Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher/Imprint: Feiwel & Friends
Edition: Hardcover, 336 Pages
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
A Spine that Shines? Partially
“But I also know that true strength comes from being willing to fail in order to progress.” -Rasmira
Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about Warrior of the Wild. It didn’t appeal to me as much as I had hoped it would. I loved all the action scenes, but I didn’t love the characters. It does seem that Tricia’s world-building skills have grown since her previous books; the details about the different plants, monsters, and touch of mythology really add to a fuller picture of Rasmira’s world. Nevertheless, there were other aspects of this book that prevented me from giving it 5 stars. Since I truly enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King, it pains me to rate a Levenseller book less than 4 stars. Sadly, this was more like a 3.5 rating.
I didn’t love the characters, but here’s a brief overview of the three main people involved:
- Rasmira is the daughter of a village leader. She is extremely skilled with an ax! After failing her warrior trial, she is banished to the wild. In order to return home, she must complete a mattugr, a challenge that is supposed to be impossible to overcome. Rasmira’s challenge is to kill the “god” who has been terrorizing her family’s village. It is interesting to see how she plots to destroy him. However, there are moments when Rasmira puts herself in dire danger, but she could have been more cautious; there is one scene in which she gets caught rather easily. I also felt that her relationship with her parents could have been explored a bit further; they seem very cold-hearted toward each other.
- Soren is a banished warrior from a different village. He is a very good guy. Rasmira’s feelings for him are slow to develop, which I liked. Soren is also pretty good with an ax. His loyalty to Rasmira and his other friend is admirable. Together, they get into some pretty sticky situations!
- Iric is another warrior who was banished with Soren. He longs to return home, where his male lover awaits him. Iric sometimes has a fierce temper, but he also excels at creating things out of metal. His inventions help Rasmira and Soren succeed.
There are a few more things that lowered my rating of the book. For one thing, a large chunk of the book is actually NOT about killing the god. The middle chunk of the book is more like a wilderness survival story and a romance story blended together. I think I had expected to learn more about the god, and I was a little disappointed when the focus kind of shifted away from him. The beginning had made it seem he would play a larger role in the story. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the romance between Soren and Rasmira.
Another thing was the moments of crude humor. In my opinion, it made things awkward. I think there may have been too many comments about peeing and wet, see-through shirts. The first time, it might have been funny. But if an author does it too much, I tend to find it a little off-putting. I mean, TMI?
Overall, the theme regarding becoming a good leader is a positive one, and I appreciated that aspect of the story. Warrior of the Wild is a fun adventure to read, and perhaps other readers would enjoy it more than I did.
Now, let’s conclude with the opening quote that Tricia borrowed from Gimli in The Lord of the Rings: “Bring your pretty face to my ax.” Rasmira certainly did plenty of ax swinging!
*This honest review is based on the finished hardcover edition. However, I would still like to thank the publisher for sending me an e-ARC via NetGalley. (Unfortunately, the e-ARC font was much too small for me to read, and the text re-sizing tool was not working.)*