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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 f 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.


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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 f 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.

30 review for Warrior of the Wild

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Levenseller

    I have officially finished the last edits for this book! I’m very proud of how it turned out, and I’d like to clarify a few things. First, this book is Viking-INSPIRED. It is not straight up Viking. For the most part, the world building is entirely made up, but you will see some Viking similarities. I’ve also been asked a lot whether or not there is a romance in this book. There is. I honestly don’t think I could ever write a book without one. Also, this book is a stand-alone. No sequels or spin I have officially finished the last edits for this book! I’m very proud of how it turned out, and I’d like to clarify a few things. First, this book is Viking-INSPIRED. It is not straight up Viking. For the most part, the world building is entirely made up, but you will see some Viking similarities. I’ve also been asked a lot whether or not there is a romance in this book. There is. I honestly don’t think I could ever write a book without one. Also, this book is a stand-alone. No sequels or spinoffs. I am, however, contracted for another book (a brand new fantasy) that will release in 2020. More on that later, though.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    3.5/3.75* Video review - https://youtu.be/zoBNGM4nViQ?t=70

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Dawn

    Maybe I should just stop reading YA. They're all the fucking same (Obviously not ALL of them. But most of them). Loads of potential, all wasted on an unnecessary, forced romance and an annoying extremely basic protagonist. Ugh.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Vikings? Say no more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    "Each scar marks me as a survivor.  A Warrior of the Wild." Tricia Levenseller knocks it out of the part for me again.  I just adore her writing and her strong, intelligent female characters.  She also has her banter game on-point. It's not secret that I'm a huge fan of Tricia's debut duology Daughter of the Pirate King and when I heard she was writing a viking inspired story, I was pretty excited to say the least.  Did it live up to my expectations? Of course it did! Rasmira, our protagonist, "Each scar marks me as a survivor.  A Warrior of the Wild." Tricia Levenseller knocks it out of the part for me again.  I just adore her writing and her strong, intelligent female characters.  She also has her banter game on-point. It's not secret that I'm a huge fan of Tricia's debut duology Daughter of the Pirate King and when I heard she was writing a viking inspired story, I was pretty excited to say the least.  Did it live up to my expectations? Of course it did! Rasmira, our protagonist, is a very likeable character and it's really easy to get on her side and root for her survival and success.  She has a lovely relationship with her sister, a complicated one with her father and a nightmare of one with her mother.  The story starts off with Rasmira practicing for the trials for joining the warrior ranks.  There are some bullies that seem to have it out for Rasmira because she is the daughter of their leader and feels she gets too much special treatment.  I won't say much about that but my heart hurts even thinking of what they do to her.  The stakes are high right off the bat because we learn that anyone that doesn't pass the trials will be banished from their village to go survive on their own in the wild.  The only way they can come back home is if they completely an impossible task (their matugr).  She, of course, fails her trial and is banished with the task to kill a God that has been terrorizing the villages forever.  Eek! When she is banished to the wild, it doesn't take that long before she meets a couple of other boys that have been outcasted from their villages, for the same reason, as well.  She meets Soren, who is a very sweet and loyal boy that purposely lost his trial so he could go help his friend Iric.  Then we have bratty but genius little Iric, who I completely adored.  His wit and sarcasm were top notch.  He is also gay and desperately missing his boyfriend that he had to leave at his village. He might have been my favorite honestly and I would love a companion novel that featured Iric, his partner and all his crazy inventions.  I felt like his character, along with Rasimra's had the most growth. While in the wild, there are lots of insane creatures which were really fun and very well-detailed.  It can get a little gory at times, but nothing that would bother most people I don't think.  Just monster gore.  The three characters are trying to accomplish their impossible tasks together, so we get lots of action and cool scenes.  Rasmira also has to beat a God, which is a lot of fun.  I won't say much about any of this though. Probably my favorite thing about Tricia's writing is that it gives enough character development and world building that you are satisfied but it's also not at all complicated.  If you still want to stay in the fantasy realm but need a little palette cleanser  from high fantasy, this is perfect for it. Overall, this was a fun ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.  This is a standalone fantasty, so it's not a huge commitment and it reads very fast.  I think a lot of people will have a good time with this one. Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for the physical arc in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 Viking inspired stars! Warrior of the Wild is about Rasmina, a young warrior girl who is sabotaged during her village's test and banished to the wild with an impossible task: kill the local god they pay tribute to and she can come back. While banished Rasmina meets two boys who have been in the wild a year since they were banished from their own village when they failed their tests. Together, the three of them help to defeat their tasks in the hopes of returning home. I discovered Levenseller 4 Viking inspired stars! Warrior of the Wild is about Rasmina, a young warrior girl who is sabotaged during her village's test and banished to the wild with an impossible task: kill the local god they pay tribute to and she can come back. While banished Rasmina meets two boys who have been in the wild a year since they were banished from their own village when they failed their tests. Together, the three of them help to defeat their tasks in the hopes of returning home. I discovered Levenseller when I got her first book in my owlcrate (Daughter of the Pirate King) and she has yet to let me down. This book is her third novel and while it had a slow start, I ended up really enjoying it. Levenseller's gift is creating new worlds with strong female characters. I find myself completely absorbed in the story when I read her books, and that's all I really want from a reading experience: something compelling. This book is worth a read! It had a quiet release but I am hoping it will gain some popularity. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    4 stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 From the author who brought us Daughter of the Pirate King- Warrior of the Wild has a well thought out plot and non-stop action from the very first page. With twists and turns, almost from the very start, I could not help but be captivated by this Viking-type story. We follow MC Rasmira, youngest of 6 girls, all born to the village leader. Her father has raised her to be a warrior- and to be the one to take his place as ruler in the future. She is good at everything she does- and 4 stars!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 From the author who brought us Daughter of the Pirate King- Warrior of the Wild has a well thought out plot and non-stop action from the very first page. With twists and turns, almost from the very start, I could not help but be captivated by this Viking-type story. We follow MC Rasmira, youngest of 6 girls, all born to the village leader. Her father has raised her to be a warrior- and to be the one to take his place as ruler in the future. She is good at everything she does- and for that, has made some enemies in her village. Something happens and she is forced out of her village to act as tribute and is given the impossible task of killing the god that threatens their lands. I really enjoyed the easy flow of this book, the pace was just fantastic. The world building was really well written. There is a slow burn romance, but also a good bit of blood and guts as well as many action scenes. The creatures in the Wild are fierce and unique. To me this book reminded me at times of The Hunger Games- and The Maze Runner. Being a fan of both- I was captivated and drawn into this story. Rasmiras character growth, along with some other characters in the book, was refreshing. Warrior of the Wild had a great overall message and I totally recommend it if you're looking for an engrossing, addictive, fast paced read. Thank you to Netgalley for generously providing this Arc in return for an honest review!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Meadows

    Loved it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    COVER REVEAL!!! And I love it =D --- Now reading the posted synopsis and I just have to say, Vikings!!? Hell yes! --- Loved the author's debut! I am excited to read more of her work.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Welcome to my stop on the tour for Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller! Today I have a moodboard to share with you, but I also wanted to give you a very short recap about how I felt about the book! Because spoiler, it's awesome.  Oh hi, this book is awesome. And frankly, I'd feel remiss if I didn't tell you so. Even though this isn't actually a review post, here's some reasons to You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Welcome to my stop on the tour for Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller! Today I have a moodboard to share with you, but I also wanted to give you a very short recap about how I felt about the book! Because spoiler, it's awesome.  Oh hi, this book is awesome. And frankly, I'd feel remiss if I didn't tell you so. Even though this isn't actually a review post, here's some reasons to read this book: Badass main character who has to face a lot of inner demons and decide if she can/will change for the better. Unlearning bad lessons is never fun, even if you are a warrior. Lots of friendship/family/romance along the way! The other characters are really well done, too. Survival, ftw! I love me a good survivin' in the woods story. Adventure is blended perfectly with character development. I could not put this book down, basically. Easily one of the best books I have read so far this year. The Moodboard (With a special shout out to Rashika for helping me search for the right stuff when I was frantically moving and googling "treehouses" at the same time.) So, does this book sound awesome to you too? Do you love a survival story? 

