Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh BardugoWonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

byLeigh Bardugo

Hardcover | August 29, 2017

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The highly anticipated DC Icons story of the world's greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"You’ll enjoy this book whether you’re a fan of Wonder Woman comics, the Wonder Woman movie, Leigh Bardugo, or just YA lit in general." —Hypable

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.

"Feminism is the invisible jet powering this literary revamp of the Amazon princess." —The New York Times Book Review

"Warning: This novel about the young super hero crossing paths with a seemingly ordinary—but seriously powerful—girl may result in multiple fist pumps." —Seventeen

Don't miss the rest of the DC Icons series! Read them in any order you choose:
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña
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. Visit her online at leighbardugo.com and follow her on Twitter at @LBardugo. She is the first author in the DC Icons Series, where the DC Comics super hero icons are written by megastar ...
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Title:Wonder Woman: WarbringerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.44 × 6.31 × 1.24 inPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399549730

ISBN - 13:9780399549731

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from YES!!!! At the beginning, this book was about a three star rating for me. But slowly it got better and better to the point that the end hurt me. I am not a person who enjoys long chapters, it makes me feel like the story is being dragged on and the story is not progressing. So the beginning of the story was a struggle for me. It took me a long time to get through the beginning. I think I read the first four chapters 3 separate times because I kept falling asleep and I couldn’t remember what happened. Oops. Later on the chapters became shorter so it became easier to read, and the plot thickened, the characters got better and I really enjoyed it! Took me about 100 pages to get used to Bardugos writing style and really dive into the book. The last 200 pages of the book I read in less than a day! Just took me a while to get there! Overall, very good story if you like Super Woman and if you like superheroes then this is a great read for you. And even if you don’t, if you’re not used to reading about superheroes then I still think this is a great story for you. The best part about this story is you do not need to know anything about Super Woman to enjoy this book!!
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from quite a good read I always wanted to understand where she began this was a true fun book
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book As a fun of superhero comics and movies, this novel was also very good. The characters are interesting and diverse. The story is great and the action is well written. The origin of Diana in this story is cool and seeing life on the island is fun to read.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I'm a big DC comics/Wonder Woman fan so my girlfriend got me this for my birthday and wow!! A really amazing take on Diana's story with great original characters that really work with her. The characters are diverse, well developed, and the story is beautifully crafted with some great twists. Really well written and super fun to read.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review I am not a superhero person. I have seen a total of 3 marvel movies (The Avengers, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther) and 1 DC movie (Wonder Woman). In fact, I would probably give the Wonder Woman movie the same star rating I’m giving this book. So why did I read it? Well, I was so in love with Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom last year that I had to read anything Leigh Bardugo has written. On top of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I also own Shadow and Bone, and Language of Thorns, which I pre-ordered last year and haven’t read. Wonder Woman: Warbringer was a well-written book, but it just lacked something. Maybe it was action, because there was a section of the last 60 pages that had me invested, but my investment in the story left by the time the book ended. From what I’ve seen so far, I think Leign Bardugo really does her best work with morally grey characters, but Diana is just so pure and moral. Because she is so pure and moral, I found her really boring. Like I’m a person who sticks really tightly to their moral values, but there just wasn’t much to interest me in her character. I had the same problem with Alia. She just wasn’t a very interesting character, and it’s no fun to read from the perspective of 2 really uninteresting characters. My dad (who knows far more about superheroes than I do) actually says that’s the problem with DC vs Marvel. With Marvel you have all of these complex characters, but with DC you have these characters that are just good. Overall, Wonder Woman: Warbringer was well-written, but I just wasn’t invested in the story and characters, earning it 3 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning This book was so fun to read and fascinating to explore another take on Diana's origin story. the characters were great and full of diversity!
