28 August 2017

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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.


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5 Words: What is a hero anyway?

Right from the start I knew I would enjoy this. Why?
  • Wonder Woman
  • Leigh Bardugo
I loved how canon lore was covered in the story. There were no info dumps, no random expositions dropped into the prose, but the background and history of the characters and Themyscira was woven into the writing and it was exquisite. I already knew the WHY and the HOW but this would be a perfect introduction to the world if you were unfamiliar.
You dance differently when you know you won't live forever. 
I loved Diana's voice too. She is the first character we meet and her determination and huge heart made my own heart sing. I loved how she feels so under appreciated and that she's not good enough and that's so relatable. But the she has this tenacity, her will to prove herself to everyone around her, driving her on. Alia's storyline broke my heart a little. She, like Diana, feels under-appreciated but still has a huge heart. Although both are far from normal, they felt familiar to read. I think everyone has had similar doubts in their own self-worth.

Both characters prove that they are better than what everyone around them thinks. They stick it up to the haters, prove to themselves that yes, they can do it. It was empowering to read. 

The only thing I didn't like was how Diana and Jason interacted. It always felt on the cusp of going somewhere I really didn't want it to.

Overall this was fantastic. The writing was beautiful and I fell in love with most of the characters. I loved how the idea of what makes someone a hero was explored.
I imagine all wars look the same to those who die in them. 

11 comments:

  1. I loved this and it just made me even more excited to pick up my own copy of Warbringer!I've also never read anything by Leigh Bardugo so I'm very excited now to pick it up!

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    1. Oh it's so fab! With every new book I fall more in love with her writing.

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  2. I have been wanting to watch the newly released Wonder Woman film for ages but I didn't realise that there was a book! I love reading before viewing because then I can create the images of the characters in my head rather than being informed by the film! This sounds like a great read, just a shame about that character relationship!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  3. I'm not a big superhero fan, but I think I might have to read this after your review! It sounds amazing.
    Amy x

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  4. I recently watched the new Wonder Woman film and enjoyed it so much! I had no idea there was a book though I'm going to have to get my hands on this and read it for myself 💖🍵

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  5. Oooh, this sounds like such a great read, and those quotes you highlighted really resonated with me. I adore Wonder Woman! Will have to check this one out :).

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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  6. Ahhhh I just got this book in this quarter's illumicrate, I can't wait to read it! I haven't seen the film yet so I have that to look forward to too! X

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  7. I didn't know there was a book! I watched the film and loved it, but honestly had no idea there was a book. Well I need to read that then!

    teatimewithciara.com

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  8. I've never watched wonder women or even new there was book but after your review I'll have to pick both up 😊

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  9. I will admit to not really being a fan of this genre, but you make it sound soooo good!

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