Happy Tuesday, all!
Welcome back to the blog tour for Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.
I know that many of you are super stoked for the book - particularly after this spring's Wonder Woman movie - and I'll tell you right now: it's absolutely worth the wait.
Read on for more, and Warbringer is out - TODAY!
Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format read: ARC via publisher
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning….
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 mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. 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.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
So it was with a certain amount of eager joy, that I delved into Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Though Bardugo describes the book as a chapter of Diana's life - which is true - it's also so much more than that. It's very much an origin story, allowing readers to understand who Diana is at a fundamental level, and why she feels the need to save others. It's not just pure altruism or the need to be a hero; it's also the innate, unrelenting (and wholly relatable) desire to prove herself as a hero, on an island of incomparable heroes.
Consequently, when Diana is thrown together with Alia, this becomes her chance to do good, but to also prove herself. But it's harder than she initially believes, and Bardugo does an excellent job of balancing the genuine struggles of the burgeoning friendship between the two young women, coupled with the genuine dangers of what they face. Because like it or not, Alia's legacy is a terrifying one, with the ability to create chaos around the world. But with the growing strength of Diana and Alia's friendship, they're able to weather it.
Bardugo charts their journey from beginning to end with fierce plotting and fantastic characterizations, which are true to the DC Universe, but also offer her own twist. The writing is filled with depth and warmth, and readers will recognize some trademark Bardugo-isms.
All in all, Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a brilliant way to kick-off the DC Icon Series, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author:
LEIGH BARDUGO is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. She is the first author in the DC Icons Series, where the DC Comics super hero icons are written by megastar young adult authors. Forthcoming books include Batman by Marie Lu, Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas, and Superman by Matt de la Peña.