{Leah Reviews} Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Posted July 13, 2017 by Leah in Reviews / 9 Comments

{Leah Reviews} Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh BardugoWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 368
Published on August 29th 2017
by Random House Books for Young Readers
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Friendship, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Amazon Vine
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Also by this author: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin & Rising, Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm

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.

4 Stars

I’m a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo’s novels. She’s expertly crafted a world I would love to explore in her Grisha trilogy and her Six of Crows duology. With the announcement of WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER, I was ready to see what this new foray offered. I’m happy to say that Warbringer is a blast from page one. It’s an action-packed origin story, but it’s also a well-crafted look at a friendship.

We meet Diana as a teenager, living on the secluded island of Themyscira with her mother, Hippolyta, queen of the legendary Amazons. It’s a tight knit sisterhood, but there is conflict. Growing up surrounded by women of various backgrounds and cultures is not easy for Diana though; she’s seen as different because of her origins. This unease adds to Diana’s need to prove herself. Bardugo really captured, not only Diana’s adolescence, but her spirit.

Related image As with her previous novels, Bardugo’s world building is phenomenal. She paints a portrait of Themyscira that breathes with life. From the glittering beaches to the grassy valleys, I was there. When we travel to modern day New York and Greece, it’s described with enough detail to feel like a tour of the city.

The action sequences are fun. There were times when I was literally on the edge of my seat while reading as Diana punched, kicked, and disarmed her way through attackers. This girl knows how to hold her own, even when the odds look stacked against her.

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But at the center of the book is the friendship that grows between Diana and Alia. Both girls find similar upbringings and their desire to prove themselves to others brings them together, but they also realize that even with their strengths, they can also have vulnerabilities (which can be strengths as well). And of course, there is banter and sarcasm between the friends that makes me smile. Bardugo has a strong grasp on her characters; their close-knit friendships are sources of power themselves. We need more books with friendships like this, please!

I feel like the book does lose but regains its momentum near the end. There are some twists that, while unexpected, had me saying “What?” in confusion instead of the shock that I think these twists were going for. However, I wonder if these were done to make a point about one of the things that Amazons believe.

Bardugo has set the stage for more of Diana’s teenaged years, and I hope there are more books planned. I’m definitely ready for more Wonder Woman!

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Leah

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows (awarded starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, SLJ, and the BCCB) and the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

Leah

Co-Blogger at Quite the Novel Idea
Leah has always been a bibliophile. An avid fantasy fan, she has spent many hours imagining magical worlds and wondering what it would be like to wield a sword. When she's not dreaming up her own standalone fantasy stories, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and eating chocolate. She lives in California.

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9 responses to “{Leah Reviews} Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book, like so many others, but I don’t think I’ve seen any reviews yet, before this. I’m happy to hear about the world building and the friendship theme and cannot wait to experience myself! 🙂

  2. This is the first review for WWW I’ve read and I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I love books that really showcase friendships (and I’m A L W A Y S on board when it comes to witty banter :p) While this book isn’t particularly high on my tbr, I still need to read a Bardugo book soon… or immediately ahaha.
    Fabulous review, Leah! <3

    • Leah

      LOL! There are some books/authors I still have to read, too. 🙂 This book does have some fun banter and good friendships. I really want to see more from this series.

  3. AHA so glad to hear you enjoyed this Leah! I really loved the Wonder Woman movie this year and I am a fan of Bardugo’s previous works too so I am so pumped for this! It’s so great to hear this book focuses on friendships – I love when YA includes strong female friendships! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Leah

      I absolutely loved the movie, too!

      I think Leigh has tapped into something really good here, and I am hoping it continues. Enjoy!

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