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[Following is a volunteer review of "We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies" by Matthew Tysz.]
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The Lands of the Princes is an empire that is experiencing an upheaval following a civil war caused by the four sons of the Emperor of Lullabies. Due to this, there is widespread fear because regardless of whether you were deprived or wealthy, you couldn't feel secure. After all, being wealthy made you a target for the princes because you were suspected of aiding the enemies’ troops. On the other hand, being poor meant you were likely to starve to death while living among the diseased.

This turbulent life is all that Galen has known. It’s no wonder that when a chance to leave his homeland presents itself, he does so assertively, despite the uncertainties that the long trip to Voulhire presents.

Voulhire is a state that is ahead of its time in terms of structural developments and economic progress. At about this time, Voulhire is ushering in a new era, the golden era, which will see Voulhire progress further towards its Utopian vision.

Beneath Voulhire’s extravagant exterior, Voulhire is a struggling nation, much like any other. You can’t call Hillport a grand city by any standard. Poor leadership offered by its two previous Lords has caused it to languish economically. Its people are uneducated, but they work harder than anyone else in the country. The Riva Rohavi, an infamous insurgent group, loves dishing out trouble to Voulhirian cities at unexpected times. Is this all the progressive nation of Voulhire has to worry about? or are evil machinations scheming a calamitous end for Voulhire?

We Are Voulhire: The New Arrival Under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is the introductory novel into the "We Are Voulhire" series. I was impressed by the presentation of the world of Voulhire. In particular, the cities, which have a vast cultural heritage that intrigued me. To illustrate, the city of Soulhire (Voulhire’s capital) is where you would find the gentry and the King’s castle. Yamon Soul is a religious city, which imposes stringent rules regarding visits. The people of Hillport are hard-working people, yet they live a simple life. This set me on an expedition of discovery where I felt like a tourist exploring the enchanted world of Voulhire.

Owing to the work that went into bringing the world of Voulhire into life, the book can feel a bit of a slow read, but the presence of fascinating characters brought the much-needed lightness into the story. For instance, Rowan is a creative character, who knows a great deal about Voulhire as a nation. He also has amazing intuition about a person’s motivations depending on which part of Voulhire they hail from. Rowan sometimes comes off as crude, but he is loyal. Marshus, Lord Eldus’s son, comes off as confident and a bit of a joker, but cloaked beneath this demeanor is a quiet intelligence that captivated me.

I mentioned enchanted while describing Voulhire earlier on. Yes, at its heart this story is a fantasy one, which includes magical elements. As this is an introductory book, there wasn’t much of magic, but the little that was there set the tone for what to expect in the other books, which I’m incredibly excited for. The ending was suspenseful, which left me with the desire to pick up where I left, but unfortunately, I couldn’t. I have no complaints about the book, including the quality of the editing. With that, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.

Lovers of the fantasy genre will be glad they read this book as I did. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for children due to occasional profanities and mature content. Also, there isn’t any offensive content that I flagged to make it an uncomfortable read based on individual beliefs.

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I agree, Tysz always manages to create profound and engaging characters :) Thanks for a great review!
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I enjoyed reading your review as it was both detailed and insightful. Good job and thanks for your recommendation.
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After starting with the second installation of this exciting series, I am currently reading this book. Reading through has made me plan to finish it as Soon as possible. Great work!
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The book was an awesome opener to the series. I am looking forward to reading the second installment. Thanks for an insightful review!
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I really loved this book. I agree with you that the author does a great job in illustrating the land of Voulhire. Great review 😊
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The books in this series sound very exciting. Great review!
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Ellylion wrote: 21 Aug 2020, 05:01 I agree, Tysz always manages to create profound and engaging characters :) Thanks for a great review!
I agree with you. Personally, I find myself drawn by his style of narrating
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Vic Chimezie wrote: 21 Aug 2020, 09:44 I enjoyed reading your review as it was both detailed and insightful. Good job and thanks for your recommendation.
Thanks Vic, I appreciate it. Do give it a chance some time if you haven't already, I'm certain you'll love it
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LuciusM wrote: 21 Aug 2020, 13:32 After starting with the second installation of this exciting series, I am currently reading this book. Reading through has made me plan to finish it as Soon as possible. Great work!
Wow, I hope you were able to follow along with the story. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the book as much as I did. Thanks LuciusM
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rahilshajahan wrote: 21 Aug 2020, 16:18 The book was an awesome opener to the series. I am looking forward to reading the second installment. Thanks for an insightful review!
So far I must say I love the groundwork that he has established for this series. I have high expectations for it. Thanks Rahilshajahan
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Cazrichmond wrote: 21 Aug 2020, 18:15 I really loved this book. I agree with you that the author does a great job in illustrating the land of Voulhire. Great review 😊
His world building is amazing Cazrichmond. I'm glad that we have a common appreciation for that aspect. Thank you
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Elvis Best wrote: 22 Aug 2020, 16:52 The books in this series sound very exciting. Great review!
I'm really stoked for this Elvis! You should dig in whenever you can too, I'm sure it'll be worth your while. Thanks for stopping by
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I loved the cities as well! They were so unique and perfectly portrayed the diversity of the kingdom. It's a shame you found the book a bit slow at times because I wouldn't have complained if the author gave us even more detail on the world.

Thank you for the review!
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azidy wrote: 28 Aug 2020, 14:29 I loved the cities as well! They were so unique and perfectly portrayed the diversity of the kingdom. It's a shame you found the book a bit slow at times because I wouldn't have complained if the author gave us even more detail on the world.

Thank you for the review!
For me, that was the strength of the book. Matthew's creation of a world you can get lost exploring and discovering unique aspects about them, which was fascinating for me. Also, I like that you loved reading it that much. Thanks for sharing!
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