4 out of 4 stars
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Escape into an amazing fantasy world in Matthew Tysz’s We are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies. The first novel in the We are Voulhire series switches between different points of view so the reader has an opportunity to learn about a wide range of characters, their relationships with each other and the various settings.
King Wilhelm has appointed Eldus Alderman to be lord of Hillport and to watch over the traitor Lord Meldorath. Hillport has had several unfit lords, and it is time they begin to build their community. Eldus, a just and determined man, will do everything in his power to help the people of Hillport. Lord Meldorath, an ex-general and powerful biomage, has been exiled.
The reader also meets Galen Bray. Galen heads to Magnum Caelum to collect his inheritance. He is eager to start a new life and tends to easily trust those he meets. He finds Rowan, the executor of Galen’s great uncle’s will, and befriends him. Rowan teachers Galen about Voulhire and encourage him to take risks.
There are enemies and fair-weather friends abound in this book. There is magic, family, friendships and death.
Some of you are thinking whoa information overload. While it might seem that way, it is not. Tysz does a tremendous job weaving character and setting descriptions into the story. His character Beth says it best, “This is a world where change didn’t just come at the snap of a finger; change had to be worked for, had to be planned and properly executed.” The detail and care Tysz put into this work seep through the pages. I would easily give We are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies 4 out of 4 stars.
There were so many wonderful aspects of this book. I had a hard time picking a favorite part. I enjoyed reading about Eldus Alderman and his family. The relationship between Eldus and his son Marshus was complex and realistic. It was interesting to see how Marshus’ tone and personality changed when he was interacting with his sister, Isla. The whole family clearly wanted to help the people of Hillport. I found myself rooting for their success.
This book has a lot of wonderful quotes and metaphors. The best metaphor in the book was the explanation of the world of magic, Caromentis, using rock paper scissors. Different fantasy novels deal with magic differently, this description clarified the various levels of magic and their destructive powers.
The only aspect of this book that irked me was the overuse of ellipsis. The ellipsis usually tells me something has been left out. When a character has these in their speech, I assume they have thought something that hasn’t been said aloud. However, I do not think a narrator should have these and definitely not at the rate that occurred in the novel.
I would recommend this to readers who enjoy fantasy novels and stories that develop a world. This story doesn’t focus on one character's triumphs but rather on the progress or regression of Voulhire. Other than the ellipsis issues, there were few editing issues that reduced the readability of the book. There is also very little erotic content. Not only will I recommend people read this book, but I am also eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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