Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors and I have been excitedly waiting for the release of this book.
She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning . . . Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world. Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.
I loved this book! I was hooked right from the start. The story is set before Diana is Wonder Woman. She is a young amazon trying to prove herself. I loved Bardugo protral of Diana. She is strong not just physically but in her beliefs. She has lived a sheltered life and when she enters the world of man her innocence shows. It is amusing how she interacts with the world and learns about things and finds Wonder in everyday items. She is a fish out of water but she keeps swimming.
Alia is a fantastic character. I liked the change from a man washing up on the islands shores to a young girl. She is a young mixed race girl and the way bardugo portrays her struggle with fitting in is really well done. I found her character anxietys really relatable. Alia has also lived a sheltered life but in a different way to Diana. When the two meet they change each other’s life for ever and create a lasting bond.
Two other great characters are found in Nim and Theo. Jason is another well written character. He is Alia over protective brother but he has so many more layers to him. The line of characters is a fantastic mix of ethnicities, gender and sexualitys. I found this book really refreshing and I didn’t see the twist coming for a change!
I loved this story of friendship and courage. I’m excited to see what the other authors do with their dc superhero books.