[Review] The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso

*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
Author: K.S. Villoso
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: February 18, 2020

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.divider_line (1)Review:

HOLY SHIT THIS BOOK. I honestly didn’t really have any idea what to expect, but DAMN. This was a ride! I’ll be honest, this book kind of started with the classic fantasy *insert worldbuilding here* and I felt overwhelmed until I hit the 50 page mark. That’s the exact moment I absolutely could not put it down. I was so consumed by the story and had to keep going. You know that moment when you’re reading and then things just start happening and you just get this major adrenaline rush? Yeah. About sums it up. I’m not going to spoil anything but there was a moment that shook me to the core and I had to put the book down and stare at the ceiling for about ten minutes to fully process that twist. Tali goes through so much and I really enjoyed the progression of her character throughout the story. She’s a badass queen who just needs a nap after dealing with everything thrown at her. You’ll enjoy this story if you love:

-love to hate relationships
-heart-stopping action and fast-paced plots
-political intrigue
-endless twists and slow reveals
-betrayal and murder plots
-a hint of romance
-loveable con artists
-badass queens who find themselves in life-threatening situations
-dragons and mages
-books that make you scream
-unexpected villains and allies

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