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Book Review: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – K.S. Villoso

“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 her kingdom, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves. It nearly tore her nation apart. But her arranged marriage to the son of a rival clan heralds peace.
However, he suddenly disappears before their reign can begin, and the kingdom is fractured beyond repair.
Years later, he sends a mysterious invitation to meet. Talyien journeys across the sea in hopes of reconciling their past. An assassination attempt quickly dashes those dreams. 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.

My thoughts:

This is an excellent start to a new fantasy series, inspired by the author’s Filipino heritage, by a new voice in a growing field of excellent writers from Asia.

Tali is a fantastic character, trained by her father to be a ruler, but now in an unfamiliar place, where despite her title, she has no power.

The plot is gripping, witty and smart, the writing clever and engaging.

I finished it and wanted more but I think I might have to wait a while for book two as this has literally just been published.

I was sent a copy by the publisher (this was originally self published before being picked up and introduced to a wider audience) with no obligation to publish.

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