Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Comic Book Origin Story
Book 1 of the DC Icons series
Summery from Goodreads:
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.
Diana is the daughter of Hippolyta the queen of the amazons who live on the island of Themyscira. But Diana is different from the other amazons who have all fought and died for their place on Themyscira. Diana on other hand was born of the island’s clay and Hippolyta’s desire for a child. Diana enters a big race hoping to prove herself to her mother and sisters. She is hears a cry from a girl and sees a ship wreak off the coast of Themyscira. Compelled by an impulse she rescues the girl named Alia and brings her to Themyscira breaking the island’s rule of no mortals allowed. As the island decinds into chaos Diana learns that Alia is a Warbringer someone makes war and chaos. There is only one way to cure Alia and end the Warbringer line. Can Diana cure Alia in time to save her family and the world?
I know next to nothing about Wonder Woman so this story was an amazing introduction to her character for me. I really loved Diana’s character. She is brave, dedicated, and just wants to prove that she belongs. She struggles with not being like her sisters and being a mistake. While everyone other Amazon on the island lived a mortal life and died courageously in battle Diana didn’t and many people on the island think she doesn’t belong on Themyscira especially her mother’s best friend Tek. Tek takes every chance she can to put Diana down. I hate Tek. I have a HUGE hatred for all characters who are bullies and especially adults picking on kids. Being the daughter of the Queen makes her life even harder because her mother can’t come to her rescue without making both of them look weak.
I really loved Alia’s character. She is very shy and very smart. I loved how Alia though she was dreaming or crazy when she was on Themyscira. Alia of course in the beginning doesn’t believe she is a Warbringer but really starts to believe when she remembers all the fights that seem to break out around her for no reason. I can’t imagine how it feels to feel responsible for making people hurt others. Alias has an over protective big brother called Jason who has been taking care of her since the death of their parents in a car crash. Jason is such a great brother but is so uptight and high strung. He has so much on his shoulders since the death of his parents. I found his character very intersecting. I loved Nim Alia’s best friend. She was so unique and had just vibrant personality. Jason’s best friend Theo was a hoot. I loved Nim and his banter.
This book had a great pace to it. There was never a point when I thought this book has too much action and not enough story or vice versa. Leight Bardugo is an amazing writer and has a way of making me connect and relate to her characters. I loved this book. If you love a good save the world story with fun characters and a great story I highly recommend this book.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Content Rating: PG-13
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