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This is such a fun, fantasy filled read! From the first line (‘An ax swings for my head.’) to the last, I was hooked. Rasmira is a brilliant heroine, determined to prove that a woman can be a warrior and feminine, despite the views of people in her village. She doesn’t let betrayal break her and instead focuses on showing her strength. Whilst this was a very quick read (I would love it as a series or duology), I thought the world building was intriguing and the characters loveable. The author’s writing flows brilliantly and I can’t wait to read another book of hers (I have ordered The Daughter of the Pirate King as I have heard great things!).
If you love Tricia Levenseller's Daughter of the Pirate King, you're going to love Tricia's next heroine as she's a tough as nails warrior woman! Warrior of the Wild is Tricia's standalone novel that follows Rasmira, the only female warrior in her village and when she's betrayed by people she thought she knew, she finds herself outcast from her village with an impossible task set before, she should want to seek redemption. This was a fast paced story filled with adventure, surprises galore, and MONSTERS!
Rasmira is the only female warrior in her village and she's been trained to follower in her father's, the leader of the village, footsteps. But when she and the other warrior trainees take their final test to prove themselves, Rasmira finds out she has been betrayed by the people she thought she knew. It's not long into the story when we find Rasmira being outcast into the wilds. She's give an impossible task known as a mattugr that basically sets her up for failure in its impossibility. The task? To kill the god that has been terrorizing their villages for years.
I was quite surprised that once Rasmira is on her way to her seclusion in the wilds that she encounters two other outcast teens. At the same time, I was actually hoping for something like this to happen because I couldn't imagine reading a 300+ page book about a heroine who didn't get to interact with anyone other than monsters and the god she is tasked with killing. She meets Soren and Irik, two boys who failed their final tests and have their own impossible mattugrs ahead of them. While Rasmira is loathed to let herself trust again, she finds herself doing just that with these boys. They discover that if they have any hope of returning to their homes, they will have to learn to work together.
I quite enjoyed Rasmira's interactions with Soren and Irik! And never fear, there is no love triangle here as Irik is already spoken for! But that leaves Soren up for grabs! Soren is the first to "fall," yet Rasmira isn't about to let her heart get broken again and constantly shuts down Soren's attempts. It was rather realistic to see Rasmira being unwilling to trust Soren whatsoever. The way that she was betrayed would definitely leave its scars on you and trusting again wouldn't be easy. But as you can imagine, that begins to change, ever so slowly, over the course of the novel.
I really enjoyed Rasmira's character. She wasn't perfect, she had her flaws, but I really liked that she began to learn that about herself and slowly change (in the right ways) to become a better person. She wasn't horrible mind you, but there were little things that get pointed out to her eventually and though it's never stated, you can clearly see her trying to be better.
The ending was quite amazing! I loved everything that led up to it and then the grand finale itself! The story leaves us in the perfect place too! It's the way I prefer my series (and standalones) to end! Warrior of the Wild has a lot going for it! It's action packed, there's MONSTERS, seriously scary and deadly monsters, romance, humor, shocking surprises, and growth from lessons learned. It was thought provoking in a roundabout way.
There were only a few minor things that bugged me about this. Nothing too extreme, but I feel like I can't say with confidence that it was a flawless read. Sure there were times when I didn't agree with Rasmira's choices, but I feel like that's typical of any book because if she made the choices I wanted her to go for, there wouldn't be a story! Lol. Perhaps I just needed more to the story as well. Just the simple MORE. I think if there was just a little something more to it I would be all over giving this one five stars. It's still a tremendously worthy story that I still highly recommend! It's definitely different from my usual fantasy reads and I really loved the warrior woman vibe it had going! This is a story not to be missed!
