Friday, 26 January 2018

WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER - by Leigh Bardugo

WONDER WOMAN WARBRINGER - Leigh Bardugo
Published: 2017 by Random House Children's Books
Pages: 364.
Genres: Young adult / adventure / romance / science fiction / contemporary
Triggers/Content Advisory: Infrequent, mild violence.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Bought.
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. Together. 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 love Wonder Woman. I love Leigh Bardugo. Wanna guess what I thought of this book?


From the first paragraph I was literally head over heels in love. Leigh's writing, her sentence structure, is absolutely flawless. Her dialogue is rich, witty, full of incredible humour, and you can instantly tell which character's speaking when. It's just perfect.
My only "criticism" is that the witty dialogue gets a tiny bit too much at times. The characters are constantly snapping back and forth, and however entertaining those exchanges are, they aren't entirely realistic in a battle scene. It's a bit overdone.

The twists on Diana's original story are fantastic. I adore how Leigh makes it her own while still keeping the important elements we die-hard fans know and love.
The story isn't packed with action, but it's never boring. It's very character-driven, and I enjoyed the characters' interactions just as much as I did the infrequent battles and physical fighting. I know a lot of reviewers have criticised how slow they apparently found the story, but I honestly don't see it; yes, there're a lot of "quieter" moments and not a ton of physical fighting, but it's no less entertaining or gripping. My heart was pumping whether it was an amazing, adrenaline-fueled fight, or simply the characters sparring with each other. Leigh's writing is masterful, so even the quieter scenes are stunning to read. At least I think so.


“Sisters 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.”

“I am done being careful. I am done being quiet. Let them see me angry. Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.”

“When had she stopped being a child? The first time a guy whistled at her out of a car window when she was walking to school? The moment she started wondering how she looked when she ran, what jiggled or bounced, instead of the pace she was setting? The first time she'd kept from raising her hand because she didn't want to seem too smart or too eager? No one had sung? No one had told her how much she would lose until the time for grieving was long over.”


The characters are mind-blowingly good. The cast is so amazingly diverse - different cultures, different sexualities, different colours - and everyone is vivid, three-dimensional, and effortlessly real. It's brilliant. I love how every charatcer Bardugo writes, no matter the size of their role in the story, comes alive.
I also relate a lot to Alia. There are moments towards the end of the book that just make me want shout: "Wow! That's just so me!" Her vulnerabilities and fears are similar to mine (although obviously I'm not a catalyst for world doom) and it's both chilling and awe-inspiring to see how intensely Bardugo is able to dig into human nature.

The relationships are excellent. The female friendships, especially, are utter perfection and so empowering. Alia and Diana are #goals. There's also plenty of #girlssupportinggirls and all that majestic stuff. Speaking of which....
THE FEMINISM MAKES MY LITTLE FEMINIST HEART SO IMMENSELY HAPPY. Bardugo writes feminism into her books, into her female characters, so naturally, and for most of the book I was simply giddy from all the girl power flowing from the pages. It's INCREDIBLY empowering.




Wonder Woman Warbringer is a masterpiece in writing, character, plot, and theme. It's bursting with inspiring heroines, beautiful friendships, and is one of the most empowering books I've read this year  
Leigh Bardugo is a wonder woman. I think this is her best work since Six of Crows

        

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