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"In the lands of the Princes, it was death by the sword or slow starvation. I barely remember a time when I lived without war; I was little when it all started. And twenty years on, none of it changed." Let's meet Galen, one of the sons of the Emperor of lullabies, a mysterious emperor to humanity. When an opportunity came for Galen to leave the war-torn land, he didn't even consider the details. "I ran to the docks and waited, papers in hand for the next boat to magnum Caelum."
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies is the first entry of a fantasy series, in which divisiveness of imagination, science, and spirituality seems to have inspired the construction of the theme. We see politics nicely infused with religion and socialism amongst the people of Voulhire.
Matthew Tysz has a way of engaging his readers, the book is so descriptive, a little realistic, and somewhat fictitious. The character build-up is spectacular; we see those whose intentions are not benevolent, the likes of Lord Eldus, others like the Riva Rohavi who existed with the ambition of Voulhire's destruction. The Riva Rohavi is a rebellious organization whose particulars of savagery changed from one leader to the next.
I appreciate Matthew's ability to create a new world. Amazingly, he has drawn a map of the island of Voulhire which I repetitively referred to when the characters or the story moved from Soul hire to Voulhire to Hilltop or when Galen and Rowan traveled to Alcove in search of white steel metal.
I loved the character development. My most favorite was Rowan, though his intentions not clear, I loved his witty sense of humor, "Really Rita, after all the fun we have had together." That is how Gallen ended having his first meal in Voulhire. It is also impeccable how willing he was to help our naïve, chilled Galen. There is also Lord Eldus whose determination and passion is remarkable; Lord Meldorath whom I liked least because of the fear he instilled among the civilians, seems he will make an interesting villain in the coming books though. Oh! And Bartus, the wise informative old man. "It is not the world of Caromentis (magic world) you should be concerned about Eldus, Its Meldorath."
The book moves at a reasonable pace, others may deem it slow but this would be because it is introductory to the other eight in the series. The second in the series is, The Fires of Virko which I look forward to reading.
I rate We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies a 4 out of 4 stars because it is exceptionally edited. I did not find any distracting errors. It is coupled with reasonable profanity which would be offensive to a feminist and mentions but no scenes of erotic content. I thus recommend this text to young adults.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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