The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #1)
Reviewed by Minda!
What I Drank: It’s the first presidential (if you can call it that) debate and everything sucked. I had copious amounts of white wine.
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.
My Summary: Queen looking to stay in power needs to find the King. It’s like a royal marriage situation so she needs him by her side to gain full control, supposedly. So she leaves her adorable son (no bias here) to go negotiate with ex-hubby in a rando new city that doesn’t know or care about her country.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I mean… the book’s description has “the Bitch Queen” in the title which is a total slam dunk for this girl. I REALLY enjoyed this one. We read for a Filipino book/author-themed book club and boy I’m glad I picked this one up. I didn’t agree with like *all* her choices, but she was in a tough spot. Cannot wait for the second book which I’m sure will do second book things, but in hopefully the best way possible.
What I Liked: The twist. Some people may have predicted it, but for me it came out of left field. The fact that THAT happened—ugh, ohh, and eghya.
What I Didn’t Like: This girl legit could not catch a break. Waaaaah I hated that she just totally turned her back on her son and just figured everything would be ok! Like, I know captain hindsight over here, but still! And she didn’t even trust her peeps. And spoiler thing but gosh.
What I Hated: There isn’t anything that I explicitly hated about this book. Except for evil bro. Evil bro totally sucked and was creepy and crazy. But of course you are supposed to hate him.
What I Loved: I loveeed the side characters. Predominately Khine and his family. They have such a passion and a drive that seems unique to this particular world that I loved it. And—hate to say it—but even though she couldn’t catch a break, I’m sure she’ll come out on top eventually.
TL;DR: Don’t pass on this series of the Bitch Queen. I seriously can’t wait to read what happens next—and learn more about the magic system.
Drink Pairing: I am going with a whisky on the rocks, but one that is fairly new.
Rating: 4.5/5 shots