Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Posted November 20, 2017 by Minx

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, young adult
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 376
Length: 11 hours, 55 minutes
ISBN: 0399549730
ASIN: 0399549757
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Minx's Rating:

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.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer gave life to the character of Princess Diana! Everyone knows who Wonder Woman is but this story made her come alive for me. I found it just magnificent the amount of thought that was put into describing the Amazons and how they came to be. The world building was very detailed and I could clearly imagine the island of Themyscira and the warrior women who inhabited it.

Diana was the only Amazon who had not been battle tested. She was created by her mother, Hippolyta, and had spent her entire life being seen as an outsider. She was desperate to prove herself worthy, as worthy as her Amazon sisters, but so far, she had been unsuccessful. It was during a race where Diana was sure she was going to finally prove her worth that Diana came across a shipwreck that would alter the course of her future forever.

Alia Keralis’s ship had been destroyed and she was barely hanging on for dear life. On her way around the island it was this ship that Diana saw sinking in the ocean that caused her to change her course. Diana just could not let the woman she saw clinging to the remains of the ship die. In order to save Alia though, Diana would have to break the sacred law of Themyscira, the law that dictates that no outsiders should ever reach the shores.

Diana never considered that the girl she was saving from death was more than just what she seemed. Only hours after Alia had been brought to shore and left in a cave did the island start to descend into chaos with earthquakes and sickness spreading amongst the Amazons. Knowing that her deception was going to be found out and fear of being exiled, Diana went to seek counsel from the Oracle. It was through this Oracle that Diana learned that Alia was not just a young woman but that she was in truth a Warbringer.

Faced with the consequences for her choices the Oracle informs Diana of the possible outcomes and urges her to accept the simplest course of action. Diana though, struggles with what she should do but in the end, charts a course that could either result with nothing but destruction and despair or could save the world. Diana must convince Alia of the truth and that they needed to come together and rely on each other in order to stop what was surely going to come to pass.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer was nothing short of a wondrous tale that pulled me in multiple directions. The plot twists that took place were nothing like I expected and at times simply shocked me. I loved the blending of the present with the Greek mythology and with the different deities having a presence of their own. Simply marvelous! Every single character in this story was well developed and enjoyable. The girl power feeling that developed between Diana, Alia, and Nim was just perfect. I also loved the fact that the characters were racial diverse. Overall, Wonder Woman: Warbringer was everything that I expected it to be and then more. If you have not already gotten your copy of this amazing book, then I suggest you get one soon and GET.YOUR.READ.ON!


About Leigh Bardugo

Author Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows and the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising). She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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