“Because people are always going to look. They’re always going to judge, so you can say nothing or you can at least answer back.”
― Leigh Bardugo,
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
by: Leigh Bardugo
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.
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.
That’s right y’all, your girl actually completed a book. I know, I know, it’s about time. Listen if you’ve read our post from Saturday (if you haven’t you should) then you know life has kind of totally gotten in the way of reading. Since, I decided not to stress on that I gave myself some much needed mental rest and it seems to have paid off. Reading slump over. (At least for now) Now, onto the review.
If you met me growing up you would know that I idolized Wonder Woman. I was obsessed with her. I collected her comics, watched her show, and constantly pretended I was her. So, when all of this Wonder Woman fever started to kick up I was thoroughly excited. Then I found out even better news. Leigh Bardugo was going to write a Wonder Woman novel. Yes, that’s right. Leigh. Bardugo. Wrote. A book. About my girl. Incase you didn’t know Leigh Bardugo is my favorite author. So, to say I was stoked would not do it justice.
Going into this book I had high expectations. Typically when I read a book I try to go in as a blank slate. However, I know a lot about my girl Diana and I love Bardugo. So, I couldn’t help but have some preconceived notions going in. That being said, my expectations were fully lived up to.
I absolutely adore the story that Bardugo wove for our Amazonian warrior. Bardugo has a knack for writing strong, powerful, yet vulnerable woman. This is what made her the perfect choice for this story. We all know Diana is an all powerful warrior. However, Bardugo shone some light upon Diana’s insecurities with her role with her sisters and in this world. The balance between the vulnerability and apparent superpowers of the warrior was amazing. She fully encompassed the character that is Wonder Woman. She was a full character not a mere static hero.
The other characters within this novel were just as vibrant. Each character had a voice that was distinct, yet they were the stereotypical “victims” or “sidekicks.” Also, can I just say that Bardugo is great at creating casts that are diverse without stereotyping? Because, this novel really solidified that.
The plotline that this novel followed felt like a great access points for individuals that don’t know anything about Wonder Woman while still staying true to the character for older fans. It definitely shows that Bardugo was also a crazed WW fan growing up. The storyline is easy to follow, yet not predictable. To me it read like a more complex Percy Jackson novel. There was complex mythology explained through simple terms.
Ultimately, I loved the book as a whole. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending (hence the 4.5 stars), but it definitely was made up for with the rest of the book. I would love to read more Wonder Woman novels by Bardugo. If you haven’t read this book yet run out and get it!