Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Summary: Don’t read this book if you are hoping for an origins story that simply recycles the summer blockbuster movie. But wait, don’t stop reading! First, let me explain why I picked up this book. I’m a huge fan of Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom series. She is a master at world creating and crafts complex and compelling characters. With that in mind, I had to see what she would do with this iconic superhero. In this origins story, Bardugo takes a modern day setting and combines it with Themyscira, the mythical place of Wonder Woman’s creation. She puts her own spin on Wonder Woman’s origins while still managing to stay true to what fans love most about this hero.
In Bardugo’s iteration, Diana, Princess of the Amazons, risks all to save a mortal named Alia Keralis. Unfortunately, her brave choice puts the entire world in danger because Alia is no mere mortal-but rather a Warbringer. She is a descendent of Helen of Troy, herself, and is destined to bring war and misery to the world. Alia’s death would bring an end to the threat of war her existence all but guarantees, but Diana can’t accept that solution. Instead, Diana and Alia join forces, along with a small group of Alia’s mortal friends, to face both divine and human foes that seek to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Only by working together can they hope to succeed in their quest to save the world.
Who will like this book?: Fans of all things superhero will love this new take on Wonder Woman’s origins. If you like strong female protagonists this is the book for you.
If you like this, try reading: The Black Widow Series by Margaret Stohl, The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer, Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas
Where can I find a copy: Print editions available at Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, and Pequot Library. Digital copy available through Overdrive.
Recommended by: Jen Laseman, Fairfield Woods Branch Teen Librarian