The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. VILLOSO: usurpers, assassins and dragons in Chronicles of the Bitch Queen

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Mabuhay, friends!

I have been so excited ever since I got chosen for Caffeine Tours’ #DethronetheDragonlord book tour! It was earlier this year when I had the opportunity to read and review The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, and I am still not over the sheer amazingness that is Queen Talyien. This is one book that, I would like to believe, is a must-read for any hardcore fantasy fan. I do hope that my review will convince you to pick up this series.



The spiral to madness begins with a single push.

Abandoned by her people, Queen Talyien’s quest takes a turn for the worst as she stumbles upon a plot deeper and more sinister than she could have ever imagined, one that will displace her king and see her son dead. The road home beckons, strewn with a tangled web of deceit and impossible horrors that unearth the nation’s true troubles – creatures from the dark, mad dragons, and men with hearts hungry for power.

To save her land, Talyien must confront the myth others have built around her: Warlord Yeshin’s daughter, symbol of peace, warrior and queen, and everything she could never be.

The price of failure is steep. Her friends are few. And a nation carved by a murderer can only be destined for war. 

๐ŸŒธ Cover artist Simon Goinard

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 ๐ŸŒธ Purchase on amazon or book depository

I received an Advanced Readerโ€™s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour. The quotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

K.S. Villoso is one hell of a writer. Not only are their characters written with distinctive personalities and all their flaws on display, but the plot of their books are so well-balanced; there’s humour, action, romance, and self-discovery. Told from Tali’s perspective, the sequel to The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a no holds barred type of book. Reading this book felt like sitting on the edge of a seat that was set on the edge of the world, and in spite of the long, painful drop, you can’t help but lean a bit more forward. K.S. Villoso is an awe-inspiring author with the way they pull the strings of the different plots. From afar it all looks so complicated but the closer you look, you begin to see the patterns they form.

For this review, I wanted to share some of the themes in The Ikessar Falcon that stood out to me.

the sins of a womanThe Ikessar Falcon is more than just about a woman on a quest to save her son. Rather, this book peels away the expectations laid upon women. For example, Tali is expected to secure her throne thought it might cost her her son; even before she became queen, her worth as a wife had been determined by her bethroted though their mistakes were the same; as Warlord Yeshin’s daughter, she is expected to be cold and calculative. It’s infuriating how Tali’s actions of cheating on her husband were held over her head by Rayyiel for years on end, and when confronted by Tali, his own excuse is the folly of youth. Tali’s “mistake” led the to ruination of her reign while Rayyiel’s were met with compassion. Gender inequality is political and The Ikessar Falcon explores these disparities through Tali’s many introspective narratives.

We cling to what is broken when we have no choice. Even love that tastes like poison, that presses like a blade on your throat, is better than gaping emptiness.

Chapter 20: The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso

the scarlet thread of a toxic family – Warlord Yeshin left his daughter a heavy legacy; one that she believed she had to fulfil. Tali consistently brings forth the ghost of her father in the form of remembered phrases and taunts. Shocking details are revealed through these flashbacks of what Tali’s relationship with her father had been like. One of the things I appreciated was how the author showed Tali’s conflict with knowing that, in spite of all his wrong doings, she loved and missed her father.

Stripped to his core, her was the one who had nothing. Stripped to mine, I was still too much Yeshin’s daughter.

Act III – Chapter 10: The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso

Each of the characters, the antagonists included, made me feel different emotions. I was actually surprised that I found myself starting to admire Lo Bahn’s character! Agos was quite the complicated one, Nor earned every bit of my respect, Rai can jump over a cliff, and Khin – oh, Khine – I’ll always have a soft heart for him. I love how distinctly each one were written with their flaws so readily on their sleeves.

The Ikessar Falcon is a highly gut-wrenching book that left me staring at the wall a while after finishing it. If you are a reader who appreciates, well-written and thoughtful themes paired with a fast paced action, I highly recommend picking up this series!


K.S. Villoso was born in a dank hospital on an afternoon in Albay, Philippines, and things have generally been okay since then. After spending most of her childhood in a slum area in Taguig (where she dodged death-defying traffic, ate questionable food, and fell into open-pit sewers more often than one ought to), she and her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, where they spent the better part of two decades trying to chase the North American Dream. She is now living amidst the forest and mountains with her family, children, and dogs in Anmore, BC.

Author Links

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Schedule: Week 1 (INTL)

September 14
๐ŸŒธ Camillea Reads
๐ŸŒธ Small Stained Pages
๐ŸŒธ Thoughts Stained With Ink

September 15
๐ŸŒธ moon & coffee.
๐ŸŒธ Novels and Nebulas
๐ŸŒธ Phrases & Pages

September 16
๐ŸŒธ Bookathon
๐ŸŒธFlipping Through the Pages
๐ŸŒธ Love Yo Shelf

September 17
๐ŸŒธ My Fangirl Chronicles
๐ŸŒธ Papertea & Bookflowers
๐ŸŒธ The Last Reader

September 18
๐ŸŒธ Heartโ€™s Content
๐ŸŒธ The Perks of Being Noura
๐ŸŒธ Vanshikaโ€™s Books

September 19
๐ŸŒธ A Cup of Cyanide
๐ŸŒธmac nโ€™ books
๐ŸŒธ Utopia State of Mind

Schedule: Week 2 (PH)

September 21
๐ŸŒธHer Book Thoughts
๐ŸŒธ jonna and her wails
๐ŸŒธ White Sky Project

September 22
๐ŸŒธ Accio! Blog
๐ŸŒธIn Between Book Pages
๐ŸŒธ Pages in Waves

September 23
๐ŸŒธ bookdragonism
๐ŸŒธ The Bookworm Daydreamer
๐ŸŒธ Musings of a Bookish Teacher

September 24
๐ŸŒธ  Afire Pages
๐ŸŒธ Rarevenclaw
๐ŸŒธ Tomes and Thoughts

September 25
๐ŸŒธ Enthralled Bookworm
๐ŸŒธ infp_bookworm
๐ŸŒธ Your Tita Kate: blog & booktube
๐ŸŒธ Ysa, not Bella.

September 26
๐ŸŒธGerald The Bookworm
๐ŸŒธ Ishiee Mouie: blog & booktube
๐ŸŒธ Oro Plata Myta
๐ŸŒธ Trihoes: live show

๐ŸŒธ Have you read The Wolf of Oren-Yaro?

๐ŸŒธ What’s your must read fantasy book?

๐ŸŒธ Who is your favourite mother figure from a fantasy book?

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7 thoughts on “The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. VILLOSO: usurpers, assassins and dragons in Chronicles of the Bitch Queen

  1. riv @ small stained pages says:

    oh my gosh I love your breakdown of the themes!! this book honestly made me so nervous I literally was pacing while reading โ€“ I loved how KS Villoso explored the connection of familial expectations and legacy and just seeing how Talyien developed as a character.


  2. evelynreads1 says:

    I just got the ebook for book one, and I’m so excited to pick it up! I’ve only heard amazing things!
    (Didn’t read the review, since I don’t want to accidently spoil myself haha) I’m very glad you loved this one!


    Liked by 1 person

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