Title: Warrior of the Wild
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Pub. 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 honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year—or die trying.
This will be a spoiler free review!
I knew Warrior of the Wild was going to be an auto-buy for me, with how much I loved her first two books. While I did enjoy this book, I do wish it were longer. This is where I get into catch-22 territory – I liked that it was a short quick read amidst a bunch of longer books, but I also wish it had been longer. I wish I had gotten more time with the characters. It just felt a little rushed. Stuff happens so fast, and that’s fine. It’s more of a plot driven story versus character driven in my opinion, but it felt like I should have been more about the characters and how Rasmira deals with the fact that she’s been betrayed and exiled. As the reader, you do get some of that, but it’s constantly go, go, go for Rasmira in her attempts to regain her honor. I think the book could have been slowed down and expanded just a little bit – not to mention the love interest (who I loved; thought he was pretty funny) was rushed as well. It’s kind of enemies to lovers…but on fast-forward.
Despite my many wishes, this book is good, it’s a fun read. There’s a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming and definitely surprised me. I wouldn’t have guessed it at all. I also liked how it was inspired by Norse mythology and Viking influence, and I’m totally into reading more books inspired by the lore and culture. I find it fascinating and will legit read any YA that has it.
I will say that I’m not sure if my opinion is wholly based on the story – or the fact that I listened to the audiobooks for her first two books – Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen – but didn’t listen to the audiobook for this one. I’m not sure if maybe her writing style isn’t for me, or if the narrator of the audiobook made the story better? I don’t know. Or maybe this book just wasn’t as good. I hate to say that, but I guess it could be possible. This hasn’t deterred me from reading anything she writes, because I will always read anything Tricia Levenseller writes. She sealed that deal when I fell in love with Riden and Alosa.