  12. 5 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: YA Fantasy Type: Standalone POV: First Person - Female Rating: Rasmira Bendrauggo longed to be normal and unburdened by expectations. As the daughter and heiress apparent of the village leader, she was expected to excel in her upcoming Trials. But what supposed to be an easy victory turned into a fight for survival in the harsh land of the Wild. I also know that true strength comes from being willing to fail in order to progress. That—if nothing else—is what I have learned from my mattugr Genre: YA Fantasy Type: Standalone POV: First Person - Female Rating: Rasmira Bendrauggo longed to be normal and unburdened by expectations. As the daughter and heiress apparent of the village leader, she was expected to excel in her upcoming Trials. But what supposed to be an easy victory turned into a fight for survival in the harsh land of the Wild. I also know that true strength comes from being willing to fail in order to progress. That—if nothing else—is what I have learned from my mattugr. I love the friendship between the characters and how they learned to rise up and support each other when needed. Sometimes the characters seemed too young but I did find their antics amusing. Even though I appreciate the romantic element in the story, I felt they were more believable as friends. But honor cannot be given. It is something that you find within yourself. Overall, I enjoyed the storyline with the personal quests and self-discovery. However, the story was somewhat predictable and things left unanswered. I’d also prefer the story to have more intensity. Warrior of the Wild is a tale of comradery and survival. It would appeal to readers looking for a Viking inspired YA Fantasy. For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roobie

    ⭐2 stars⭐ You may know what is best for you, but you have no right to say what is best for someone else. I spent most of the book being annoyed at the main characters. I found them childish and I couldn't connect with them at all. Which is sad because I was looking forward to a Viking story but if the characters don't do it for me then nothing will. Thank god for mean Iric and the few moments of joy he gave me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joleen (starlightbooktales)

    4.5 Stars Warrior of the Wild was an inspiring adventure that I didn’t know I needed! From the first page, I was immersed into the beautiful world that Tricia Levenseller created and I had the most difficult time putting the book down. This book centers around Rasmira, a young warrior who is intent on following her father's footsteps and become the leader of their village. Each warrior must pass a coming-of-age trial and young Rasmira has never been more ready to take her place as heir. During the 4.5 Stars Warrior of the Wild was an inspiring adventure that I didn’t know I needed! From the first page, I was immersed into the beautiful world that Tricia Levenseller created and I had the most difficult time putting the book down. This book centers around Rasmira, a young warrior who is intent on following her father's footsteps and become the leader of their village. Each warrior must pass a coming-of-age trial and young Rasmira has never been more ready to take her place as heir. During the trial, she is betrayed and is now exiled from her home. To earn her place back amongst her village, she must survive out in the wild and kill the God who torments the villages. With an impossible task ahead of her, Rasmira must find the secret to killing the God so she can be the leader she was destined to be. For the full review Warrior of the Wild Review Find me here: Blog | Bookstagram

