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Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (#1 DC Icons)

5. July 2018

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

Fantasy/Young Adult/Superheroes

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.

Credit: Goodreads.com

RATING & REVIEW

★★★★☆/5

Ever since I saw the movie I have been growing on Diana. Wonder Woman is just a crazy cool story, and I loved Bardugo’s take on Diana – because it’s exactly how I picture Diana to be. In this book we start off at Themyscira, the Amazon island in the middle of the ocean where no one can find them. Diana is starting off a race, certain she’ll win, when she sees a boat explode outside the borders of the island. Diana saves Alia, and takes her to the island, but then shit hits the fence and Diana sees the oracle. Who basically tells her that she have to get Alia off the island and everything.

I loved this little duo. Alia is likable, and I really loved the dynamic between them. Diana thinking that Alia is going to accept that Diana comes from an island made by the Gods to protect the Amazons, and how Alia is surprised by how little Diana has experienced outside the island. She basically think Diana comes from a cult.

In comes Jason, Alia’s brother, and Nim the most awesome sidekick character of all time. And together they travel to Troy where Alia has to bathe in this water in order to stop this curse upon her, and end the warbringer bloodline.

I loved the whole plot. I loved the characters, I loved how it progressed throughout the book, and I loved how Diana was able to step into her role as an Amazon. It was all carefully wrapped together with an ending I foresaw (hence the four stars), but it was a really nice ending.

FAVORITE MOMENTS

  • When Diana used the lasso to show the invisible horse and Alia was like wtf
  • When Diana was a total badass at the subway
  • When Diana kicked Jason’s ass when he came to the hotel
  • When Nim shopped for dresses for the trio
  • When they hijacked the small car and Diana took the middle in the backseat but was so large she couldn’t really fit
  • When Theo and Alia had a heart-to-heart after the bonfire

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