4 out of 4 stars
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Murder, massive plunder and treachery are some of the thematic concerns that I encountered while reading We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz. The presence of mages such as Dalehei Meldorath and the belief of the existence of Caromentis made the book fictional. The author used several characters from Alcovia, Yamon Soul, Hillport, Magnum Caelum, Virko and other different places to bring out the descriptions of Voulhire.
At the beginning of the book, Galen Bray is moving from The Lands of The Princess to Voulhire to inherit the property of his uncle, Galen Onita, who used to live in Magnum Caelum before he died. Galen Onita was a craftsman. On his arrival to Magnum Caelum, he meets Rowan who was his uncle's executor. They go to some places in Voulhire together and Galen Bray notices the great difference between Voulhire and his former war-torn home. The book also has details of King Wilhelm of Voulhire and Lord Eldus Alderman who is the Lord of Hillport.
The author used the first person's point of view at the parts where Galen Bray was present and the third person's point of view in other parts. I really liked how Matthew Tysz switched the points of view and the vivid descriptions of events. I really appreciate the inclusion of a geographical map at the beginning of the book because it guided me on how the entire Voulhire was. It would have been hard for me to establish the location of various places had the map not been included.
What I disliked in the novel is the presence of too many characters. I had a hard time trying to memorize all of them. I hope that the next book from "We are Voulhire" fantasy series will have fewer characters. I would have liked the book more if it could only have Galen's story from the start to the end. There are many profane words that I think was not really relevant and this makes the book not suitable for young people. I recommend it to all Sci-Fi/Fantasy books lovers who are mature.
Matthew Tysz would not have been able to achieve the optimum thrilling experience had he not greatly used suspense. It made me eager all the time to know the next events as I was reading. I did not find any grammatical errors in the book and I therefore conclude that the book was professionally edited. Despite the few things I disliked about the book mentioned above, I think it will still be fair to give it a rate of four out of four stars because I enjoyed it immensely. Being left at a suspense as I finished reading the book, I will definitely read the other books from "We are Voulhire" fantasy series.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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