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    "A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all." -Warrior of the Wild (PREACH, TRICIA!) I have loved Levenseller's two previous books (Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen) and was eagerly anticipating her third on a wholly new fantasy topic. Warrior of the Wild features a strong woman warrior protagonist who is up against seemingly impossible odds. The novel gallops at breakneck speed toward its epic conclusion and includes a soft twist of "A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all." -Warrior of the Wild (PREACH, TRICIA!) I have loved Levenseller's two previous books (Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen) and was eagerly anticipating her third on a wholly new fantasy topic. Warrior of the Wild features a strong woman warrior protagonist who is up against seemingly impossible odds. The novel gallops at breakneck speed toward its epic conclusion and includes a soft twist of romance. Levenseller has quickly become one of my favorite authors -- not YA authors, not women authors, not fantasy authors, just hands-down favorite authors -- because of her ability to write a clean, yet complex story where women are both strong and soft, fierce and merciful. She allows Rasmira to cry even though she could kill any beast or mortal who crossed her path. Romance is always a part of her stories without overshadowing the main plot. She does not shy away from building characters who are infinitely layered and I laud her for it. Warrior of the Wild is brutal and immersive, with an interesting fantasy element, relatable characters, great writing, and a satisfying ending. This book will definitely find a home on the shelf at my library and I am already anticipating Levenseller's next novel. Thank you to NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I really liked this take on Vikings. It’s definitely not a “Viking story” it’s just heavily influenced by Norse mythology and culture. But I do love me a good badass female protagonist, which is what Raz is. For being such a short standalone, there’s some good character growth and world development packed in there. Definitely a fun story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bright Star

    This book was so shallow and predictable and with flat characters, that I almost fell asleep while reading it. To think I loooved Daughter of the Pirate King while this one was a huge flop. What a disappointment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Warrior of the Wild was pretty awesome. It was a quick read that showed that they might be challenges that seem insurmountable but when you effectively exert yourself you will succeed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Chamberlin

    2.5 I think this is the final nail in the coffin in that I am not a fan of Tricia's writing style. It just takes me forever to sort through it, and I never seem to build any connections with the characters. Rasmira is going through a lot throughout this story and in her life. Her village and others around them are governed by this malevolent god who takes whatever he wants whether thats through crops, minerals, or women, and people are filled with fear. Rasmira stumbles upon this and is forever sc 2.5 I think this is the final nail in the coffin in that I am not a fan of Tricia's writing style. It just takes me forever to sort through it, and I never seem to build any connections with the characters. Rasmira is going through a lot throughout this story and in her life. Her village and others around them are governed by this malevolent god who takes whatever he wants whether thats through crops, minerals, or women, and people are filled with fear. Rasmira stumbles upon this and is forever scarred by what she witnesses. Then in the test of her life, Rasmira is betrayed and cheated out of her title as heir. She is banished into the wilderness, which is basically a death sentence, and it's her initial experiences that really lead the reader to truly be set against the villagers old ways. You feel for Rasmira because the system was messed with and ultimately ruined her life. The story then follows her journey in the wild, trying to win back her honor. Along the way she meets her love interest and a good friend, and they all call into play what this honor system really means. Why were they banished? What did they really do wrong? They all have an interesting dynamic, but the friend of the love interest was ultimately my favorite. The romance for Rasmira I don't think needed to be there because it felt forced and unnatural. Instantaneous, to be honest. I'm incredibly picky with romances, which I always seem to state in reviews haha, but this one annoyed me to no end. Rasmira has major trust issues. I understand that completely, but at times her struggles just didn't seem real. They felt stretched out to new lengths that should never have been made. You know when you just can’t agree with how a character acts? That was me. I know she was healing, but eventually, she was just being distrustful for the plot, not for her. The story ultimately was predictable, and while the strong female message is great, it didn't feel as impactful as most. It was just there to be there, in my opinion. I'd skip out on this book if I were you. My journey to find a great viking/ Norse influenced book continues. Thank you to Macmillan for sending me an ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa H

