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Warrior of the Wild

Review

Warrior of the Wild

In the spirit of fierce female characters, Tricia Levenseller’s newest book does not disappoint. Full of epic battles, difficult choices and stellar storytelling, WARRIOR OF THE WILD will keep readers on the edge of their seats, cheering Rasmira on the entire way.

Rasmira has trained her entire life to be a warrior. In a family of all daughters, her desire to be a warrior makes her the only choice her father has for an heir. All she has to do is pass her coming of age trial to officially take her place as warrior and begin leading her village.

Betrayed and sabotaged, the day of her trial ends with Rasmira being banished into the wilderness faced with an impossible task. Kill the god who oppresses their village. Or die trying. Determined to regain her status and prove her worth, Rasmira sets out into the unknown. Her only question isn’t if she can kill a god, but how.

"WARRIOR OF THE WILD is a fantastic fantasy book...filled with topics and themes that teens will not just relate to, but learn from....Best of all, it’s a wicked ride that is fiercely empowering and nonstop fun."

My favorite thing about this book is the examination of accepting what society tells us. Rasmira, from the very beginning, challenges the norms in her village. She’s headstrong and builds up rigid defenses, and even though this leads to consequences for her, she never stops believing in herself. That isn’t to say she doesn’t make mistakes, because she does. But her ferocious determination to be true to who she is helps her learn how to become the best version of herself. I love that message.

Levenseller doesn’t focus on only Rasmira as far as choices and consequences go. Every character in this book faces their choices and the consequences that follow. I really loved this aspect of the book. It isn’t just about personal responsibility, but how individual choices can impact far more than one person. Rasmira is able to these lessons and continue to challenge her entire society, helping them see that blind belief is more harmful than allowing innovation into their lives. She learns from them, even if she didn’t experience them. This is an excellent examination of leadership and personal empowerment. While this bigger picture plot line is fantastic to trigger these larger conversations with teens, it is the more personal journey Rasmira goes through that is enormously satisfying.

Speaking of things I love in this book, let’s take a moment and swoon for Soren. Everything girls need to know about boys, relationships and what healthy boundaries looks like is wrapped in this character and I am here for him! His friendship with Iric, his mistakes, his growth. It’s all well developed and solidly constructed. Soren shows girls that they don’t need to apologize for being themselves, or change to fit an ideal. This doesn’t mean you can’t learn and grow, but that true friendship is one where you each challenge the other to be the best version yourself.

In all, WARRIOR OF THE WILD is a fantastic fantasy book. It is filled with topics and themes that teens will not just relate to, but learn from. There are multiple issues that parents and teachers can raise thoughtful and important conversations from. Best of all, it’s a wicked ride that is fiercely empowering and nonstop fun.

Reviewed by Jena Brown on February 28, 2019

Warrior of the Wild
by Tricia Levenseller