Wonder Woman: Warbringer ★★★☆☆
Genre(s) | Fantasy, Young Adult, Superhero
Goodreads Rating | 4.21
Humpo Show Rating | 3.25
Published | 2017
Publisher | Penguin Random House
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. Diana and the mortal girl she saved, Alia, 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.
One of the books of 2017 that I was looking forward to reading the most, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo is a decent superhero novel that has a good blend of Greek mythology and 21st century action. Bardugo’s writing style is on show, but slightly tempered to fit with the modern-day setting. Themyscira is described eloquently, and Diana’s position on the island is also detailed very well, but once in the modern world of New York the writing doesn’t leap off the page like it does in the later stages where they reach Greece.
The dialogue was cringe-worthy- the group of characters were meant to be 17, but they were talking as if they were 12. The “bubble bubble” pinky thing was very grating, and the “banter” that Nim and Theo barely raised a smile, let alone a laugh. I would have liked if Alia, Jason, Nim and Theo were better written, as they seemed to be unrealistic, as each of them seem to be geniuses in their own field, which just so happened to fit the storyline- of course one of them is a computer-whizz-kid who can hack any system. Meh.
One of the pitfalls that Warbringer suffers from is the fact that the 2017 blockbuster film Wonder Woman was absolutely brilliant, and Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology is one of the best YA Fantasy series ever. This book simply didn’t live up to those high standards.
Warbringer is an engaging superhero novel that is written well, and will satisfy plenty of Bardugo and Wonder Woman fans with a decent storyline that makes use of both the ancient and modern worlds. I am unsure whether to continue reading the DC Icon books as the superhero genre seems better suited to the big screen rather than in a novel format.
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