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

Wonder Woman Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer is the first book in the DC Icons collection. Super Hero Icons Meet Megastar Authors – I love this idea, having authors spin their own tale featuring well-known super heroes.

Book 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.

My Thoughts:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer was a joy to read, easily accessible in plot and delivery. And there were so many parts of the story I was interested in. When Diana left Themyscira and entered The World of Man (that’s New York to you and me), I loved her fascination with the simplest things and her not knowing certain turn of phrases. Seeing Diana’s relationship with Alia develop was a pleasure. Despite all they faced together, their relationship still carried that innocence and I like that Bardugo didn’t make them appear older than their years but ensured their youthfulness shined through.

What I loved about this novel, quotes like this:

“Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”

I cannot get enough of talk like that! When Diana was in Amazon-speech-mode, the Greek Goddesses appeared, or tales of old were spoken and this kind of speech appeared in the novel, I was stupid-smiling – I wish we still spoke like that today, you can just feel the power and belief in those words. I also really enjoyed the incorporation of Greek mythology.

There were many fab PG fight scenes along the way. As for the final showdown, I can’t say I liked the twist in terms of the villain, but I certainly enjoyed the battle! I do wish we got to spend a little more time in Themyscira so I could enjoy the world-building, but I guess you’ve got visuals if you’ve seen the movie or read the comics.

Whether you’re familiar with Wonder Woman or not, I’d recommend this novel if you’re looking for a fun YA read with some great light-hearted humour. Who doesn’t love a novel with a kick-ass female protagonist, who just happens to be one of the founding members of Justice League (yes, I watched the carton series many times with, and without, my son).

Upon finishing this novel I ordered DC Icons #2, Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu; a different author but after enjoying Bardugo’s take on Wonder Woman, I’m interested to see what Lu does with Batman.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

*I won a copy of this book in a giveaway hosted by Reads & Reels*

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