One of my favourite films of last year was definitely Wonder Woman. Finally a bad-ass superhero took center stage in a story that mattered. Gal Gadot is perfect as Wonder Woman and has kind of made me obsessed with the character. So when DC released a novel version called Wonder Woman Warbringer, written by Leigh Bardugo, I was intrigued. DC is publishing a series of novels featuring their most important characters. Wonder Woman was the first, followed by Batman and Cat Woman. The novels are written by different authors. I don’t think I am going to read the other novels, as the characters do not interest me. But I digress. Is Wonder Woman Warbringer worth the read? Let’s find out!
Wonder Woman Warbringer: The Plot
Steve Trevor is nowhere in sight in this story. Goodreads describes the plots as follows:
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.
A Story of Friendship
Wonder Woman Warbringer is not necessarily a book about a superhero. Most of all, it is a book about female friendship and the lengths friends go to save each other. If anything, this book shows the power of women in general. While at first I thought the story was a little bit slow-paced, I appreciate the time that was taken to build the characters and their backgrounds. Bardugo took a lot of time setting up the relationships between the characters, so that as a reader you become invested in them. However, the majority of the novel is plot building, while the exciting part only lasts about a 100 pages. Throughout the novel there are a couple of action scenes, but I had hoped for more.
Sister 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.
Another thing I loved about this book was the fact that there was no needless romance. Alia does have a crush on someone, but it is not the most important thing about her. Diana does not fall in love with anyone, she is too busy kicking butt. Considering most YA novels nowadays are driven by romance, it is refreshing to see a novel that is not. Diana and Alia’s friendship is the driving force in this novel and it is great to read about females who do not hate each other for a change. This makes the plot twist at the end all the more surprising.
All in all, Wonder Woman Warbringer is a solid story which is truly about the strength of women. While it is not perfect, nothing is, it is an enjoyable read, especially as it nears the end. If you love Wonder Woman, or stories about strong women in general, it is worth to give this a read.