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I want this as a movie! I love Leigh Bardugo and I love what she did with Wonder Woman! It's a great story, never a dull moment. You can't stop reading until the end and get blown away.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from glorious and epic The story starts off with a trained but untested Diana saving a mortal girl Alia off the shore of her island and then upon learning (through the Oracle) she is a descendant of Helen of Troy, and a catalyst for war, embarks on a quest to purify Alia of being a Warbringer, a journey that takes them from New York to Greece in the modern world. (Yep, no WWI story here fellas and no Steve). Diana has a theoretical knowledge of the mortal world and she has been warned several times of the violence of men, but she is also idealistic and wants to try to save the world. There's also the fact that on her island she's the only one who was born an Amazon and not made one (in a Valhalla-like fashion, warrior women are given a place on Themyscra) so she thinks this quest will grant her the glory and respect she needs to feel like a proper Amazon. Obviously we know the journey is not going to be easy, even with Diana's god-like powers. There's the fact that Alia is initially reluctant to believe, then they are stuck on the wrong side of the planet, and the faction of people out to kill Alia before she fully becomes a Warbringer. Coupled with Alia's overprotective older brother Jason, gentle mortals Nim and Theo, and Diana's job becomes much more complicated. A central theme of the story is sisterhood. First about Diana being connected to her sisters on the island but feeling she doesn't measure up to them. Then her slow growing bond with Alia, and finally the power of Amazonian blood itself that binds the Amazons together in pain. Diana is a warrior, but she also knows the virtue of peace and mercy. She may not have experienced war first hand but damn if she's not going to do her best to prevent it. The story also provides a juxtaposition of the Amazonian notion of honor and glory against those of legendary male heroes of Greek mythology, and how twisted the notion of glory in war is. As for the characters, we have an amazing character in Alia, a girl who is meek but finally shows her brave side. Nim is an awesome sidekick character that doesn't get pushed to the sidelines and also helps out on their mission and is not reduced to comic relief or the spunky best friend cliche. Theo is also amazing, and he's more comic relief than helpful but he comes through. Jason is, well, complicated to explain without going into spoiler territory, but all I'll say is that boy didn't even think Diana is way out of his league. There is a minor romance arc but it's mostly brushed aside for important things like saving the damn world from war, you know. Finally, what more can I say - this was glorious and epic and I'll even forgive the small scenes that didn't make sense in the overall plot because overall, this was amazing.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action-Packed I was a little nervous prior to reading the novel since it deviates so much from Bardugo's other books, but I actually really liked it! It had action, adventure, sort-of romance and was quite hard to put down. I did not expect the direction of the novel to make the turns that it did and the ending was really well-written. Not to mention the main character, Diana is so strong and awesome while being humble. Give the book a try!
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DC Icons I bought this book for my b-day and my was it good. Packed with action, comedy and a great twist! I can’t wait to read the rest of the DC Icons!!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! This was a great read. Lots of action. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was powerful and engaging!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was very difficult to get into
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great gift Wonder Woman is a great role model
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BOSS LADY BOOK I loved how diverse this cast was. AND NOT TO MENTION IS WAS SHEER KICKASS WOMEN EMPOWERMENT THERE WERE FIGHT SCENES WERE I GOT CHILLLLLLLLS BECAUSE DIANA IS SO BADASS AND JUST AHHHHHH IT WAS SOOOOO GOOOD. That plot twist at the end though. Came right outta the left field. Brilliant. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Diverse and FILLED with Female Power I had a Leigh Bardugo book on my TBR pile for over a month and didn’t dive in immediately – I AM HONESTLY SO ASHAMED AT MYSELF RIGHT NOW. As soon as I heard that Leigh Bardugo was going to be writing Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I knew that I would be reading this book. Wonder Woman has only been my FAVOURITE superhero since ever and the movie that released earlier this year BLEW MY MIND. I had HUGE expectations about Wonder Woman: Warbringer because a) Wonder Woman is the BEST and b) Leigh Bardugo is EVEN better and, well, up until the ending that I’m STILL NOT SURE HOW I FEEL ABOUT, this book met all of them. MY THOUGHTS: 1. The book opens with Diana on Themyscria, with Hippolyta and all the other fangirl worthy Amazons racing each other for glory and sitting there I honestly fangirled because I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR STORY and their sisterhood. 2. I loved Diana’s spirit in this book. She’s always been earnest, determined to save everyone and also to prove herself and Leigh Bardugo brought life to the character more than I’ve ever seen done before on any medium. 