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Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Daughter of immortals.

Princess 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 mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. 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.


Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

I am a bit of a DC convert of late and I really did enjoy this book.

The story features a teen Diana Prince set in modern day. I'm assuming this works because DC is a multiverse universe where the same character is alive in several different universes all concurrently all living slightly different lives and therefore this can sit alongside the recent film or the comics quite happily without overwriting history or changing events as we've previously seen them because they can all exist both independently and at the same time.

I really enjoyed meeting teen Diana. She has all the insecurities you associate with a YA character who is working out who they are and who they are going to be albeit in her own way when contrasted against the rest of the Amazons she lives with who make her feel like she doesn't quite fit in.

Her story starts after she rescues a teenage girl and it sparks off issues on the island and Diana has to work alone to get this girl off the island and protect her in order to right the world again. I loved seeing Diana as she strove to deal with the issues facing her. I also loved seeing her in a modern setting as she saw for the first time what the world was like. I really enjoyed meeting the other characters and seeing Diana's interactions with them.

all in all I enjoyed this and can't wait for the other DC icons novels