October 18, 2017

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

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.

LEIGH BARDUGO is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. She is the first author in the DC Icons Series, where the DC Comics super hero icons are written by megastar young adult authors. Forthcoming books include Batman by Marie Lu, Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas, and Superman by Matt de la Peña.

Don't get me wrong I did like this book but I think it could have been much better. I love Diana but this version of her was a snore fest. I was so excited to read this one and it fell so flat that I was wondering if I even wanted to finish it. This was supposed to be about Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. But what I got was Diana of the middle grade, predictable, young adult trope and it was very very boring and I don't know how I ended up reading this one all the way through. 

I love the world of superheroes but this one I just dont get the hype. I really wonder if Bardugo was given full reign to do as she pleased with this title or was she told to play it safe?  Becuase this has none of the amazing writing skills that we saw in her other titles. 

Diana was very uptight and had no real emotion. The movie version of her that just came out had more emotion than this one did.  The setting worked out well though, I thought the idea of a Warbringer was great and the use of present day was ok. I do think that if it would have been set in the past that it would have been even better though. 

After getting almost all the way through this one I pretty much wished it would have just been a story about Alia being a Warbringer and it could have taken the iconic character of Diana out of the story all together. That is just how much this story didnt work for this reader.  I really hope that book two in this new series will be better as I am starting Batman right after I am done writing this review. 

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