RELEASE DATE: February 26th 2019
AUTHOR: Tricia Levenseller
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
An eighteen-year-old chieftain’s daughter must find a way to kill her village’s oppressive deity if she ever wants to return home in Warrior of the Wild, the Viking-inspired YA standalone fantasy from Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King.
How do you kill a god?
As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.
“Each scar marks me as a survivor. A warrior of the wild.”
I loved Tricia Levenseller’s DOTPK duology and I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book since I’ve heard it’s a viking inspired fantasy novel. Well, Warrior Of The Wild was an entertaining stand-alone read filled with lots of action, adventure, friendship, and a dash of romance. I loved the concept. The plot was good enough but the characters and the action was great. The whole book was a wild ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Eighteen Year Old Rasmira is a chieftain’s daughter who wanted to be a warrior unlike other girls in her village. Being the heir, since young she was trained hard to become strong so that she could lead her people in the future. To become a warrior every Eighteen Year old in the village must participate in the warrior trials and anyone who fails will be banished from the village. Rasmira is pretty confident that she could win the trails but when her trial is sabotaged by the bullies of her village, she fails the test. Her father gets disappointed with her. He has no choice but to banish her to the monster filled wilderness. The only way she can return home is by completing an impossible Quest which is kill a powerful god who claims tributes from all the villages every year. Feeling betrayed, Rasmira journeys into the wild alone to hunt for the god but first she must survive the wild.
Rasmira is a strong heroine who’s determined, brave, intelligent and totally badass. Even when the odds were against her, she never gave up hope and fought till the end. After getting betrayed by someone close, she turns into a bit hard edged and has a hard time trusting others. I absolutely loved her character growth which is the best in the book. From the start, I can’t help but root for her. Her relationship with her parents was complicated and I honestly don’t like neither of them but I loved her relationship with her sisters especially Irrenia. The secondary characters are pretty good. I loved Soren and Iric. They’re totally fun. I enjoyed Iric’s sarcasm, and Soren’s sweet charm. I adored their friendship and together with Rasmira they make a great team. There’s a light romance in the book. It was kinda cute but It wasn’t as swoony as the one in DOTPK.
This book doesn’t have a complex plot. It was simply fun and entertaining filled with right amount of action and adventure. It’s not a perfect viking story but I loved this new take on it. It was refreshing. Even though some aspects were predictable, I immensely enjoyed the story. I loved all the action sequences especially the monster hunting parts. There’re also some surprising twists in the book which kept me hooked till the end. The writing was easy to understand. The book was told in Rasmira’s first person POV. As for the world building, I loved the wild setting filled with creepy monsters and all but I also wish the author provided a bit more info on the outside world and the deities.
Overall, I loved this book! It wasn’t a total perfection, but I still had a great time reading it. The story wraps up nicely with a satisfying ending. I can’t wait to read the author’s next work.
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fun, adventurous, action-packed, and short stand-alone YA fantasy novel with a strong heroine.