Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons
Date Started: October 16
Date Finished: October 18
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
Together. 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.
Okay, so I have something to confess. As happy as I was for the Wonder Woman movie to finally come out and for every Monday when the news would announce how well it did at the box office, when I finally saw the movie a few weeks ago I wasn’t all that impressed. I mean, don’t get me wrong. Gal Gadot was brilliant and the film itself was great for a superhero movie, but that was the problem. If I didn’t know that this was a heroine lead film I would have guessed it was another male driven superhero flick.
Anyway, that leads me to Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the first novel of the DC Icons series written by different authors. I was hesitant to read this considering how I felt about WW. But I don’t know. It’s Leigh Bardugo. It’s a YA novel. Both of these things had to outweigh the one, right? As it turns out, yes, yes they do. This book had a relatively slow start as Bardugo tried to explain just where in Diana’s life we were being dropped into and when she went and rescued someone just off the shores of the Amazon island I thought for sure that I was in for a novel repeat of the movie. But then once Diana and Alia got off the island and into New York things got really, really interesting.
Alia’s brother, Jason, enters the scene along with her crush Theo and her best friend Nim and let me tell you I was not expecting to be laughing so much while reading this. But I was especially after the gala and the quintet ends up in Greece. The whole debate about who should drive the car was ridiculously funny. So much so that I had to walk away from my desk just so I wouldn’t erupt into hysterics. Even the major plot twist – I am SO not giving this one away – was a shock. I thought for sure it was going to be one person and turned out to be someone else. Mind. Blown.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Once Diana realizes that she needs to get off her island and take Alia out into the real world to stop the Warbringer curse, things picked up fast. This book was humorous, while at the same time being a nice commentary on how the world operates. I really wish that this had been the Wonder Woman movie. I would have absolutely adored this.
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