Read: October 16th-18th, 2017
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Series: DC Icons, #1
Format: Hardcover, 375 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review
Description from GoodReads:
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.
Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.
I borrowed Leigh Bardugo's first novel, Shadow and Bone, years ago from my local library, before the final book in the series was even released. I used to always take out the whole series at a time when reading books from the library, this was almost the case with the Grisha Series. But I could not get into Leigh Bardugo's writing, and so I never finished the series or picked up any of her other books, no matter how big of a hype. It wasn't until Wonder Woman: Warbringer came to be that I decided to give Leigh another chance.
I've loved the DC Universe since I was a kid, you could always find me watching the Justice League on Saturday mornings. It wasn't until I saw the 2017 Wonder Woman movie that I was finally convinced to read the book. In the end I really wish I hadn't picked it up.
Leigh Bardugo did nothing special with the plot, she brought nothing new to the story nor did she do the plot justice. Wonder Woman has been around longer than I have, thus the story of hers is basically set in stone. All the little things that were added to Diana's story, or the changes that Leigh made just infuriated me. The only thing I enjoyed about Leigh's Diana was the way she reacted to our 2017 society.
To add to the infuriatingness of the book, the plot itself was just terrible. It wasn't thought out and just resulted in a bunch of randomness. The solution to the plot was just whatever, and the evil villain in the end was just predictable and lazy. Not to mention it was oh so slow to get through.
Not only was Wonder Woman: Warbringer not a read that was in anyway enjoyable, it also put me off from wanting to read any of the other DC Icon novels that are going to join Wonder Woman: Warbringer as a series. But because Batman: Nightwalker is written by someone besides Leigh Bardugo, I might give it a chance, I just haven't decided yet.
"Sisters 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.”
Recommend to People Who Enjoy:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Comics, Superheroes, Wonder Woman,