4 out of 4 stars
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First book of the series We are Voulhires, A New Arrival under Great Skies is a science fiction - fantasy novel that takes you on an extraordinary journey of the protagonist Galen Bray who has left his war-torn homeland - The land of Princes in hopes of a better life and has immigrated to a small town of Voulhire - Magnum Caelum, to take command of his late uncle's forge. But unbeknownst to him trouble's brewing and he is swept up in the storm that follows.
Matthew Tysz has contrived to create a world that is full of magic, suspense and intrigue. With power hungry lords, corrupt system, mages, and a king doing his utmost to keep his kingdom afloat, this novel makes for an immensely interesting read. We are taken from one end of the land to another in the blink of an eye through third person and first person narratives. It helps the reader to fully grasp what's going on in this extremely complicated world. I especially loved the map that was provided at the beginning of the book as it helps the reader to navigate, place and ground themselves correctly according to the geography of the story.
This book is filled with vibrant characters and places and sweeps us to a world that we might otherwise never be able to imagine. The author has created a divergent set of characters and he fully delves into each one of them to show their background and development, we are made to understand the inner workings of the characters and why they are doing whatever it is that they are doing. The motive behind their actions is made clear and we are not left hanging or confused.
At the same time the magical realism world of the book connects us to the physical non-magical one and facilitates us with a different perspective of viewing our world. The book flows smoothly without a hitch and although it covers majorly only one event, it is to be expected and overlooked as this is the first book of the series. This book does not have any dull moments and keeps us gripped till the end. There is also something universal about the book, it is more than just an interesting story. It says some very profound things in the simplest of way and we are left reeling in it's wake, praising the author for his genius.
The book also seemed to be professionally edited as I could not find any typos or grammatical errors. The language is simple and lucid. I would recommend it for 18 plus audience as it has some instance of sexual humor. And I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is perfect for people who love fantasy and science fiction and like to escape from their real world to one of intrigue and mystery.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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