Review: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller


Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller // VBC ReviewWarrior of the Wild
Tricia Levenseller
Published: Feb. 26, 2019 (Feiwel & Friends)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Rasmira has been training to become her father’s successor as leader of their village. First, she must pass her warrior test which will signal her move from childhood into adulthood. However, after her test is sabotaged, Rasmira is banished from her village, and sent out into the Wild, until she can complete her mattugr (like a challenge): kill the oppressive god that the villages are forced to pay tribute to every year—or die trying.

At first I couldn’t help but make comparisons between Warrior of the Wild and Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep. Both stories deal with warrior women who are thrown into unknown or enemy territory and have to rely on themselves for survival. There’s also a very Viking vibe about them. However, the similarities end there as I couldn’t help noticing that, despite how much of an affinity Rasmira has for wielding the axe, there’s a separateness between herself and the other warriors. This is, of course, due to the fact that with her father as village leader, she’s held to a different standard than others. You can tell right away that this is not an association Rasmira wants.

Regardless of who her father is, however, Rasmira is a good person. She doesn’t lord her seemingly blessed life over others, but she’s also young and doesn’t yet understand the finesse it takes to lead.

Rasmira goes through such growth from the beginning of the book to the end and Tricia Levenseller was wonderful in showing the progression.

When in the Wild, Rasmira comes across two men who were banished the previous year after their trials. At first it’s all about being on your own; singular. It slowly becomes about helping each other and utilizing the team in order to succeed at beating each other’s mattugr.

Besides learning how to work successfully with others, Rasmira also has to overcome the betrayal she felt when her trial was sabotaged. The comparisons between that circumstance and the one Rasmira finds herself in with the two men she encounters is clear, but I liked seeing how Rasmira reacts differently. Maybe not so quick to trust, but also learning to see sincerity when it’s given as opposed to deception.

Warrior of the Wild is, without a doubt, Rasmira’s story through and through. Everyone else, I feel, exists in the pages in order to serve as part of Rasmira’s growth throughout the story. I honestly don’t think this is a bad thing as I don’t really find anything lacking from the story itself. It’s a great standalone about conquering your fears and bringing about your own destiny/change in lieu of what has been predisposed for you. Plus, it’s just an enjoyable read.

Sexual content: kissing

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