*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Title: Warrior of the Wild
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
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 honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.
Review: Well, I definitely devoured this epic viking fantasy! It was filled with all the things I wanted and needed from this book and more. After reading Tricia’s other books, I had to give this one a shot, especially considering I’m now a die-hard viking fan thanks to Sky in the Deep!
In a nutshell, this is about a girl fighting for power in a world dominated by men. With no male heir, Rasmira’s father chooses her as the future leader of their people. She’s the only female warrior and she has to fight harder than the others to prove herself not only to her father, but to the people she is going to someday lead. After being sabotaged during her coming-of-age trial, her father has no choice but to banish her to the wild. Every banished person has a chance to regain their honour if they can complete an impossible task. Rasmira’s task is to kill the god who has been terrorizing the villages and demanding payment every year.
Rasmira is a feisty, headstrong protagonist. She runs headfirst into danger at every chance she gets and refuses help even when she needs it. Her life has never been easy and she has never had anyone to turn to. She’s forced to learn how to survive in a world outside her village all alone and she finds so much more than she thought she ever would in the wild.
The level of danger in this book is insane. There are so many crazy monsters and creatures in the wild. Death is literally around every corner. I loved the world so much because it was so atmospheric! Tricia Levenseller knows how to write a great adventure and I love that this story involves a quest with a ton of personal growth for characters.
There are so many great characters in this story and I loved that this was a standalone. I’d say it’s kind of between The Boneless Mercies and Sky in the Deep. Warrior of the Wild is such a fiercely feminine story about survival, love, family, and friendship. There’s also a very satisfying twist in there as well. I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for the next great viking fantasy!