4 out of 4 stars
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Perhaps Galen Bray was disturbed for how long he would continue in a hunger-stricken and poverty oriented land. The Land of Princes was a difficult place for him as it was prone to violent war and suffering. He was torn between opinions. Surviving in the Land of Princes or taking an adventure to Voulhire — a land unknown to him. Taking the adventure would mean breaking out of his comfort zone to attain the status of an heir in another kingdom, which he couldn't rely upon with certainty. All the same, Galen took the bold step and began the adventure when he gathered that his uncle had made him the heir over his inheritance.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is a fantasy/science-fiction novel that opens the floor for We are Voulhire series. There are nine books in the series. This very one sets the pace, starting from the movement of Galen from the Land of Princes to Voulhire. It further outlines how he landed in Voulhire and took over his dead uncle's wealth. The aftermath of his newfound status is also detailed in this book. Whether he would learn the art of blacksmithing and maintain his late uncle's wealth needs to be found out.
Galen really felt at home in the hands of Rowan who took him on a tour of all that belonged to his late uncle. Rowan was the executor of his uncle's wealth. Galen was very surprised by what he saw. Most importantly, he was reveling in his newfound position as a rich man.
The author started the book with a list of glossaries, and a map to aid the reader's understanding of what the book holds. This was pertinent as it would aid the readers to fully flow with the author concerning many places and characters mentioned in the book. Even with this in place, Matthew Tysz ensured the book was not fast-paced from the beginning. Rather, he began slowly to allow the readers to follow gradually what became of Galen in Voulhire, which would set the pace for We are Voulhire series.
As the story progressed, the author was able to relate the characters one to another, thereby setting the stride for an enjoyable read now, and in the sequels. However, the author did not give a good description of Caromentis and its magic. Perhaps, he reserved this for the series.
What I liked about the book was the lack of grammatical errors. This point to the fact the book was professionally edited. I also appreciate the foresight of the author to give a glossary at the beginning of the book.
There was no explicit sex scene and the use of profane language was mild. I would, therefore, recommend this book to adults who love fantasy novels. Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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