4 out of 4 stars
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The waves of desire will always flatten the sands of the earth. In We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz, desire, valor, and power are served in the best silver plates. From a land full of succession debates and war, Galen, fortunately, immigrates to Voulhire. That journey measures his tenacity, but he's willing to do anything to find profound satisfaction. Finally, he arrives in Magnum Caelum, a city in Voulhire, where his uncle's forge was located. It's a tale about his encounter with trouble makers, the infamous and also noble inhabitants of this new world. It's all carved out of the exclusionary process of him becoming acclimated to a new nation. If you are not a suspense junkie, this may be as much pre-read analysis as you need.
Galen Bray is the main voice in this novella. He's full of an affable personality, always eager to find out something new. He takes the reader on a journey through Voulhire as he aligns himself with the traditions and new way of life. The plot is so complete that you'll envision the "Black Panther's Wakanda kingdom." Voulhire has a population that honors their king. In that loyalty, the confidence of the powerful, the humility of the ragged, and the agility of the wealthy are included.
Diffused in the pages, are themes of jurisdiction, allegiance, succession, authority, and love. Matthew covers the motifs in a balanced fashion. Each chapter showcases a topic, which is then covered adequately. Although the writing style is clear-cut and effective, I wish Tysz adopted a consecutive approach of unfolding events. For instance, after Bray's journey, his settling down should have followed.
I loved the transitioning and character buildup from the first page to the last one. It stood out most for me that Galen was an immigrant from a war-torn home, yet he was able to find hope in Voulhire and learn that human interaction was a major factor in that world's prosperity. Matthew's thesis aligned with my assumptions: technological advancements, wealth, and interests can either divide or unite us.
Having conquered the zeal to read Tysz's work, I'm now yearning to quench the thirst of drinking from the springs of the We are Voulhire series. Nevertheless, I found a few inconsequential errors. There are also instances of non-borderline profanity, and therefore I'd recommend this book to young adults or mature readers. My rating stands at 4 out of 4 stars. If you're grabbed into reading sci-fi and captivating works, then get ready to dive in deep.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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