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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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In the Land of the Princes, a very terrible ruler, the Emperor of Lullabies, presides. The land is known for two things; death and starvation. A young man, Galen Bray, is seen fleeing to Voulhire, a more prosperous country, to take over the inheritance his uncle had left him. He arrives at Magnum Caelum and meets Rowan who happens to be his uncle's executioner at the local Inn, and they fastly become friends.

Voulhire isn't all that Galen thought it to be. Meldorath, a powerful wizard and former Lord of Hillport, is acclaimed dead by King Wilhelm, ruler of Voulhire. Formerly a chief magistrate, he succeeded Lord Orlin as the Lord of Hillport after he had been found guilty of child sexual abuse, an accusation later scrutinized by Lord Eldus, Meldorath's replacement, after Lord Orlin had been killed. Meldorath is feared by many, including the King himself. His assumed death however places a lot of doubt in the hearts of the beloved citizens. Meanwhile, a group of violent rebels, the Riva Rohavi is set to attack Voulhire.

We are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz is a fantasy thriller with its settings in medieval times, featuring magic, kings, and strange creatures. The author, Matthew Tysz, started with a rather impressive map of Voulhire. Being the first entry in the series, the map aided my understanding of the story by placing a pictorial representation of places and towns in his well-imagined mystical world.

The author's writing style in this book was well suited to the settings of the story. The pace didn't feel rushed or too slow, and the language wasn't vulgar. The plot was well developed and Tysz did an excellent job of its proper delivery. It seemed to me that the book was professionally edited because I was unable to find any grammatical error in the entire book, evidence of an exceptional edit.

I enjoyed Rowan's light-hearted nature a lot. His witty banter and cheerful demeanor was a positive light in this story. However, what I liked the most was the friendship nurtured between Rowan, Galen, and another fellow Demetrius, who played an important role in the book. He was an imbuer(a magic geologist) that quickly bonded with them after the duo discovered a very unique magic rock.

Although I particularly couldn't find anything I disliked about the book, it wasn't as thrilling as I expected it to be. Sure, it was a fantastic read, but it wasn't as highly exciting and fixating as I expected. Nevertheless, it remains a good book, and for that, I would be rating the book a 4 out of 4 stars. This is not only due to the interesting plot, but the character development and the writing skills of the author, not to forget the perfect editing. I really enjoyed my time with the book and would recommend it to fantasy-loving fiction readers.

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Post by Sou Hi »

Thanks for your interesting review. The relationship between Galen, Rowan, and Demetrius is one of the most appealing aspects of this series, and I enjoyed that very much.
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Post by Saint Bruno »

Having read this book, I agree with your analysis of it. Good job on the well-written review.
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Post by poojkapadia »

I have read the book and I am glad that you enjoyed reading it. I am bummed that it didn't meet your expectations. Thanks for sharing your views about it.
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Post by AvidBibliophile »

Powerful wizards, deceitful citizens, and complex Voulhirian plots certainly kept this one going. Galen was an interesting character to travel along with. Thanks for your review!
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Post by REIGNING20 »

I equally enjoyed this installment of the series due to its strong character development. Great review.
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Post by Rashfordmbe10 »

The author did a job with the features of magic and great creatures. I hope Galen wasn’t ridiculed in the most part of the story.
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Post by DANAWEB »

I have read and reviewed this book recently, and I eco most of your observations on the book too. Thank you for the detailed review!
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Post by Leyla Ann »

Very good review!

I had the honor to read all of the six books of this series, and I may say that although the first book has managed to catch my interest and was nevertheless a good read, the end was too abrupt; this goes for the second book too, probably because the first and second books serve to introduce characters rather than describe events. However, I can assure you that the abrupt endings will cease by the third book and everything related to characters will start making sense.

You will definitely not regret following through with this series.
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Post by Ayindelaw »

Hmmm it seems it is time for the new arrivals to shine. Galen seems to be a relatable character already. Everyone who goes to a new country goes with gigantic dreams and Galen strikes me as an epitome of that. Thanks for your fascinating review, Jennifer.
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Post by unamilagra »

This sounds like a really interesting dark fantasy novel. Glad you enjoyed it!
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Post by SamaylaM »

I gave We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies a full rating just as you did. I agree that the book was not that extremely exciting and I feel that the author is just building up the climax for the rest of the books. Thanks for a great review!
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