Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Leigh Bardugo. Young adult/Comics. 2017. 369 pages. 5 stars.
Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.
I received a review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I wanna start off the review by saying that I greatly disliked the movie Wonder Woman (2017) so I picked this up with very low expectations after being disappointed by the movie.
This book swept me off my feet. From the very first page I had a difficult time putting it down, often staying up late on school nights just to get farther into the story. Wonder Woman: Warbringer is so far from Wonder Woman the movie and I found it more enjoyable. The modifications Bardugo did with the plot was amazing especially on how she integrated Greek mythology heavily into this story.
At times I felt the pacing of the book a bit slow (4-5 chapters to complete one task) however there’s never a dull moment because of the dialogue and writing style. I found myself enjoying the banter between all the characters more than the action and breath-holding parts!
The plot is more character driven than it is with setting, backstory, etc. and I had to adjust to that mainly because most YA books I read are really driven by the plot and didn’t pay much attention to each individual character so when Wonder Woman: Warbringer gives every major character its own spotlight multiple times, it was something that impressed me!
Overall, I’m very pleased with how the story was laid out. I appreciated the little subplots and I’m definitely looking forward to Batman: Nightwalker (which I’m part of the blog tour so I won’t have to wait so long before picking it up!!)
I give this book 5 stars!