Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a standalone by Leigh Bardugo. Leigh Bardugo is well-known for her books in the Grisha universe but brought us something completely with this new book: urban fantasy mixed with mythology and superheroes.
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.
Going into this book, I had very different expectations of what it was going to be. I have never read or watched anything with Wonder Woman in it, so I had no idea there was such a heavy mythological background to her story. Therefore I also hadn’t expected this book to start off on an island of mythological women (the Amazons). However, despite being different than I expected, I really liked it! I am really not a big fan of mythology normally, but I really liked it in this case!
The whole world loves to tell us what we can’t do, that we aren’t good enough. The people in your own house should be on your side. It’s the people who never learn the word impossible who make history, because they’re the ones who keep trying.
One of the things I loved about this book was how the main relationship in this story was a female friendship! Throughout the story, you get to know both Alia and Diana (who is wonder woman) and you see their friendship grow. I loved that so much! Both are strong but very different female characters and they both struggle with different things, and somehow find a way to trust each other and become really close. Other than the two main characters, I loved Nim as a character. She was fun, sweet, and not afraid to speak her mind.
“It’s always gonna be you and me against the world?”
“Because everyone else sucks, and you don’t need a magic lasso to know that’s the truth.”
The plot twist I did not see coming at all! It was so well-done and I was so in shock after reading it! Usually, I am pretty good at guessing plot twists but not this one!
A thing that bugged me a little was the antagonist of the story. They didn’t feel very authentic to me. I just didn’t understand their reasons for acting this way and while reading, it just annoyed me that I couldn’t understand why. This might, however, just be some weird quirk I have because my buddy readers weren’t as confused by it as I was.
“Some [of us] like men, some like women, some like both, some like nothing at all.”
I am giving this book 4.5 stars because I loved the dialogue, the characters, and the story. It was very kick-ass and twisty and especially the second half had me gripped! I just wanted to read on and on until I finished it! It was very diverse, with a lot of POC characters and some characters on the LGBT+ spectrum. Overall, it was such a pleasure to read! I definitely recommend this book if you like superhero stories, but also if that’s not usually your cup-of-tea.