Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Posted October 9, 2017 by Stephanie in 3 Stars, DC Icons, Fantasy, Leigh Bardugo, Review, Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Young Adult / 14 Comments

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
Publication: August 31st 2017 by Penguin Books Ltd

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Rating: 3/5β˜…

She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.

To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.

So… eh. I’m a bit disappointed with Wonder Woman: Warbringer. This book was so hyped and it’s written by Leigh Bardugo (I love all her other books) so I had expected to totally love it but I obviously didn’t. I feel like I missed something in it that everyone else did see. Did I like it? Yes, I did but I had expected more from the story and the characters. 

I actually really liked Diana. She was wonderful and I really enjoyed reading about her. I also liked all the mythology stuff, which is no surprise if you know me just a little bit. And the story in general was also pretty good, in my opinion. Honestly, I wish it had focused just a little bit more on Diana.

So with all of these possitive things why didn’t I like this book more? Well, I actually couldn’t give a damn about any of the other characters (aside from the Amazons). Alia, Nim, Theo, Jason… I just didn’t care about them. Sure, they had their moments and I enjoyed their banter but other than that I was all “meh” about them. 

I do have to mention that the big plot twist was pretty good. I hadn’t seen it coming at all and that’s always a good thing for me. This character in particular took me by surprise in that way. I have to give some points for that. 

All in all, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo was an okay read. Nothing spectacular and true, I was slightly disappointed but it had some good moments for sure and I adored Diana.  

About Leigh:

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thornsβ€” with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Los Angeles, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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14 responses to “Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Gia

    I've actually never read any of Leigh Bardugo's books (I think I'm the only person with a book blog who hasn't, haha) but you've convinced me to at least not start with this one. Thanks for the review!

  2. Awww! I am sorry that this one didn't live up to the expectations that you had hoped for. I enjoyed it, but in fairness, it is the first superhero book that I have ever read. I hope that your next read is fantastic for you! πŸ™‚

  3. OMG….. It's too bad you didn't like this book as much you had been expecting to. I have it on my TBR, because, of course, it's about Wonder Woman, and the author is Bardugo. I was SO EXCITED for it, too!! It sure is disappointing to find out that you weren't delighted….

    Since I don't own this one yet, I might just wait until it's in my local library, and then I'll just go check it out. Or I might get it on Kindle first. BUT that depends on the price. I totally REFUSE to pay more than $4.99 for a Kindle book! The one exception was "Twilight", the first book of The Twilight Saga, for which I paid $6.99. I LOVE "Twilight"!!! But that's IT.

    Thanks for your honest thoughts!! Have an AWESOME day!! <3 <3 <3 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. I think the reason this one got so much hype was because it's written by Leigh Bardugo and the movie is brilliant! Which kind of made me hyped for the book although I will be more way now. It sounds like the plot and the main character were all done so well and made such a focus that the development in the side elements, which are just as important, fell a little the wayside…

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