Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (February 26, 2019)
Print Length: 329 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
Narrator: Marisa Calin
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.
Warrior of the Wild was the next book I chose to read in a sub genre that has come to emerge as one of my favourites, Viking Fantasy. With Sky in the Deep and Beyond a Darkened Shore being two of my favourite reads of last year, Warrior of the Wild had a lot to live up to and boy did it not disappoint.
The book’s structure was impeccable. From the ease of the narration, to the pacing being able to not only grip but leave no stone unturned so far as world building goes, Warrior of the Wild is a novel I would recommend if you are in the midst of a reading slump.
The characters were equally as exquisite. I enjoyed Rasmira’s character arc, how she went from someone who couldn’t trust anyone to someone who learned to trust those who had earned it. Her ability to remain stedfast in her mission to make it back to her village, despite the odds stacked against her, whilst also learning that one can still be a leader when allowing others to take the lead made her a heroine worth following. Likewise, I also enjoyed the characters of Soren and Irik. Each brought their own failures to the fellowship, but also strengths needed to ensure they made it right at the end of the day. Also, it seems good to mention that the relationship between Rasmira and Soren seems organic, with the enemies to lovers trope being utilized, and I have to commend Levenseller’s ability to not turn the friendship between the three into a love triangle.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller. Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.