Name: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Release Date: August 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 364
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Superhero, Mythology
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.
This was my first Leigh Bardugo read and I was not disappointed.
This is the story of Diana before she became Wonder Woman, when she was just the Princess of the Amazons wanting nothing more than to prove herself to her sisters and mother. After witnessing a shipwreck Diana brings Alia, the only survivor and a mortal to Themyscira, the island of the Amazons. However, Alia also happens to be a Warbringer, someone who will bring about chaos and destruction to the world of man if she lives but if she dies the threat will pass until the next Warbringer is born. However, there is a third option that will save Alia and bring the line of Warbringers to an end.
I loved this group of characters. Diana is Princess of the Amazons and one of the POV characters. The other POV character is Alia, who is the Warbringer, she is also really nerdy and loves science and while I liked Diana I preferred reading from Alia’s POV. Nim was my favourite character she’s sassy, strong and feisty. She’s a designer and shows that fat girls can be glamorous too. Jason is Alia’s brother, he raised her after their parents death and he is very protective of her. Theo is Jason’s best friend.
I love how strong these characters are and how they continued fighting no matter how scared they were. I absolutely love the friendships in this especially that between Diana, Alia and Nim. I also liked that while there was a little romance in this it was not a big focus of the book.
I love how diverse this book is as Diana is the only white woman, Nim is Indian, chubby and she likes girls (questioning whether lesbian or bi), Theo is Brazilian and Jason and Alia are black. I also liked that she didn’t shy away from talking about privilege and race throughout the book.
The writing throughout this is great and I loved the action scenes, the pacing was a little slow at the beginning but picked up as the book went on and the ending was pretty explosive, I did not see that plot twist coming. I also loved the Greek mythology sprinkled throughout.
My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen more of the Amazons.
Overall this book was amazing, empowering, full of strong female relationships and a diverse cast. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?