Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons (Book 1)
Publication: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 29, 2017)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: This is the story of Diana, who was born on Themyscira as a daughter of Queen Hippolyta, and who feels that she needs to prove herself to the other Amazons who live there. After all, she has never been tested in battle.

Diana sees a shipwreck and rescues Alia. But Alia's presence on Themyscira causes all sorts of problems. She is a warbringer, the descendant of Helen of Troy who was herself a daughter of Nemesis. Alia's presence causes earthquakes and illnesses. Diana consults the oracle who tells her to let Alia die. But Diana asks for a way for her to live. They need to travel to Helen's spring before a certain date, which is fast approaching, and have Alia bathe in the waters there. If they manage to do that, they will break the line of warbringers and prevent more wars.

Their quest isn't easy. Instead of finding themselves in Greece when they leave the island, they find themselves in New York City and encounter Alia's brother Jason who is so overprotective that he wants her to run to isolation in Canada rather than try to break the curse.

Jason, Diana, Alia, and two friends Theo and Nim find themselves on a plane to Greece but pursued by enemies. Not only human enemies but the gods who don't want Alia to end the line of warbringers are in hot pursuit.

The book is filled with adventure, betrayals, and all kinds of heroes. It is fast-paced and action-packed. My memories of Diana come from Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter and running from 1975-1979. So there were glimmers of the Diana I knew but much of this was a very different story.

Fans of superheroes and fans of Bardugo's writing will both enjoy this well told tale.

Favorite Quote:
"We can't help the way we're born. We can't help what we are, only what life we choose to make for ourselves."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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