3. I absolutely LOVED that this book was set in modern New York City (which is only my FAVOURITE city in all the world) and I loved Leigh Bardugo’s cast of characters apart from Diana, ESPECIALLY Alia and Nim who were badass and fearless characters all on their own. 4. This book had SO MANY ACTION SCENES, including one where Diana figures out just how strong she it and THEY ARE ALL SO BRILLIANT. I could imagine them happening right in front of me. 5. This book is also STUNNINGLY Diverse. Alia, the Warbringer, her brother, and her long time crush are black and Nim, the best friend is a kickass brown Indian who I NEED TO BE FRIENDS WITH. It’s all loyalty and sass and fight scenes and I loved it. 6. Another thing that was really cool was Bardugo’s ability to integrate the Greek Gods into the modern world, even bringing in some smaller (and bigger gods) and it just made this book feel SO REAL? 7. MY ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK IS THE ONE HUGE TWIST BEFORE THE ENDING. I was SHOCKED, to say the least and I don’t know if I fully UNDERSTOOD what was happening, or that particular character’s endgoal from the War or ANYTHING ABOUT IT, REALLY? It felt like an unnecessary development and I DID NOT CARE FOR IT. Was this book better than Six of Crows? (aka the BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME?) Probably not, but it did have it’s own charm and I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE WHERE THE DC ICONS SERIES GOES NEXT. 4 stars.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I always expect great things from Leigh Bardugo and she always delivers. If there's anyone who can be trusted with bringing Diana/Wonder Woman to life and doing her justice, it's her. Diana was a complete delight to follow on her journey with Alia and company. I appreciated how she was very much the Wonder Woman everyone knew and loved, but also a very relatable teenage girl trying to find her place in the world. Her ambitions and doubts, strengths and insecurities, made her someone I could also see myself in, despite her being immortal and having super strength. The themes of girl power and friendship made my heart sing and there was nothing better than seeing the female characters stand up and support one another. Bardugo has written another cast of characters that are all incredibly diverse, with each one feeling fully fleshed out and having an important role in the story. Can't wait to read the rest of the DC Icons books, but they have a lot to live up to after Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful retelling! This was a really wonderful (ha-ha) book to read, and Bardugo did a great job of introducing Diana and an origin story as Wonder Woman to people like me who knew absolutely nothing about the DC world. I really loved the characters, like, all of them. Diana was a great narrator and it was interesting and hilarious to see her introduction to the modern world. I loved Alia so much, because she was so driven and determined. Nim straight up has my heart, and Theo was a delight to read about. Leigh Bardugo is really good at writing fun group character dynamics like in Six of Crows and this was no exception. The way Diana, Alia, and their team worked together was fun to read about and it felt like there was a very strong connection between everyone. A special shout-out to Nim and Theo, because every time they were together in a scene it was hilarious. The plot was fun and moved at breakneck speed. The plot twists were amazing. The fight scenes were too. You got a sense of just how strong Diana was compared to the antagonists and it was brutal but not overly gory. What I'm disappointed in is that I don't think there'll be a sequel. I miss Alia and Theo and Nim already. But I'm excited for the other books in this universe.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Wonder Woman: Warbringer is an amazing book filled strong characters. It is an interesting take on the classic hero and Leigh Bardugo did an amaing job. Seeing her amazing work on this story, I wish to read more of Leigh's work.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good I love DC graphic novels and upon seeing that the holy trinity plus Catwoman were to be told into YA Novels caused some serious apprehension. But I adore Leigh Bardugo and thought that <i> Wonder Woman: Warbringer </i> would be the best one to start with. I am so happy I gave this book a chance. I started this book knowing that it would have a very different feel than the graphic novels and it would most likely play with traditional Wonder Woman Lore. While Bardugo does play with the lore, she remains true to Diana's core as a character and pays tribute to Greek Mythology throughout the novel. It's clear that Bardugo did her research. The characters were strong, witty, and well written. I feel in love with each characters and above all the strength that each female character imbued. The girls, who come from different cultural backgrounds (WHOO HOOO BARDUGO!) genuinely cared for and defended each other. Bardugo focus on friendship and sisterhood above romance was refreshing and beautifully written. This book was such a surprise and I hope that the others are written just as well.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Wonder Woman is a great role model for anyone. And this story was such a good read despite being targeted to YA
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super fun and really diverse A very good, enjoyable read. Distinctly YA but pleasantly diverse in plenty of ways. Probably more like a 4.5!
