Waterstones The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

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Description: Intimate and epic' Evan Winter 'An action-packed plot and deep, vivid world-building' Melissa Caruso' Intricate, intimate and intensely plotted' Nicholas Eames '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 towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien inherited a deeply divided kingdom, devastated by years of war. Her marriage to the son of a rival clan was meant to herald peace, yet her fiancé disappeared before their reign could even begin. Now, years later, Talyien receives a message that will send her across on the sea. Yet what was meant as an effort to reconcile the past leaves her stranded in a land she doesn't know, with assassins at her back and no idea who she can trust. If Talyien is to survive, she must embrace her namesake. A wolf of Oren-yaro is not tamed. Further praise for The Wolf of Oren-Yaro: 'Deeply compelling and wonderfully entertaining' Josiah Bancroft 'A powerful new voice in epic fantasy' Kameron Hurley '[A] remarkable tale of non-stop tension, action and betrayal' Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'Balanced on a blade's edge between intrigue and action' Gareth Hanrahan.

 

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Author: Milica

Rating: 5

Review: I would like to sue K.S. Villoso for emotional pain and brilliant writing. Effective immediately. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was April's book of the month for my book club last year. I was originally planning on reading it later in the month for the readalong but I decided to start early because I was curious about the audiobook. AND WHAT AN AUDIO IT IS!!! The narration is AMAZING. The narrator pronounces everything clearly and I think I'd give both of my arms and legs to listen to more books narrated by her. Zero confusion my friends, ZERO. Up until chapter 9 I wasn't sure what to make of it, it was interesting but I was scared the road trip would take too long, the pacing took me a hot minute to get used to...and then chapter 9 hit and I was hooked. What I really love about this story is that whenever you think you know something, you really don't. There's always something hiding in the shadows waiting to jump out at you. SO MANY PLOT TWISTS, MY POOR BRAIN AND HEART. I love everything about this though. The writing style isn't too descriptive (except with the food, made me so hungry), the world building is excellent, the plot is good and the characters are even better. It's more character than plot driven and I love them all. Except Yuebek. All my homies hate Yuebek. He can burn in the fires of hell. Haha, fires. Talyien is a b-queen, true to her title. But she's not annoying. I really like her perspective, even though she's pining over her annoying husband Rayyel for most of the book. Rayyel I decided I hated since before I started reading and my opinion did not change. He deserves the hate. And then we have Khine who's such a delightful conning little cinnamon roll. HE'S ALWAYS THERE FOR TALYIEN, ALWAYS (yes, this is a jab at Rayyel). And he's so kind and gentle and wants to help everyone and I love him. Agos came into the picture a bit later. Not history-with-Talyien wise but plot wise and hOW DO YOU EXPECT ME NOT TO SHIP TALYIEN WITH HIM TOO K.S.??? HOW??? THIS IS SO CRUEL! I love how protective he is, he's a good match too. Another character I really like is Talyien's father. We don't see much of him but I can see why people stood beside him. Also there's dragons. We stan dragons. I hope they play a bigger part in the next books. And magic too, I loooooove the magic system. At the ending of the ebook (which I needed too, for the name spellings), there's an interview and not only did I find out the author has been working on this world for 16 years or so, but there's also more books set in it (that came before this trilogy)??? YES HELLO I WILL PROMPTLY BE READING EVERYTHING. BUT FIRST, I need to complete this trilogy so it doesn't get mixed up. And so I finished this in 6 days...meant to stretch it out longer whoops. BUT IT'S JUST SO GOOD! AND I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT THE AVERAGE RATING DOESN'T DO IT JUSTICE! THIS DESERVES 10 BILLION STARS! DROP WHATEVER YOU'RE READING AND READ THIS INSTEAD!!!

 

Author: Totnes Nigel

Rating: 3

Review: The blurb for this book looked interesting. "Queen of a divided land must unite her people even if they hate her". Additionally everything refers to her as the "Bitch Queen". In general that, as an epic/classic fantasy story, had my attention. The book follows the Bitch Queen, Talyien, in a journey to meet her husband. He left her and the kingdom five years earlier just before she was crowned and for reasons that are not clear. This is a time of warlords and warlike behaviours. Talyien crosses the sea for the meeting requested by her husband. Despite the presence of guards and advisors all does not go well and she find herself alone in a foreign and dangerous land. Certainly some of the people she encounters in her travels are interesting. There were some very diverse people who hinder or help her in her travels and troubles. Quite a few of them I found interesting. In general I also found Talyien, on her own, interesting. She is a character. I'm not sure I really get the "Bitch Queen" aspect of this. For someone who is a hard faced Dragonlord and mountain queen she often seems somewhat troubled. For someone who stopped loving her husband a long time ago she seems inordinately interested in finding him safe. She also seems quite confused about what she wants at times. To me, rather than a bitch, she tended to behave badly, and often unpleasantly, to people. A sharper, harder edge would be need for bitch. While this is generally an "epic" fantasy tale there is a lot about politics and nations. Initially I read these fairly carefully. However as time went by (and the names of states and people multiplied) I tended increasingly to skip these parts. To me they simply seemed to slow the book down and did not add enough clarity or value to the story. Talyien on her own - literally - was far more readable. However I still say that this idea of her being a "bitch queen" was unconvincing. There is quite a lot to like about this story though I did find the political aspects less good. All in all I think it is unlikely I'll read the next book in the series though I am quite sure that other fans of classic fantasy will enjoy this. Note - I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review

 

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