Thursday, 17 August 2017

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 29th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

Avid readers of the young adult genre know who Leigh Bardugo is. Simply put, she's written some of the best fantasy titles in the YA genre, which include the phenomenal Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, not to mention several phenomenal short stories that have been part of incredible anthologies. Plainly put, she knows her stuff, and I honestly wouldn't have trusted anyone else to write a tale about the world's most inspiring ass-kicking heroine - Wonder Woman!

Although Wonder Woman: Warbringer is perfect for fans of all ages of the Amazonian Princess, and even fans of this summer's silver screen hit, I will warn to readers not to expect to see the same Diana we've all become accustomed. Leigh Bardugo's Diana is a complex character, so much more complex than I could have imagined, and she was incredibly vivid and her personality burst from the pages. Warbringer brought forth the opportunity to explore a new side of Diana, her upbringing, her values/ideals, and her world, and although none of the events in the novel can be considered canon to her tale, Leigh Bardugo's tale was overwhelmingly brilliant. In addition, the inclusion of a new character, Alia, and her uncertain fate throughout the title, was a favorable twist to Warbringer's course of events, and I positively adored it to bits!

Fans of Wonder Woman's originating tale, do not fret! Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a tale that I strongly feel must be read. Perfect for readers who adored Margaret Stohl's Black Widow duology, it will certainly bring a new light to the infamous heroine. After falling head over heels for Leigh Bardugo's start to the DC Icons series, I simply cannot help shaking with excitement for Marie Lu's contribution, Batman: Nightwalker, which is due to hit shelves this January 2018!

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. I'd read this book simply because it's LEIGH BARDUGO, of course :D But besides that, I love Wonderwoman ever since I was a kid, and I really want to read this one! Thanks for your review, Wendy!

  2. I am so excited about this book! Can't wait to read it!

  3. Quite a unique approach. It is a fresh start all round, I hope that they are able to continue on like this.