4 out of 4 stars
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Do you enjoy epic tales of fantasy? In We Are Voulhire: A New Arrival Under Great Skies, Matthew Tysz creates the kingdom of Voulhire. This novel is the first in a series fantasy adventure books that move the characters through the tale while revealing their past to bring depth to each of them. The author uses descriptive writing so well that the reader has a clear image of the physical regions and the emotional climate of Voulhire. Mr. Tysz constructs a fictional story that seems so real it’s almost believable.
The story begins in the war-torn land of Hillport where the main character, Galen Bray, grew up. The town of Hillport had been exploited by previous rulers so King Wilhelm appoints Lord Eldus Alderman to Hillport to transform the town into a thriving metropolis with a prosperous economy. Lord Orlin of Hillport was disgraced and then killed for his crimes. His successor, Dalehei Meldorath, an evil mage, took his place and was then quickly arrested and imprisoned. At the time, the citizens believed he was dead. Galen leaves Hillport when he inherits a forge from his long-lost uncle. Rowan, the uncle’s executor, helps Galen learn about his new city, Magnum Caelnum, in Voulhire and about the working of the forge as they become friends. Eldus and his family move to Hillport to begin the revival and improve the lives of the people.
Lord Eldus uncovers the truth about Orlin through his diaries and interviews with the children. Meldorath, who is obviously still alive, returns. A terrorist group, the Ravi Rohavi, returns under the control of Meldorath and ravages Hillport. Eldus, his wife, and his daughter are killed. Many of the citizens are killed. Hillport is destroyed. King Wilhelm doesn’t want his son, Darius, to ever take the throne. Meldorath has plans for Voulhire. Galen has a pivotal role in the future of the kingdom. Read on to find how this story will unfold.
The author introduced many characters in a short time and fully developed their nature and behavior. It was easy to distinguish the characters and get to know them well. The map at the beginning of the book showed the geography of Voulhire and the vivid description of the people, places, and events drew the reader into action. Alternating chapters made it easy to follow simultaneous events. During the slower parts of the book, Matthew Tysz gave us the history of the characters and events and didn’t overwhelm us with the brutality of the violence. A very pleasant balance indeed.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I found no obvious grammatical or spelling errors. The reader is captivated from the first chapter and the story flows smoothly. The characters are complex and realistic. We learn the history and culture of Voulhire and its people during current events. The story touches on politics, corruption, and the unsavory side of some people. This book may not be suitable for young readers because of some subject matter, but I greatly enjoyed it. Mr. Tysz ends with a cliff-hanger, leaving us ready and eager for the next book.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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