Book Review – Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Penguin) ISBN: 9780141387376

With the last Wonder Woman movie still on my mind, I was excited to read Wonder Woman: Warbringer.

I got confused when I tried to relate the different characters to the movie, but once I focused on the novel, I was amazed at how well the story pulled together. Leigh Bardugo re-introduced me to my all-time favourite heroine, Princess Diana. Diana rescues Alia from drowning and later finds out that Alia is a descendant of Helen of Troy, cursed to deliver sickness and death wherever she goes.

In an effort to save both her world and Alia, Diana vows to help her in whatever way she can and together they head to the last resting place of Helen of Troy but somehow end up in New York. It was an emotional rollercoaster as I got to know the different characters they came across. From strict older brothers to quirky best friends, most of the characters were strong, independent people with strong moral compasses.

The last fifty pages or so simply disappeared as the story wrapped up. I will never look at Wonder Woman in the same way again!

Alicia Sibanda