Review | Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

“A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all,” he says. “You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: tough parents, survival skills, exiles, swimming lessons, sabotage, trials, challenges, fears, strange stones and evil gods.

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 book was cute! It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Tricia Levenseller’s stories (mostly) because of her strong female main characters, and I was not disappointed once again!

So the author describes this book as a young adult “viking-inspired” story, and that’s exactly what you’re getting here. Don’t go into this thinking this is true to viking mythology, because you will be disappointed. It’s more of a fun and young approach of vikings! I personally think this worked out very nicely and it had a lot of fun fantasy elements that made the story interesting.

As I was saying in the beginning, I’m a big fan of Tricia’s books for a number of reasons. I love her main characters because they are very fierce, intelligent and strong, and I love reading books with great leads! In this case, the main character is Rasmira and she checks all of the boxes! She’s strong, independent and even the boys of her village fear her and her skills! Love that! 

Another thing I loved was the book theme. I think this is the first time I read a book inspired by vikings. And I also liked that it was fantasy (it’s more of a light fantasy kind of book though). The scenery was inspiring and very easy to picture. The writing is good and fast-paced, but I definitely feel like things slowed down a little from about halfway through the book. The first half was very exciting and had a small plot-twist that made my chin drop! That was very unexpected, and I loved that! It was hard to put the book down after that.

Like all of this author’s stories, we get a romance! The romance was okay, but I wish it had developed a little more. Still, I loved both characters (Rasmira and Soren) and I thought they were cute together. Outside of the romance, I also loved Iric! I admit I wasn’t super fond of him at the beginning because he seemed a little too rude for my own taste, but he quickly won my heart after I realized how wounded he was.If you’re considering reading any of Tricia Levenseller’s books, I would have to recommend “The Daughter of the Pirate King” duology because it’s my all time favorite from this author… but this viking-inspired story is nice too. It was fun and a breath of fresh air!

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