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The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

(Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,705 ratings  ·  542 reviews
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 Wo
Paperback, 496 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Orbit (first published April 5th 2018)
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Maris Bave There's the potential for it, but it doesn't really materialize in the first book. You have Queen Taliyen's husband, whom she's still kinda in love wi…moreThere's the potential for it, but it doesn't really materialize in the first book. You have Queen Taliyen's husband, whom she's still kinda in love with, and a character who could be a new flame, but no action on either front. I can't speak for the next two books.(less)
Aneta It's a trilogy! The first 2 books were self-published in 2018, and now the series is being published traditionally. (All three books have been finishe…moreIt's a trilogy! The first 2 books were self-published in 2018, and now the series is being published traditionally. (All three books have been finished by the author btw.)(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ by: Piera
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 11/1/20

4.5 stars

I effing loved it. Read it yourself to decide, don’t ask me, I’m not your mind 😉

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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
I really loved this, and it really beautifully (and sometimes heartbreakingly) incorporated filipino culture. I absolutely cannot wait for the next installment. (hopefully longer review to come!)

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Content and Trigger Warnings for murder, blood depiction, torture, mention of rape, threats of rape, arachnophobia, talk of cheating in past, mention of pedophilia, and talk of suicide.

Buddy read with Heathur! ❤
Apr 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021, fantasy
I didn’t have high expectations before starting the Wolf of Oren-Yaro yet it still managed to disappoint me. It was the book of the month in my book club and opinions ranged from loving to hating it. What interested me the most was the fact that this book got traditionally published by Orbit after it was originally self-published. I didn’t compare both editions a lot but I expected more to be edited honestly. This is nice in a way that this is a sign that publishers do not influence the story it ...more
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Absolutely all the stars.

OOooooohhh boy here we go. If this book isn't on your to-read fantasy list, you're missing out.

Listen. I'm always a bit nervous when I pick up an adult epic fantasy purely because so often, much of it feels inaccessible or hard to follow due to pages and pages of meticulous world building and heaps of muddied prose. Rest assured friends. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is an easy (although heart-wrenching) read. It's tightly paced with the perfect mixture of intrigue and mystery t
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. :)
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“Remind me,” I murmured, “why a single moment is enough to outweigh the rest. Why fickle tempers rule over steadfast hearts.”

My history with this book dates to back when it was first acquired by Orbit. I have heard about the self-published book but after it got some edits and got a new cover, I knew I was gonna read it. And funnily enough, one of the main reasons I wanted to read this was the name of the series: Chronicles of th
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💪 So-Called Queen Bitches for the Win Buddy Read (SCQBftWBR™) with the MacHalos and stuff 💪

💀 DNF at 33%.

So. Let's get this over with Bandage-Removal-Like (BRL™) aka as quickly and painlessly as possible, shall we? I DNFed this most delightful piece of literature because:

Nothing happens until you get to the 20% mark. And when I say nothing, I mean NOTHING. As in blah blah blah, yawn yawn yawn, blah blah blah, yawn yawn yawn and a slow-enough pace to enchant even the most lethargically lethargic
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
Dyrk Ashton
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Who was I before I read this book? Someone who hadn't read the best adult fantasy story. rtc.

buddy read with gargee; they wouldn't have let me live otherwise.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

“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
Karina Webster
I loved The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso. Originally a self-published fantasy novel, Orbit published Villoso’s debut this February and it blew me away. Fast-paced, action packed and well written, I’m going to be thinking about this for a long time and I’ve already pre-ordered the sequel. What is it about, I hear you ask?

In a nutshell, Queen Talyien inherits the throne of Jin-Sayeng alone – her husband, the heir to a rival clan, left her and their son the night before their joint-coronation
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit. Despite some person spoiling the book's ending but shamelessly tweeting about it, I am blown away.

