I’m sure everyone has heard of WONDER WOMAN by Leigh Bardugo before, especially after watching the fabulous, amazing movie. Read on to see what I think of WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER and make sure you add it to your TBR list!
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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 received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
What I Liked
I know this isn’t a part of the actual story, but I have to talk about the cover of Wonder Woman: Warbringer. I love the design of the cover, especially how the star on Diana’s forehead and her steel bracelets flickers in the light. I can’t wait to see the actual covers of the other books in the series now, especially when the first book in the series looks so good.
I adored all the fighting scenes in Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Those scenes just pulls you in and makes you feel deeply empowered, wanting to just do something to change the world…or at least change your own life. A particular scene in the book reminded me of a scene I saw in the Wonder Woman movie – anyone who have watched the movie and read the book will automatically know which scene I’m referring to.
And that twist at the end. I wasn’t expecting that at all – it utterly shocked me – although now that I really think about it, it all makes sense because I was wondering how that situation would eventually be resolved. It’s been a little over three days since I finished Wonder Woman: Warbringer and a part of my mind is still reeling over that ending. I can’t wait to see how others will act after finishing the book.
What I Didn’t Like
Wonder Woman: Warbringer took awhile for me to get into. For me, things really started to pick up when Diana and Alia was in New York and we met all the other main characters in the story. I think my problem was that the island of Themyscira was so hard to picture that I felt really disconnected from the book. Most of the events that happened on the island of Themyscira also felt like the prologue to the story and not the official start to the book.
“What is she?” he muttered beneath his breath, low enough that only Alia could hear.
Amazon. Born of war, destined to be ruled by no one but herself. But that wasn’t Alia’s secret to tell.
“I don’t really know,” Alia said. “I’m just glad she’s on our side.” (ARC 199)
If you’re looking for a book filled with female friendships and women empowerment, Wonder Woman: Warbringer is definitely the book for you.
She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
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