Warrior of the Wild Review: Pros and Cons of Taking Down a God

June 1, 2020 by Bec | Books

Warrior of the Wild Review: Pros and Cons of Taking Down a GodWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 26th, 2019
Source: Purchased
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

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Bec is an Aussie blogger and reader who loves all types of novels. Fantasy, sci fi, and historical are my usual go-to genres. If I’m not binge reading, I’m usually gaming, trying to take decent photos for bookstagram, or freaking out about silly things.

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8 responses to “Warrior of the Wild Review: Pros and Cons of Taking Down a God

    • Bec

      I wish there were more viking inspired novels out there! All I can think of off the top of my head are this and the Sky in the Deep duology

  1. I’ve debated about this one, honestly, ever since it came out. It does seem like it was maybe a little overhyped, or maybe just didn’t quite live up to the hype. I’m still curious enough that I might give it a try, though- I’ll just go in with my expectations in check. It does have an awesome cover!
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    • Bec

      Definitely give it a go! Expectations definitely got in the way of my enjoyment… Hopefully you have a better experience.

    • Bec

      There was so much hype all over instagram about it, I couldn’t escape! It’s one of those books I wonder if I’ll like it more on reread, now I know a bit more of what to expect.

      Standalones are great!

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