Second time reading this, and here are my initial thoughts:
📌 The parallels between this world and Filipino culture and identity are unmatched. Especially the explorations of regionalism, stubbornness, and gender-dependent double standards. Even the naming conventions of characters is very Filipino!
📌 I really connected with Talyien’s character in a way and with an intensity that I’ve never
mina reads™️
Sep 11, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: sff, about-poc
Dnf at 42%

The flavor is simply not there for me
K.J. Charles
Fantasy set in an amazingly developed and vivid alt-Asian world with empires, small kingdoms, warlords and politics. Also dragons (though we don't see many). The narrator is the 'Bitch-Queen' of a small, chaotic and divided nation but we don't get a great deal of bitch in this first instalment: she's mostly running for her life, trying to escape unseen enemies and identify traitors, and working out what's going on, in particular with her estranged husband. That's a big element: beyond survival t ...more
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
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
On sale right now for $1.99! I don't know about you but I'm in the mood to read about a bitch queen, and I feel like this might be my next read ;) ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, net-galley
The Wolf of Oren-yaro follows the story of Queen Talyien of the Jin-Sayeng, the first woman to ever sit the Dragonthrone. Her marriage to the rival clan’s heir, Rayyel, was supposed to unite the fractured lands, ruled by warring Dragonlords. However, Rayyel leaves the night before their coronation, and she is crowned alone. Five years later, Rayyel has finally requested a meeting with his wife, and Talyien is all too eager to reconcile, even if she might be walking into a trap.

If I’m being hones
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting into when I picked up this book. I haven't seen many people talk about it but I did notice a few Twitter friends praising it and what can I say? I had to read it. Let me just tell you that this was unlike anything I've ever read! (I've been saying that a lot lately) but I mean it.

I'm so happy I gave this book a chance. It was definitely an adult fantasy. I haven't read that many books in this genre but I adored this one so much! I got through it 3 days m
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review

CW: public punishment, gore, xenophobia, kidnapping, imprisonment, death, injury, attempted murder.

From the very first sentence, I knew that I was in for a ride, reading THE WOLF OF OREN-YARO and I was definitely not wrong. Although the book was vastly and drastically different from what I expected it to be and from what it seemed to be in its very first pages, once I adjusted my expectations and got going, it blew
Maris Bave
This book was frustrating.

I feel like I was promised the story of someone who doesn't back down from adversity, who may have her heart broken but doesn't stop, who is ruthless and cunning and brave. And I only got half of that.

Queen Taliyen doesn't back down from adversity...because she makes so many poor, emotion-based decisions that she is constantly running into adversity with open arms. She has her heart broken...and hesitates at that critical moment with her husband at the end of the book
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant debut fantasy set in an Asian inspired world with a fascinating complex lead character who isn’t the monster some think she is. Loved the episodic nature of the tale leading to the wonderful finale

Full review -
Yna the Mood Reader
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: filipino-author, arc

Everyone who knows me is aware that fantasy is not really my thing. Given the chance to pick a genre, I’m a girl who goes for the romance and the contemporaries. But when Shealea posted about this, a high fantasy written by a Filipino, I was ready to go out of my comfort zone and jump on this adventure.

I’m so happy that I made this decision because this read was such a great one. From the first page, the book was able to draw me in and hook me. It’s a book I never wanted to stop reading because
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
A challenging story about complex characters in a flawed society, The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a book that takes a long time to get to a point where it offers us any answers, but it’s a fascinating journey getting there.

K.S. Villoso challenges so many conventions of the fantasy genre, it’s hard to know where you stand with the story or what to expect. It was one of those rare novels that honestly left me with no idea where it might be headed. Everytime I thought I had a grasp on a thread or a relati
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
lily ☁️
3 1/2 stars

Not to sound reproachful or judgmental or anything, but … if this book isn’t on your radar, what even are you doing with your life?

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Holly (The GrimDragon)
"Even after I became queen, the rumors continued. I was powerless to stop them. I should have been more, they said. More feminine. Subtle, the sort of woman who could hide my jibes behind a well-timed titter. I could have taken the womanly arts, learned to write poetry or brew a decent cup of tea or embroider something that didn't have my blood on it, and found ways to better please my man. Instead, Rayyel Ikessar would rather throw away the title of Dragonlord, king of Jin-Sayeng, than stay mar ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review.

I had been hearing about The Wolf of Oren-yaro for ages thanks to the wonderful folks at The Fantasy Inn, so this book was high on my list of most anticipated reads for 2020. My expectations for this book were sky high, and they were absolutely met. Combining a grim story with high stakes, political intrigue, a healthy dose of deception and betrayal, and a dash of
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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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“Betrayal has a funny way of turning your world upside-down. As familiar as I had already been with it by that point, it still amazed me how far I could stretch that moment of denial. The thought of what had been—of what could yet be—persisted. Perhaps it is not the same for most people. 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.” 7 likes
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