“They called me a “bitch”, the she-wold, because 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.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Orbit books for sending me a copy of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, I am so grateful for this opportunity. I’m not going to lie, the fact that the series is called Chronicles of the Bitch Queen drew me in immediately, along with the beautiful cover and the plot just completely finished it off for me.
GUYS THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD.
The fact that I devoured this book in less than 24 hours, should say everything. Yes, I read an almost 500 page high adult fantasy book in less than 24 hours I just loved it so much. Once you are immersed into the plot, the character and the world that the author has created for the reader you will struggle to put this book down.
I think the thing that really made me love this book was the characters and the complex way in which they are developed in book one. Tali is by far my favourite character, she endeavours to do what is best for her country and her child whilst being sassy alongside it. I did think she may be a little more sarcastic however in the grand scheme of things this isn’t a criticism, I really enjoyed her character and I am already longing for more from her. Rayyel, are we meant to like him or not? I know he is clearly not a very nice man but now I have seen his motivations alone and not jaded by Tali’s POV which we predominantly get until the end I feel like I need to find out more and learn what is in stall for them next. KHINE, OH KHINE. I love you so much. Khine is your typical loveable rogue who can do no wrong for the people that he cares for, when I first met him, in the circumstances that we are introduced to him I was not sure about him but he just grew and grew on me and now I am totally in love with his character. I mean, even the clear “baddies” I love. Yuebeck is such a complex bastard, I hate to love him. He made me feel so uncomfortable throughout.
I think another strength of the author is her world-building. From the complex building to the small touches that you will notice throughout really does help the reader understand the world that the characters are living in. The complexity of the world and the religions within it, are written that well that you will not struggle to keep up with what is happening or why. Would this book have benefitted from a glossary? Probably. Did this impact on my reading experience? Absolutely not. I enjoyed the fact that we would be predominantly be set in the present however would dip into the past learning about Tali and Rayyel’s life before and what has led them to be where they are today. This was a nice touch and really helped with my understanding and connection to the characters.
The pacing of this book is worth mentioned, just make sure you hold on tight. This is a fast paced, high action book which made me feel so many different emotions. I loved seeing everything from Tali’s point of view due to the pure fact that she is fierce and somebody who I would aspire to be. You will be faced with a twist of key information with every turn of the page which is the sole reason that I struggled to put this down. I won’t lie, I pretended to have a headache so I could have a nap upstairs undisturbed just to finish this book. Oops.
I would honestly recommend that you pick this book up. It was so so good and I already cannot wait for the next book to be released so that I can dive into this wonderful world with these wonderfully developed characters. I will be shouting about this book to all who will listen to me.