A debut epic fantasy where 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 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.
'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 crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves, which nearly tore her nation apart. But her arranged marriage with the son of a rival clan should herald peaceful days to come.
However, her fiance's sudden departure before their reign begins puts a quick end to those dreams, and the kingdom is fractured beyond repair.
Years later, Talyien receives a message, one that will send her across the sea. What's meant to be an effort at reconciling the past becomes an assassination attempt. Stranded in a land she doesn't know, with no idea whom she can trust, Talyien will have to embrace her namesake.
A wolf of Oren-yaro is not tamed.
A powerful new voice in epic fantasy. Villoso deftly creates an intricate and compelling world of high fantasy intrigue and adventure dominated by a crafty, whip-smart heroine determined to unite her kingdom at any cost. - Kameron Hurley, author of THE LIGHT BRIGADE
A tale balanced on the blade's-edge between intrigue and action - and then Villoso twists the knife - Gareth Hanrahan, author of THE GUTTER PRAYER
[A] remarkable tale of nonstop tension, action, and betrayal . . . This excellent work will appeal to all readers of epic fantasy. - Publishers Weekly (starred review)