I remember when I got the email that I was going to be a part of this blog tour. I was screaming with delight and shock because I did not think I would be lucky enough to be chosen. And now my time has finally come to share my thoughts on this amazing book from K. S. Villoso. Thank you so much to Shealea with Caffeine Book Tours for this opportunity, and thank you so much Villoso for considering me on this tour. I appreciate this so freaking much and I’m so glad I get to support this novel. Be sure to check out this Twitter thread to see the tour live.
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.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Caffeine Book Tours, Netgalley, and Orbit Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Oh my freaking gosh! Seriously I’m so damn glad that I got to read this novel, and I seriously cannot wait to read the next one and just have a new to me author to love and cheer for.
The people of this world call Talyien the Bitch Queen, and quite frankly I feel like she’s really taken to that title. She took that bad meaning of the word and turned it on its head. Sure, when they called her the Bitch Queen, it’s because they were calling her a female wolf. The wolf of Oren-Yaro, right. But they also meant it in a derogatory way, and to me, Talyien is that bitch. That bitch queen that should not be taken for granted, should not be underestimated. She has that kind of power that I could only dream of having.
Ugh I just can’t get enough of this book though! Seriously I don’t even know how to put my thoughts in to words and I just was so impressed with Talyien and everything that she did and would do for her people. I don’t think her people even considered that as well, and they just saw that she killed a man the night before she was supposed to be crowed Queen. Nothing wrong with a little death mixed with royalty, you know? And then she also sent her husband away as well. Sure, I could see some people feeling a little salty about that, but no. I don’t even blame her. She made the right decision, and she was one of the characters that I wouldn’t even think about betraying or anything. Her story was amazing, and I think that she made an amazing Queen.