Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Penguin
Released 31st August 2017
384 Pages
Paperback Edition

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.

Thoughts

I'll admit I haven't been a big fan of DC and have never really been into Wonder Woman. I hadn't read any of the comics or even seen the new film despite the hype. However, when the YA book club I go to announced we were going to be reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer ahead of our October meeting, I knew I was going to have to give the world of Diana and the Amazonians a go. It was also my first time of reading Leigh Bardugo and after hearing great things about her work I was ready to delve in.

Diana is desperate to prove herself and what she can do to her Amazonian warrior sisters. However, when an opportunity comes for her to do just that she throws away that chance and breaks Amazonian law to save a mortal, Alia Keralis. What Diana doesn't know is that she has doomed the world. Alia is a in fact a Warbringer- a descendant of Helen of Troy, fated to bring misery and bloodshed to the world. To save the world Diana and Alia must face an army of enemies determined to possess or destroy the Warbringer.

I was very skeptical when going into this, mainly for the reasons I gave at the start. Despite this I must say I was very surprised. I ended up loving it. For someone who didn't even know about the origins of Wonder Woman I felt like I discovered a lot. Yes, there are still bits that I didn't completely understand and I will need to look into more but for the most part I was really into it. The plot was intriguing, the fast paced action left me wanting more and the little twists and turns within the story kept me guessing. There were a few YA cliches in there mind you and there was a big twist that I felt didn't need to be there but for the most part I was hooked on this incredible world that had been created.

I also loved the fact that some characters within Wonder Woman: Warbringer  were POC. I love that this is becoming normal within YA now and especially with a book like this. The stereotyping that Alia faced within the book is true to society today. Stereotyping against POC is still happening and it really isn't needed. I also liked the fact that a homosexual character was included. This is something else that is slowly becoming the norm in YA and in my opinion that is always a good thing.

Speaking of characters I felt like the development of each of them was spot on. Diana from the get go was a sole heroine. Her heart was pure and you could tell that she just wanted to do the right thing for herself, the world and Alia. Their blossoming friendship really touched me and I would've loved to it to have become more, but, alas, my dreams were dashed. Diana, was also quite funny. The scene on the New York Subway had me in stitches. Alia, despite being quite skeptical and unbelieving at the start turned into a determined, courageous young woman. She wanted to do right no matter what the cost. The side characters despite not being in on the whole action were also very well developed. Nim and Theo I felt were there for comic relief but I, personally don't think there was anything wrong with that. It added a lighthearted feel to what was potentially a dark, action packed story.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer was overall a really great read. It was great introduction to Wonder Woman for me and has made me want to look into the character and the stories more. I think a watch of the new film is on the cards. Also, the writing style was so detailed and it has made me want to go out and read more of Leigh Bardugo. So, thats also a big plus.

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Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and the forthcoming Ninth HouseLeigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Los Angeles, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.


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