Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons, Book 1
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Hardcover: 384 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
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.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher at the ALA Annual Conference. This is an honest review.*
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Let me begin by saying that I am not the most up on Wonder Woman or any of her backstory/lore so I do not know how well this book fits into it. From what I can gather, this is probably somewhat outside the main story since it seems to be Diana’s first trip off Themyscira and it takes place in modern times and I actually think it serves the book quite well. Diana finds Alia, a mortal who turns out to be the “warbringer” and is a descendant of Helen of Troy. When this event happens, it puts Diana’s home at risk and also gives her a chance to prove herself as a true Amazon since she is the only Amazon to not have become one after her death as a warrior woman.
To be honest, I think the strongest parts of the book are actually from Alia’s perspective. This could be because Diana is just a little too serious and earnest whereas Alia seems to react to having and Amazon companion the way any normal human being would, which creates a bit of humor in the book. The book also does a really wonderful job marrying mythology with science(fiction) throughout. The idea of genetics involving ancient Greek characters was something that was quite satisfying to read.
I think the few complaints I have about the book were that it had a bit of a slow start and that (again I’m no expert) it felt like it could be about any Amazon character rather than feeling like it was really about Wonder Woman. I think that both of these complaints are very minor and in regards to the second thought, I in no way am trying to criticize the story, it was just a feeling I got throughout.
I am really looking forward to having this book in my classroom, since I’m sure it will be high interest with the Wonder Woman movie that came out this year. Beyond that, it has a ton of action and is a super feminist and progressive, which is always nice to see in a book. I think it will be one of my top recommends this year.