Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone
Published by Random House Children's Books
Genres: Comic, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult
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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.
After seeing the movie earlier in the year I couldn’t wait to read Leigh’s take on Wonder Woman. I also read a lot of her books this year and really liked them so I wanted more of her work in general.
This book started off a little rocky as we learn that Wonder Woman isn’t really respected on her island home because she is not a warrior that earned her place there. We learn that she isn’t as physically strong as her “sisters” and we learn how she is put down. It was hard to see Diana as this weaker teenage girl because we are so use to the power and privilege that Diana presents to the world as an adult. We also get to meet the girl she saves, Alia, and just what she has to do with the future of the world.
I have to say this book does take a little bit to get into it because it rocks everything you have come to expect in a Wonder Woman tale but I like that it was a struggle at times. I liked that Diana needed to not only rely on herself and her own power but also the power of the humans around her. She needed to experience the world. Alia, who is a warbringer, also never got to experience much of the world or her powers. Her life has been kept a secret and when those secrets start to get unraveled you will be on the edge of your seat. You will love the journey, friendship and mythology that surrounds this whole story.
I loved the ending of this one because it pushed the girls towards death and destruction and they had to stand up for what was right. I just loved the journey of both Diana and Alia in this whole book. It is all about female power in this book and the discovery of life, love and loss. I highly recommend this novel to any one. There is something in this story for everyone and it is one of my favorites of this whole year. What are you waiting for? Go read it!