#readingsprenreview - Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.
Why was I not aware that Bardugo was a genius of giving a character a very evocative and personal voice? Because I am an idiot that's why! Although I claim to not be a book snob, I still managed to unintentionally underestimate her because she writes light-fantasy Young Adult novels.
The first 4 chapters were very boring, sluggish and frustrating for me. Diana was a timid teenager, hesitant and she annoyed me to be inside her head. She didn't seem like the Wonder Woman I had always loved and known - but I struggled on because this was meant to be a story about BEFORE Diana become Wonder Woman. But I was not looking forward to be inside this timid kid's head.
Everything changed when the narrative shifted from Diana's to Alia's. Now this was an average human girl with above average intelligence and guts, through her eyes I saw a Diana which was completely different from Diana's own perspective of herself. She was big, and strong, straight-forward and very wise. She was still timid and still not sure of herself alot of times. But she was Wonder Woman. Courage and Kindness personified. She was my Wonder Woman, my childhood hero and icon.
As always Bardugo's characters were alive and real, her world-building effortless and her plot full of action and funny banter. I loved how she brought she brought two very different worlds together. Diana, with her nonchalant cool confidence dealing with modern-day fuck-boys was particularly my favourite moment in the whole book. Effortlessly feminist and inclusive, again Bardugo didn't shy away from addressing racism, homophobia and sexism in America and all over the world.
All of the main 5 characters were non-white, and it was refreshing to watch the girl fawn over a black guy whose primary features were not flawless white skin and pink full lips and deep blue eyes. I am sick of blue eyes. They ARE nice and everything but Like can you believe there can be more than one standard of male beauty (female too for that matter)? I know! What a time to be alive!
Entertaining and AWESOME!! Wonder Woman would be proud of it.