4 out of 4 stars
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While he was in the ship, Galen was uncertain about what the future held for him. He definitely hoped that Voulhire would accord him the peace that the Land of the Princes had failed to accord him. The passengers in the ship provided him with the information about Voulhire, which he needed to get started. However, neither the other passengers nor the revered old man knew about Magnum Caelum, where Galen expected to alight.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz deserves a rating of four out of four stars for its outstanding storyline and amazing plot development. It is also devoid of any grammatical mistakes and must have been edited exceptionally. The author told this story from different points of view, which alternated between the characters themselves and the third-person narrator. This stylistic technique enhanced the delivery of the story and reduced the monotony associated with reading a story based on the observations of only one person (either a character or the author).
Mathew Tysz was very kind to include a map of Voulhire in one of the initial pages of the book, which helped me to mentally monitor the activities that happened in each town or city. I could also easily trace the journeys covered by the various characters and even resonate with the span of time that it took them to travel from one point to the other. There is also a glossary at the end, which enhanced my understanding of Voulhirian terminologies.
What I liked most about this book is its originality. Tysz's ability to create a fantastically utopian country, where the political, social and economical aspects of people's lives existed mutually is very realistic. Therefore, I managed to fully blend into the lifestyle habits of each character and even mentally participate in their interactions - dialogue and other physical activities. The book almost sounded believable to me due to the flawless social construction that the author developed. His imagination and creative skills are very admirable and fit to be lauded.
There is nothing negative, which I may have against this novel. I recommend it to readers that like reading stories founded in the olden times; the use of horses as primary modes of transport or a nation where steamships are the most sophisticated forms of transport. People who also toy with the idea of magic will be enthralled by the potential held by anything which originates from Caromentis.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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