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Book Review – Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Format: Paperback ARC, 369 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: August 29th, 2017
My rating: 5 nova shining stars!

“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.”

 

First off, I’d like to thank Penguin Random House for this ARC to be reviewed. This book is just a blessing for my eyes and soul, it arrived right as I was swimming in a pool of boredom with nothing to read. So in a way, this superhero themed book is also my own superhero.

I’ve always found the Greek mythology extremely fascinating. My love for Percy Jackson and House of Olympus series is only second after Harry Potter!

This book encompasses a huge amount of Greek elements which absolutely delights my Greek innergeek. You wouldn’t have to watch the Wonder Woman movie or read the comics to have prior knowledge of Diana’s story before diving into this beauty as Diana’s story is easily explained by Bardugo.

When I first read the blurb for this book, and found out that Diana would be saving a Greek/African-American girl called Alia instead of the original army captain, Steve Trevor, I WAS ALL FOR THAT GAY ROMANCE. Seriously, my ship was already all docked and ready to sail. But it turns out it wasn’t romance that was blooming but something that possesses a higher importance; the power of female friendship.

This book was everything I expected it to be and more. It was action packed from the start, romance, charismatic characters that you will not be able to help yourself from loving, death, witty lines, and drama that will leave you tearing, gasping, giggling and just shouting at the characters from inside your head (sometimes even out loud) from doing something dumb. Even with expecting these things beforehand, Bardugo still manages to surprise me with the warm and funny relationships between the characters as well as the strength they show within themselves. The emotions that were experienced during this book were unreal and more than I expected to feel from a tiny thing.

In Bardugo’s version, the background of Diana was kept pretty much to the original Diana Prince story. With the exception of Alia, who was introduced on a boat near the island where Diana and the Amazon sisters live, when a bomb detonates leaving Diana with a tough but predictable decision of whether to save Alia or to win a race to prove herself to the Amazonians. Diana soon learns that saving Alia has placed the Amazonians and the human race in a disastrous ending because Alia isn’t just any ordinary human but she is a Warbringer, and unknowingly she brings war and death wherever she goes.

Hell bent on saving the world, Alia and the Amazonians, Diana sets out on an impossible quest of bringing Alia to the last resting place of Helen of Troy which would end the Warbringer line and Alia’s destiny. Moving from Themysicira to New York City to Southern Greece, they are later joined by Alia’s hot brother and their friends, Nim and Theo.

One interesting thing that stood out is how Bardugo always manages to bring out each character, even if they aren’t the main character nor are they a superhero. And even if there weren’t multiple point of views, each character has their own individuality and qualities that you can’t help loving and definitely won’t be forgetting any time soon. AND HELLO, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE DIVERSITY OF THE CHARACTERS? With Alia and her brother being Greek/African and Nim being gay, Indian, fat and is ten times more awesome than a bunch of typical white main characters I’ve read of.

The ending reminded me of Wonder Woman movie’s ending, as if there is more to come. I really hope, there would.

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