Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ARC REVIEW - WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher - Penguin 
Release Date - 31st August 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning...

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer - a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.

To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.

My Review 
So I wasn't really sure what to expect from this novel, apart from Amazons, a lasso and a tall heroine by the name of Diana Prince, written amazingly by the Grishaverse writer, Leigh Bardugo. I mean what is not to love about this book. I adored her writing and fantastical plot-lines of Ravka in the Grisha series you will not be disappointed by this.

“Sisters 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.”
So Diana Prince is seventeen years old. She's been undermined by her part as an Amazonian because she was born of the Amazon and hasn't yet been reached her maturity to receive her powers, it doesn't help that the Queen Hippolyta is also her mother too. Diana has a lot of pressure as royalty, as a woman and as an Amazonian. So she decides to take part in the Nemeseian Games footrace that her life suddenly changes. On the track, she finds a boat on fire and a survivor to boot, she defies the Amazon laws to become one her warrior sisters, and rescues Alia, also known as a Warbringer. In legend, the Warbringer brings about catastrophes around the world, when the vessel, Alia becomes of age so does her powers bringing about the destruction of the world in an ongoing World War 3 but far worse. In order to save Alia, and also rid the world of Warbringers they must reach the spring in Greece. Diana has all this power and she wants to use it for the good, to prove to herself, to her mother, to the queen, to Tek the queen's adviser that she is an Amazonian, and saving the world from War is the only way to do it. 

This book, just wow! It took this DC Icon to whole new level, you saw a different aspect to Wonder Woman, a beginning for her that we really didn't see very much in the films. Diana isn't like any other girl, yes she's a goddess, beautiful, striking, tall and powerful than any human, but at the end of the day she is still a girl. Warbringer becomes an origin story of Wonder Woman, I loved how we got to spend some time in Themscriya, some of her family and friends that define what it is to be an Amazon. But then I felt it was about how she became Diana Prince to the mortal world and really focused on who she is and who ultimately wants to become. I loved the vast group of characters, all different and unique in their own way and how Diana saw a different type of courage and power in the mortal world with her mortal warriors of their own kind with Alia, Theo and Nim.  

So I know of Wonder Woman in the DC Universe, but I wasn't around when Lynda Carter debuted as Diana Prince in the famous TV series in the 70s. However I do love the current Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, I re-watched Batman vs Superman especially for this book just to really get the full superhero experience. Wonder Woman - Warbringer really reads like one of those films, it has the fast-paced, action and adventure that you would get from a superhero move. Leigh Bardugo's writing is once again flawless to interpret such a key DC Icon in the world of female superheros into her own style. 

I absolutely loved it from page 1 and I really really want another novel of this Wonder Woman. Please do another book Leigh it would be beyond EPIC! Wonder Woman - Warbringer is phenomenal, kickass and is worth every page of an ultimate warrior! If you love superheros, then don't delay, read it!

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to Penguin for sending a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

1 comment:

  1. I was hoping this would be a fun one, looks like it was!

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