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.
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Published August 29th 2017 by Listening Library
Four stars: A clever and innovative revision of Wonder Woman.
Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is ready to start the foot race against her sisters. She is confident that she can beat her legendary sisters, even though she is different. During the race, Diana witnesses a shipwreck off the coast. She knows she must not interfere with the mortals, doing so would risk exile. Before she can think twice, Diana throws caution to the wind and dives in. She saves the mortal girl, Alia. Soon dire consequences follow as the mystical island is rocked with illness and destruction. Diana fears that her actions are throwing the island out of balance. She quickly sneaks the girl off the island, hoping to set things right. The mysterious Oracle warns her that this girl is different, she is a Warbringer, she will bring about war unless Diana can cleanse her blood. Will Diana risk everything to save the mortal world?
What I Liked:
- Confession, I haven’t seen the smash movie Wonder Woman, yet, which is probably a good thing. This book does not tie into the movie. It is its own innovative story, one you should check out if you love superheroes. Ms. Bardugo doesn’t disappoint with her own clever refashioning of Wonder Woman.
- Diana is awesome. I loved her fierce determination, her courage, her loyalty and her childlike wonder when it comes to the human world. She is a warrior through and through. I loved watching her uncover her powers.
- The best part of the book for me was when Diana ends up in the human world for the first time. Her naïveté and wonder made me laugh. I loved it. I especially appreciated that she is so unassuming.
- This book is never dull. There is plenty of danger and action throughout. Diana is tested time and time again. If you like superheroes fighting to save the world, you won’t be disappointed.
- While in the human world, Diana makes new friends, Nim, Theo and Alia. I liked watching Diana form strong friendships with all three of her comrades, and how she chose to sacrifice for them. It was wonderful that this book was driven by loyalty and friendship and not romance.
- Shocking twists abound in the climax. I was totally caught off guard, and I liked how it all played out. Well done, Ms. Bardugo.
- The ending is wonderful. No cliffhangers or loose ends. All ends well, but there are certainly feelers out for another book.
And The Not So Much:
- It is best to go into this without expectations or preconceived notions. This is not a revision of the Wonder Woman tv show, nor is it a movie tie in book. This is book stands on its own.
- I was left wanting a better understanding of Diana’s upbringing and history. I especially wanted to know more about her mother.
- There was a secondary romance that started to develop toward the end, between Diana’s comrades. I wish there had been more of that relationship it was adorable.
Wonder Woman was a surprising read. This is a creative, fresh take on Wonder Woman. This is not a movie tie in or a revision of the tv series, so go in with no expectations. I loved the characters, the action and the story. So much fun. If you are a fan of superheroes, this is one to try.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.