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Warrior of the Wild

[A quick note: I have been sitting on this book for over a year. As usual, I always wonder why it takes me so long to get to the good ones! This one came highly recommended from a friend, one who always has the best book recs. I should have picked it up sooner, especially knowing it was a stand alone. Iโ€™ve read another book by this author: The Shadows Between Us and really enjoyed that one too. There are a few other books by this author and now Iโ€™m more eager than ever to read them!]

โ€œ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ซ๐ž๐๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž, ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ˆ ๐œ๐š๐ง'๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง.โ€ โ€”Tricia Levenseller

When Rasmiraโ€™s coming-of-age trial is sabotaged, she is banished to the wild where she must kill an oppressive god before returning home. The monster-filled wild isnโ€™t suited for survival, but Rasmira is determined to live. What she never expected, was to find more than just her courage.

I loved this book! LOVED IT! Iโ€™m getting pickier and pickier about YA, so Iโ€™m always thrilled when a YA book hits its mark. I already recommended this to my Mom. Actually, I texted her right after setting it down because I was excited to share it.

Ahhhhhhh, I have such an appreciation for masterfully executed standalones. WotW is no exception! Everything about the character journey, plot, and world building was deftly handled, perfectly balanced. I powered through it in a couple of sittings. Itโ€™s one of those books youโ€™re excited to pick up each time you sit down to read. Even better, itโ€™s one youโ€™ll come away from thoroughly satisfied. Plus!! It was just plain FUN!

Rasmiraโ€™s character is believable. Sheโ€™s not pretty, not delicate, not your typical swoon-worthy MC. Sheโ€™s a warrior. Sheโ€™s hardened. Sheโ€™s pretty much a monster-slaying badass. Sheโ€™s not someone that the villagers find themselves attracted to. And because of her fatherโ€™s special treatment, sheโ€™s not a favorite, either. If anything, everyone resents her. Yes, she has flaws, which sets her up perfectly to traverse a solid arc. I am ALL ABOUT a good character arc. Huge fan of character-driven stories right here **raises hand**

โ€œ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ˆ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐, ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐๐๐ž๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐๐จ๐ฆ. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ค ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ซ. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ.โ€ โ€”Tricia Levenseller

Rasmira grows significantly through her hardships. As the daughter of a village leader, she is expected to one day lead her people, and yet, she knows very little about being a good leader (flaw). She spends her time resenting the way others treat her because of her position, when instead, she should be stepping in to help them rather than watch them flounder. Donโ€™t worry, she figures this out.

Long story short: Rasmira begins her journey wounded, clinical, and unprepared for the life ahead of her. She ends it in a much better place. That was satisfying!

โ€œ๐€ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ," ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ. "๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฎ๐ฉ, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง.โ€ โ€”Tricia Levenseller

The romance between Rasmira and Soren was SUPER SWEET! For a YA, it was pretty cute. I liked Sorenโ€™s character a lot. And itโ€™s clear that his trial/challenge and time in the wild also changed him as a person. We donโ€™t see his arc very much, nor Iricโ€™s, since theyโ€™ve been in the wild a whole year before Ras finds them. But they still travers a satisfying arc nonetheless.

The overall concept: facing your fear and growing stronger because of it, was the backbone of the plot. Rasmira gets the hardest challenge ever allotted. Sheโ€™s to kill a god. Itโ€™s seemingly impossible. And she has to question why her father would abandon her to such a fate. I love that she not only grew, but came to realize that her relationship with her father wasnโ€™t all that healthy. I appreciated that.

This read was short, sweet, fun, and a great balance of character development and exciting plot. I enjoyed the characters, the world building, the warrior feel. Itโ€™s definitely one Iโ€™ll be recommending more often. So far, Iโ€™ve enjoyed every read from this author. ๐Œ๐˜ ๐‘๐€๐“๐ˆ๐๐†: ๐Ÿ“/๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ


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