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.
Second book of #2018FWTBRPick – and such a beautiful and wonderful book this actually was!
“Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you.
As I breathe, your enemies will know no Sanctuary.
While I live, your cause is mine.”
Princess Diana is an Amazon, but one who is born on the island of Themyscira – and longs to prove herself to her sisters in arms that she is worth to be called an Amazon.
Alia is a teenager protected and longs to leave the protection that her brother believes to be one keeping her alive. She, in an overdue rebellions boards a ship to Istanbul, just for a scientific exploration until it all goes horribly wrong!
This book plunges reader right into the heart of adventure from the first chapter itself – and ends up personifying action, adventure and heart pounding quest undertaken by first Diana and then with Alia to save the World of Man from plunging into war!
If Diana was my goddess; I swear Alia was my queen.
They are strong, willful and courageous female role models, who I hope every young girl (and even adults) suffering from self – doubt would look up to! They take the obstacles thrown in their path and even with their doubts, they move along, believing in each other and themselves!
“We can’t help the way we’re born. We can’t help what we are, only what life we choose to make for ourselves.”
But the foundation of the book lay in bonds of friendship that took time to lay; but when laid had these two spirited and independent girls had me reminiscing the friendship that I read in another series that defined my childhood! (Virtual cookies to who guesses this series!:P)
The plot runs along at a steady pace; with good character buildup of not only Diana and Alia but also the secondary characters of Nim, Jason and Theo – but it’s the last 90% of the book that had me biting my nails and sniping at my husband who dared to disturb my reading time!
Although, honestly I do wish the book hadn’t ended a bit abruptly (could have used an epilogue, tbh!); it did make me a fan of Leigh Bardugo who I think I am gonna binge read next!
“Human courage was different from Amazon bravery. Their lives were violent, precarious, fragile, but they fought for them anyway & held to the hope that their brief stay on this earth might count for something.
That faith was worth preserving.”
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5