Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 26th, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
I just wanted to say straight up that I read Warrior of the Wild over a year ago. This review is based on the notes I made while I read it, but I do admit my memory is foggy…
The Good Things
- I will admit that I bought this at least partially for the gorgeous cover art. And the hype. But also, viking inspired YA fantasy! Who can say no to that?
- Raz was a great main character. She’s a badass skilled warrior who isn’t afraid to also embrace her feminine side.
- I really appreciated the science and intelligence that went into forming strategies to defeat the god. It was smart and logical (unlike a lot of fantasy plots that often rely on magic).
- Super duper slow burn romance which is the best kind of romance
- Standalone that wraps everything up appropriately.
- Like all good fantasy novels, I’m left wishing there was a sequel or a companion novel simply because I want to explore the Wild and the creatures that exist in it more.
The Not So Good Things
- Warrior of the Wild had a lot of hype surrounding its release, but then just didn’t quite meet my expectations. It was still good, but not as good as I was hoping. I finished it feeling very underwhelmed.
- I did manage to predict a lot of the main plot points. Nothing ever really took me completely by surprise. (This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I still enjoyed reading it even if I wasn’t shocked by twists).
Warrior of the Wild was an enjoyable novel but also an underwhelming one. It didn’t live up to the expectations I had after the hype, but I still appreciated a lot of aspects of the plot. Particularly, I really liked how logical the main character was in approaching her main task.
Rating: 3 out of 5