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.
Oh how I loved this book, let me count the ways. It was, pretty much, everything I could have hoped for from a Bardugo / Wonder Woman knock out combo. 😍😍
I will start with a warning – this doesn’t at all link to the movie. I knew that going in, but feel it’s worth saying in case people think it will (though I think there’s a sly subtle reference at least one time). Having said that, the Diana of this gorgeous book is very similar to the Diana of that gorgeous film. So all is well.
I loved the adventure, and getting to see Diana a little younger, still cocksure but possibly a little less certain. I loved all the supporting characters, and their relationships. I loved that they were largely characters of colour, and we see a broader spectrum of life. And all the history stuff – I am definitely not a huge history buff – but this felt well researched (and the author notes admits to her liberties as many at always be taken!) and well crafted throughout the book.
Appropriately thrilling, and while I think you could maybe have a little more action; it doesn’t suffer for it, and what’s there fits well with the general narrative which isn’t always easy to achieve! Thoroughly enjoyable and easy read, 4.5 stars.