4 out of 4 stars
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We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies is the first book of the series by Matthew Tysz. It is a thrilling tale about knowing evil, being a witness to it and eventually becoming a part of it.
Galen is a young man who grew up under significant restrictions. He is from the Lands of the Princes where errors are met with either immediate death or methodical torture. He is set out to become the new owner of his late uncle's steel forge in Voulhire, in order to fulfill his uncle's dying wish. Galen is pleased to leave behind the war and poverty in his homeland and start a new, peaceful life. He does not know where he's headed but he feels that everything will be alright as long as he leaves the Land of the Princes.
Meanwhile in Voulhire, King Wilhelm ordered Meldorath to be executed. He was caught carrying out despicable experiments on people while he was the Lord of Hillport. Powerful and wicked Lord Meldorath had the whole citizens of Voulhire panick-stricken. Suddenly there were rumours stating that Meldorath is still alive. At the same time, King Wilhelm had appointed Lord Eldus as the new Lord of Hillport. Lord Eldus had made it his mission to heal Hillport from the wickedness that once engulfed the town. Little does Eldus know what a momentous responsibility he has undertaken.
With this book you enter a world of historical adventures, magic and betrayal. It has an extensive plot and detailed world building. The description of every character, their surroundings and the overall scenario is very detailed. You feel as if you are present at the location and everything is happening right in front of your eyes. The book is written in third person point and first person point (Galen). Diaries and journals are used to give backstories of some characters in the book which is very interesting. The book starts with a map of Voulhire so you have a clear idea of the entire country along with the towns in it.
The only thing I disliked about this book is the ending. The author has a writing style where he abruptly ends novels, leaving loose ends of ends which still need to be tied up. However, these come together in the subsequent novels. Therefore it is recommended to read the entire series to fully be able to appreciate the unfolding of characters and events.
Considering all the above points, I would give this book 4 out of 4 stars. It uses simple language and excellent imagination, making you fall in love with the characters. The book seems to be professionally edited as I did not come across any grammatical errors or typos. Profanities do exist in the book so I would not recommend this book to young readers.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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