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Warrior of the Wild Hardcover – 1 Mar 2019
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"One of my favourite YA books ever. The action! The world-building! The voice! This book kicks so much ass." -- Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest
"Levenseller presents a fully rounded portrait of a girl whose strength in battle is tempered by her very human anxieties. Rasmira's quest is thrilling, her emotional journey compelling; this adventure sings." --Booklist
"Levenseller... presents a female warrior who refuses to believe that crying makes one weak and that strength is not feminine. Through Rasmira's inner monologue, teens will learn that teamwork and friendship are important and that failure makes one strong. This high-octane novel is filled with mythical creatures and showcases a heroine who wants to be a warrior, a woman, and a leader." --School Library Journal
"Witty banter brings levity, and of course Rasmira finds romance with one of the boys, but the real gratification lies in Rasmira's transformation from broken, betrayed, girl to resourceful, confident victor. Her final clash with the god is heart pounding, and her triumph in front of her village and father is satisfyingly righteous." -- The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
Praise for Tricia Levenseller:
"Levenseller has created a formidable female character who can take care of herself as she makes some hard decisions." --School Library Journal on Daughter of a Pirate King
"[Levenseller's] words will pull you in, and there's no escaping them." --Charlie N. Holmberg, author of The Paper Magician Series, on Daughter of the Siren Queen
"With a cunning plot, robust writing, and complicated characters, any reader will enjoy being manipulated in Levenseller's capable hands." --Anna Banks, author of the New York Times Bestseller Of Triton, on Daughter of the Pirate King
About the Author
Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King and its sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen, is from a small town in Oregon, but she now lives next to the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she's not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching her favorite TV shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.
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What I loved: 🖤🖤🖤
1. Rasmira’s character development. She is undoubtedly the victim, but she is self-aware enough to realize her own mistakes and move forward.
2. The “wild” is an immersive fantasy world (Viking influenced) with original beasts, mythology, and magical topography.
3. Iric and Soren (from another village) are also banished to the wild and must complete their own impossible tasks based on their individual fears. Overcoming your fears through hard work and friendship is a great theme in this book.
4. Plenty of ax-wielding action!
5. A slow burn romance that is oh so satisfying.
You’ll want to run into the wild and devour this unforgettable read that’s full of action, redemption, and romance!
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!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars
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!!!
Rasmira is banished to the wild after betrayal on multiple fronts. Through her harrowing journey, she makes friends, learns what it means to be a leader, and learns about forgiveness.
The romance is definitely YA, well, YA as I wish it would be (making out but no sex). The relationship builds slowly and realistically.
Rasmira learns how to be a leader by helping others on their quests. She realizes what true leadership looks like and earns the respect of her fellows.
She also learns about forgiveness, as her fellow banished struggle with resentment toward one another.
In the end, not everything is perfect (because that's not how real life works), but there is hope for the future.
Quick and engaging read. I really enjoyed it.