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I hoped When I heard about Warbringer, I was a bit hesitant. A YA novelization of Wonder Woman? That could easily go sideways. The last thing WW needs is to be portrayed as a lovesick teen. Happily, I think Bardugo has done her justice. Warbringer provides a fresh new approach to Wonder Woman that I quite enjoyed. Yes, Diana is a teen. And yes, she has doubts, fears, and is still coming into her own. But you can see a glimmer of the superhero she will eventually become. Bardugo's world building is excellent, and the pacing kept me interested throughout. There was a twist that I totally did not see coming, which was refreshing! The ending though - it didn't really sit right with me. It seemed a bit too clean and simple. But it ends on a positive note, which was pretty nice. Overall, I'd definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unputdownable! As one of my most anticipated releases of this year it did not disappoint! Leigh Bardugo is one of the my top favorite authors whose writing/world building is amazing. Plus look at that cover!! I've always been a big super hero person and loved the recent Wonder Woman movie! So when I started this I didn't want it to end!! The story is easy to follow and will keep you on the edge of your seat while your reading. Wonder Woman: Warbringer is about the story of Princess Diana who proves to her warrior sisters as well meet new characters like Alia who is a Warbringer, the direct descendant of Helen of Troy. The book had the power of friendship, action, drama, death, a touch of romance and even some Greek mythology which I love to read about. Each character has their own strength as well as great dialogue which Leigh Bardugo is great at! If you are a fan of superhero books and Wonder Woman you will definitely want to pick up the book! It's a great retelling of one of my favourite superheroes and shows how powerful friendships rather than just the romance. I really loved this book from the beginning and I'm looking forward to the rest in the DC icon series!
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This novel gave me a couple of "firsts". This was my first foray into anything Wonder Woman related. I have always known of this famous icon but prior to this novel, I had not read anything with her in it or seen any of the movies. I know, I know, shocking isn't it?! Secondly, this was my first encounter with Leigh Bardugo. Again, I know this is shocking as people rave over her Shadow and Bone series along with the Six of Crows duology. They have always been on my TBR pile but I have yet to pick them up. One day soon I will. So many books....not enough time. Now, to the novel. Putting it bluntly, I really enjoyed it. It definitely was a lot heftier than I expected but it didn't seem to be overly long while I was reading it. I have to give a warning though: do not stop reading after the first chapter! For me, it took until the true quest began when two of the main characters surprisingly ended up in a new city (am I being vague enough?). Prior to that, I was liking the novel but it was starting a bit slow. So give it a few chapters if you are thinking about giving up. Without giving too much away, I want to say that I'm glad that this novel wasn't actually solely about Diana. There was a lot of character development and half of it wasn't even her own! I think that additional main character really added to the story especially with the friendship that was created. In that vain, I also really enjoyed the characters and because of that my heart was breaking all over the place at multiple points in the novel. Really, I think my heart broke for each of them at one point or another. The novel was really good and it blew away any expectations that I had prior to reading (and trust me I had high expectations due to the hype). It definitely wasn't predictable and it was action packed throughout. The ending was perfect in the fact that it could go either way really. It was the perfect (yet emotional) ending that could conclude Leigh Bardugo's story of Wonder Woman or it was left open for a possible sequel. I highly doubt there would be a sequel judging by the fact there are more DC icon novelizations coming out but...either way it was a good ending. Definitely, definitely recommend! I can't wait for more of the DC icon books to be published as I enjoyed this one so much.