4 out of 4 stars
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Wherever there is power, there's a high risk of corruption. Especially when that power comes with a prosperous land to govern. The world created by Matthew Tysz in We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies is not the exception. Once upon a time, a king had four sons with rightful claims to the throne. To prevent rebellions, he decided to grant them their inheritance while he was still alive. I don't know if he was wise, or just plain cunning, but his choice kept the peace in the capital of his kingdom. I know, however, that the princes were a little too greedy (and a little too stupid) for their own sake. It didn't take long before the peace was over in the lands they ruled.
The contrast between the war in the princes' lands and the peace in their father's kingdom soon created dramatic differences in the lifestyle of the inhabitants of those lands. Galen is a man raised in the middle of that war. An unexpected turn of fate takes him out of his homeland and leads him to a completely different life. Magic, drama, and rumors of war serve to spice up the story.
The novel is the first book in the series "We are Voulhire." Just as the author described it, it is like watching the first season of a tv show. Admittedly, I thought it was going to have a slow plot. I am glad to say I was wrong. The narrative is entertaining, and it even made me laugh a few times. My favorite chapters were those written from Galen's point of view. There was something heart-warming about them.
There's a link to a reference guide to words, places, and historical references at the beginning of the book. It was useful, to an extent. However, I would have liked to have the guide in the book instead of having to open the link whenever I wanted to consult it. It was slightly annoying.
The book is professionally edited, at least in my opinion. It isn't perfect, but I didn't find a lot of errors that distracted me from the plot. Objectively, they were not enough for me to take a star from my rating of the book, so I'll grant it four out of four stars.
If you like stories that involve magic, politics, wars, and a fair share of slice-of-life scenes, this novel might be the right one for you. However, I have to say it contains profanity and sexual mentions. Nothing to be worried about, but worth mentioning anyway, just in case there's an underage public.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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