Like the recent Wonder Woman movie, this book lets Diana Prince be Wonder Woman with no apologies. She’s fast and strong and can whip that lasso around and deflect bullets, too. So what? She’s been training for this moment her whole life, even if she might not have realized it.
Instead of saving a downed pilot, she saves Alia Keralis, a rich girl who turns out to be a Warbringer, a modern relative of Helen of Troy. In saving Alia, Diana has messed things up for a whole island of Amazons and possibly the world, too.
And this is where it gets really fun. After landing in New York by mistake, Alia reconnects with her brother Jason, his friend Theo, and her bestie Nim. A gala is destroyed by bombs and dudes with semi-automatic weapons, and Diana must do what she can to protect Alia long enough to get her to a place that can cleanse her of her Warbringer heritage and fast enough to beat a deadline.
If your road trips usually involve wealthy people jetting off to Greece, morphing into gods of panic, and fighting off lots of men in tactical gear in black vehicles, more power to you. For those of us who live much quieter lives, we can still enjoy the chase, worry about possible betrayals, and be happy about the conclusion.
There’s just enough information about Greek history and myths to keep it interesting and moving along, without seeming like we’re going to be tested on everything at the end. And Wonder Woman? She’s awesome – smart, funny, strong, strategic, and even kind – just like we’d expect her to be.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo