4 out of 4 stars
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If wishes were horses beggars would ride one. What if dreams came true? As you ponder your thoughts let me introduce you to the Kingdom of Voulhire that boasts of its wonderful cities, Virko dark and prosperous, Soulhire it's the capital city with a magnificent history, Yamon Soul a holy place, Magnum Caelum, Ballerhal,
Gallador, Chalethire, Iseron among others. Each contributing economically with different activities such as fishing, blacksmith, mining, artwork i.e. painting and statues, masonry, and others.
Young Galen grabs a rare opportunity to venture out of the Lands of the Princes, which is prominent for war and anxiety. He sails, into the unknown land of Voulhier to the city of Magnum Caelum, where his uncle resides. In spite of the looming danger of sea waters and an unstable ship, he prefers the voyage than the alternative of going back. Among the passengers is a disheveled old man with long frizzled hair and a scraggly white beard, full of wisdom who once was a tutor for Lord Meldorath, Wilhelm's general who resigned to Hillport. As they sat attentively listening to his tales, it's a wonder What awaits them in the unfamiliar land, Will each of them find what they seek, or Will the wonders overcome them?
It's not only in the Kingdoms but true to the current World where children's view of success and career differ greatly from their parents, as opposed to following their footsteps. It is ideal to narture the talents of children if they are positive, so as to bring the best in them.
Politics plays a major role in the continent. Two calibers of politicians are brought out. Those interested in working for the benefit of the citizens whereas others seek attention, wealth, or power. Bringing to light how citizens sometimes are driven by the political enticement of their leaders, who have mastered the art of attracting crowds.
The different ideologies between city-bred and traditionalist are clear. One is a go-getter always wanting more the other is satisfied with simple amenities, wealth is not a necessity. Unlike most places where wealth is adorned, Magnum Caelum's largest building is the Church with the bank being the smallest. Somehow giving an impression of where their heart is. In our current society, more emphasis is allocated to acquiring wealth.
Yamon Soul opens on all days but Sunday, the gates of Val Eve were open only on Sunday. If you had business in the holiest of districts on any other day, you had to explain yourself to the Vilendrian Guard, this is quite controversial especially it being the holy land where one should be able to seek God anytime.
The author speaks of the Cosmos, the physical world, and The Caromentis. Simply put, it is the magic world. That coexist in this land it's interesting to learn how they fair on with time.
The beauty of each city is amazing from the pristine homes, unblemished landscape, paintings, ancient gardens, walls with gold engravings, among others exhibiting the great tourist attraction of this land.
It's ideal how the writer starts with an elaborate map of Voulhire citing different towns with a link guide to common words, places, and historical matters relevant to the people of Voulhire. These insights come in handy while reading.
I enjoyed the flow of the book as different characters and stories were introduced. The mystery and suspense are mouth-watering. The editing is superb. My only shortcoming was how the writer left the conclusion of most stories to the reader's imagination. But it being part of a series with five books available the answers might be a grasp away. I gladly award it four out of four stars. I highly recommend "We are Voulhire" by Matthew Tysz to the mystery and suspense lovers, historians, and those seeking adventure.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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