“We can’t help the way we’re born. We can’t help what we are, only what life we choose to make for ourselves.”
Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Series: DC Icons #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Digital Copy
Date Published: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books
Goodreads Rating: 4.13
Personal Rating: ☆☆☆ / 5
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.
Themyscira: A fictional place referred as Paradise Island where women thrived apart from the hostility of the male-dominated world. It is under the APHRODITE”S LAW that says UNDER PENALTY OF DEATH NO MAN MAY SET FOOT ON THEMYSCIRA.
Diana: Princess of the Amazons, Wonder Woman
Alia Keralis: The Warbringer
Nim: Alia’s best friend
Jason Keralis: Alia’s brother, Heir to Keralis Laboratories
Theo: Jason’s best friend
My Personal Thoughts
Frankly, this book is sort of a major disappointment for me. I am so sorry if you are a fan of this novel but this isn’t just for me. Aside from the fact that the first few chapters are boring and slow paced, I may have also expected too much from it since Leigh Bardugo is the author and Wonder Woman is kind of mainstream today. I received an advance reader copy of Batman Nightwalker from Penguin Teens Australia which made me want to read the first book before starting it. I liked the movie so much so maybe that’s the reason why my hopes are too high for this novel. Honestly, I’m not a fan of superheroes and I don’t even know their names or in which group they belong to so this is a major step for me to come out of my comfort zone and try something new. Whenever the husband I watch a superhero movie, I always find myself being confused about all of them. I thought I’ll like it and eventually get myself involved and hooked but unfortunately, it’s not my cup of tea. Heroes and stuff are not for me and even though the author made it modern and easy to relate to, I still find myself not engaged with the story or even with the characters. The world building is good because the Amazon’s place was described in a detailed manner. All the people that are important to Diana were also introduced and described well which made things a bit clear to me. When Dianna and Alia went to New York everything became action-packed and I also started to show interest. It was a good start and everything that followed was badass. The way Diana helped everyone save the day and stay focused on her ultimate goal which is to save her people and prevent a foreseeable war is fascinating and noble. I like the crew, they are fun and despite the all the dangers that they were all facing prior to Greece, they still managed to enjoy the journey without minding what awaits them at the end of the tunnel. The villain surprisingly shocked me! I haven’t seen that one coming because I expected a different traitor in the story. I love how the author fooled me into thinking that this specific person was the reason behind all the shit that the characters went through. It was beautifully written and everything was good and entertaining but it’s just not for me and I can’t give it a high rating just for the sake of conforming to other readers who enjoyed the story a lot. Maybe the next book will impress me because it will be a different character which is also popular. The bratty and classy character of Alia may be cliche’ but I am amazed at how she learned a lot from the main character. The ending looked rush and was not given a proper justification though.
Action Packed Scenes: I rarely enjoy action scenes but Diana is so skilled and very good at what she does. These scenes made the book more interesting and they prove that her training in Themyscira is all worth it.
World Building: Like what I mentioned earlier, the world building was astounding. Themyscira was well-described and its beauty overwhelmed me.
Twists and Turns: The character’s journey going to Greece was exceptional and I love how they’ve learned a lot from each other and how the rich and socialite Alia developed and became mature. All the revelations about their origin and ancestors all made sense and are relevant to the current situation that they are into.
The main character is annoying. Alia is annoying, yes, but there are instances that I really admired her wit and capabilities. I don’t like the way she winged at the start but I am also proud of the woman she becomes. Diana is also a bit irritating because everything that comes out of her mouth was weird and if you are in Aliya’s shoes, you’ll also suspect Diana to be psychotic and shit. I’m just happy things turned out the way they were supposed to and all differences were settled in the end.
Not that engaging. I don’t really know what happened to me but it was very difficult for me to dig in and get myself involved. The characters are really intriguing and badass but the first chapters disappointed me already.
Slow paced. The turn-out-of-events are just too slow and this book gave me a slump. I was able to finish this for two weeks which rarely happens to me.
“A wise warrior learns from her mistakes.”
Because 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 are the ones who keep trying.”
“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.”
“I am done being careful. I am done being quiet. Let them see me angry. Let them hear me wait at the top of my lungs.”
“You can’t live in fear. You make things happen or they happen to you.”
Some people will disappoint you and turn their backs on you and you just have to be very careful. Even the seemingly nice and decent ones are full of secrets.
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆/5