The book is indeed interesting, but I give it 3 out of 4 stars. This is because somewhere in the middle, I get bored. Apart from those few pages, it was overall interesting, fun, and vivid.
While it is not very involved, it has a lot of technical and definitive terms that the average or unskilled reader might find complicated.
I found some new and interesting terms in the book. Thus it may be of use to unskilled readers who wish to expand their knowledge of the English language.
This book takes off with two lords (governors) getting arrested. One of them is killed by the people, and the people are convinced that the other, a powerful mage, is dead.
The king gets another lord to preside over the small town. This lord is humble and honest. He tries to bring change to the town and eradicate their awful memories of the past governors.
A young boy, a new arrival in the small town in the kingdom, around whom the book seems to be mainly centered on, (the book’s title, by Mathew Tysz, is We are Voulhire, a new arrival, and his great uncle’s executor, manage to get their hands on a very expensive and coveted metal said to be stronger than normal/basic steel. Armed with the material they believe not to be of this world, he is about to kick-start his career as a blacksmith.
If you count out the first six months of the first two lords, and the boy’s two-week journey, the book spans 1½ days since the boy’s arrival in Voulhire.
In the end, it seems as if maybe, the lord’s troublemaker son and Galen are going to meet.
I hope they do, and maybe include more details about the great uncle possibly being a mage in future books.
I found this book to be professionally edited. This is because I found no spelling or grammatical mistakes.
The story flows, and ranks are clear. For example, the highest-ranking person wears purple while the lowest ranking one wears black. Only in some instances does everyone wear the same, like in the mianoran knights, a part of the mianoran council, where everyone wears the same type, quality, and color of armor, with only three exceptions in the book.
I recommend this book for those with mastery of the English language, teens, those who wish to master the language, young adults, and recreational readers.