    I literally read this entire book in one sitting, only getting up to grab more snacks! This story is about a young girl who is to go through the trials for her to become a warrior and an adult in her village. Needless to say, she does not pass. She is to be banished from her home and family; and in order to regain her honor she must defeat the god who has plagued the villages for centuries by killing him. These tests are given to every person who does not pass their trials in each village. When I literally read this entire book in one sitting, only getting up to grab more snacks! This story is about a young girl who is to go through the trials for her to become a warrior and an adult in her village. Needless to say, she does not pass. She is to be banished from her home and family; and in order to regain her honor she must defeat the god who has plagued the villages for centuries by killing him. These tests are given to every person who does not pass their trials in each village. When banished she now must go to the wild where no other person has entered in a very long time. The wild is filled with danger from predators to poisonous plants. There she meets two boys who each have their own quests to take on, but living in the wild for a whole year has left them with no hope of ever going back home. This is an amazing story of survival, family dynamics, friendship, and basically a main character who is pretty bad a$$. I personally found myself more enthralled with this story than her previous others and caught myself laughing pretty hard at some of the characters and the things that would pop out of their mouths. It was a wonderful read that I really enjoyed!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina The Trash Queen

    VIKINGS that’s all I had to know to want to read this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    Very simple and straightforward. This would probably be a good pick for that tough to source 11-14 year old age group. It is a fairly unchallenging read but has some good messages about not letting other people define you. A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all...You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crazy4Books

    The main character Rasmira and the two side characters Soren and Iric had distinct and well developped personalities. After Rasmira was betrayed I couldn't help, but become invested in her getting justice which made me feel connected to her. Her realisation that expressing emotions had no bearing on her skills as a warrior was a beautiful thing to witness. I absolutely adored the romance and Soren is now one of my favorite love interest. We need more men who love and support strong women. He was The main character Rasmira and the two side characters Soren and Iric had distinct and well developped personalities. After Rasmira was betrayed I couldn't help, but become invested in her getting justice which made me feel connected to her. Her realisation that expressing emotions had no bearing on her skills as a warrior was a beautiful thing to witness. I absolutely adored the romance and Soren is now one of my favorite love interest. We need more men who love and support strong women. He was just this sweet cinnamon roll full of positivity. I liked how he was persistant in getting Rasmira to like him without being creepy about it. His best friend Iric on the other hand had a cynical attitude that hid a caring, brave and hardworking spirit. I liked how their qualities balanced each other out. Rasmiras determination to find a way home made the two boys believe it was possible while their resourcefulness and experience living in the wild really came in handy. I thought Rasmiras leadership skills shined through when she got the two boys to talk it out so they could move on from past mistakes and work together as a team. I just loved them as a group and how they slowly came to care for each other. All three characters got some great development. Rasimira learned to become a better leader, while Soren learned to let go of his guilt, and Iric learned to take responsibility. Their decisions made sense to me and they all felt like authentic people. We get a couple antagonists with the cruel god being the main one, but theres also a couple boys from her village who have it out for Rasnmira as well as her mothers resentment causing some serious friction between them. Not to mention her fathers total lack of help when she was facing banishment. At first I was unsure about the whole parents as villain trope. I know not all parents are good to their children, but since I cant relate it was difficult for me to see it as believable. However the way it all played out in the end was very satisfying. Proving her parents wrong and standing up for herself added a wonderful layer of emotion to the story. While Rasmiras relationship with her parents was strained, I found her relationship with her sisters super heartwarming. I thought the viking inspired world had some fascinating elements to it. There's the cruel god with mysterious powers that comes around every year demanding tribute while the villages actually follow a religion that worships a female goddess. We also get a few unique and deadly creatures. The main ones reminding me of insects but like a huge terrifying version. Plus their journey leads them to discover new and rare beasts. I appreciate little unusual details like how nothing is made of wood because it would all crumble within a few days. I thought the world building elements were all introduced in a way that made it effortless to understand, especially since there wasnt any new magic system to learn. Despite the lack of magic the characters find different uses from materials in their natural environment that was pretty awesome. The plot consisted of different quests that I thought were lot of fun and kept the pace engaging. We also got some compelling tension with the wilds being so dangerous. I predicted some of the twists, but I still felt strong emotions when they happened. The writing was straight to the point and easy to get immersed in which I really liked since we still got fleshed out characters and an interesting world. The story takes place over a couple months and the passing of time was written in seamlessly. The dialogue felt natural and had some cute banter. The lovely message that woman can be both strong and express their emotions is highlighted in a couple wonderful passages. Im happy with how the story was wrapped up in a standalone, but I loved it so much I hope we get more in the future. *This book was received for an honest review

