on August 29th 2017
Pages: 368 pages
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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’m still trying to figure out what to say about this novel as I’m having a hard time squishing a coherent form of thought. So the hype for this book is intense, super intense that there were people waiting in line at 4:30AM to get an advanced copy at a book fest (I was not one those people because I enjoy my sleep, thank you very much.). But, anyways…I barely know the basics of Wonder Woman, just how she looked and okay, maybe I was a little bit excited about this book because everyone else was. However, I think Warbringer was a great introduction to the world of Wonder Woman for those of us (I’m probably the only one.) who has heard of her but don’t know the whole background.
So forget about the Wonder Woman movie for a second because I don’t think this book draws on the movie that came out. The romance, for instance, was not something I expected after hearing the details on Wonder Woman’s love life through Twitter. The book focuses more on the trust and friendship building up between our main characters Diana and Alia. I enjoyed seeing their friendship grow and was hoping it blossomed into something more after hearing about the Twitter fact that Diana is gay, alas that was not the case. Instead there was a subtle romance (if you can call it that) between her and Alia’s brother, Jason, which there was no spark that made me cheer for them.
So if you are familiar with Leigh Bardugo’s other novels Warbringer also has a slow start but the pace does eventually pick up. There were a ton of action and I admire Diana’s courage to not only go out into the mortal world to save her family and friends, but when she gets confused by something she doesn’t hide it, but instead she embrace it by letting Alia and Jason explain things to her instead of scoffing at their flawed human ways. She acknowledges that even though they [Amazons] have God-like powers they’re not perfect like everyone believes them to be because in stories and myths they are perfect.
Overall, this book left me with mixed feelings and at the same time it made me curious about how Diana Prince became Wonder Woman as it was never addressed in the novel. Maybe the movie will have better insights to this.