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In the imaginary universe of the author, there exists Cosmos (the physical world) and Caromentis (the magical world). Some characters from the Caromentis visited Cosmos in pursuit of their interests. Wicked men in power from Cosmos adopted the cunning tricks of the mages from Caromentis and experimented those tricks on people in an “unethical, illegal, and monstrous” way. One of the countries that existed in Cosmos was Voulhire. It was famously known for its wealth. Unfortunately, on several occasions, the country experienced mysterious and scandalous events.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies by Matthew Tysz follows two stories. One part of the story highlights the political, social, and economic events of Voulhire. The other part of the story talks about Galen Bray. Galen is a young man from the Lands of the Princes who visited Magnum Caelum (a town in Voulhire) in response to his uncle's request. What's the purpose of his visit?
The story enlightens the reader about the judicial structure of Voulhire and power-hungry men in Voulhire, who used magical powers to pursue their selfish interests. It also identifies and explains the roles of religious leaders in Voulhire. This is not a religious book, but there are a few religious beliefs or references shared in the story. Additionally, there are a few instances of sexual mentions and obscene terms in the material.
The writing style is excellent. I have nothing to complain about grammar or the book’s format. The author organized his thoughts well, which contributed to a steady narration flow. The book doesn’t have chapters. It’s divided into short segments. Each segment focuses on a character. The segments that narrate about Galen are voiced from the viewpoint of Galen in a conversational tone. The other segments are voiced from the viewpoint of the author in an informative and conversational tone.
I love the author’s imaginative ability. He diligently established events that took place at Hillport (A town in Voulhire that was attacked by an enemy from the northwestern territory of Voulhire). Though this is a work of fiction, the vivid descriptions of events and the geographical descriptions of different towns and cities featured in the story made the story sound real and thrilling. The characters are well-developed. Some characters are easy to connect with due to their humble and kind disposition. Others are hard to like due to their wicked perceptions.
I award the book 4 out of 4 stars. It’s an exciting and adventurous science fiction and fantasy book. The book seems to have been exceptionally edited. It’s a short read that’s straightforward. The language used in the narrative is easy-to-understand. Readers need not worry about terminologies because they are not numerous, and those that have been used in the narrative are defined within the characters’ conversations. I have no dispute about the book. The lesson that I drew from the story is that wicked inclination is one of the root causes of human suffering. Once wickedness is erased from among humans, there is going to be an abundance of peace.
Political and fantasy enthusiasts may wish to check the book. If you are sensitive to magic tricks, kindly skip the book.
We are Voulhire: A New Arrival under Great Skies
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