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Warbringer: Wonder Woman    by Leigh Bardugo order for
by Leigh Bardugo
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Penguin, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer (one in the DC Icons series) takes the kick-butt heroine to a whole new level, with action that never slows down and surprises around every corner.

Where does it all start? On the remote, hidden Amazon island of Themyscira, where no humans are permitted. There, young Diana, Princess of the Amazons is desperate to prove herself - to her mother, Queen Hyppolyta, but also to her peers, each of whom has proved herself in battle. She dreams of glory.

Running a race on the island, with a strategy that should guarantee her success, Diana is faced with a choice - have the success she has long dreamed of, or save a drowning human girl. She chooses the latter and saves the life of Alia Keralis, a direct descendant of Helen of Troy.

But Alia is also, unbeknownst to herself, a legendary Warbringer. When one appears in human history, she always brings about an age of destruction. Can it possibly be prevented? Consulting the Oracle, Diane learns of a faint chance to stop the coming carnage. She voluntarily exiles herself from the only home she has ever known to do so.

It's a whole new world for Diana, and she has a lot to learn, as she races against time to get Alia from her home in New York City to the place in Greece 'where Helen rests'. They fight on land and in the air. But the one constant for Diana is the power of sisterhood. Warbringer is exciting and entertaining and I hope for more.

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