Diverse and FILLED with Female Power // REVIEW: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: August 31st 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd UK
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 1 on 4 of the DC Icons Series
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Blurb Description: 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.

I had a Leigh Bardugo book on my TBR pile for over a month and didn’t dive in immediately – I AM HONESTLY SO ASHAMED AT MYSELF RIGHT NOW.

As soon as I heard that Leigh Bardugo was going to be writing Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I knew that I would be reading this book. Wonder Woman has only been my FAVOURITE superhero since ever and the movie that released earlier this year BLEW MY MIND.

I had HUGE expectations about Wonder Woman: Warbringer because a) Wonder Woman is the BEST and b) Leigh Bardugo is EVEN better and, well, up until the ending that I’m STILL NOT SURE HOW I FEEL ABOUT, this book met all of them.

MY THOUGHTS:
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1.       The book opens with Diana on Themyscria, with Hippolyta and all the other fangirl worthy Amazons racing each other for glory and sitting there I honestly fangirled because I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR STORY and their sisterhood.

2.       I loved Diana’s spirit in this book. She’s always been earnest, determined to save everyone and also to prove herself and Leigh Bardugo brought life to the character more than I’ve ever seen done before on any medium.

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3.       I absolutely LOVED that this book was set in modern New York City (which is only my FAVOURITE city in all the world) and I loved Leigh Bardugo’s cast of characters apart from Diana, ESPECIALLY Alia and Nim who were badass and fearless characters all on their own.

4.       This book had SO MANY ACTION SCENES, including one where Diana figures out just how strong she it and THEY ARE ALL SO BRILLIANT. I could imagine them happening right in front of me.

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5.       This book is also STUNNINGLY Diverse. Alia, the Warbringer, her brother, and her long time crush are black and Nim, the best friend is a kickass brown Indian who I NEED TO BE FRIENDS WITH. It’s all loyalty and sass and fight scenes and I loved it.

6.       Another thing that was really cool was Bardugo’s ability to integrate the Greek Gods into the modern world, even bringing in some smaller (and bigger gods) and it just made this book feel SO REAL?

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7.       MY ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK IS THE ONE HUGE TWIST BEFORE THE ENDING. I was SHOCKED, to say the least and I don’t know if I fully UNDERSTOOD what was happening, or that particular character’s endgoal from the War or ANYTHING ABOUT IT, REALLY? It felt like an unnecessary development and I DID NOT CARE FOR IT.


Was this book better than Six of Crows? (aka the BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME?) Probably not, but it did have it’s own charm and I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE WHERE THE DC ICONS SERIES GOES NEXT. 4 stars. 

Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017). 

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. 

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and fairly giddy if you liked her selfies on Instagram
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