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Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

IMG_9197She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

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 mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. 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.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

My thoughts:

  • This book is kick-ass. It’s funny, and self-aware and plays tribute to the Wonder Woman mythology without being tied down by it.
  • Leigh Bardugo is a FAB writer, her talent shines through in this book.
  • The first 100 pages were a little slow to start, but after that I was hooked, completely and utterly. I’ve also heard comments that the plot is really similar to the film, but other than one joke (which is a pretty standard WW one), I didn’t see that.
  • I thought the plot was compelling and intriguing, and I did not see the plot twist coming. I’m also DESPERATE to find out more about the shadow-y evil guys–a sequel is coming, right?
  • The friendships are what made this book special, IMO. I utterly adored Nim, and Alia and Diana’s growing trust with each other was lovely to see.
  • Although Diana is very much at the centre in this story, Alia is what anchors it. I adored her characters–she was whip smart, unsure of herself, courageous and a really good liar.
  • YAY for diversity. Nim was Indian and gay, Alia and Jason were Greek and African-American, and Theo was Brazilian.
  • Basically, this book was a fabulous superhero origin story. Leigh Bardugo expertly weaved a new path for Diana, whilst simultaneously paying homage to her mythic origins. The focus on female friendship was perfect, and I NEED MORE. Also, I’ll definitely be picking up the other books in the DC Icons series. (Although, Diana is the best is a hill I will die on!)

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