Release Date: 26th February 2019
Genre: Fantasy & Young Adult
Read: 30th March 2019
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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 honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.
This is an amazing standalone, young adult, fantasy book that takes place in a Viking-inspired world. I knew that this would just be Viking-inspired and not a straight-up Viking book, meaning that there are aspects you will find that are similar to Vikings. I think because I ended up going into this novel with expectations of it being a lot like Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, I was slightly disappointed that there were no shield-maidens or female warriors. When I hear Vikings inspired I instantly think that I won’t have to worry about females being oppressed because of their gender, however as this was quite a small aspect in the novel I decided to just give it a half a star less. As apart from that this novel is fantastic.
It’s very fast-paced, action-packed and full of wonderful characters (not all of them are wonderful though). I loved Rasmira, Sorren, Irrenia, Iric, and many others. This book has wonderful representation of the LGBT community, it basically has a male character that is gay and I really enjoyed that aspect. I loved the friendships between Sorren and Iric, and Rasmira and Irrenia. The plot was enticing and moved along really quickly, which is no wonder why I ended up reading it all in one day. I was a very big fan of the setting and Tricia Levenseller’s writing. I found it was very descriptive but at the same time not overly descriptive, it basically gave me enough information to picture the setting and of course I loved it as it was mostly set in the wild.
I definitely recommend it to fans of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young as this novel still gives off those Viking-vibes, i.e. brutal, natural, simple world where the main goal in life is to survive and be the best version of yourself. As I loved Tricia Levensellers writing a lot, I am definitely planning on picking up her other books, Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen, and The Shadows Between Us (which won’t be released till 2020). I even thought about rereading this book straight after I finished it as it was that good and I also wanted to go over and annotate it (so far I only have page tabs that mark my favourite passages) so don’t be surprised if you do see this soon in my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads.
Tricia, I feel like, has a gift with writing a great romance as I adored the romance in this book so much. It didn’t feel forced at all and it wasn’t love at first sight (yawn, so over that trope) as it grew with time.
I know I complained slightly at the slightly oppressed woman trope, however one of my favourite quotes is to do with female empowerment, here it is:
“A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all,” he says. “You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.”
There are so many great lessons to learn from this story that I won’t try to summarise them all, but overall I am so glad I read this book and that it met my expectations as this was one of my most anticipated books for this year. It’s a very high 4.5 ★ read, maybe very close to 5★, and who knows upon my reread I might give it the full five stars as that does sometimes happen to me.
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Natalia aka Bookish Vegan