4 out of 4 stars
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We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is a science-fiction/fantasy book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The mix of magic and science complement each other well. Adventure, suspense, and drama are all packed in the first book of the series.
The story begins with the protagonist, Galen Bray, a refugee leaving the Land of the Princes, a war infested island. He journeys on a ship to Magnum Caelum, a southern city in the land of Voulhire. He is going to inherit his uncle’s property and decides to start a new life there. Along the way, we learn how his life on the island was filled with struggles that humbled him. However, this is a contrast to the people of Voulhire. Voulhire is known for is expanding wealth due to successful businesses around the capital and throughout the lands. It is under the rule of King Wilhelm, a wise king. King Wilhelm’s friend, Lord Eldus Alderman, is appointed the new leader of Hillport. His mission is to help rebuild the town. The previous two lords of the town, Lord Orlin and Lord Meldorath, have dark pasts that hurt the citizens. It’s well known that Lord Orlin is dead. While Lord Eldus tells the citizens that Lord Meldorath is also dead, people are skeptical. Lord Meldorath is a powerful mage that used his sorcery for evil. He is still alive but quarantined away on an island surrounded by ships ready to take him down if necessary. What will he do next, if anything? You will have to read the book to find out.
Before the story begins, you will find a map of the land of Voulhire. I found it very useful to look at when all the characters described their locations. It’s great to be able to picture the path that the protagonist and his companion take throughout the book. When any author world builds, having a visual to understand the locations and proximities to each other is helpful.
The book has a unique way of organizing the story. There are no chapters in the book, but sections with a different character perspective. Galen Bray is the only one that Tysz writes in first-person. The other points of view are in the third person. This distinction makes one wonder the impact Galen will have on wealthy Voulhire despite his humble beginnings. Each section ended with suspense and more questions about what could happen next. This helped build mystery.
What I didn’t enjoy was that the book ended in a cliffhanger. Usually, in a book series, each book has a distinctive plot in addition to the overall story arc. However, each section in this book only added to the cliffhanger. It was still a pleasure to read, and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Due to mild sexual content and sensitive topics, I would recommend this book only to young adults and adults. It was also well edited. Overall, We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies is a book that you will not be able to put down. If you enjoy magic and science, this is the book for you. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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