If you’re reading this, it means Warrior of the Wild has been published and I can finally talk about it. I received an ARC of this from NetGalley (in exchange for an honest review) and could not put it down.
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.
I am in love with this book. It has everything: action, a badass heroine, Viking-inspired culture, a dash of romance, and a lot of friendship and camaraderie. And it’s a standalone fantasy which means no long wait for the sequel(s)!
I’m going to tell you know that I don’t know how to review this book without spoiling anything. So much of the plot is influenced by character development that would give things away, and as much as I want to talk about this book, I really don’t want to give anything away for those who want to read it.
Okay, back to the review.
Rasmira made for an awesome main character. Her father, the leader of their village, had always been ashamed that he didn’t have any sons. When Rasmira chose to become a warrior she was basically forced by him to be the son he never had. This meant feeling ashamed about being a woman, always feeling like she needed to be the toughest, and never showing weakness. When Rasmira was banished to the wild after her test was sabotaged, she finally had the freedom to be herself: both warrior and woman.
There was never a dull moment in this book. The plot and subplots made it flow really well, and the characters were funny, witty, sarcastic, and everything I want in my characters. There is a gradual slow burn romance in the book that I adore, and the friendships that develop throughout the book are very sweet and endearing.
I was surprised when I saw that this is the same author who wrote Daughter of the Pirate King. I have read a lot of negative reviews about that book on Goodreads that talk about the toxic relationship in the book. I haven’t read DotPK but I would really recommend Warrior of the Wild. I didn’t think that any of the relationships that were meant to be good were portrayed as toxic or dangerous. It was quite the opposite, actually.
If you enjoy fantasy books with Viking undertones (who doesn’t??), lots of action, and really great character and plot development, give Warrior of the Wild a shot!