  24. 5 out of 5

    milou ☁️

    I've been cast out and rejected by my village. I've been sleeping on the ground in the wild. I have a ridiculous boy following me everywhere I go. But I am a warrior! I am Rasmira Bendraggo, and I'm going to kill this beast. Wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Rasmira has spend her whole life trying to live up to her family's expectations, and certainly those of her father. She is trained a warrior and will one day be the ruler of her village. But then she's banished into the wild after faili I've been cast out and rejected by my village. I've been sleeping on the ground in the wild. I have a ridiculous boy following me everywhere I go. But I am a warrior! I am Rasmira Bendraggo, and I'm going to kill this beast. Wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Rasmira has spend her whole life trying to live up to her family's expectations, and certainly those of her father. She is trained a warrior and will one day be the ruler of her village. But then she's banished into the wild after failing her trail. The only way that she can return to her village and to regain her honour is by completing her challenge, which for her is killing a god. Yes, you read that right. A god! I already felt for Rasmira because she had to leave her whole life behind and had to survive in the wild, which is an incredibly cruel fate since there are many dangerous creatures that will not hesitate to attack you. The wild changes you. Thankfully Rasmira isn't all alone out there in the wild and she becomes friends with two boys from a neigboring village, Soren and Irik who both have failed their trials as well. I liked how close the three of them became and how much they taught each other about life and surviving. Their friendship is surely important. This was definitely a book that sucked me right in. I was a fan of all of the characters and there is even a lgtb side character, to which I had to let out a little scream when I found that out. This is a great read about vikings and about women who will not do what men tell them to do. Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm ↠ 4 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Minni Mouse

