Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo | Review

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: August 29th, 2017

Pages: 384

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

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 mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. 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.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.


R A M B L E

I should mention, I’m not a DC fan. I’m a massive Marvel girl. So, I don’t know a lot about DC at all. I only watched the Wonder Woman movie because of the hype but I loved it. This is why I decided to pick up the book. That, and, Leigh Bardugo wrote it and she’s fantastic.

This book was nothing like the movie. There were obviously similar parts (mainly Diana’s naivety) but it was completely it’s own. The story itself was engaging and had an incredible build up to the ending, which leaves you desperately wanting more.

I truly can’t rave about this book enough. It is sweet, it is jaw dropping, and it has diversity inclusion (can’t speak about if it is good or not). I did predict some things, but that didn’t take away from my experience of the book at all.


P L O T

The story is told through two perspectives; Diana and Alia. Diana is our Amazon, who has been created on the island and not earned her title. Alia is a descendent of Helen of Troy and carries a curse that means anger and war will follow her.

Diana makes it her quest to help Alia, to take her to a spring to purify her and end the curse for all female ancestors to come. Along with that way basically, nothing goes right and complications come from every direction.

The ending of the book had my heart cry. Very few books I’ve put down and wanted another book despite knowing it’s a standalone. It hurt. I need a sequel and I need to see my precious babies all over again.

Also, the side characters are incredible. Jason, Nim and Theo are all very well thought out and add to the plot. They’re not shuffled to the side, they all take their spotlight. I’m just mentioning them here because I won’t be mentioning them in my next section.


C H A R A C T E R S

#D I A N A

Diana is our Wonder Woman, obviously. She feels like she doesn’t fit in with her sisters and that she needs to prove herself. That is why when Alia turns up on the island it is the perfect chance for her to prove herself.

I loved Diana’s character. I loved her growth and her confusion to the mortal society. She was hilarious and completely unaware of it, which only made it better in my opinion. I couldn’t stop giggling at her dialogue and inner monologue.

She was honestly brave and an admirable character for how much she adores the friends she makes.

#A L I A

Alia is a young girl who has been left in the world with only her brother. She stumbles across Diana and her island after her boat that she’s on explodes and kills everyone aboard. Diana saves her and reveals information to her that she never even wanted to know.

I didn’t like Alia at first. She was slightly annoying to me at first but I grew to love her. Her character was one that ended up showing amazing qualities as the book continued. She grew as a person and it was incredibly powerful. Her growth was a girl who had not been allowed to make any of her own choices to one who would fight to keep the peace. It was truly a lovely way of going about it.

Alia really grew and with that growth, I found love for her and definitely enjoyed reading her sections, definitely how she viewed Diana and the friendship that blossomed between the pair.


O V E R A L L

For me, Wonder Woman: Warbringer was similar to the TV show Jessica Jones. I was completely involved and just had to binge it. It was not similar in any way to the themes or messages of the show. I just mean in the way I absolutely loved it and both female leads are kickass and incredible.

I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of Wonder Woman or super heroes, otherwise, this book may be a hard miss for you. I saw some reviews saying the book is slow, but I found the writing to be incredibly engaging and easy to read. Leigh Bardugo is a fabulous author and it definitely shines in this book.

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