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A New Wonder Woman Convert! This novel gave me a couple of "firsts". This was my first foray into anything Wonder Woman related. I have always known of this famous icon but prior to this novel, I had not read anything with her in it or seen any of the movies. I know, I know, shocking isn't it?! Secondly, this was my first encounter with Leigh Bardugo. Again, I know this is shocking as people rave over her Shadow and Bone series along with the Six of Crows duology. They have always been on my TBR pile but I have yet to pick them up. One day soon I will. So many books....not enough time. Now, to the novel. Putting it bluntly, I really enjoyed it. It definitely was a lot heftier than I expected but it didn't seem to be overly long while I was reading it. I have to give a warning though: do not stop reading after the first chapter! For me, it took until the true quest began when two of the main characters surprisingly ended up in a new city (am I being vague enough?). Prior to that, I was liking the novel but it was starting a bit slow. So give it a few chapters if you are thinking about giving up. Without giving too much away, I want to say that I'm glad that this novel wasn't actually solely about Diana. There was a lot of character development and half of it wasn't even her own! I think that additional main character really added to the story especially with the friendship that was created. In that vain, I also really enjoyed the characters and because of that my heart was breaking all over the place at multiple points in the novel. Really, I think my heart broke for each of them at one point or another. The novel was really good and it blew away any expectations that I had prior to reading (and trust me I had high expectations due to the hype). It definitely wasn't predictable and it was action packed throughout. The ending was perfect in the fact that it could go either way really. It was the perfect (yet emotional) ending that could conclude Leigh Bardugo's story of Wonder Woman or it was left open for a possible sequel. I highly doubt there would be a sequel judging by the fact there are more DC icon novelizations coming out but...either way it was a good ending. Definitely, definitely recommend! I can't wait for more of the DC icon books to be published as I enjoyed this one so much.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing book this book is so progressive in the YAcommunity. it's got great diversity, and even some lgbtq.overall a great read as well!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Breaking new ground for diversity. Leigh Bardugo offers a unique account of the Wonder Woman phase that has been sweeping up everyone in it's path. Bardugo's novel centres around the relationship of two young women: Diana and Alia. These two young women, though raised in difference circumstances, form a relationship because they are both trying to come to terms with their identity and attempting to carve out their own destiny. Bardugo's diverse main, and supporting characters allows her and the story to touch on issues of race, gender, and sexuality. This is a great step forward and should be used as an example to future YA novels. Being a story centred around Wonder Woman, there are obviously feminist themes. However, they deal with more everyday instances of sexism, such as cat calling, being talked down to by men, and overall women having to constantly prove themselves as smart, and capable because it is not always assumed. With all that being said, I just wish this book grabbed me like it did so many others. Unfortunately, I wasn't pulled into the plot and was constantly aware that I was reading (I wasn't "lost in the story").This book was centred around young adults, and the constant joking, sarcasm, and "one liners" even at serious points in the story really took away form the narrative. However, that is just personal opinion, and there is still merit in this book for the younger crowd (especially girls) who need positive and diverse roll models to look up to.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Wonderful Story by Bardugo WOWWWWWWWWWW THAT WAS A BETRAYAL! I do commend Bardugo for using the "bring back from the dead" in a way that made sense and didn't make me eye roll (I'm looking at you Maas). loved the relationships and the humour was solid! Comedy in books is so hard to pull off but I laughed so many times in this book.The cast is also wonderfully diverse. I was concerned it would be using the comics or film as a crutch but I absolutely ADORED this book. It did it's own thing and I am like x10000000 more excited for Batman now. Don't let me down Lu! PS THE COVER IS BEAUTIFUL!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Not really a fan of superheros but really enjoyed this book... i highly recommend it even if you think it's not the type of book for you. You too will love it!!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go & Get This! This novel is everything!!! It is superb!! I can no words!! I just finished it and I couldn't wait to rate it everywhere!! GIVE ME MORE!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Highly recommended for all WW fans
