Title: Warrior of the Wild
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Page Length: 329
Age Range: YA
Rep: LGBTQ+ (Secondary Character)
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
The premise of this book was great. I loved the idea of a Viking-inspired strong female character proving herself to a clearly male dominated role/world. However, some of the elements I found predictable. I predicted the betrayal and the twist ending fairly early on; however, it was still a fun read. I wish this was a duology so we could see more of Rasmira’s story, but everything was wrapped up nicely at the end.
I loved the characters. Rasmira, although stubborn, grew throughout the story. If found the changes in her realistic based on the environment and her upbringing. Her standoff-ness after the betrayal that happens at the very beginning of the book seemed entirely realistic. If that had happened to me I’m not sure I would be able to forgive anyone or be willing to let anyone get close to me – not for a long time. We meet Soren and Iric in the Wild and we learn more and more about their past throughout the book. I found Soren to be strong, loyal and very sweet. Iric was realistic and funny (I loved his dry humour). All three characters are strong and bring their own individual strength to the book. They follow traditions within their community, but at the same time stray. They stray because of losing faith in themselves and their Goddess.
The concept of the Wild is that it’s… well Wild. Everything there is meant to test and/or kill you. Do you eat those berries we’ve never seen before? Is that creature we learned about in our Village real or a myth? When the characters are forced to fight one creature of another, it is a tense fight – at times very brutal. These are warriors versus vicious evil creatures! I think I loved discovering the world and the creatures the most.
The story takes place over a rather short period of time; however, I was surprised by how much time, simply because of the pacing. There were time gaps missing from Rasmira’s story, but I felt at times that almost no time at all had passed between her banishment and the conclusion of the story.
Overall, I liked the story and the world, but I could have handled more. I definitely enjoyed Daughter of a Pirate King more. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the story is bad – very enjoyable – I had just expected a little more.