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Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

 

A1zsNrjoDILSeries: DC Icons #1

Publication Date: August 31st 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

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 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“We cannot spend our lives in hiding, wondering what we might accomplish if given the chance. We have to take that chance ourselves.”

I was worried at first, that I wasn’t going to enjoy this. To me the first 90-100 pages were a bit touch and go. I felt like the pacing was pretty weird and I doubt it helps that I absolutely loved the Wonder Woman movie and I love Gal Gadot (she’s amazing) and her portrayal of the iconic character.

But then as I got past that 100 page mark I found myself falling in love with this story. I loved seeing Diana being introduced to the mortal world and to New York no less. This is a trope I doubt I will ever tire of. I also loved it when more mythological elements were introduced although that was introduced later then I would have liked.

Diana herself was badass and as soon as she lived up to her Amazon Warrior Princess status I was in awe.

I saw people mentioning that they didn’t enjoy Alia and the other original characters but I thought they were all so hilarious and I loved their friend group and the representation! There’s Alia and Jason Keralis, two characters of colour. Alia was a really relatable character to read from. Jason I wasn’t a huge fan of from the start.

Then there was Nim who I would like to marry please. She’s a fashion designer and has a love for trivia. I loved her sense of humour and her personality in general and how she doesn’t try and change Alia. I see so often in books were the out going best friend tries to get her introverted friend to go out more. Also again with representation! Nim is a plus sized character of Indian heritage and I believe she’s bisexual? It was never specifically said but she does take an interest in both guys and girls throughout this novel.

And then finally there’s Theo who is a total sweetie and deserves all the love.

As is always this case, just as this book started getting good I got swamped with hours upon hours of homework which meant as soon as Friday came and I didn’t have to be up early the next day I stayed up finishing this book which is good because that ending was totally unexpected and shocking.

Overall I did enjoy this book but I have a feeling I’m never going to be fully satisfied with novelisations of popular superheroes but I would like to continue on with this series, especially Catwoman by Sarah J Maas because I’ve seen both 1 star and 4 star ratings and I’m very curious and intrigued.

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