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun For All Wonder Woman Fans A really fun, breezy story with one of the best superheroes ever written in the lead. This is exactly the book I needed the last couple days––exciting, funny, charming, and filled with brilliant action. The story moved at a quick pace that complimented the terrific fight scenes. I loved the dialogue and banter between the characters, and definitely did not expect the twist at the end. The ideas Bardugo brought to life interwoven with Greek mythology and ancient stories was the cherry on top of a fantastic cake that I would recommend to all lovers of the DC legend, strong women, and any reader who wants a fun book to unwind with after a stressful day. Speaking from experience, I can promise this is the book you want. This is a promising start to the DC ICONS series, and I can't wait for it to continue.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Leigh Bardugo I love her so much. I didn't expect much from this book because I'm generally not a fan of superhero but WOW I really enjoyed this more than I thought.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING *I received an ARC of this book, my review is for the work before it was edited and not the final product* I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. It made his way trough the top of my favorite book so fast. You don't have to be a comic or super heroes fan to fall in love with the characters, the story, their friendship. Every little piece of this book was pure joy and or pain and it was amazing.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Waiting! My mother pre-ordered this book for me and I can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-06-15

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You do not enter a race to lose.   Diana bounced lightly on her toes at the starting line, her calves taut as bowstrings, her mother’s words reverberating in her ears. A noisy crowd had gathered for the wrestling matches and javelin throws that would mark the start of the Nemeseian Games, but the real event was the footrace, and now the stands were buzzing with word that the queen’s daughter had entered the competition.   When Hippolyta had seen Diana amid the runners clustered on the arena sands, she’d displayed no surprise. As was tradition, she’d descended from her viewing platform to wish the athletes luck in their endeavors, sharing a joke here, offering a kind word of encouragement there. She had nodded briefly to Diana, showing her no special favor, but she’d whispered, so low that only her daughter could hear, “You do not enter a race to lose.”   Amazons lined the path that led out of the arena, already stamping their feet and chanting for the games to begin.   On Diana’s right, Rani flashed her a radiant smile. “Good luck today.” She was always kind, always gracious, and, of course, always victorious.   To Diana’s left, Thyra snorted and shook her head. “She’s going to need it.”   Diana ignored her. She’d been looking forward to this race for weeks--a trek across the island to retrieve one of the red flags hung beneath the great dome in Bana-Mighdall. In a flat-out sprint, she didn’t have a chance. She still hadn’t come into the fullness of her Amazon strength. You will in time, her mother had promised. But her mother promised a lot of things.   This race was different. It required strategy, and Diana was ready. She’d been training in secret, running sprints with Maeve, and plotting a route that had rougher terrain but was definitely a straighter shot to the western tip of the island. She’d even--well, she hadn’t exactly spied. . . . She’d gathered intelligence on the other Amazons in the race. She was still the smallest, and of course the youngest, but she’d shot up in the last year, and she was nearly as tall as Thyra now.   I don’t need luck, she told herself. I have a plan. She glanced down the row of Amazons gathered at the starting line like troops readying for war and amended, But a little luck wouldn’t hurt, either. She wanted that laurel crown. It was better than any royal circlet or tiara--an honor that couldn’t be given, that had to be earned.   