Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Wonder Woman - Review

Book Review:
Title: Wonder Woman: WARBRINGER
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 31st August 2017 (UK)
I received an early copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

‘‘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.’’

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'm kind of ashamed to admit this, but this book was my first real introduction to Wonder Woman. Prior to reading this book, I knew next to nothing about Diana. I haven't read any of the comics, and *whispers* I haven't watched the movie yet. Please, no pitchforks!
So like I said, this was my first real introduction, and what an introduction it was. We jump right into Diana's life on the island, but there was absolutely no confusion at all. Ms Bardugo, managed to keep the story rolling while giving us some background info along the way - no info dumps in my personal opinion, it was all weaved in wonderfully.
But honestly I'm not even surprised, because Leigh Bardugo is a Literary Queen. I am in awe of her writing.

One thing I've come to realise is that no one can write relationships, both romantic and platonic - though more platonic in this case - quite like Leigh. They're charming, witty and they make you fall even more in love with each individual character.
In Warbringer, I particularly adored the female friendship between Diana, Alia and Nim. Diana, of course, being the inspiring Wonder Woman: Alia being the precious warbringer who Diana tries to protect: and Nim, Alia's hilarious, indian, bisexual, fat best friend. The solidarity and respect between these three was so amazing to read - I can't tell you how good it feels to see girls in YA having such a pure friendship, rather than being pitted against each other.

I also just want to give a quick shout out to Theo! Just like Nim, his character made me laugh so much. We all need a Nim and a Theo in our lives - Sass galore!!!

While the characters were undoubtedly my favourite part of the book, I seriously enjoyed the mythology Leigh added into this book. Reading and learning about Greek mythology is something I seriously enjoy, so seeing the characters talking about it and having a few of those said Gods/Goddesses actually turn up was so much fun. It definitely made the book more interesting and captivating.

While a little slow at the start, Leigh Bardugo has hit the mark again and delivered a fantastic book. If your looking for a thrilling adventure, with a hilarious, diverse cast and the most enchanting writing, I highly recommend you give Wonder Woman: Warbringer a go!

One book down, 3 to go! I cannot wait to see what Marie Lu has in store for us next with Batman: Nightwalker.
While I wait I will FINALLY go and watch the Wonder Woman movie!

4 Stars


  1. Fantastic review!
    I loved that there were no info-dumps too.
    Cora ❤

    1. Thank you! Leigh Bardugo just has a magical way with words x