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The Wolf of Oren-yaro

(Annals of the Bitch Queen #1)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In a nation of lost glory and fallen cities, mad dragons run amok and warlords bristle under the guise of peace. Now a woman must stop the ruin she helped create, but how do you fight what you are fated to fail?

"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's life unfolded like a sto
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Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published January 29th 2018 by Liam's Vigil Publishing Co.
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Petrik
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 Stars

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

The Wolf of Oren-yaro is an infuriatingly compelling and addictive first book of a trilogy.

I seriously can’t describe this book more appropriately than that one sentence. Let me expound upon it further. The first book in the Annals of the Bitch Queen trilogy by K.S. Villoso is a highly character-driven fantasy, which is probably my favorite type of story direction. That said, I’m going to start my review with the only con I ha
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K.S.
Mar 15, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Happy book day! This is now available on Amazon for both Kindle and Paperback. Thank you everyone for the amazing support! I'm speechless, overwhelmed, and eternally grateful.

For those who aren't aware, the Kindle version is 40% off until February 5, 2018. :)
Wol
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Plot

“They called me “bitch”, the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.”

Queen Talyien is a woman devoted to her people and her duty. In this case, that duty is to marry the Ikessar heir, Rayyel, and unite their war-torn lands. She bears the burden placed upon her by her father, whose warmongering was largely responsible for creating the divides that still threaten the well-being of the nation.

However, Rayyel had other ideas. Without warnin
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Dyrk Ashton
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thrilling and touching, a personal tale with the scope of kingdoms.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a refreshing change of pace for me from the military sword and sorcery or urban fantasy I usually read, reminding me of the more introspective narrative feel of The Goblin Emperor, which I loved, but with more action, which I greatly appreciated. Villoso can weave a yarn and make us care in a way I haven't experienced in a very long time. Read it and weep - and cheer at the same time.
Esme
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found K.S Villoso on reddit a year or so ago, I believe on one of the self promo threads they post from time to time. 

I clicked on her name on Goodreads and found that she was from the Philippines, and writes character driven epic fantasy. It's so rare when I stumble upon a non-western female-authored epic fantasy story I knew I had to check it out. I did not leave disappointed, Jaeths Eye had some of the best world building I had read in a long time, and the characters were endearing and fres
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Hiu Gregg
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-published
Somewhere along the road, Villoso got the idea that people actually want to know more about the world she created in The Agartes Epilogues and decided to try her hand at a brand new novel, with a (somewhat) completely new cast and a new POV.

Enter The Wolf of Oren-yaro, Book 1 of the aptly named "Annals of the Bitch Queen." Why aptly named? Because the name character is, frankly, a bitch. On the first paragraph alone, she proudly proclaims that she "killed a man and made my husband leave..." all
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Petros Triantafyllou
Looking forward to reading this - sounds like a gem.
The Nerd Book Review
I will be doing an interview with the author for the podcast shortly. I enjoyed Villoso’s writing style and how she wrote in the main character’s voice.
I did find it a little tough to follow the place names but I admit that’s because I’m an American and don’t have a lot of experience with Asian sounding names and places. Luckily our main character, The Wolf Queen herself, Talyien, isn’t on a crazy winding journey during this book. She journeys to our main city and one other during the course of
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Justine
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps, when you love less, it is easier not to let the emptiness become a cavern from which you could no longer see the sun.

Born into a life preordained, Talyien aren dar Orenar of the Oren-yaro lives a life of duty to her people, marrying Rayyel Ikessar, heir of a rival clan, in order to unite Jin-Sayeng. The night before their coronation, Rayyel mysteriously abandons his wife, child, and country, leaving Talyien to rule the war-torn lands as Queen alone. Years pass and Talyien receives word
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Lukasz
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-published
Actual rating: 3.5

They called me 'bitch', the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.


I like flawed characters. Good and noble ones are usually boring. Queen Talyien certainly isn’t boring. She’s strong: both physically and mentally, although she’s not the best monarch around. Jin-Sayeng - her country expects the leaders and monarchs to be ferocious, the true “wolves of Oren-Yaro”. While Talyien’s skillset allows her to meet the standards,
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Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I really liked this one. It’s a single pov that takes place in the same world as Jaeth’s Eye, though it isn’t necessary to read the previous trilogy.


The story starts fairly straight forward with Queen Talyien, seeking reconciliation with her husband, and for her country, which has been quite divided after their split. We find that things are easier said then done, when the meeting falls apart, leaving Talyien floundering.

I loved the storyteller feel and I enjoyed the single pov a lot, especiall
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Mili
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-the-book
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was an enjoyable read. 4🌟~ It had some bits that didn't always work out for me. Mostly plot wise at the end, and the start was a wee slow for me (me and politics 😏😏😏). But the writing is great! And when I warmed up to Queen Talyien ( story is told from her POV ), I had fun following her around and the trouble she was getting into. The world was vivid and came to life through Queen Talyien her observations. It flowed from present to past smoothly and created character depth. ...more
Kristen
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review is here on my blog.

Really a 4.5, but I'll bump it for keeping me up late ;D

This book follows the exploits of Talyien, the Queen of Jin-Sayeng, which is a rather small nation with several factions who all seem to hate each other. The warlords of two rival factions decided to marry their kids to each other and set them to rule together to end hostilities. So, Talyien of Oren-yaro married Rayyel of Ikessar, and just as the coronation was set to go ahead… he left her to rule alone.

Five y
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~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Read this review and an exclusive interview with K.S. Villoso at Book Geeks Uncompromised!

Queen Talyien inherited a mess.

