by Tricia Levenseller
Read: January 20 - 27, 2019
Published: February 26th 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Source: ARC from publisher (TY!)
Category: YA, Fantasy, Wilderness, Survival, Fierce Warrior Girls, Betrayal, Beasts, Monsters,
Book Description: 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.
I’m all about a stand-alone fantasies these days. Series have been giving me too much anxiety, and Warrior of the Wild hit all the right notes for me, with the great bonus of being a standalone - yay! This is the story of Rasmira who's life is completely thrown off course, when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged by someone she trusts (several someones), and she's exiled into the wilderness. Suddenly, Rasmira's not going to become the next chief of her village, and in fact, she probably won't survive very long out on her own and surrounded by monsters.
I connected to Rasmira immediately and wanted all the best for her. I was fully caught up in the injustice of her betrayal and the impossible task she faces in the wild. Through it all, Rasmira never lost focus and determination. But what I loved most about this story was seeing her grow and change through her time in the wild.
When Rasmira is exiled into the wilderness, her trust has been completely broken by people she cared about, and she definitely doesn't expect to find anyone out there, let alone two people who become her friends. I adored Soren and Iric from the start - they were exactly what Rasmira needed and she was what they needed. I'm typically drawn to the the hate-to-love romance, but I couldn't help fall for Soren immediately. Rasmira doesn't trust him at all (so I guess it's sort of hate on her side haha), but Soren doesn't give up on her. Their banter was hilarious and one of my favorite parts of the story. Watching Rasmira, Soren and Iric learn to work together was completely rewarding.
Rasmira such a fierce fighter and she's so broken and determined when she's exiled, that I wanted nothing more than for her to complete the impossible mission and show everyone how amazing she is. And this aspect of the story does not disappoint. But watching Rasmira find friends (and a romance) and gain confidence as a leader, was some of my favorite parts.
Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Standalone
I took Warrior of the Wild on a journey into the wilderness during two seasons for some inspiration.
1) The first photo incorporates water, which is featured in an important task in the book. It also includes lots of color, which is how I imagine Rasmira's wilderness.
2) The second photo was taken in winter, but we can pretend that it's actually hot, since the weather is warm in Rasmira's wilderness. Rasmira must find food in the wild, and berries are one of her first options. This photo also reminds me of Soren, who teaches Rasmira which berries are okay to eat.
Find these and other bookish photos on my Instagram @loveisnotatriangle
About the Author
Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology and forthcoming standalone, Warrior of the Wild. She likes to describe her books as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.
Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing and is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing OVERWATCH, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.
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