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The Ikessar Falcon

(Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  124 reviews
The Bitch Queen returns in The Ikessar Falcon, the action-packed sequel to K. S. Villoso's acclaimed fantasy debut, The Wolf of Oren-Yaro.

Abandoned by her people, Queen Talyien's quest takes a turn for the worse as she stumbles upon a plot deeper and more sinister than she could have ever imagined, one that will displace her king and see her son dead. The road home beckons
Paperback, 640 pages
Published September 24th 2020 by Orbit (first published June 14th 2018)
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I am an emotional WRECK.


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The Ikessar Falcon is book 2 of K.S. Villoso’s Annals of the Bitch Queen. It picks up not long after the events of The Wolf of Oren-yaro, and while it’s still told from the same perspective, it is very different from its predecessor in terms of both scope and tone. No longer is everything about what Queen Talyien can lose: the stakes have been raised. It isn’t just her marriage on the line, but also her son, her people, and her empire.

Stuck on the opposite side of the sea to her people, Tali mus
Khine truly is the biggest simp to ever simp. I genuinely do not care about any of the other characters, including Queen Talyien. They can all rot. I just want Khine to thrive in Book 3 and get the happy ending that he rightfully deserves.

Full review to follow.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Full Tome & Tankard Review and Custom Cocktail is available here.

At this stage it’s fair to say that I’m something of a fan of Villoso’s work, and after the absolute delight that was The Wolf of Oren-Yaro I was super excited to dig in to The Ikessar Falcon. I’m pleased to be able to report that it’s a very worthy second entry in this series, neatly avoiding some of the issues that so often bog down those difficult middle books. However, there are key differences with the pacing and ‘feel’ of
The Nerd Book Review
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all Villoso is a hell of a writer. She has that “it factor” that some people have where you know they were meant to write. Her prose is smooth and I’m able to remain in that movie in my mind for long stretches of time. I just flat out enjoy reading the words on the page.
Now to the story itself. Villoso has a single POV story centered around Talyien, The Queen of Oren-Yaro. The story is based on Southeast Asia instead of the West as so many other stories are and I had a great time imagi
Paula M
Reviewing K.S. Villoso's Chronicles of the Bitch Queen is both hard and easy. Easy because even though I finished the book few days ago and sitting now, writing this and looking at the cover, I can still easily l feel the atmosphere of the whole book and all of the emotions that it brought to me. But on the other hand, hard, because I'm having trouble typing down those emotions to let you all know what this book really made me feel. I guess this whole paragraph already say something. I will have ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
A huge thank you to Caffeine Book Tours for including me in the tour and to the publishers for the gifted review copy.

Where does one even begin with this review? The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was one of my favorite reads this year and ever since I finished it I’ve been thinking about what would happen next. The moment I started The Ikessar Falcon I was swept right into the story again. I’ve read only a few adult fantasy books but this one is one of my favorites. You feel hooked from the very start. I co
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ikessar Falcon is the continuing story of Talyien aren dar Orenar, the Queen of Jin-Sayeng. After the events of The Wolf of Oren-yaro, Tali is trapped across the sea in the Empire of Ziri-nar-Orxiaro, held there by an embargo placed by… well, someone who really doesn’t want her to leave. Tali is desperate to get back to Jin-Sayeng because her son’s life is in danger. So, she does everything that’s in her power to get home. And shenanigans are very much had.

Just as when I read it the first ti
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nora Eliana | Papertea & Bookflowers
First published on my blog Papertea & Bookflowers

Firstly, I want to be noted that The Ikessar Falcon has a recap in the front of what happened in The Wolf of Oren-Yaro?? I love it when books (especially high fantasy) have that! So bonus points for that!

And now … uff, how to properly explain what this book made me feel. I don’t think I can put into words how much this story and its characters touched me, held me captive and just … The Ikessar Falcon and The Wolf of Oren-Yaro are so dear to my hea
Adah Udechukwu
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Ikessar Falcon is a must-read sequel. It is the most politics-filled novel i've ever read. Characters such as Tali, Rai, Yuebeck, Qun and Dai Kaggawwa are all bound by their political self interest. Every character has an agenda
For all its awesome it would have been nice if the series ended in Book 2. The Ikessar Falcon is just too long.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, asian-sff, 2020
I received a ARC of this book from the publisher Orbit Books as part of the Ikessar Falcon Book Tour by Caffeine Book Tours. All thoughts are my own

Having read The Wolf of Oren-Yaro during it’s tradpub release in 2018, I was more than excited for it’s sequel. We finally get Rayyel!!!! We get more politics, and more scheming, and more delicious delicious food description that make you super hungry as you read and leave you wishing you were a better cook. While Ikessar Falcon is a chonk at 220k wo
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a very refreshing character and approach to fantasy

Loved this a lot - and it contains dragons too

Full review
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Putangina. Omg. I need a moment because I'm honestly really numb.

A full 5 stars to this goddamn 600 page doorstopper.

The Ikessar Falcon greatly improves upon the first book in every way possible. It's funny because this is exactly the type of novel I hate (an epic adult fantasy) and yet I devoured it like a hungry dragon. This should be on the Times list of 100 best fantasy books of all time. I said what I said.

While The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a fast-paced, accessible adult fantasy about a woman
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I've been a fan of K. S. Villoso since the days of "Jaeth's Eye", so when I saw this pop up on NetGalley, I just clicked "Request"... and then realised that I had already read this book back in 2018 - my apologies to K. S. Villoso, Orbit, and NetGalley for my over-eager clicking!
The review I wrote just over 2 years ago still stands, so I will let it do my work for me!
"I've loved K.S. Villoso's work since I read "Jaeth's Eye"... and with every subsequent book, the writing gets better and better.
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
actual rating: 4.5 stars

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. Thank you!


