4 out of 4 stars
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This is the first book in the We are Voulhire series. It takes us on an adventure to a country called Voulhire. Galen is the heir to his uncle’s forge and estate in the next country of Voulhire. He grew up in the Land of the Princes where there has been an ongoing war for 20 years. It was a great joy for him to be able to leave his birth country. The journey to Voulhire was a tough ride but he pulled through. He arrived at Magnum Caelum where his uncle lived. After settling, he began the process of taking over his uncle’s smithing business.
A small town in the south by the name of Hillport has had two lords kick the bucket in the span of 6 months. These lords inputted fear and tension in the villagers. The first lord, Lord Orlin being a pedophile while the second, Lord Meldorath being a mage, performing forbidden practices. These practices made him feared by the villages with doubts of him dead. The King of Voulhire sent another lord, Lord Eldus to restore the town and bring forth peace and prosperity. But will Lord Eldus be able to restore the peace while a force looms in the shadows, plotting and scheming?
Matthew Tyszs’ way of storytelling is undoubtedly remarkable. His description of Voulhire was vivid and interesting. This made the book hard to put down. The story is divided into chapters where each chapter is written in the first person from the main characters’ pov. This made it easier to flow with the story without confusion. It also sparked a bit of suspense. I was eager to know what happened next.
The character, Galen strikes as a kind person. Although, his persona was not talked on in detail. His executor, Rowan is quite a humorous character. He had his flaws of being a sexist which made him less likeable. Lord Eldus showed a bit of naivety while ruling over the town. His lack of scepticism put him in the dark and most likely was the end of him. The antagonist, Lord Meldorath is portrayed mysterious. I couldn’t assert whether he was good, bad or evil. Hopefully, in the subsequent books, he would be shown in detail.
I only disliked a few things. The format of the book I received was not paginated. There was also a glossary at the beginning of the book which I find discouraging. However, I did not need to use the glossary but some words can be foreign to a few readers. Going back and forth while reading an e-book can be dispiriting. Also, the book cannot be read as a standalone. There would be questions hanging in the air at the end of the book. Nevertheless, I liked and enjoyed most of this short read.
I found no errors while reading. There wasn’t a lot of profane languages used though it was enough for the book to be read by only adults. There was also quite a handful of sexual-related parts. This book will be suited to adults who love a good book on imagination and magic. I strongly advice to not read if you do not like cliffhangers and books in a series. And on this note, I award We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies four out of four stars.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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