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I rate Matthew Tysz’s book “We Are Voulhire” – A new arrival under the great skies” an impressive 4 out of 4. It is a beautifully edited novel with smooth transition between characters and situations. The language used creates an atmosphere whereby you can almost see or feel the world of Voulhire being created around you. This is the first book in a series of nine books, an ambitious project by Matthew Tysz following in the footsteps of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Voulhire is a world full of richness and beauty as well as darkness and treachery, it will be an interesting journey to read the complete series when it has been finished.
Matthew Tysz introduces this first book as the beginning of an epic journey of hope and destiny with the emphasis on the growth of human nature in the face of temptation, greed and political manoeuvring. This is not an action novel and so it has a slow introduction to the character’s where patience is needed before the story line begins to develop. The contrast between the lives of the humans living in Voulhire is based on their abilities, those with god like magical powers and those with normal human powers such as natural cunning and intelligence. The different types of characters meld well together to create the almost believable atmosphere prevalent throughout the book.
One of the first things the author introduces into the book is the concept that the lives of the people on the "Islands of the Princes" can be defined either as absolute poverty or that of violence and death, there is nothing else. The reason behind this situation is directly linked to political intrigue and the complete lack of compassion for the population from the ruling classes of these islands. This creates the driving force for the main character’s journey, to escape the pain of poverty and avoid the need to fight (and most likely die) in the services of the warring princes. This is the motivation for Galan (the main character) to travel to Voulhire when he receives a stroke of good fortune. The story then covers his progression from a beaten down individual to a fully developed member of his local society.
Inter-spaced within the story of the main character is details of the ruling elite of Voulhire and the trials they face with corruption plus individualistic self-advancement. The King represents the firmness of government, while various governors representing the political intrigue between districts. The opposing force is provided by a dark mage but the question of his guilt or motivation is always hanging in the balance, is he or isn’t he bad. Like any good book series this question is never really resolved and keeps the story moving in interesting directions.
This is the first book in the proposed series and you do not need to wait if you find the book interesting since part 2 (The Fires of Virko), part 3 (Someone Else’s End) and part 4 (The Knights of Chalethire) have already been released on Kindle. This series is well worth the effort in reading and is developing extremely well in the books already released.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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