This book was marvelous.
Bardugo took a legend and made an empowering, feminist book that will help women come into their own. Like I want to go stand on top of a building and look down at the world. Swing down and punch some misogynist in the face and show them how great women are.
I might be channeling my inner Spiderman with that last comment… wrong comic company. Let’s get back on track.
*puts on the wonder woman costume that I haven’t owned for five years that hasn’t been in the back of my closet waiting for a time like this*
This poster (that if you submitted your receipt for preordering the book) is beautiful. You can see that the race representation has shifted towards People of Color. People of Color Representation has been something that book readers and movie watchers and people in general have been screaming for, and Bardugo delivered.
The book even touches on the prejudice still lingering in our country when it comes to skin color. It’s not the focal point, but she does touch on it.
Diana: Our Wonder Woman who never is actually never called Wonder Woman because this is kind of an origins story. Her journey isn’t really the main journey, which has disappointed some people, but I like the idea that we see her from other people’s perspective and then her own.
She can lift a car over her head.
Alia: This is our Warbringer. Basically, what a Warbringer is, without spoiling how they came to be and what not, is that she makes people angry and sometimes she can help a war happen. She doesn’t know that is what she is until she meets Diana. She doesn’t want to live if she can’t undo being a Warbringer (which is the journey throughout the book is finding out if they can “cure” her in a sense).
Jason: Jason is Alia’s brother. His whole life has been trying to keep Alia safe. He buts heads a lot with Diana and he isn’t sure if he can trust her (because he obviously doesn’t know that she is, like, the most amazing woman ever), but he also can see that she is adamant on protecting his sister.
Nim: I absolutely loved this girl. Alia’s best friend is a plump fashionista who doesn’t know why to keep her mouth shut. She’s also into women, but that doesn’t even become a big deal in the book which I absolutely loved. It was just a part of her and not something hated or glorified. It was a normal thing.
Theo: Theo is kind of thrown into this group, and he feels it throughout the book that he needs to contribute more to this entourage. He fights with Nim a lot, but that’s not really their faults.
There isn’t that much romance in this, for you romantic junkies out there. There is a touch of it here and there, but it isn’t even close to being the focal point. To me, that’s totally fine. I do know that some people must have some romance in order to enjoy a book though.
But I can tell you there is a huge twist in the end and it makes you give the side eye to everyone you know because NO ONE CAN BE TRUSTED.
I did feel like the story was a little rushed, and I think that is because Bardugo is used to writing series not standalones. It was still an amazing ride and I cherish this book and can’t wait for Batman!