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.
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.
(I received an eARC from Netgalley and Caffeine Book Tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
Book review: The Wolf of Oren-yaro (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #1) by K. S. Villoso (4 stars)
Genre: Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars
(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
This book was fast paced and action-packed, it gave me Avatar: The last airbender and Warrior of the wild vibes, both of which I loved! I really liked that it was gritty and it bounced between past and present.
I liked that we got a feisty and lovable protagonist despite her flaws, she was really inspiring to watch and it was easy to fall in love with her and want to see how the rest of the story played out. Khine was another character that shone for me because of his kindness and charismatic ways while I hated Yuebek so much!
I really liked the quick pace and character driven story (I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this!) but this one definitely was good! I’m hoping for romance (idk?) but loved that this book took me on a roller coaster ride to another world and had me hooked. I was impressed by the unpredictability of the book and THAT ENDING had me wanting to read the next book ASAP!
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂
A big thank you to Shealea and Caffeine Book tours for the opportunity to be on this book tour!