Rasmira Bendrauggo is the village leader's daughter, a fierce warrior, and a loving sister. On the day of her trial, when she will officially be declared a woman and a warrior, the boy she thought was her friend (or maybe more), sabotages Rasmira and she is forced to leave her home and family to go out into the Wild, where many dangerous creatures await. The only way she can come back home is if she kills Peruxolo, the cruel god who takes supplies from each village as a tribute. At first, Rasmira is on her own, but soon she saves the life of a boy named Soren, who has also been exiled. He takes a liking to her, and eventually she joins forces with Soren and his friend Iric when they gain each other's trust. Together they decide to try their challenges so they can go home. Will they be able to complete their quest, or will they be stuck in the Wild for the rest of their lives? I enjoyed this book overall, though it was a bit too gory for my taste. The characters were excellently portrayed and dynamic, the descriptions were realistic, and the plot moved along pretty well (though I did start getting impatient in the middle for a few chapters). I didn't agree with some of the views presented and I didn't care for some of the language, but I did enjoy reading the witty banter between the characters and the slow burning romance between Soren and Rasmira. Soren was my favorite character, as well as Irrenia. I admired Rasmira's courage and strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances and unkind parents, as well as her desire to do what was right in spite of powerful opposition. I enjoyed Tricia Levenseller's other two books very much, and this one was good as well. I'm looking forward to reading her next book! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and can handle some gory details as they read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley and I purchased a copy from Amazon. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I really enjoyed this book. I think the characters really did it for me! Rasmira, Soren and Iric grew so much together and I liked watching their friendships grow but also themselves too. It was a super fast read and I couldn’t put it down in some parts, but I think just something small was missing for me. Overall I still really really liked it, just not a 5 star.
I liked the Wild aspect, and basically the survival aspect of the story, I wish I would have gotten a little bit more survival aspects.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT VIKINGS by the way, it is Viking INSPIRED but they are not Vikings. Please don’t go into this expecting a Viking style story.
This is a very character driven story, there is a plot and it is a good one but it relies heavily on your liking of the characters and their relationships. There is also a romance in this story and I actually quite enjoyed it, it wasn’t super fast it was very nicely tailored to the pace of the story and I really enjoyed them together.
The one thing that was a let down was you go into this book with the knowledge of Rasmira is supposed to kill a God, and well everything isn’t as it seems and it kind of left me wanting more. I wanted him to be an actual GOD. While it is unique the way he fought and the discoveries she made throughout the story I still was expecting a god not just a man, and so that let me down a little bit.
Well, after spending the last two weeks in Texas and New York City; I spent a lot of time either sitting on a plane and or at the airport and this book made those times SO much more enjoyable. So thank you Tricia for saving me from travel boredom. You the real MVP 😉🥳 This book was fast paced and action packed. It was a quick and easy read which was perfect for traveling. I was able to pick it up whenever and dive right back into Rasmira’s world. ❤️ Warrior of the Wild also had some of my favorite tropes... - enemies-to-lovers (kind of) - MC on a mission to prove herself - fun, strong and attractive male character - Viking setting 👍🏼
Tricia is one of my top favorite authors. This book was good but my favorite of hers is still Daughter of the Pirate King!
I love Norse Mythology. Well, I love mythology period. I`m a complete sucker for mythology. I enjoy learning what civilizations past, and even people now, turned to when they needed something, anything to believe in. I hopped onto this story after discovering Levenseller through Owlcrate with her Daughter of the Pirate King duology. I absolutely devoured this book in one sitting. I was up until about 3 am I believe. * First off, I have so many little flags of quotes that got me and will be added to my quote book soon. This book, like her others, was full of a self determined and self believing female MC who proves she can break the mold and challenge the way of things. I also enjoyed the difference of the 2 gods. Primarily, one that lives and terrifies the people and one who watches over and embraces her people in warmth. * * * Also, beware of Torrin... * * * Also, I want that metal/those rocks * * * READ IT!!!! AND HER OTHER BOOKS!!!
Tricia Levenseller is one of those writers that just speaks to me. I devoured this book. I enjoyed the characters. The betrayals were well done. Rasmira was kind of a dick, but she was raised to be. I loved all the monsters/creatures described in the book. The political/social system was interesting. How one becomes an adult was neat. I enjoyed watching all the characters in the wild grow into better people. The big reveal at the end was excellent. Tricia is an instant-buy author for me since Daughter of the Pirate King, and this book is just another reason why.