Here we go first five star of 2020!
I was planning to read this book over the course of a couple days, but it was so good I had to finish it immediately.
Set in a fantasy, viking-influenced land, we follow our MC Rasmira. She’s the daughter of the village leader and she’s had his approval ever since she decided to follow the warrior path. Rasmira has trained everyday to become a warrior and she couldn’t be more ready when the day of the trial comes to their village. However, she’s betrayed in the worst possible way and is exiled from the town. Her father gives her an impossible task: kill a god or die trying. If she cannot kill the god that’s been harassing her villages and others, she can never come back and will have lost all her honor.
Rasmira was such a strong character from the beginning that I couldn’t help falling in love with her. Once she leaves her village for the Wild, she ultimately finds it incredibly freeing. While she’s promised her sister that she will try to complete her mattugr, she loves being able to express herself anyway she desires without her father’s disapproval. She wants to be both a warrior and a girl. She wants to be treated like an equal even if she is a female warrior. And she’s ready to fight for what she wants.
In the wild, Ras meets two others who were exiled and given a mattugr. She finds Soren in an unfortunate situation and saves his life. Going back to his camp, she meets his friend, Iric. I loved seeing the complications of Soren and Iric’s relationship. It was so realistic and I absolutely loved how Ras forced them to work through some of their issues.
Plus then there’s Ras and Soren together. Like agh I died. I love them so much. I don’t think there’s anything more I can say about their relationship because it was just so GOOD. Ras really became a leader while she was in the Wild. She learned so much about the land and how she could help change her village. I loved seeing her leadership skills grow.
This was an amazing fantasy and I wish there was more! I highly recommend this book for everyone.