My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Publisher: Random House FYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Superheroes, Fantasy, Friendship
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.
‘‘Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.’’
If you’re expecting this to be anything like Leigh Bardugo’s previous written works, expect no more. It would be a bad idea if you did, because this is a very different beast.
Wonder Woman is a legend, but before she became one, she was just a princess, trying to prove to herself and her sisters that she is much, much more than that. That she is a true Amazon.
An opportunity presents itself for Diana to challenge herself and explore her greatest strengths, while simultaneously possibly saving the world. So she takes it.
Diana is a beautiful, strong woman—young lady, actually—no surprise there. Reading about her life and past and culture lit my brain like a thousand Christmas lights. I only wanted more. Her sisters are worth getting to know also.
Which is unfortunate in this case, because we do not get the chance to. They are introduced to the bare minimum and quickly, as most of the novel is spent in company of Diana, Alia and the latter’s entourage.
I have nothing bad to say about Alia, but I do find underwhelming that this book was as much about her as it was about Diana. I guess I should have seen it coming, given the fact that the title is ‘‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer.’’
I thought it would be about Diana first and foremost, but that’s not the case here. Alia’s friends are quirky and lively—except for her rigid brother. They would make wonderful secondary characters in a contemporary novel. But in a fantasy one, they do not fit well.
They often have unimportant, silly, childish conversations—banter, basically—even in the midst of danger. Some readers like that, but I don’t. I believe it takes away from the seriousness of the atmosphere.
The plot is great, though. The action scenes are exciting and the writing is good. There are even meaningful quotes to ponder. Really, if it wasn’t for Alia and her company, I would have given this book at least four starts, though probably more. Now I hope ‘‘Catwoman’’ (which will be released next year) will be about Catwoman exactly, and not Catwoman and her kitty friends.
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