4 out of 4 stars
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Mystical money and motives unfold in this episodic fantasy adventure. We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is the first book of nine that embarks on the different perspectives of characters in the modern monarchy of Voulhire. Galen, King Wilhelm, Lord Eldus, and wicked wizard Meldorath, are just a few faces that reel the audience in on the wonders and disappointments this kingdom withholds.
The kingdom of Voulhire is nothing short of advanced, and behind the white marble roads and magical air, there is an unseen potential of what the citizens and authority figures bring. As the entities in this book are introduced, the author does a great job of guiding the reader smoothly without revealing the entire plot. To describe the pages as enticing and emotional would be an understatement.
I enjoyed how the author uses imagery and empathy to draw the good out of characters, making it all the more confusing on who the true “bad guy” is. There is a sense of realism that is often missed in fiction, and that was beautifully captured as if I was seeing the events unfold right before my eyes.
Each chapter produced an idea of what different classes and powers each person is capable of. Fully embodying the idea that the least magical of characters hold the most influence over others. The organization of the book creates an atmosphere of professionalism. Cliffhangers and questions keep readers immersed and anticipating what is next. The lack of typos is refreshing, and the editing and transitions do not break the stride of the story.
The story is suggested to be for more mature audiences, with its suggestive language and tone. It does not however feel forced on making anything too inappropriate. The only thing I did not enjoy in the book was the length of the chapters depending on each character. It just made me want to read it all to get back to my favorite.
This well-planned book could potentially become a series if requested, and I for one would be glued to my television screen. It holds all of the foundations for a wonderful fantasy while containing thoughtful surprises and plot twists. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars . I recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy and long stories. This book is not suitable for children or those of disdain for religion and magic.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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