The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso

Posted February 5, 2020 by Silvia in Books / 14 Comments

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This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. VillosoThe Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
Series: Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #1
Published by Orbit on February 6, 2020
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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They called me the Bitch Queen, the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and exiled my king 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, which nearly tore her nation apart. But her arranged marriage with the son of a rival clan should herald peaceful days to come.
However, her fiancé’s sudden departure before their reign begins puts a quick end to those dreams, and the kingdom is fractured beyond repair.
Years later, Talyien receives a message, one that will send her across the sea. What’s meant to be an effort at reconciling the past becomes an assassination attempt. Stranded in a land she doesn’t know, with no idea whom she can trust, Talyien will have to embrace her namesake.
A wolf of Oren-yaro is not tamed.

I knew I needed to read this book the moment my eyes landed on: They call me the Bitch Queen, the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and exiled my king the night before they crowned me. And, boy, wasn’t my instinct right again?

Politics, secrets, complex characters you question as much as their motives, and a very adventurous journey make this a riveting book. The pace works like magic, and so does the world-building together with the character development. Everything is under Queen Talyien’s point of view and, despite her flaws—we all have some—she shows a strength too many tend to underestimate. A piece of advice, never try to tame a wolf of Oren-Yaro, you will regret that . . . As if this wasn’t already enough to grab the reader’s attention, the fascinating culture is priceless, something that kinda makes you feel like everything is real in a way. Do not even make me start with the food, so vividly described that it’s like I can taste its deliciousness—feed me, please!

A unique, gripping epic fantasy book I truly recommend to lovers of this genre. I’m definitely waiting for the next instalment and more twists—oh yes, Villoso has plenty of them for her readers!


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14 responses to “The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso

  1. That first line is a grabber, I agree! I definitely want to know more lol. I love a fantasy with good worldbuilding, and food doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

  2. verushka

    Now *THAT* is how you start a blurb! Epic is kind of an understatement with this book — it sounds fantastic and oh boy is Talyien a force to be reckoned with!

    • It’s hard not to be drawn into this epic adventure from that line, right? This book was such a great discovery, I really encourage everyone into this genre to give it a go!

    • You’re one of the readers I thought about after I finished it, Chanzie! It’s a different kind of fantasy that is truly fascinating, I think you might find it quite interesting 🙂

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