Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Review
Is anyone else still riding the Wonder Woman high from the blockbuster movie released earlier this year? *Proudly raises both hands* I AM! That's why snagging a copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer by (QUEEN) Leigh Bardugo at Book Con was my number one goal for that weekend. It was the literary Hunger Games as nearly every attendee vied for a chance to receive an ARC of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and have Leigh Bardugo personalize it! If her name sounds familiar, it's because she wrote the Six of Crows duology and The Grisha trilogy, and I was over the moon that she was writing the first book in the DC Icons series! The following is a review based on an advanced copy that I received from the publisher.
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.
If you couldn't tell by my introduction to this review, I am just super giddy about having finished reading a novelization about Wonder Woman, one of my favorite superheroes. I grew up watching Justice League cartoons, and the DC universe is near and dear to my heart. Along with Wonder Woman, Random House will be publishing three more books in the DC Icons series: Batman by Marie Lu, Superman by Matt de la Peña, and Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas. In addition to Leigh Bardugo, all four authors are YA literary giants, and it will certainly take a superhero team of authors to bring these characters to life.
Moving on to Wonder Woman: Warbringer! First, do not go into this book expecting a play-by-play of the recent movie that was released, which was set during World War I. If you are a comic book geek or cartoon watcher like myself, do not expect a regurgitation of a plot line you've seen before. Warbringer brings a fresh tale about of Diana's quest to prove herself as a teenage Amazon. This is a classic bildungsroman, and one that I so appreciated reading. We know so much about Diana as the established superhero Wonder Woman, but now we get to see a more vulnerable side to the Amazon.
Guys, the feels were all there with Warbringer. I smiled SO much while reading this book, and it was also pretty cool to see folks staring at my book on the subway, intrigued by the fact that there was a Wonder Woman novelization, but clearly too polite to disturb me in the middle of reading. The diverse cast of characters was spectacular, with witty and well-timed banter, Bardugo's specialty. Diana delivered her naïveté flawlessly, and for this, I think we may have Gal Gadot to thank for her exceptional portrayal of Diana Prince on the big screen. I mean, here's a stunner to whet your appetite:
Alia waggled her fingers. "Google knows all and sees all."
"Google," Diana repeated. "Is Google one of your gods?"
The plot was well-paced, I believe, and gave the user time to adjust to the new story that Diana was thrust into. The book also does a good job of introducing the lore behind the Amazons for those who might not be familiar with the warriors. I didn't mind the explanations, because it gave me an opportunity to dive back into Diana's world once again!
The ending didn't leave me completely satisfied, and on that feeling alone, I docked one star in my rating. However, it's important to keep in mind that this is a standalone novel. At 384 pages, Warbringer has a concrete beginning, conflict, and resolution and ticks off all of the literary requirements for a novel that can hold its own.
I was so honored to receive an advanced copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer and loved every moment of the book! The book comes out on August 29th, so keep your eye out for it!
I rate Warbringer 4/5 stars!