Jin-Sayeng is country with powerful individual warlords that are unified by one monarch, the Dragonlord, but do not cede to their authority easily. The people of the Jin-Sayeng clan Oren-Yaro have earned a reputation over the years of being called “wolves of Oren-Yaro” due to their ferocity and everyone expects Talyien to be just the same.

“They called me 'bitch', the she-wolf

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Deb Stark
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book and loved the world the author created. There were twists and turns enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Kathryn
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The opening hook for this book is fantastic (it's partially quoted in the synopsis), "They called me 'bitch', the she-wolf, because I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me." I mean, how can you not want to read more after that?

This book was a really enjoyable read. I wish we could give partial stars. For me this was a solid 4.25 with just a few minor things pulli
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Dawn
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author kindly sent me an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.
If you enjoyed "The Agartes Epilogues" then you will LOVE this first book in a new series from K.S. Villoso.
I was full of praise for Ms Villoso's previous 3 books, but this one... this one is just superb. The story pulled me right from the start and kept pulling and pulling right to the end... and is still pulling me now.
The writing is so easy to read, with a perfect injection of humour in just the right places and more than eno
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Mike
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Solid but flawed" is how I'd rank this book. 4 stars feels a little generous - 3.5 is more about right - but I liked what I liked well enough that bumping it to 4 feels reasonable.

To get the critiques out of the way: I found the plot very unfocused. I firmly believe, to quote Shepard Book, that how you get there is the worthier part, but this book felt like it kept losing the path. I'm all for self pub books, but editors exist for a reason. This could have benefited, I think, from an outside ey
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Unplugged
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was also very fortunate in getting an advanced copy of the novel, and it was fantastic.

The pace was lively and fast! So many multi-book fantasy's get really REALLY detailed, and I love that this book kept the pace going without losing any valuable plot points. It was so refreshing to have a novel that had everything (fighting, trickery, betrayal, gossip, royal relations, geopolitical problems), and not getting bogged down on what everyone was wearing or what the whole castle looked like. I was
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Rebekah
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Wolf of Oren-yaro is an engaging read in a fully realized, complex world of varied Asian-inspired cultures and nations. In the story, some tribes are less "civilized" because they think magic is evil.

Talyien is queen of such a nation, and she has to travel outside her homeland in an attempt to meet with her estranged husband. Their wedding united two warring countries, and they were supposed to rule together. But five years ago, her husband abruptly left, and she's ruled their court in solit
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Sabtael
Ooooh I loved it. A lot. Talyien is truly a flawed yet lovable character. There's something truly pleasing about watching her grow throughout the novel, learning about her and the pressure she's subjected to. And gosh is there pressure! She never seems to catch a break, there are always people after her and what she represents, and who manage to make her life hell. If you're like me you'll keep trying to piece the clues together, to know who exactly is behind which threat, and ultimately you'll ...more
Jethplain
This review and others are found on my website https://jethplain.com

None of it mattered. My duties were far from over. A wolf of Oren-yaro fights to make it right, down to the last breath. A wolf of Oren-yaro does not beg. A wolf of Oren-yaro suffers in silence.

I received an Advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I got interested in the book when I read one of my Goodreads friend’s review about it. The story had qualities that I like; Fantasy, A strong female lead, and touch
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wanderer (Para)
This was quite the page-turner.

A wolf of Oren-yaro fights to make it right, down to the last breath. A wolf of Oren-yaro does not beg. A wolf of Oren-yaro suffers in silence.

It's a book carried primarily by the characters. They don't always make the wisest of the least frustrating choices, but they're likable or interesting enough. The slow unfolding of the truth of what happened between Rayyel and Taliyen was great and so was the ending - just tense enough and tying some things up while stil
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Quenby Olson
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review to come.
Sarah (A French Girl)
More like 3.5 that I may round up to 4 stars. RTC soon.
Victoria
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good!

I really really enjoyed this one. Talyien was interesting, sympathetic and infuriating all at once, sometimes just within a few sentences. I loved the world building it was so rich and detailed I felt like I was actually there. The descriptions of food kept making me hungry as well which was unfortunate haha!

The pace was sometimes very quick it seemed like we where watching Talyien lurch from disaster to disaster without pause, but Villoso handled the pacing with skill so that it never f
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Peter Gee
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-sl-sword
Lovely mix of heists, politics, family and betrayal, and the food in it sounds amazing.

There's good world building, and it shines in the relationships between characters. The dynamic between the Queen and Rayyel was great, and my favourite sections were the capers with the Queen and Khine.
Travis
The author was kind enough to provide me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

K.S. Villoso’s greatest strengths are her characters and her worldbuilding. The Wolf of Oren-yaro is reminiscent of the works of authors such as Robin Hobb and Kate Elliot. If you like fast-paced books full of action and intrigue, this is for you.

Talyien aren dar Orenar was betrothed to the Ikessar heir, Rayyel, from birth. Their marriage was meant to heal the nation that was nearly torn apart by Talyien’s fath
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Tam
Full review and more can be found on my blog

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. The Wolf of Oren-yaro seems to have a little bit of everything. It’s told through the view of Queen Talyien, as she tries to reconcile with her husband who left 5 years ago on the eve of their coronation. The book follows her on a journey of personal discovery and reconciliation; a journey of love, and loss; friendships and betrayal; family and politics.

Setting

Villoso does
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Jason Aycock
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying I'm a bad, bad book blogger and should be punished for how bad I am. I read The Wolf of Oren-Yaro in September as part of Self-Published Fantasy Month on Off The TBR. SEPTEMBER. The book had already been out four 9 months. It's been five more months. The book has now been out over a year. Book two has already been published and has been out for ten months. And I'm just now getting around to posting this review. It's been so long I will miss important details and points bec ...more
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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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