    DNF at 4% because this is Daughter of the Pirate King with fantasy Vikings...but if we're in a Viking-inspired era, why are there glass windows? Glass windows that weren't commonly used until England in the early 1600s? Beyond that, I disliked this book almost immediately. The main heroine is already too stupid to live as she loses her mind over a boy who's clearly manipulating her for his own purpose. If you're looking for a good fantasy Viking book, pick up Sky in the Deep.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    "A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all." Warrior of the Wild presents us eighteen-year-old Rasmira, a girl that has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village in a fictional world inspired in Vikings but with its own mythology and creatures. Our heroine is the daughter of the Village's Leader and her father places upon her big expectations and also, a little bit of special treatment. Because of this, and because she is actually th "A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all." Warrior of the Wild presents us eighteen-year-old Rasmira, a girl that has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village in a fictional world inspired in Vikings but with its own mythology and creatures. Our heroine is the daughter of the Village's Leader and her father places upon her big expectations and also, a little bit of special treatment. Because of this, and because she is actually the best warrior in the group, Rasmira is outcast by her peers, those warriors who train alongside her want nothing to do with her: some hate her, some fear her, some envy her. Nothing of that is able to make her give up of what she trained so hard to achieve: becoming a warrior, becoming a leader, to be her father's proud legacy. Then she is betrayed in her final trial to become a warrior. Those who fail the trial must be exiled into the Wild. Rasmira finds no support in her parents, and her only supporters are her sisters. There is a god in the Wilderness who plagues the villages demanding tributes every year, and so, to recover her lost honor and regain her place in the village, Rasmira is given the hardest trial ever: Kill the cruel god. And so, she leaves. She ends up meeting two boys from another village who also failed their trials, Soren and Iric. And the adventure begins. My favorite character, hands down, was Rasmira. There were, of course, some angsty moments, but she was really focused on her goal and she was a BADASS. She was a good warrior and strategist. Rasmira's determination was infallible. She matured a lot through the book and at the end I was very proud of her. The story did not keep me guessing much I confess. The main twists, I saw them coming, but it did not take my enjoyment away, and I really liked the way the author writes. My favorite parts of the book were the interactions she had with Soren and Iric and how their relationships developed. Soren and Iric were really great characters: Soren really irked me with his insta-love, but then I grew to love him bit by bit, he was as stubborn as Rasmira, protective, but a sweet, sweet man. Iric was amazing and my second favorite character in the book. He was angry, angsty. And such a dork too, his remarks about Soren and Rasmira always made smile. Iric is such a good character, once you get to know his real feelings. The fighting scenes were written particularly well and the book is filled with those. There were, of course, some things I disliked: the overused trope of parents being villainized; The "womanizer" trope; the villain Peruxolo's big revelation which to me I saw it coming from his very first encounter with Rasmira; the lack of interaction of Rasmira with her sisters (she only interacted with one and honestly I don't think the other sisters made any difference in the story, most of the times I forgot she even had more than one sister); and finally the "bad" boys group (aka plot device) that bullied Rasmira was given uniquely the "villain" tag and nothing more of them was shown or their motivations really clear of why they hated her that much. I think I would have liked to see at least one of them becoming more than the usual "Bully" stereotypical character. Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun reading this book and it reminded me a little of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. If you seek strong, fiery heroines with a strong will and endurance, sweet romance and adventure, you will probably enjoy this!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    I feel similarly towards this as I did Daughter of the Pirate King in the sense that I can very much see the flaws that should've ruined my reading experience, yet nonetheless, I enjoyed it. Tricia Levenseller has now become an author whom I trust in a similar way I trust Marie Lu and Leigh Bardugo, except unlike them whom I expect to write deep, moving stories with complex characters, I expect Levenseller to simply write fun stories. Because here's the thing; her books are not these overly compli I feel similarly towards this as I did Daughter of the Pirate King in the sense that I can very much see the flaws that should've ruined my reading experience, yet nonetheless, I enjoyed it. Tricia Levenseller has now become an author whom I trust in a similar way I trust Marie Lu and Leigh Bardugo, except unlike them whom I expect to write deep, moving stories with complex characters, I expect Levenseller to simply write fun stories. Because here's the thing; her books are not these overly complicated literary masterpieces, they are simply engaging with lovable characters and humorous dialogue. The majority of this book follows only three characters; Rasmira and the two boys she meets while banished, Soren and Iric (note that although there's two guys there is no love triangle, thankfully). And honestly, I didn't need anymore characters. Something Levenseller excels with is her dialogue and the main characters themselves. This book isn't constantly moving the plot forward but honestly I didn't care, the trio was enough to keep me entertained. Now that's not to say that the plot is lacking, I also enjoyed reading about Ramsira trying to figure out how to kill the god. And although I found some of those plot twist a wee bit predictable, I enjoyed it nonetheless. And thankfully one of my predictions on how to kill the god easily didn't come true (view spoiler)[shooting him with a stone arrow, although it might've worked? Reasons I would survive in this fantasy world (hide spoiler)] , otherwise the climax wouldn't have been nearly as epic. It also gave Ranger's Apprentice vibes and I was obsessed with that series a few years back, I can also see Throne of Glass fans liking this for it being a YA fantasy with a strong heroine who likes feminine things. I recommend this to fans of those series. Now as I mentioned this isn't a perfect book. I found the world building to be a bit lacking and didn't make the most sense (why are there only seven villages? Why don't they fight each other? What's the outside world like? Etc) and some of the more minor characters were a little painfully underdeveloped (I'm looking at you aros). Also about the very ending (view spoiler)[is it just me or did what Rasmira did to her mother seem a little harsh? (hide spoiler)] . However these didn't significantly impact my enjoyment. On a side note: don't expect authentic vikings. It is very much just viking inspired, as in pretty much the only viking thing in this is the aesthetic. They don't sail, their religion is closer to a monotheistic religion than Norse mythology (yeah there's a god Rasmira's trying to kill but a) nobody seems to consider him a respectable god and b) we only learn about one other god, a goddess who seems closer to God than anyone from Norse mythology, though she might be slightly inspired by Freya?), and although women are allowed to fight there aren't nearly as many warrior women as the vikings actually had. Prereview January 2018. 2018 has barely even started and I already have 2019 books to wait for.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tracy (Cornerfolds)

    Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com! Tricia Levenseller is an author I have heard a ton about but never read before now. Although pirates never really struck my interest, this Viking-inspired book most definitely did! I was intrigued by this female character being tasked to kill the god and couldn't wait to get my hands on this beautiful book! Rasmira has spent her entire life preparing to lead her village as her father's heir. She's a warrior-in-training and just needs to pass her final tr Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com! Tricia Levenseller is an author I have heard a ton about but never read before now. Although pirates never really struck my interest, this Viking-inspired book most definitely did! I was intrigued by this female character being tasked to kill the god and couldn't wait to get my hands on this beautiful book! Rasmira has spent her entire life preparing to lead her village as her father's heir. She's a warrior-in-training and just needs to pass her final trial before being considered a true warrior. When she's betrayed by someone she trusts and her trial is sabotaged, her father has no choice but to banish her and assign an unbeatable task in line with their customs. Banishment is as good as a death sentence because of the dangers of the wilds outside the villages. Unlike many, though, Rasmira doesn't accept that her task isn't one she can complete and sets out fully intending to restore her honor and return to her village. I. Loved. Rasmira. She was such an incredible, strong heroine and I loved her persistence from the very first page! Although she had moments of doubt, she never let herself be swayed from her goal and always kept fighting. She was fierce and a complete badass and I would love to read a whole series about her adventures! I also must mention the two incredible side characters of this story, Soren and Iric. Both have managed to survive the wild against all odds and fully intend to live out their lives there, with no plans of attempting their quests. Rasmira befriends them and helps them both to be their best selves and, of course, there's super swoony romance! These three were so wonderful together. Their friendship, even without the romance, was wonderful and refreshing. But let's talk about the world of this book! I admittedly have not watched Vikings. I don't watch many Viking movies or shows or read many Viking-inspired books, but this absolutely planted me right in the middle of the world and made me feel like I was there. I was especially fascinated by the god's mountain and his lair. I would have perhaps liked to see a little of the wider world. It's true that Warrior of the Wild doesn't span a very large area, but the world we're given is incredible. This story is unique and action packed and I loved every second of it! There are twists and not all of them are hard to guess, but they're all a lot of fun. Warrior of the Wild has definitely found a spot on my favorites shelf and Tricia Levenseller has made it to my auto buy list. If you're a fan of YA fantasy, badass heroines, and amazing friendships, you don't want to miss this book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann (annreads)

    "A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all." I had SO much fun reading this book! It was a beautiful viking story, full of adventure, friendship and a romance that had me swooning the whole time😍If you're looking for a quick fantasy read, I absolutely loved this one! 4.5/5★★★★★

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's an easy read, entertaining if you don't look at some things too closely, but it is not a book that I would feel compelled to re-read, honestly. I thought the trauma Rasmira experienced at the hands of Torrin was sometimes blown out of proportion, and while the characters were nice they were also quite plain and archetypical: - warrior princess who is not enough compared to men and has to find a way back after being repudied - nice gorgeous guy who is intetested in her and knows what to exactly It's an easy read, entertaining if you don't look at some things too closely, but it is not a book that I would feel compelled to re-read, honestly. I thought the trauma Rasmira experienced at the hands of Torrin was sometimes blown out of proportion, and while the characters were nice they were also quite plain and archetypical: - warrior princess who is not enough compared to men and has to find a way back after being repudied - nice gorgeous guy who is intetested in her and knows what to exactly say at each turn - a third guy who likes guys so there is a bit of very welcomed representation and inclusivity And there are some tests the characters have to overcome, but I didn't get a feeling of achievement when they do (only in Rasmira's case)

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