A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice.
“I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.”
Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. Her upcoming marriage to the son of her father’s rival heralds peaceful days to come.
But his sudden departure before their reign begins fractures the kingdom beyond repair.
Years later, Talyien receives a message, urging her to attend a meeting across the sea. It’s meant to be an effort at reconciliation, but an assassination attempt leaves the queen stranded and desperate to survive in a dangerous land. With no idea who she can trust, she’s on her own as she struggles to fight her way home.
“You learn to swallow the fear long enough to get things done. We’re Oren-yaro, aren’t we?”
Another fantastic read this year!
As the queen who bears the burden made by her father, Talyien married Rayyel, an Ikessar heir, to unite and reign their kingdom. But, everything ends quickly when Rayyel left her alone on their coronation day. That’s where the story will start, and as we flip the pages, we will get more of Queen Talyien’s story. And how she became who she is now and who she might become in the future.
I loved the description of Queen Talyien in the book, and as far as I know, she lived up to it. She might be called the bitch queen, but I know that she only wants the best for her country and of her child. Despite many obstacles in her ruling, she stayed strong and admirable.
Another character that I loved is Khine, a con artist that Queen Talyien met on the streets. I don’t want to say more information about him, but I love him! As for the other characters, they all have their own personalities that you will either love or hate. It depends on how you will see it.
Now, let’s talk about one of K.S. Villoso’s strength in the story. What I loved the most, aside from her writing Queen Talyien’s character, is the world-building in this novel. The culture and traditions that we see in the country, where Queen Talyien will get stranded on, will make you appreciate the story and what is happening to our main character.
I also love the part where I am near the end because, in those parts, I was able to be engrossed and pulled into the story. The only thing that I didn’t like was how some parts seem to drag me out of the story, but it is very rare like once or twice only.
Overall, The Wolf of Oren-yaro will give you a ride to an unknown place where you need to sew all the pieces back into a whole to understand the story of Queen Talyien. This is also a twisted tale of Queen Talyien’s journey towards getting all the answers that she needs to know dating back to her husband leaving her behind to manage the country. I am recommending this to all fantasy readers.
Disclaimer: I received an advanced reading copy via Caffeine Book Tours.
Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Series: Chronicles of the Bitch Queen, 01
Genre(s): Adult, Fantasy
K.S. Villoso was born in a dank hospital on an afternoon in Albay, Philippines and things have generally been okay since then. After spending most of her childhood in a slum area in Taguig (where she dodged death-defying traffic, ate questionable food, and fell into open-pit sewers more often than one ought to), she and her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, where they spent the better part of two decades trying to chase the North American Dream. She is now living amidst the forest and mountains with her family, children, and dogs in Anmore, BC.