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[Following is a volunteer review of "We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies" by Matthew Tysz.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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We are Voulhire: A new arrival under great skies is the first installment in the We are Voulhire series, written by author Matthew Tysz. The extensive plot, detailed world-building, and fleshed-out characters create an epic fantasy novel that combines both science and magic.

In the war-torn Land of the Princes, we find our hero, Galen Bray. His long lost uncle, who lives in the prosperous kingdom of Voulhire, is dying and searching for an heir to his steel forge business. Galen immediately journeys to the little town Magnum Caelum, where his new life awaits him. Voulhire is a flourishing kingdom, but some harbor sinister motives, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their selfish goals, even if it means leaving destruction and devastation in their wake. Lord Meldorath, a powerful mage with selfish ambition, overthrows the lord of Hillport, taking control of the town. In retaliation, King Wilhelm has him arrested but has his kingdom believe the mage to be dead. Lord Alderman is then sent to Hillport to bring the town back onto its feet. Amongst these events, Galen must find himself and the role he has to play in the future of Voulhire. What do the ambitious plans of Lord Meldorath entail? Will King Wilhelm be able to keep the powerful mage incarcerated for long? What does the future hold for the kingdom of Voulhire?

Firstly, the excellent writing and impressive world-building sets up an exciting reading experience. With this novel, Tysz proves that he is a force to be reckoned with in the fantasy genre, displaying his talent on every page. The format consists of chapter headings, indicating which character the focus will be on. What is interesting is that the author will use the first person viewpoint when Galen is featured, presenting him as the lead character in the story. Then in other chapters featuring other characters, he will make use of the third-person viewpoint. Despite this change in style, the narrative is still easy to follow along. Since the novel features a large cast, I couldn't mention all the characters, but even so, it was easy to keep up with the plot. It might be a bit slow-paced in places, but it leads up to a suspenseful ending that had me on the edge of my seat.

This brings me to my second point and one that some readers might dislike. Matthew Tysz has a very distinctive writing style where he will abruptly end his novels, leaving quite a few loose ends that still need to be tied up. These loose ends come into play in subsequent novels, and it can take some time to find closure for particular events. With this in mind, I advise readers to be prepared to read the entire series to fully appreciate the unfolding of events and character development, as you will not find enough with just one installment. These points I've mentioned did not deter my reading experience in any way, and I absolutely enjoyed the novel from the beginning to the end.

Lastly, this novel explores some sensitive topics like perversion and also includes some vulgar comments, although the author does not go into detail. This, along with the use of profanity, makes the novel unsuitable for a younger audience. It is worth taking note that the Voulhire world mixes spirituality and religion with magic, and some religious readers might be sensitive to this.

Taking all this into consideration and since there was nothing I personally disliked about it, I am happy to rate this novel 4 out of 4 stars. It is obviously professionally edited, and the writing, complex characters, and world-building are praiseworthy. I recommend this novel and series to avid fantasy readers. "Now that he has conquered the road on which he stands, he must decide in which direction he will go."

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I read this book too and found it to be wonderful. I I also agree with your rating. Thanks for the great review.
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I read this book and I appreciated the world-building, so as soon as I can find the time I'm reading its sequels! Thank you for your great review!
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This installment laid a good foundation for other subsequent series. I agree with you on the author's writing style. It was extremely impressive. I enjoyed reading your review.
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Mr. Tysz does have a distinctive writing style. I'm not sure I could keep up with all the characters. However, I have read quite a few positive reviews about this book. Must be he's done something right. Thanks.
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I read this book sometime ago and this was a great read for me, too. I enjoyed reading the review from your perspectives. Thanks for the great review! :)
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I find switching POVs quite off-putting, so I'm glad the story is still easy to follow despite this narrative choice. Thanks for this review!
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I read this book and I agree, this has an amazing world-building. Thanks for this insightful and well-written review!
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Saint Bruno wrote: 03 Nov 2020, 01:45 I read this book too and found it to be wonderful. I I also agree with your rating. Thanks for the great review.
I'm so happy to know you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for reading my review! :tiphat:
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NetMassimo wrote: 03 Nov 2020, 06:11 I read this book and I appreciated the world-building, so as soon as I can find the time I'm reading its sequels! Thank you for your great review!
I'm sure you won't regret it. Thanks for stopping by Massimo! :tiphat:
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Fabulous mind wrote: 03 Nov 2020, 11:05 This installment laid a good foundation for other subsequent series. I agree with you on the author's writing style. It was extremely impressive. I enjoyed reading your review.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your feedback! :tiphat:
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kandscreeley wrote: 03 Nov 2020, 19:23 Mr. Tysz does have a distinctive writing style. I'm not sure I could keep up with all the characters. However, I have read quite a few positive reviews about this book. Must be he's done something right. Thanks.
He definitely deserves all the positive feedback. Thank you for taking the time to read my review! :tiphat:
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Erandi Ekanayake wrote: 03 Nov 2020, 23:00 I read this book sometime ago and this was a great read for me, too. I enjoyed reading the review from your perspectives. Thanks for the great review! :)
I'm glad you enjoyed it too! Thanks for your kind words Erandi Ekanayake! :tiphat:
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inaramid wrote: 04 Nov 2020, 02:01 I find switching POVs quite off-putting, so I'm glad the story is still easy to follow despite this narrative choice. Thanks for this review!
Tysz did a great job of making it easy to follow along. Thanks for taking the time to read my review and engage. :tiphat:
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lavenderbooks20 wrote: 04 Nov 2020, 06:22 I read this book and I agree, this has an amazing world-building. Thanks for this insightful and well-written review!
Thank you for your awesome feedback. I really appreciate it! :tiphat:
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