Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: August 2017
Source: ARC courtesy of Penguin (thank you!)
She 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.
‘You do not enter a race to lose.’
Wonder Woman: Warbringer was a really interesting book for me as I’ve never read a book based on a superhero or comic book character before, so this was a new realm for me. I really enjoyed this book for many reasons, with a few being to do with friendship, family, learning about ourselves but also loyalty and of course, being the hero.
I actually went into this pretty blind when it comes to Wonder Woman’s background. Despite her having been around a long time, I really had no idea about who she actually was, where she came from and all that jazz so I was a littttle worried about whether I would struggle with this book. I did actually look up Wonder Woman so I had a little bit of awareness when it came to where she came from and Benjaminoftomes also explained to me a little about where Wonder Woman came from and a little bit about her too. The thing is, I didn’t actually need to worry about basically not knowing anything about Wonder Woman, because Leigh gave us her backing story within the first few chapters so that was really helpful. Definitely a good thing for those like me who are completely unaware.
Diana is such a fab character. I really love her almost-naive approach to the world, mostly because she has learnt all about the world through books so she does not have life experience in comparison to the other girls on her island. One of the other things I loved about Diana and is something that I felt was emphasised in this book, is the sisterly relationship that Diana has with the other girls on the island and holds very close to her. It is clear that Diana sees all the women on the island as her family and she would do anything to keep them safe. It is clear that Diana has compassion for others, and in this book, this costs her to an extent.
I also enjoyed the other relationships that Diana had, specifically her relationship with Alia, throughout this book. Alia is such a great character, as are the other characters featured in this book (I don’t want to use names as I don’t want to spoil it for others as this book is literally released today in the UK!). I felt that, despite Diana having not been in contact with the outside world before, she was quite knowledgable and there was a bit of banter between characters. This really added to the story and brought a topic deemed serious within the story down a notch with the friendly jokes and humour.
I felt that the plot was an interesting one and that it flowed really well. I enjoy Leigh Bardugo’s writing and her other books anyway, but they are set in fictitious, fantasy worlds so this was a little different to what she usually writes. However, her writing style just translates so well across all genres. I bet I could read any genre from Leigh and just love the writing. This was no different. I just absolutely loved the writing in this book, and there was plenty of dialogue so I was happy!
Now the setting. The beginning of this book opens up on the island of Themyscira, before heading off into the world as we know it and dropping us at New York City! Having visited New York last year, I really enjoyed the book being partially set in New York as I was pretty much able to identify where exactly the characters were. This made for extra enjoyable reading! The setting does change a few times throughout this book, but it is all necessary and it is interesting to see different places throughout this book. What I most like about the fact that we see Themyscira and New York, is that we see a fictional world mixed with a real world place.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. There was so much to love and enjoy. The only thing that stopped it from being a 5 star read for me was that it did take me a while to get into it. I don’t know if that was more me than the book because after YALC, I was feeling a bit slumpy, but either way, it took me a bit of time to get into it, but once I did, I was away!
A huge thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this, along with the super cute Wonder Woman badge which I wore on my jacket at YALC!
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