We Are Voulhire

 

 

We Are Voulhire A new Arrival under Great Skies is an e-book assumed published, copyright and written by Matthew Tysz.

This is the first of two books that follow the fortunes of Galen, a young man who has escaped from a war torn society/country through help provided by a solicitor who was paid handsomely by his dying grandfather to accomplish this rather dangerous feat. He is totally naïve in the sophisticated ways of this new environment and gradually begins to learn in this first instalment. The country itself is wealthy but lacking in any cohesive identity. It embraces various levels of culture and a wide range of technologies but also various levels and types of magical performance that seem pervasive and often dominant as well. Numerous powerful individuals, several of whom are viciously destructive, appear to be rising into the more powerful positions as this episode ends and the reader must wait to discover whether the seemingly portended hope for the future the young Galen represents actually evolves.

Discussion/Conclusion: The author has set forth a fantasy containing all of the elements that should appeal to younger readers. It is a well-conceived fantasy set in ancient times of the restricted world knowledge of the day. It has a nicely conceived plot with thought-provoking philosophical features, nicely done descriptions and characters with whom some degree of empathy may be developed. Unfortunately however, from this reader’s perspective, there may be a few problems most of us reviewers overlook. We all are somewhat beyond an age group for which we are attempting to provide a meaningful review and we often forget to really observe the developing members of society for whom we cavalierly express our views of what they will or will not enjoy. This story opens slowly, even a little confusingly with new characters being rapidly introduced and the basic theme of good vs. evil actually does not become evident until pretty well into the book. It must be remembered that younger people are more inclined toward a faster mode of life with regrettably most often lesser involved in philosophical thoughts. One simply must observe their choices with respect to music, movies, games, conversation and their activities in general. An amusing aside perhaps is the fact that recent studies have shown that the average attention span level now resides at a mere eight seconds. Thus, long passages of description, even well-done avenues of thought, may present some cause for hesitation. The evolving generations also seem less likely to enjoy reading something for which the final note is designed to arrive sometime in the future. Most appear to prefer the ‘now’. In summation, this is a well-conceived fantasy that provides the usual philosophical thoughts so prevalent in stories in this genre and can appeal to the usual reviewer. However, one must occasionally indulge seriously in a little introspective activity to ascertain whether we are actually reviewing a book from our perspective rather than that of a member of today’s seemingly somewhat differently developing type of individual.

3*     4* Interesting well-written Fantasy; 3(?)* Apropos discussion.

Heir of Ra

HEIR of RA ISBN: 9781732446700, Kingsmill Press, an e-book copyright and written by Maciek Sasinowski.

Plot: In 1913, Lord George Renley entered a secret passage that he had discovered on a dig under the Great Sphinx in Egypt. Here he discovered a symbol of one of the Egyptian Gods, reached it and suddenly was assailed with a blood-producing cough, could not breathe and died. His associate suffered similar symptoms but made it to the entrance where he collapsed and also died. They were covered with the gradually shifting sands and nothing more was heard of them. The story then opens at a dig in Peru where seventeen-year-old Alyssa is working with her famous archeologist father Kade Morgan in just another exploration upon which she has been accompanying him for the last seven years since her mother died. Her father is called away with the possibility to investigate the very operation Renley had been investigating in 1913. A long extant rumor existed that somewhere in the area there is a Lost Hall of Records that contained history and technology far more advanced and far greater in size than the one purported to have been in the Library of Alexandria and of the Lost Civilization of Atlantis. From this point the action follows Kade’s activities where his specially designed safety suit is compromised and he is confined to a hospital in gradually deteriorating health. Alyssa attempts to discover the source of the infection to save not only her father, but additionally a large segment of the world’s population from a certain death from this unknown source. Meanwhile and simultaneously hereditary head of “The Society” William Drake is applying any and all means possible to obtain DNA from the occupant(s) of this same chamber that supposedly, when mixed with that of his group, will result in individuals with knowledge from these ancient “Gods”. He kidnaps the world’s eminent Grayson Baxter to supply the DNA part of the procedure. Attempts are made on the life of Alyssa and her companion and the action accelerates to a frenetic level to finally discover if she can obtain the necessary object, save her father as well as much of the world’s population.

Discussion/Summary: The author has set forth a fast-moving sci-fi fantasy that should be well received of YA readers as well as offering an enjoyable read for the ‘young-at-heart’.

4* Enjoyable, fast-moving YA sci-fi; suitable for others ‘young-at-heart’.