by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on August 29, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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Reading Challenges: 2017 COYER Summer Reading List, 2017 New Release Challenge
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 loved Wonder Woman: Warbringer!!
If you are a fan of this year’s summer blockbuster Wonder Woman movie you have to read this book! Warbringer had the action and humor I loved from the movie plus an opportunity to see a younger Diana. From the first chapter you jump right in to an exciting story. A teenage Diana is struggling to discover who she is and her place among her Amazon sisters. As the daughter of Queen Hippolyta, Princess Diana does not live a privileged life. Known as the Daughter of Earth because of the origin of her birth (she was sculpted from clay and given life by the goddess Aphrodite), Diana is on the verge of finally earning the respect of her Amazon sisters. But she throws away her chances of glory the moment she spots a mortal, Alia, in danger. Mortals on the Amazon island of Themyscira is forbidden and Alia’s presence brings havoc to the peaceful island. Alia is not a normal mortal, she is a Warbringer, a direct descendant of Helen of Troy, fated to bring violence and war to the world. Alia’s life is in danger from those who either want to destroy or possess the Warbringer. Together Diana and Alia face a dangerous journey to save both worlds.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer isn’t just an action-packed adventure of good versus evil. This is also the story of two young women discovering who they are. Diana and Alia have both been protected from a love one, Diana her mother while Alia her parents and brother Jason. At an important time of their lives they finally have the chance to stand up for themselves. This journey they are taking is dangerous and they are up against some frightful enemies. But together they find the strength to fight for what they believe in. The action was exciting and Diana’s impression of the modern world added some funny scenes to break up the seriousness of the story.
Author Leigh Bardugo writing is flawless and continues the legacy of Wonder Woman, with the empowerment of women and girls. The cast of characters play an important role on their journey but it’s the bond of Diana, Alia and Nim (Alia’s best friend) that stands out the most. These three young ladies found the courage to fight for what they believed and overcome the obstacles society had laid in front of them. Each of them are considered outcasts: Diana for not earning her spot among the Amazons, Alia for her biracial background and her Warbringer destiny, and Nim as a lesbian who is afraid of telling her family the truth. They each discover the strength to accept who they are and stop listening to those who brought their spirits down. I applaud Ms. Bardugo for giving readers another adventure with diverse characters of ethnicity (Greek/African-American, Brazilian and Indian) and sexual orientation. I highly recommend Wonder Woman: Warbringer for the message of equality, an inspiring journey of discovery and action packed good vs evil story.
Coming in 2018:
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu
Superman (DC Icons #3) by Matt de la Pena
Catwoman (DC Icons #4) by Sarah J. Maas