4 out of 4 stars
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We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies is the premier novel in the series written by Matthew Tysz. The story is about Galen Bray who left the war-torn Land of the Princes and moved to the Kingdom of Voulhire. The primary objective of his journey was not to run away from the war but to inherit a forging business bequeathed to him by his great uncle. He disembarked at Magnum Caelum where he met Rowan. his uncle’s executor. Instantly, the two became inseparable.
Galen thought he had found peace in Magnum Caelum but little did he realize that he had come to a land of simmering turmoil where magic was the major weapon of war. His newfound friend who knew Voulhire very well was always by his side to help him to acclimatize.
Although intended for young adults, this book can draw even older people into the author’s imagination. If you don’t like magic and horror, you better look elsewhere, but if such things don’t give you nightmares, you have selected the right book. The story skips from one Voulharian town to another and it may require a sharp memory to recall all those places. However, Tysz has included a topographical map that shows the towns involved. It will not consume much of your time to take a glance at the chart once in a while.
At the point of attack, the author introduces the main characters so independently that it leaves the reader wondering how they are connected. For example, there is no bridge between the first chapter and the second. That missing link somewhat slows down the story. Nevertheless, it does not take the whole book to see how the dots are connected. When the reader knows who is who, the pace increases and it is hard to put down the book.
I did not find typos and grammatical errors, which tells me that the editors did a professional job. There is no profanity or religious bias. The language, although not exactly the English in general use, is fit for the target audience. But for teenagers who like to read material meant for adults it may be a little hard to follow. For those who are older than young adults, it is even easier to understand. I hereby rate the book 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it for people who have an interest in the supernatural world.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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