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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

WARRIOR OF THE WILD by Tricia Levenseller / Book Review #WarriorOfTheWild

By: Tricia Levenseller
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Released on: February 26th, 2019 - TODAY
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An eighteen-year-old chieftain's daughter must find a way to kill her village’s oppressive deity if she ever wants to return home in Warrior of the Wild, the Viking-inspired YA standalone fantasy from Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King.  

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.
Levenseller does it again! Much like her previous books, this new release has a twisted storyline, and a fierce heroine who is capable of taking care of herself while trying to save those she cares about. This cover may be one of my favorite YA covers yet. It definitely captures the heart of this story perfectly. 

This book had me at 'Viking-inspired YA'. It didn't disappoint on that end. This story has it's ruthless moments, which I wouldn't except anything less given it's Viking inspiration. What I also liked about this book is it's fiercely, independent theme. Rasmira makes you realize that with a lot of hard work, and determination girls can do anything. Especially ones raised to be fierce warriors.

What I liked about Rasmira's character is her ability to do all she does, while also teaching others to save themselves. Even though she has been betrayed and wronged, something that fuels her banishment and survival in the wild, she does care about others, and wants to see them succeed. I also love her ability to outsmart her opponent. There are some things that happen to Rasmira and the handling of those things that definitely made me mad. Thankfully she gets the last laugh so to speak, and in the end, she proves who much she's changed and grown not only as a person, but as warrior and leader. 

Overall this was a quick, fast paced read. There's plenty of action, a number of creepy creatures and monsters that Rasmira and her friends battle in the wilds. Fierce warriors, themes of independence, feminism, and great world building. Don't worry, this book definitely wouldn't be a Levenseller book without some romance. I enjoyed this standalone fantasy.