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.
This is the first book I’ve read by Leigh Bardugo and I could see she was a very talented writer when I started reading the first couple pages. Her world building is incredibly rich and detailed. It was easy to picture Diana’s world because Leigh took her time piecing this world together and it was easy to understand how much Diana wished to prove herself to her sisters. I loved how we weren’t just thrown right in, we got to really understand Diana and her struggles before the story properly started.
Honestly I really loved Diana and thought Leigh did an amazing job showing everyone just how badass Diana actually is. I think everyone would love to be Diana for a day just to see what it’s like being Wonder Woman. I feel like Leigh perfectly captured Diana’s character in this story and I loved how she went from strength to strength as the story progressed. She had a nice bit of character development that I wasn’t expecting. At the start I found her to be quite headstrong and she didn’t really think things through. She just charged right in but throughout as she spends more time in the human world she learns so much and I loved watching her build on her strengths. It was so refreshing watching her fall in love with the people around her and seeing how much they had to offer.
I adored Alia so freaking much. She was such a powerful and resilient character. I thought it was amazing how she didn’t just break down and cry – I know I would have! She just picks herself up and gets on with it. Whatever is thrown at her she just takes it and I marvelled at how much strength she has. She is such a strong female character and a lot of young readers will definitely look up to her. Alia had a lot of strength and courage which really shone through, especially during some really intense scenes. She was determined to do what was right even if it meant sacrificing her life for others. She didn’t fully understand what was happening but she was still offering to sacrifice her life to stop an age of bloodshed and misery. I loved watching her scenes with Diana, even more so as the story progressed. Watching them start off as strangers to becoming really close friends was so beautiful.
The two most adorable characters in this book are definitely Theo and Nim. I thought I’d end up hating them but they were incredibly awesome characters. They really brought a lot of humour and made the book so much better. They – like Alia – didn’t understand what was happening but they still stood with Alia and Diana against their enemies, determined to fight for Alia and Diana’s cause. It was amazing how they rushed to Alia’s side without even hesitating and even though they were weak humans, they still offered to fight all the same. I loved these guys so much. If they weren’t in this book, it probably would have been so dull! They honestly breathed so much life into this story and I’m so glad they were in it!
One thing I wanted more from this book was action. I thought it dragged a bit in places and not a lot was really happening. The action scenes we got though were so amazing and heart-pounding. I couldn’t breathe during some of them, it was that intense! Leigh is definitely an amazing writer but I just wished she gave us more of those intense action scenes! I loved watching Diana fight and at times it felt like I was right there watching her beat down an army of soldiers! Definitely very intense scenes that kept me right on the edge of my seat.
Another thing that disappointed me about this book was the plot twist at the end. I was expecting this plot twist so when it happened I didn’t really react to it the way I wanted to. I wanted to be shocked and surprised but because I saw it coming I was actually really disappointed. It was a great plot twist but to me it was really obvious it was going to happen. I hate when I guess the endings! But there was a lot of other surprises that left me feeling like I’d been punched in the stomach. I was nearly crying at one particular scene so despite guessing the plot twist, I didn’t guess some other things that happened!
Overall I did really love this book but I think because of how amazing the film was it gave me really high expectations for the book, which is probably why I felt a tad disappointed with it. I would have liked more action packed scenes but I can’t deny that Leigh did an amazing job with this and she created some truly incredible characters. I loved how Diana started off with a group of strangers who fastly became people she cared about. She definitely earned her place among her warrior sisters! I loved all of these characters so much and this book just became another reason why I love Wonder Woman so much. I can’t wait to read the rest of the DC Icons books now! Roll on 2018!