4 out of 4 stars
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If you enjoy losing yourself in a world entirely different from the one you live in, one where magic can make anything happen then this book will meet all your expectations and exceed them. The author, Matthew Tysz, depicts a world of several universes and realms. Cosmos is the physical one, where humans and mages, magic wielders, live together. Voulhire is situated in it, it is a prosperous land on a brink of a golden age.
The books opens up with Meldorath, an incredibly powerful mage, the general of the king Wilhelm. Under the accusation of vile experiments on humans, the mage presumably took his own life en route to trial. Soon after, the fast-paced story introduces righteous Lord Eldus, trying to revive the city Meldorath lived in, young and naive blacksmith Galen, cunning knight Maido, leader of the Mianoran Order, the dancing terrorists called Riva Rohavi, among others. Seemingly unrelated characters find themselves wrapped up in a fight for power and survival, all under the shadow of the mighty mage.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies is a compelling book, first in the series of nine. I was enthralled with exciting battles involving magic and touched by the relatable display of ordinary human lives. The interchange of various and quite different characters, plus the enigma of Meldorath, makes the reader glued to the book.
I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars , due to the amazing and thrilling narrative, a kaleidoscope of characters, from good-hearted workers to sly politicians and powerful mages, and the masterly use of language, albeit archaic. Furthermore, I liked the way Tysz chose suitable expressions to convey emotion and describe the setting- e.g., The black marble under his feet was so shiny that the clouds, lit to a gentle beige by the evening sun, cast a crisp reflection across the floor.
I would not recommend We are Voulhire to underage readers, due to violence, slight references of explicit scenes, and a few profane words. The only negative aspect of the book is the sheer amount of unfamiliar information to comprehend, from the names of many characters and locations to the way magic works and the history of the Voulhire itself. It does require a lot of effort to take it all in, but fantasy lovers will eventually be rewarded with a spellbinding story. The book was professionally edited.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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