Wonder Woman Warbinger
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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.
“I imagine all wars look the same to those who die in them.”
Starting with an honest confession: I have never watched any of the superhero movies. I have no clue about these heroes and the powers they posses whatsoever. But I definitely believe that we all can be superheroes only if we decide to stand for what we believe in.
Diana is an Amazon, maybe not a true one. She saves Alia from a shipwreck and brings her to the island of Themyscira. Alia is a Warbinger- she carries chaos and destruction with her and the world wants her dead. Upon knowing this truth, Diana decides to save the world from the war that seems inevitable, and prove her worth. But she knows nothing about the mortal world out there and her only experience in war is the combat practices she has had with her sisters on the Island.
Wonder Woman Warbinger by Leigh Bardugo takes you to two different worlds- Themyscira or the land of the immortals (battle borns) and the modern-day city of New York. There’s a distinct difference between the people of these two worlds (in terms of behavior as well as beliefs). And that author has done a wonderful job in keeping it that way. The plot has it’s own highs and lows. I had a mixed reaction towards the plot and there are places I admired and then there are a few not-so-satisfactory and extremely creepy events.
Characterization was satisfactory and a bit stereotypical according to me. There are certain social themes that are a part of the plot (just subtle hints, here and there). Dialogues are amazingly written especially because the story is supposed to be an extremely serious one with things as vital as saving the world going one. There is humor-a good amount of it. There’s satire and thoughtfulness, grief and joy, sacrifices and achievements. I have to mention here that I absolutely loved the ending. I wouldn’t have accepted anything less.
- A lot of strong-headed women
- Beautiful locations (Themyscira is a dreamland, literally :P)
- Magical objects
- Strong relationships (especially when the plot is dominated by feminine characters) and vows that mean everything
“Sister in battle,” murmured Diana, “I am shield and blade to you.”
“And always your friend.”
Should I watch the movie? Do you want a review with spoilers because honestly there are so many things happening in this book and my reaction is different every time.