found the book professionally edited, and it has utmost followed the grammar and punctuation norms. Some non-English words do exist. I presume they were intentionally used to the ground of story plot in an alternate world. The topic headings are meaningful to the theme of the story. I happily rate this introductory book in the series 4 out of 4 stars for its best opening to the Voulhire world. I rated it high because of the distinct efforts by the author in developing a strong base of the characters, together with the craft of an engaging storyline and a multi-faceted plot concept. The stories touched every aspect of love, politics, battles, culture, lords, psychology, humanity, adventures, and lastly, the dark magic. Overall, there is nothing I disliked about this book.
Some mild references to adult language and profanity in prose what suits in the context of the scenes, additionally the scenes of lurid violence, dark magic, stabbing, and killing are forming a part of the story. These factors refrain me from recommending this book to minors and weak-minded readers. I recommend this book to the sci-fi, mystery readers, and those who interest in magic and fantasy reading.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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