TITLE: Warrior of the Wild
BY: Tricia Levenseller
GENRE: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
PUBLICATION: February 26th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends
RATING: 4 Blissful Pages with Lilies
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 is one of my Most Anticipated Release this year because I really enjoyed Tricia Levenseller’s debut duology, “Daughter of the Pirate King.” And you guys, I can honestly say, this author is now on my auto-buy list.
Warrior of the Wild begins with our heroine, Rasmira, training and about to have her trial the next day. I must admit the first scenes annoyed me a bit because Rasmira wasn’t at her best yet at those times. She’s a little stupid dealing with some boy who six weeks ago was still mean to her but suddenly became nice. And she even annoyed me during the trial because she’s distracted. She’s still good at what she does, but distracted. I mean she was thinking of kissing the aforementioned boy after the trial. But of course that didn’t happen because her life changed entirely after the trial.
But despite my little annoyance at Rasmira, I kept reading because I do understand why she’s like that. She craves for real love, okay? And because of that I wasn’t that disappointed to her when she met our hero, and the almost insta-romance happened. And since the story begun with Rasmira being almost unlikeable, the character development was more believable and effective. I really love how changed she’d become by the end, especially in her principles. Of course, the two boys she met in the Wild, Soren and Iric, are of big help and I can say that, I can’t wish for better characters alongside Rasmira. Soren is so cute and I really enjoyed his tactics to win Rasmira’s heart. Rasmira didn’t stand a chance, Soren definitely knows the right words and plays of wooing a woman without being direct at it. So many times, Rasmira ended up agreeing at Soren’s reasoning even though she knew Soren just wanted to spend time with her. Iric, on the other hand, is so adorable. He’s this angsty guy who’s always pissed but really, he’s a ball of sunshine.
I like the path the story went. How it turns the banishment as one of the best thing happened to the characters’ lives and how they survive it. The story is also filled with twists and turns I really enjoyed. Some of them are predictable and not all of them are grand twists but I enjoyed them nonetheless. Also, I didn’t find any part of the story that’s boring or slow. This isn’t really fast-paced but it’s not slow either. It’s the perfect pace for me. There are so many scenes that the main characters face danger and I really enjoyed reading those scenes.
Speaking of dangers, another thing I like about the story are the fictional creatures. I don’t know if they’re based on real myths, folklores or legend but I simply like them. They’re truly hideous based on the descriptions and some of them almost killed the main characters. I guess the author did a great job at making these creatures seemed so real and alive in my imagination along with the entire fictional world where they exist.
Overall, I do recommend this book. This is not the grandest fantasy book that involves Vikings but I enjoyed it immensely. And the characters, mainly, Rosen and Iric, made this book even more worth reading.
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