My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pacing: Faster Pacing
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: February 26th 2019
Trigger Warnings: Violence, Monster Gore, Abandonment, Parental Abuse/Neglect, Bullying
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 honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying. – Synopsis by Goodreads.
“Each scar marks me as a survivor. A Warrior of the Wild.”
Tricia Levenseller knocks it out of the part for me again. I just adore her writing and her strong, intelligent female characters. She also has her banter game on-point.
It’s not secret that I’m a huge fan of Tricia’s debut duology Daughter of the Pirate King and when I heard she was writing a viking inspired story, I was pretty excited to say the least. Did it live up to my expectations? Of course it did! Rasmira, our protagonist, is a very likeable character and it’s really easy to get on her side and root for her survival and success. She has a lovely relationship with her sister, a complicated one with her father and a nightmare of one with her mother. The story starts off with Rasmira practicing for the trials for joining the warrior ranks. There are some bullies that seem to have it out for Rasmira because she is the daughter of their leader and feels she gets too much special treatment. I won’t say much about that but my heart hurts even thinking of what they do to her. The stakes are high right off the bat because we learn that anyone that doesn’t pass the trials will be banished from their village to go survive on their own in the wild. The only way they can come back home is if they completely an impossible task (their matugr). She, of course, fails her trial and is banished with the task to kill a God that has been terrorizing the villages forever. Eek!
When she is banished to the wild, it doesn’t take that long before she meets a couple of other boys that have been outcasted from their villages, for the same reason, as well. She meets Soren, who is a very sweet and loyal boy that purposely lost his trial so he could go help his friend Iric. Then we have bratty but genius little Iric, who I completely adored. His wit and sarcasm were top notch. He is also gay and desperately missing his boyfriend that he had to leave at his village. He might have been my favorite honestly and I would love a companion novel that featured Iric, his partner and all his crazy inventions. I felt like his character, along with Rasimra’s had the most growth.
While in the wild, there are lots of insane creatures which were really fun and very well-detailed. It can get a little gory at times, but nothing that would bother most people I don’t think. Just monster gore. The three characters are trying to accomplish their impossible tasks together, so we get lots of action and cool scenes. Rasmira also has to beat a God, which is a lot of fun. I won’t say much about any of this though.
Probably my favorite thing about Tricia’s writing is that it gives enough character development and world building that you are satisfied but it’s also not at all complicated. If you still want to stay in the fantasy realm but need a little palette cleanser from high fantasy, this is perfect for it.
Overall, this was a fun ride and I enjoyed every minute of it. This is a standalone fantasy, so it’s not a huge commitment and it reads very fast. I think a lot of people will have a good time with this one.
Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for the physical arc in exchange for my honest review.