Happy Book Birthday to the queen that is Leigh Bardugo! Wonder Woman: Warbringer is by far one of the best YA novels I’ve read. Bardugo does an incredible job with this Wonder Woman origin story. It’s got action and adventure, the bonds of friendship, and twists you don’t see coming. If this isn’t on your most anticipated reads of 2017 list than you need to add it now because you will regret it if you don’t!
About Wonder Woman: Warbringer
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.
“I am done being careful. I am done being quiet. Let them see me angry. Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.”
Leigh Bardugo is brilliant. Her description of Themyscira and the Amazon’s was spot on. She encompassed the Amazonian world beautifully and the sisterhood was perfection.
Bardugo did an incredible job of developing Diana in this YA origin story. You can feel the naivete, intelligence, and strength of Diana’s character throughout the book and her development is well rounded and on point. Bardugo also did a wonderful job in describing Diana’s adjustment to the world of man in the way she presents Diana’s inner monologue. She has only read about all the things she gets thrown into and Bardugo does an incredible job making all the experiences Diana has, feel realistic.
Alia is a girl who just wants to be seen as competent, brave, and ready for the world that awaits her. She is tired of being seen as Jason Keralis’s younger sister. She wants the world to know that she is capable of saving the world and the journey she takes to get there is one filled with obstacles that she never dreamed she’d ever face. Bardugo really shows how much Alia grows up throughout the events of the book and it just immerses you into the story. You feel as if you are with each and every character, whether running alongside them or fighting unknown forces together.
You meet other characters that are just as dynamic, brave, and willing to conquer the world no matter the consequences because it is the right thing to do!
This book is a force to be reckoned with and includes action, adventure, and betrayal. You become one of Diana’s soldiers by the end of the book, and all you want to do is take those next steps on the journey towards a better world!
Will you be picking up this fantastic superhero adventure? What are your favorite characters from comic books? What other books by Leigh Bardugo have you read?