☾ in-depth about agan
☾ taylein finding herself (and making mistakes)
☾ KHINE!!!!
☾ more chaos and scheming
☾ gripping writing style
☾ i kept reading, i couldn't stop
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, arcs
The Ikessar Falcon was a satisfying continuation of The Chronicles of the Bitch-Queen, and in my opinion it more than lived up to its predecessor - no middle book syndrome to be seen here! It had all the aspects I enjoyed from the first book - the pulse-pounding action and suspicions, the slower moments of Queen Talyien's introspection which were still, for me, a joy to read. I love Villoso's writing style, and the way she writes the relationships between characters, as well as how they interact ...more
Karina Webster
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favourites
I really enjoyed this sequel. KS Villoso is definitely one of my favourite authors now & I am super excited for the third (and sadly final, i think) instalment of the Chronicles of the Bitch Queen.

Villoso continues to craft wonderfully complex characters that suck the reader into their world & story and don’t let go. I read this one much slower than the first as I just wanted to savour the book and stay with Tali & co. for as long as possible. This series is an excellent example of why I love c
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
The story was very interesting, fast paced, I couldn't put it down. I would give definately four, maybe even five stars if not for Tali. I like her, but from book one I really hoped she would grow up. Emotionally she stopped her developement at the age of 13. What she did to Agos, her oldest friend leaves really bad taste. (view spoiler) ...more
You can also find my review of the first book of this series The Wolf of Oren-Yaro in my blog

I'm just loving this series more and more! The Characters feel so human and real! It doesn't mean I'm head over heels in love with all of them, to be honest at times I just want to throttle them to their senses like "wtf?!". But hey what do I know, if I was in their places I would have been long dead, maybe in chapter 2 of the first book. Everyone is so resilient and strong especially Tali.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This will be a quick review.

These books just have that ability to get you so caught up in them that you blink and realize you've been reading for 3 hours straight. The focus on the characters, while still managing to have an intriguing plot, is astounding. Do I like Tali? Honestly, she's still very stubborn. She's rash, impulsive. Too quick to trust some people, yet unwilling to trust others. But she's also fiercely determined to see her son again. You can feel her determination as she walks thr
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It took me forever to write, but I finally have a more detailed review on my website.


RTC, but for now, that was phenomenal.

The characters are so rich and complex that I had complicated feelings about most of them and kept going back and forth on whether or not I despised or actually maybe kind of liked some of them. (But never Khine or Tali, both of whom I loved...even during the times I internally screamed "TALI, WHY?" but knew the answer is she's just, well, being Tali.*)

Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Actually finished this weeks ago. It was excellent. A solid improvement over the already-good Wolf of Oren-Yaro. I care about the characters, and I really want the sequel.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

If you haven't read book one, you can find my review here. I read book one back in 2019, so I was concerned about forgetting things--never fear, Villoso has a recap at the beginning of the book! I love that more and more authors are beginning to do this, but I also still wish more would start including these recaps because they are invaluable.

I enjoyed The Wolf of Oren-Yaro back when I read it, but I definitely had some reservations by the end
Elizabeth Tabler
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ikessar Falcon, the follow up to by K.S. Villoso's The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a book that avoids many of the pitfalls common to the middle book in the trilogy, and instead offers the readers clear plot progression, excitement, and character development.

"I've heard rumours you were dead." "That's an improvement. Last time they said I was fucking goats." "Oh, we took that one for a fact. What the hell are you doing here?"
― K.S. Villoso, The Ikessar Falcon

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was one of my favo
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ikessar Falcon, the second installment to The Chronicles of the Bitch Queen series, was a compelling read for no shortage of reasons. Fascinating character dynamics and engaging banter kept me invested with the whole cast, whether I liked certain characters or not. Intense, high stakes battles and daring escapes left me on the edge of my seat. Lush descriptions of the landscapes in each new location Tali encounters in her travels truly brought the world to life. There is much to apprecia ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
This was a wonderful return to a world I enjoyed so much in The a Wolf of Oren-Yaro , I was so excited to be approved for this and I wasn’t disappointed at all. I still love Tali, how complex her character is, how you love and are irritated by her in equal measure at times. I loved that we get more depth to Rayyel and more backstory in this book. Very character driven I felt, but I loved that, as you are going on a journey with the characters. The author is a wonderful writer, K S has such a way ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy_2020
The Ikessar Falcon is the follow up novel to the wolf of oren-yaro as we continue to follow queen Talyien on her adventures. This is a really solid sequel, it took me a little while to get back into the story but I really appreciated the recap of book 1 at the beginning (seriously more books need to do this) and the second half was such a wild ride of emotional trauma.

Talyien is such a fascinating character and is truly one of the most complex characters I've read about. She has so many layers a
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
You can find this review of The Ikessar Falcon on my blog, Heart’s Content!

Advanced Reader’s Copy provided by publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. I’d like to thank Shealea @ShutUpShealea and Orbit Books for this opportunity!

The absolute first thing that I noticed as soon as I started reading The Ikessar Falcon was the tenor of the protagonist’s narration. The whole narration had a certain emotion that I could feel that tucked into every co
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I write character-driven epic fantasy with huge doses of horror, angst, and frustratingly tangled character relationships. You can read more about my work at my website:


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 dodg

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