4 out of 4 stars
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The book "We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies" written by Matthew Tysz is a fictional story based on two worlds: Cosmos(human world) and Caromentis(magic world).The story unfolds slowly in the first sections of the book describing several characters and places situated in Voulhirian land.
A boy named Galen Bray travels from a war zone to a place named Magnum Caelum (Voulhire) during the year 180 of Common Era(CE) hoping for a better life with his new found identity. Wilhelm Arcolo is the King of Voulhire, leading it's people into the Golden age. Chancellor Maido represents the Mianoran council, who are responsible for choosing the right heir to the throne and keeping the King's rule in check. Dalehei Meldorath, magistrate of Hillport and a powerful mage, who once was King's trusted friend ends up slaughtering the Lords of Hillport. Eldus Alderman previously judge at the high forum of law in Soulhire appointed as new 'Lord of Hillport' after Lord Orlin's death. Riva Rohavi are the insurgents who want to end the Voulhirian rule which began since King Saint Idus.
This book lays the foundation to the cities of Voulhire and it's people who live in different circumstances and livelihoods. It creates the link between the Cosmos and Caromentis; "Magic itself after all, is nothing if not an invasion of that universe into ours". The storyline is continued in its successors and thus a part of the book seems incomplete. This book contains scenes of violence and bloodshed and is not suitable for young readers below the age of 13.
I would rate this book, 4 out of 4 as it kept me wanting to explore more about Voulhire and it's secrets. There are minor unintended typos which aren't found, unless it's read repeatedly. I like how the author switches from one city to the other and makes it feel like watching a movie. Overall it's a good read if you like reading series and be patient for the final revelation.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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