Wonder Woman: Warbringer
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Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
Daughter of immortals.
Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.
Daughter of death.
Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
I am a big fan of Leigh Bardugo’s books. The Grisha trilogy is amazing, and the Six of Crows duology is one of my favourite series. So when I learned that she was writing a YA Wonder Woman story, I knew I had to read it.
I don’t know anything about Wonder Woman beyond what I saw in the movie starring Gal Gadot that came out earlier this year (I love that movie!!), but I don’t think I needed to know anything going into the book. It isn’t connected to the movie in the sense that you need to have seen the movie to read this book – it is a younger Diana in this book, and I loved her! I so enjoyed reading about Themyscira and Diana’s struggles with her identity (she isn’t a battle-proven Amazon like the others; she is the daughter of the queen), and her desire to prove herself.
The warbringer concept was something totally new to me and super interesting. And at first I wasn’t super excited when Alia came into the story, because I wanted to just keep reading about Diana and Themyscira, but I really liked Alia (and her BFF, Nim).
As I have learned from her other books, Leigh Bardugo is great at writing plot twists and turns, complex characters, villains, and action scenes. Wonder Woman: Warbringer was no different! And I loved that there was a big emphasis placed on friendship, particularly the friendships between Diana and Alia and Alia and Nim. There were some fantastic girl-power moments that had me smiling, and I loved that there was practically zero romance in the book as well.
I was nervous going into this book because I had really high hopes, but thankfully it was great! I’m definitely interested in the other DC Icons books, but I’m even more excited for the Wonder Woman film sequel!
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