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We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is a captivating beginning to his series. With constant character additions/adaptations and sneaky new plot lines, Tysz does an excellent job keeping each character's individual stories tied to the main story web.
The book begins with a glimpse into the history behind the lands and cultures of the Land of Princes and Voulhire. Galen Bray is a refugee from the Land of Princes, which is ridden with war and hatred, to a small town in Voulhire called Magnum Caelum. There to collect his uncle's inheritance, Galen is swept up by his new friends into strange adventures with mysterious outcomes. The king of Voulhire, King Wilhelm, is plagued by a fast growing but hidden revolutionary group with their hearts set on destroying Voulhire, a corrupt inside traitor with tremendous power, and a lie that none of the people really seem to believe.
Tysz creates a world in which the magical and non-magical live side by side: sometimes in peace and harmony, other times in fear and distrust. The structuring of chapters from different points of view and the alluring hooks into them keep the book connected and flowing smoothly. There is always more to the story than it may seem at times, and that information is conveyed in a thought inducing manner.
A beautiful thing about the way this book is written is that Tysz doesn't under describe or over describe. Every description, whether it be physical or a thought process, is shown to the reader rather than outright told to them. The balance between dialog and action is near perfect. Some of the uses of profanity, however, unfortunately felt very forced and unnatural. The book overall is a great read for those who love a world divided by magic, such as the Folk of the Air series or even Harry Potter. If you are looking for a more battle filled or action packed read, this book may not be the best one for you.
We are Voulhire is very nicely edited, and there were no grammatical errors or spelling errors that stood out to me. While there are no direct sexual scenes, there are the occasional explicit jokes or statements. I am giving this book a 4 out of 4 stars rating due to the professionalism and skill used to keep the reader buried in the story and constantly guessing what will happen next.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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