Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher Info / Release: Penguin Random House / August 29, 2017
Source: ARC from Penguin Random House
Rating: 4 / 5 *’s
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.
I was given this ARC for free for an honest review of the book.
Let me go ahead and throw this out there that I was so excited for this book after Wonder Woman came out in theaters AND that Leigh Bardugo was writing it. So I am thrilled that Penguin sent me a copy to review. It did take me a while to get to it to review, but only because there has been a lot of change in my personal life that books had to go to the back burner but I am so glad that I’m able to get back into the swing of things.
Without further ado, here is the review!
Overall, this story was a lot of fun. There were a few parallels that you get to see at the end of the book between Diana and a major story line about Helen that is revealed later on with the warbringers. Watching Diana alongside with Alia after she saved the girl from drowning was a really nice aspect of the book, showing the developing friendship between the two of them. In fact, all of the interactions that Diana has makes you want to cheer for them even more.
However, a story isn’t complete without a ‘villain’ so let me tell you, when you finally figure out who it is you will be SHOCKED. The plot twists make your jaw drop and you wonder how this is going to end because all you can think is that someone will get hurt. But fear not, everything that happens, happens for a reason and you will be glad for the results when you finish the final pages.
The writing is absolutely beautiful and Leigh does an amazing job at the descriptions. All of the intricate details make the story even more vibrant and makes you feel like you’re right there within the pages. For anyone who wants a little bit of action and an adventure along with some kickass females, I’d highly recommend this book.
If you have read this book and would like to read another like it, I recommend Heart of Mist by Helen Scheurer!