She found Maeve’s red hair and freckled face in the crowd and grinned, trying to project confidence. Maeve returned the smile and gestured with both hands as if she were tamping down the air. She mouthed the words, “Steady on.”   Diana rolled her eyes but nodded and tried to slow her breathing. She had a bad habit of coming out too fast and wasting her speed too early.   Now she cleared her mind and forced herself to concentrate on the course as Tekmessa walked the line, surveying the runners, jewels glinting in her thick corona of curls, silver bands flashing on her brown arms. She was Hippolyta’s closest advisor, second in rank only to the queen, and she carried herself as if her belted indigo shift were battle armor.   “Take it easy, Pyxis,” Tek murmured to Diana as she passed. “Wouldn’t want to see you crack.” Diana heard Thyra snort again, but she refused to flinch at the nickname. You won’t be smirking when I’m on the victors’ podium, she promised.   Tek raised her hands for silence and bowed to Hippolyta, who sat between two other members of the Amazon Council in the royal loge--a high platform shaded by a silken overhang dyed in the vibrant red and blue of the queen’s colors. Diana knew that was where her mother wanted her right now, seated beside her, waiting for the start of the games instead of competing. None of that would matter when she won.   Hippolyta dipped her chin the barest amount, elegant in her white tunic and riding trousers, a simple circlet resting against her forehead. She looked relaxed, at her ease, as if she might decide to leap down and join the competition at any time, but still every inch the queen.   Tek addressed the athletes gathered on the arena sands. “In whose honor do you compete?”   “For the glory of the Amazons,” they replied in unison. “For the glory of our queen.” Diana felt her heart beat harder. She’d never said the words before, not as a competitor.   “To whom do we give praise each day?” Tek trumpeted.   “Hera,” they chorused. “Athena, Demeter, Hestia, Aphrodite, Artemis.” The goddesses who had created Themyscira and gifted it to Hippolyta as a place of refuge.   Tek paused, and along the line, Diana heard the whispers of other names: Oya, Durga, Freyja, Mary, Yael. Names once cried out in death, the last prayers of female warriors fallen in battle, the words that had brought them to this island and given them new life as Amazons. Beside Diana, Rani murmured the names of the demon-fighting Matri, the seven mothers, and pressed the rectangular amulet she always wore to her lips.   Tek raised a blood-red flag identical to those that would be waiting for the runners in Bana-Mighdall.   “May the island guide you to just victory!” she shouted.   She dropped the red silk. The crowd roared. The runners surged toward the eastern arch. Like that, the race had begun.   Diana and Maeve had anticipated a bottleneck, but Diana still felt a pang of frustration as runners clogged the stone throat of the tunnel, a tangle of white tunics and muscled limbs, footsteps echoing off the stone, all of them trying to get clear of the arena at once. Then they were on the road, sprinting across the island, each runner choosing her own course.   You do not enter a race to lose.  

Editorial Reviews

A Boston Globe Best of the Year BookA CCBC Choices 2018 Best of the Year Selection2018 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee"Cinematic battles and a race against time keep the excitement high, but the focus on girls looking out for each other is what makes this tie-in shine." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW "All readers will definitely be delighted by Bardugo’s cinematic delivery and long for more stories about this epic, ass-kicking heroine." —VOYA, STARRED REVIEW "A hero's journey times two. Alia taps into her own bravery and Diana learns about sexism, racism and something the Amazons have always dismissed: the courage, resilience and ingenuity of mere mortals." ―The New York Times Book Review “Bardugo breathes zippy new life into the story with a twisty plot, whip-smart characters, and her trademark masterful writing.” —Booklist "Wonder Woman is the epitome of a kick-butt heroine, and Bardugo does her justice with aplomb."—The Bulletin "Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer not only synthesizes a coherent origin and mission statement for Diana, but also makes the Amazon princess feel so fresh that she could have been created yesterday. . . . One of the best Wonder Woman stories ever." —Tor.com"Warbringer is straight-up dazzling, every sentence waking up your senses with a 'Yeah, that's right, this is BRAND-NEW, SUCKAS!' punch."—LIBBA BRAY, New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners