Today is a big day if you’re a Wonder Woman enthusiast. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman film is available digitally today (it’ll be a couple of more weeks until the DVD and Blu-ray are out) and, if you’re jonesing for a new Wonder Woman adventure, Leigh Bardugo’s YA novel Wonder Woman: Warbringer hits the shelves today as well. I am so excited for this book, gang. I haven’t even read it yet but I feel very confident in telling you all that you’re going to want to pick this one up. Leigh Bardugo is a fantastic writer, and I this book is going to be a blast.
Here’s the official synopsis; the book exists within its own continuity, and the story involves a teen Diana interacting with the outside world for the first time:
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
So that sounds super fun. A young Diana teaming up with a gal who’s meant to bring war and battling against fate itself to prevent it is definitely a tale worthy of the Amazon princess’ first outing.
We got a closer look at the cast a little while back via posters drawn by Jen Bartel. Sidenote: You know a project is going to be cool when they’ve brought in Jen Bartel to do some artwork. Here are the core characters:
Diana is Diana, of course, the future Wonder Woman. Alia is the Warbringer, while Jason is her brother. I haven’t seen much about Theo or Nim yet, but from their individual promo posters it looks like Theo might be connected to the villains and Nim may be a friend or ally of the girls. Also, I love the diversity of this cast! I think that every Wonder Woman property should be a true reflection of the world around her, and Bardugo has definitely accomplished that with these characters.
My copy is due to arrive today, and I am so looking forward to digging into it! When this book was first announced, I checked out Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, her latest book at the time, and absolutely loved it. So much so that I immediately got Crooked Kingdom, the second book of the duology, and devoured that as well. Bardugo has a knack for unique, compelling characters and an impressive ability to mix action and heart with some exciting twists and turns. Diana is in very capable hands with her at the helm, and I can’t wait to see what Bardugo does with her.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer is out today, and you should definitely check it out in stores, online, digitally, or any other way you can get your hands on it. The book is the first in DC’s new Icon YA line, and will be followed by YA novels starring Batman, Superman, and most excitingly, Catwoman. It should be a cool line with lots of great writers in the mix, and DC’s certainly done right by their characters in the YA market before, most notably with Gwenda Bond’s stellar Lois Lane series. I love that they’re starting this new line with Wonder Woman; Diana is the perfect character to get things rolling, and with Leigh Bardugo writing her it should be a great read!