4 out of 4 stars
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We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is a fantasy novel set in a semi-medieval era filled with magic and suspense. It has various POVs out of which only one POV is written in the first person, and that is of a war survivor by the name of Galen Bray, who risks everything to start a new life in the world of Voulhire. The other POVs include those of the King of Voulhire, the head of the prestigious Mianorian Council, a respected Lord, a powerful mage, and the head of the main resistance group, the Riva Rohavi.
Even though there were multiple POVs, the story flowed very smoothly and provided a rich background as well as an intriguing plot. The lives and fates of the various characters intermingled and crossed each other, as they chased their ambitions. And there were a lot of ambitions in the book. Each character was brought to life very nicely and contributed solid storylines. The whole feel of the book presented a medieval air as it was filled with historic castles, knights in shining armor, wizards, and blacksmiths.
The first half of the book was more focused on establishing the setting and giving life to the characters and their backstories. The plot started to pick up steam towards the latter half of the book, and that was the best part as it was quite a page-turner. The twists were unexpected, and I was racing to find out how the story ended. The descriptions were enchanting as well, and I felt the story was unique and compelling.
The dialogue was stilted at times, especially those of one particular character’s, and left an unsatisfactory aftertaste in the mouth, but other than that, the storyline and the characters were well-executed, and it was a fast read.
I rate We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz 4 out of 4 stars as it was an excellent first part of the series that laid out the foundation very well and left the story at such a position to compel the reader to want to read more. Even though many characters were introduced, it was not overwhelming at all, and each character’s narrative was fleshed out. The editing was exceptional as well.
It would appeal to readers who love fantasy and books containing magic and political intrigues. There is minimal swearing used, but it is explicit. There are no explicit sex scenes in the book.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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