"Intimate and epic. It compels you to read on." - Evan Winter, author of The Rage of Dragons
"Villoso's cunning, exciting debut is a new fantasy epic that readers will clamor for." - Library Journal (starred review)
From "a powerful new voice in fantasy" (Kameron Hurley) comes the tale of a queen who must unite her divided land, even if she's hated by the very people she's trying to protect.
"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 her kingdom, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves. It nearly tore her nation apart. But her arranged marriage to the son of a rival clan heralds peace.
However, he suddenly disappears before their reign can begin, and the kingdom is fractured beyond repair.
Years later, he sends a mysterious invitation to meet. Talyien journeys across the sea in hopes of reconciling their past. An assassination attempt quickly dashes those dreams. 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.
"Intricate, intimate, and intensely plotted." - Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld
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The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng
Villoso (Sapphire's Flight) begins her Annals of the Bitch Queen series with this remarkable tale of nonstop tension, action, and betrayal. In a fantasy realm, Queen Talyien's position has become increasingly untenable. Five years ago, Prince Rayyel, her husband, left the night before their joint crowning, which was to have brought peace to their war-torn kingdom of Jin-Sayeng. Instead, Talyien has ruled alone as best she could. She eventually receives a letter from Rayyel asking her to meet him in the city of Anzhao, across the sea in the Zarojo Empire, but assassins interrupt the meeting and Tal finds herself alone with Khine, a local chance-met con, as her sole ally. Fearing to trust officials of Anzhao and not knowing the fate of Rayyel, Talyien risks a journey to the city of Zorheng, only to find that its prince, Yuebek, has designs on her hand and kingdom. Villoso's allusions to mad dragons and magical entities will leave readers wanting more of her world. Her queen is an intelligent and physically capable woman facing a whirlwind of treachery. The pace is breakneck but never exhausting. This excellent work will appeal to all readers of epic fantasy. (BookLife)