4 out of 4 stars
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Welcome to the land of Voulhire! This is a dark world where wars are sometimes fought over territory, and where many people have magical abilities. Our main character, Galen Bray, leaves his homeland after inheriting a business from his great uncle, in the town of Magnum Caelum.
After arriving in Magnum Caelum, Galen meets the executor of his great uncle's estate, a street-wise young man by the name of Rowan, who is described as light-hearted and friendly, but who also appears to get himself into mischief and is not always highly regarded by other people that he meets.
Together, Galen and Rowan travel the countryside in search of unique metals in order to produce high quality weapons at the forge inherited by Galen.
In the book We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz, we are introduced to a wide range of characters, each with different but related objectives:
We have Wilhelm, King of Voulhire, who has the best interest of his kingdom at heart, but who must not disclose a critical secret in order to maintain peace in his lands. He desperately wants his son to ascend to the throne in his place, however, his son may not be the best candidate.
Then we have Eldus Alderman, a man that has been appointed as a Lord in the town of Hillport. One of his main priorities is to restore peace of mind to the young children of that city, after suspected abuse at the hands of the previous Lord.
"We are Voulhire" is a sentence printed on the gold coins that Galen is given, once he reaches the city of Magnum Caelum. This is where the title of the book comes from.
The book mentions the existence of two worlds: The Cosmos is the physical world. Caromentis is the magical world. It was mentioned that there are kingdoms and empires in both of these worlds. People from one world are sometimes able to cross over from one world to the other.
Much like a serial television program, the story stops at a place which leaves the reader to wonder what will happen next. There are many distinct possibilities or directions in which the story may play out. By doing this, I feel that the writer is guaranteed that readers will want to return to see the story through to its end, whatever that may be, in subsequent books in this series.
This book would be appropriate for readers of almost any age. However, there is a slight hint of sexual suggestiveness, along with a fair amount of profanity, so some parental guidance may be advised. The story would be of interest to anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy, alternative realities, or even a good horror story.
What I like most was that the author has graciously provided a reference guide to words and phrases that are used throughout the book. It may be advisable for the reader to read through this reference, before actually starting the book, as there are many terms that may be unfamiliar. Another option might be to have this reference guide open, in another window, in order to look up the meaning of words while reading. There is nothing that I disliked about this book.
The book was professionally edited and I noticed no errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar. Therefore I will have to rate this book as 4 out of 4 stars.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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