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Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo

wonder womanReview by Mrs. Collins

If you, like me, took the new Wonder Woman movie as an opportunity to become (re)acquainted with the Wonder Woman mythology and story, and found yourself delighted, you will also enjoy this story. Although key elements (which I shall not divulge here) of her story are different from the movie, I think by and large the changes are effective.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer introduces us to Diana as a teenage girl and daughter of a powerful queen looking to prove herself. She is the only inhabitant of the island of Themiscyra who was not reborn there after dying a glorious death in battle, which gives her more to prove than anyone else. The story starts with a race, one which Diana intends to win, but which is derailed when she sees an explosion in a ship just beyond the boundary protecting the island and decides to save the lone survivor. This heroic decision has a ripple of repercussions, as all outsiders are poison to the island, and things immediately start going wrong on the island. It turns out that in addition to poisoning her friends and her home, she also inadvertently saved the one girl who can bring about the next Armageddon — a descendant of a long line of warbringers that started with Helen of Troy.

Going back and forth between the perspective of Diana and Alia, the young girl from New York who has no idea how dangerous her very existence is, this thrill-a-minute adventure had me hooked from the very beginning. Fans of other Greek mythology linked stories such as those by Rick Riordan will love this story, as will anyone else in the mood for a rip-roaring superhero adventure, as well as anyone who already loves Leigh Bardugo’s writing from the Grisha trilogy or Six of Crows.

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