Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Series: DC Icons #1
Released by Penguin on 29 August 2017
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.
Somewhere last year, I read an article about upcoming YA novels based on certain DC characters. Y’all know I’ve mostly been a Marvel girl, so I wasn’t too interested in this news. But when I read that Leigh Bardugo (author of the Six of Crows duology and the Grisha trilogy) was going to write a book about Wonder Woman, I knew I had to read that book – whether I liked Wonder Woman or not. (Luckily, when the movie came out, I fell in love with Diana, Princess of Themyscira, so that made reading this book a little easier).
Wonder Woman: Warbringer tells the story of a young Diana, who is determined to show herself worthy the title of ‘Amazon’. One day, however, she rescues a mortal – against the rules of her island. But Alia is not a normal girl, she is a Warbringer, a descendant of Helen of Troy – destined to bring war and destruction to the world. Diana must ally herself with Alia to save her island and the world.
Now, I may be a bit biased, because so far I have loved everything Leigh has written. She’s also a great person and I think that even if I had not loved the movie, I would have loved this book to bits. Of course, I was a little bit afraid that this book may be one exception, which was why it probably took me so long to pick it up. But when I had finally started, I knew I would love this book as much as I loved Leigh’s previous books.
I’m not even sure why really, but I think she just writes great characters as well as a great story. Honestly, I just loved all five main characters in this book. I knew I would love Diana, and her discovering the mortal world was adorable af. But I also loved Alia, her brother Jason and their friends Nim and Theo. They were amazing friends, incredibly loyal and just – ugh so great! They just felt real, with their playful banter all the time. I mean I could kind of see my best friend and myself in Alia and Nim’s friendship! View Spoiler »Me loving these characters so much meant the betrayal at the end was heartbreaking. I had kind of suspected Jason of being the traitor for a bit but kind of pushed it away because I partly wanted it to be someone else and I partly didn’t want to put my blame on one person all throughout the book. Oh well… Always go with your first choice, I guess. « Hide Spoiler
I obviously loved the way this book was written, there was plenty of action but enough quiet moments as well. I loved the scenes by the waterfall and just their little road trip through Greece was amazing. There was a dual POV, between Diana and Alia, but each chapter was accompanied by either half a W (for Diana) or a simple border (for Alia) so you know which character is ‘speaking’.
What I also loved were the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) mythology references. Diana correcting the group about stories they heard, appearances of some minor gods and goddesses and even some references to other mythologies aside from the obvious Greek/Roman mythologies. But what I loved most of all was finding my name in this book. I knew this already because I had read the first couple of chapters online a couple of months ago, which made my heart go all ‘!!!!!!!!!’. (Yes I know she didn’t name the character after me, but still). It was very brief, but it just made me feel a little more special!
In the end, I loved Wonder Woman: Warbringer and I definitely recommend it to everyone who loved the movie, everyone who has loved Diana since the beginning and everyone who wants to read a great story with diverse characters and lots of action!