Book Review

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo

29749085Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Date Published: August 8, 2017
Pages: 364 pages
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.

I haven’t read anything like it. Sure, I’ve read books with the same genre – Fantasy and Action. But let’s be real here: YA books that has a comic book superhero as the main character is very rare. That’s actually the main reason why I was very hesitant to read this book. That and the fact I like my comics. I was afraid that this would make me cringe every time.

But to my surprise, it did not make me cringe a little bit. Thanks to Leigh Bardugo! I swear that girl could build worlds wonderfully just like what she did in her Shadow and Bone Trilogy. Remind me to read the Six of Crows duology (??). It was just written in detail and it helped me visualized what’s happening and where the characters at (which moves me to my next point).

The book showcased diversity among its characters – an Amazon girl (Wonder Woman herself, duh!), black people (3/5 of the Wonder-Woman-Save-The-World Squad) and an Indian girl (who is exploring her sexuality). Aside from that, there are a lot of funny lines in the book which gets me cracking a smile.

I also liked the way that this book does not solely focus on the romance (like those kiss-y romance) between some of the characters. Instead, it focused on the friendship between the characters. And that goes with a lot of females kicking ass and saving the world. I’m all for that! However, there’s also romance (just a spoonful) but I felt that it was forced. There was also mythology and in some parts, I felt like I was reading another book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

I also felt that the first chapters were dragging and that it reminded me of the movie. Speaking of the movie, the book is not its transcription of some sort. It’s different. Well, no one told me that hence the reason I almost dropped this book before Chapter 5. Diana was very boring because of her attitude like one of those I’m-good-and-I-got-no-dirt type of characters. Most of the action stuff where she is being a bad-ass begins at Chapter 10 or 11. But I think that the chapters before that are important to know Diana’s character more.

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Considering all things, I think the book is really good but not to the point that I will read it again and again. I would give 4 bees to the book.  However, I still enjoyed reading the book and that I recommend it to people who like Fantasy, Action and Mythology.

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