Hello everyone! Today is my stop on The Ikessar Falcon blog tour hosted by Caffeine Book Tours. This sequel was one of my most anticipated especially because I loved The Wolf of Oren-Yaro so much. You can read my review of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro here.
Synopsis: The stunning sequel to The Wolf of Oren-yaro where the queen of a divided land struggles to unite her people. Even if they despise her.
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.
Publication Date: September 22, 2020 (Orbit Books)
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Trigger Warnings:violence, mentions of blood and war
The Ikessar Falcon was a stunning sequel to the first book. It was intense and picks up right from page one. The book continues the journey of Queen Talyien wherein she navigates the world after the ending events of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro. In this book, we read about Tali being more vulnerable. We see her being weak, being strong and just overall, trying to survive and figure things out. We also see how other characters meet and try to fit in Tali’s story and the roles they play in her life.
The characters were great but my feelings remain the same as I had felt in the first book. I still hate the characters I did in the first book. I do love Khine more than ever now! I had loved his sweet self in book one and this book just cemented him as one of my favourites. We are also introduced to many new and interesting characters who fit well into the story and kept it intriguing. The plot was intricate and I also liked how there was always something happening and it keeps you on the edge of the seat. It was filled with political intrigue and the mind games and I loved how this was handled by the author.
My favourite part of the book was the writing. It was really good and keeps you engaged. I also loved the world building which grows more vast and detailed in this book. It’s simply stunning and it was all described so well. One of my favourite things about this series is how intense it is while not being too heavy and I’m glad it continues to be so in this book too.
Overall, I highly recommend this series if you’re a fan of intense and character driven adult fantasy. It will keep you on the edge of the seat with its beautiful writing and intricate world building. I can’t wait to read the third book and find out what happens next!
Thank you to the publisher Orbit Books and Caffeine Book Tours for providing me with a physical ARC of The Ikessar Falcon. All opinions are my own.
I am also sharing some of my favourite intense fantasies:The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
This was one of my recent reads and I truly loved it so much! It was intense and filled with intrigue. It surprised me in the best of ways and it was also dark and creepy which gave it a perfect touch.
How can I mention intense fantasies and not mention The Poppy War. This series is stunning in every way and I could never recommend it enough. It will keep you hooked and give you pain and I think you should not miss out on such a book.
This book is intense right from page one. It will keep you hooked and the story makes it impossible to stop reading it. The meddling gods, the messy family and revenge is all simply awesome. Read this book already!!!
This is another series which is so beautiful. It’s filled to the brim with politics and intrigue and the tension makes it difficult to stop reading once you start. Also this book has some of my favourite characters ever.
This series NEEDS to be read by everyone. Its dark and gritty filled with intense story lines and a plot you can’t help but fall in love with it. With the fourth and last part releasing soon, it’s the perfect time to read the series.
Some of my favourite quotes:ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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