Woman Woman Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Synopsis 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.”
I saw the film Wonder Woman and loved it so when I heard that there was going to be a book published as well, and written by author of Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo, no less, I had to buy it. I snagged this gorgeous hardcover which has a signed bookplate inside, but it’s been one of those books that has been sat on my shelf for ages – I finally picked it up this month and I’m glad I did!
While it’s not a book of the film and you can read/watch whichever first, I think the author captured Diana’s attitude wonderfully and I caught glimpses of the woman this seventeen year old Diana would turn out to be in the film. Warbringer is set at an age where Diana is still unsure of herself and willing to prove who she is to her family, but saving a mortal endangers the whole world. Diana is thrown into the human world alongside the girl she saved, Alia, as they try desperately to stop major war breaking out everywhere.
Diana was such a funny character to read about as she interacted with humans and experienced new things we take for granted in our normal day-to-day life and I especially appreciated the moment she puts down a creepy guy in the street – it was brilliant! It was also really very cool for the female main character to have such strength and I loved the reactions from the other characters when she displayed her super strength. She has definitely got to be a favourite main character of mine. I also thought the other characters were well thought of and it was lovely to see how Diana’s relationship with them changed throughout the book.
Even though it was a little slow to start when we met Alia, it set the scene well and things really picked up when Diana goes to the human world. From here there was a lot more action but it was balanced against some pauses for character development, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read which came to a dramatic climax. Warbringer was one of those books that has another fifty pages or so left and you think everything is nearly wrapped up so be warned! Just when you think you’re at the end, there’s a lot more to come.