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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 entry in the fantasy series "We Are Voulhire" by Matthew Tysz. Basically, the reader is being introduced to a new world. There is even a glossary of terms, concepts and names at the end. However, it's not so different from our current one. There's industry in Virko, mining in Alcovia, fishing in Hillport, magic in Caromentis and a little bit of everything in the capital of Voulhire, the city of Soulhire - just to mention a few.

King Wilhelm Arcolo sits at the Capital. A lot is going on at the Castle in Hillport and he is faced with the challenge of coronating someone every once in a while to be Hillport's Lord. Meanwhile, Galen Bray gets a letter that evacuates him from the chaos and anarchy in the Lands of the Princes all the way to the tranquility and peace at Magnum Caelum. Here, he meets Malcom - the mayor - and Rowan, his uncle's executor. How much will his life change? King Wilhelm confers lordship to former judge Eldus Alderman and sends him to Hillport as it's redemption. Is he up to the task?

There's a lot going on in this book. The character development is quite commendable. My favorite guy is Galen. He can't believe his life has totally changed. Rowan takes him around Voulhire in the name of business and adventure; from Alcovia all the way to Yamon Soul. My second best character is undoubtedly Lord Eldus. He represents the very few leaders who want change for the common person and actually makes steps towards this. He is, to the disbelief of his subjects, a leader by example, compassionate and humble.

The plot also develops appropriately. The reader is able to clearly distinguish the different settings and how they keep growing and changing. Hillport, for instance, isn't even ready for what's coming, but you'll have to grab the book to understand why. No spoilers for now. The writing style is quite simple, thus making it enjoyable even to a younger audience. There's also some suspence at the end - making one to eagerly await the next book.

There's not much I disliked about this book. The only thing I disliked is the lack of major female characters. In my humble opinion, Beverly and Lady Charlotte represent the women, but not substantially. Matthew needs to use more women in this fantasy series and award them more roles and space. This would go a long way in making this series bigger and better.

The book is professionally edited. I found only two minor errors. I would also like to note the fact that my PDF copy didn't have page numbers. Anyway, this didn't distract me from my reading, though it might be distracting to another reader. Still, the above statements didn't give me any reason to reduce the rating, therefore I award it a perfect 4 out of 4 stars.

I dare say anyone can enjoy this piece of art. There's a religious town called Yamon Soul, but I don't think it may be inappropriate to a reader of any religion. There's a case or two of borderline profanity that isn't distracting. I didn't find any erotic scenes in Matthew's work. There are few violence cases which might not appeal to sensitive readers. Lovers of fantasy will find it most appealing.

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I also loved this book, absolutely worth the hype. Thanks for sharing👍
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Yay! You went back to the beginning!😁
"There's industry in Virko, mining in Alcovia, fishing in Hillport, magic in Caromentis and a little bit of everything in the capital of Voulhire, the city of Soulhire." This just about describes Voulhire.
The absence of female characters in this books was very glaring, and although this didn't distrupt the flow of the story, it felt like the book was missing some savour.
Nice review!
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I like your review as it brings quite well the essence of the book and the world its based on. Thanks for the insightful review.
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This sounds like an intriguing book. I agree that I would enjoy a book more if it had strong female characters in it. Thanks for your wonderful review!
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I wish Beverly's character to be more developed, she is intriguing! :) The book is a great premise, thanks for this insightful review!
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My problem with this book is the lack of female characters as well. I’m glad you gave it a full rating still. Thanks for this wonderful review!
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It's good to know that anyone can enjoy this work of art. Thanks for an in-depth review.
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Thanks for expressing your honest option. I also like Lord Eldus a lot, so it's a shame he couldn't make it.
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MarianaFigueira wrote: 14 Nov 2020, 13:05 I also loved this book, absolutely worth the hype. Thanks for sharing👍
Thanks for dropping by 👌
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AnnOgochukwu wrote: 16 Nov 2020, 08:27 Yay! You went back to the beginning!😁
"There's industry in Virko, mining in Alcovia, fishing in Hillport, magic in Caromentis and a little bit of everything in the capital of Voulhire, the city of Soulhire." This just about describes Voulhire.
The absence of female characters in this books was very glaring, and although this didn't distrupt the flow of the story, it felt like the book was missing some savour.
Nice review!
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AnnOgochukwu wrote: 16 Nov 2020, 08:27 Yay! You went back to the beginning!😁
"There's industry in Virko, mining in Alcovia, fishing in Hillport, magic in Caromentis and a little bit of everything in the capital of Voulhire, the city of Soulhire." This just about describes Voulhire.
The absence of female characters in this books was very glaring, and although this didn't distrupt the flow of the story, it felt like the book was missing some savour.

The "We are Voulhire" series keeps getting better, doesn't it? Thanks for dropping by and commenting 👌
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Slater678 wrote: 16 Nov 2020, 09:45 I like your review as it brings quite well the essence of the book and the world its based on. Thanks for the insightful review.
Thanks for dropping by 👍
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Prisallen wrote: 16 Nov 2020, 15:12 This sounds like an intriguing book. I agree that I would enjoy a book more if it had strong female characters in it. Thanks for your wonderful review!
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Ellylion wrote: 16 Nov 2020, 15:20 I wish Beverly's character to be more developed, she is intriguing! :) The book is a great premise, thanks for this insightful review!
She's quite the survivor that one. I liked her character as well. Thanks for your kind words 👍
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