Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series #1)

by Leigh Bardugo

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The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world's greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
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 mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn't know she is being hunted. 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.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Act fast! The first printing includes a poster of Diana! Each first printing in the DC Icons series will have a limited-edition poster—collect them all to create the full image!

"Warbringer is straight-up dazzling, every sentence waking up your senses with a 'Yeah, that's right, this is BRAND-NEW, SUCKAS!' punch."
—LIBBA BRAY, New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners

"Will absolutely satisfy pre-existing fans of Wonder Woman, but it also readily stands alone for non-superhero fans."
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Wonder Woman is the epitome of a kick-butt heroine, and Bardugo does her justice with aplomb."
The Bulletin

"Bardugo breathes zippy new life into the story with a twisty plot, whip-smart characters, and her trademark masterful writing."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399549748
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: DC Icons Series , #1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

LEIGH BARDUGO is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. She is the first author in the DC Icons Series, where the DC Comics super hero icons are written by megastar young adult authors. Forthcoming books include Batman by Marie Lu, Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas, and Superman by Matt de la Peña.

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You do not enter a race to lose.
Diana bounced lightly on her toes at the starting line, her calves taut as bowstrings, her mother’s words reverberating in her ears. A noisy crowd had gathered for the wrestling matches and javelin throws that would mark the start of the Nemeseian Games, but the real event was the footrace, and now the stands were buzzing with word that the queen’s daughter had entered the competition.
When Hippolyta had seen Diana amid the runners clustered on the arena sands, she’d displayed no surprise. As was tradition, she’d descended from her viewing platform to wish the athletes luck in their endeavors, sharing a joke here, offering a kind word of encouragement there. She had nodded briefly to Diana, showing her no special favor, but she’d whispered, so low that only her daughter could hear, “You do not enter a race to lose.”
Amazons lined the path that led out of the arena, already stamping their feet and chanting for the games to begin.
On Diana’s right, Rani flashed her a radiant smile. “Good luck today.” She was always kind, always gracious, and, of course, always victorious.
To Diana’s left, Thyra snorted and shook her head. “She’s going to need it.”
Diana ignored her. She’d been looking forward to this race for weeks--a trek across the island to retrieve one of the red flags hung beneath the great dome in Bana-Mighdall. In a flat-out sprint, she didn’t have a chance. She still hadn’t come into the fullness of her Amazon strength. You will in time, her mother had promised. But her mother promised a lot of things.
This race was different. It required strategy, and Diana was ready. She’d been training in secret, running sprints with Maeve, and plotting a route that had rougher terrain but was definitely a straighter shot to the western tip of the island. She’d even--well, she hadn’t exactly spied. . . . She’d gathered intelligence on the other Amazons in the race. She was still the smallest, and of course the youngest, but she’d shot up in the last year, and she was nearly as tall as Thyra now.
I don’t need luck, she told herself. I have a plan. She glanced down the row of Amazons gathered at the starting line like troops readying for war and amended, But a little luck wouldn’t hurt, either. She wanted that laurel crown. It was better than any royal circlet or tiara--an honor that couldn’t be given, that had to be earned.
She found Maeve’s red hair and freckled face in the crowd and grinned, trying to project confidence. Maeve returned the smile and gestured with both hands as if she were tamping down the air. She mouthed the words, “Steady on.”
Diana rolled her eyes but nodded and tried to slow her breathing. She had a bad habit of coming out too fast and wasting her speed too early.
Now she cleared her mind and forced herself to concentrate on the course as Tekmessa walked the line, surveying the runners, jewels glinting in her thick corona of curls, silver bands flashing on her brown arms. She was Hippolyta’s closest advisor, second in rank only to the queen, and she carried herself as if her belted indigo shift were battle armor.
“Take it easy, Pyxis,” Tek murmured to Diana as she passed. “Wouldn’t want to see you crack.” Diana heard Thyra snort again, but she refused to flinch at the nickname. You won’t be smirking when I’m on the victors’ podium, she promised.
Tek raised her hands for silence and bowed to Hippolyta, who sat between two other members of the Amazon Council in the royal loge--a high platform shaded by a silken overhang dyed in the vibrant red and blue of the queen’s colors. Diana knew that was where her mother wanted her right now, seated beside her, waiting for the start of the games instead of competing. None of that would matter when she won.
Hippolyta dipped her chin the barest amount, elegant in her white tunic and riding trousers, a simple circlet resting against her forehead. She looked relaxed, at her ease, as if she might decide to leap down and join the competition at any time, but still every inch the queen.
Tek addressed the athletes gathered on the arena sands. “In whose honor do you compete?”
“For the glory of the Amazons,” they replied in unison. “For the glory of our queen.” Diana felt her heart beat harder. She’d never said the words before, not as a competitor.
“To whom do we give praise each day?” Tek trumpeted.
“Hera,” they chorused. “Athena, Demeter, Hestia, Aphrodite, Artemis.” The goddesses who had created Themyscira and gifted it to Hippolyta as a place of refuge.
Tek paused, and along the line, Diana heard the whispers of other names: Oya, Durga, Freyja, Mary, Yael. Names once cried out in death, the last prayers of female warriors fallen in battle, the words that had brought them to this island and given them new life as Amazons. Beside Diana, Rani murmured the names of the demon-fighting Matri, the seven mothers, and pressed the rectangular amulet she always wore to her lips.
Tek raised a blood-red flag identical to those that would be waiting for the runners in Bana-Mighdall.
“May the island guide you to just victory!” she shouted.
She dropped the red silk. The crowd roared. The runners surged toward the eastern arch. Like that, the race had begun.
Diana and Maeve had anticipated a bottleneck, but Diana still felt a pang of frustration as runners clogged the stone throat of the tunnel, a tangle of white tunics and muscled limbs, footsteps echoing off the stone, all of them trying to get clear of the arena at once. Then they were on the road, sprinting across the island, each runner choosing her own course.
You do not enter a race to lose.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was nervous to read this because of how important Wonder Woman was to my daughter. I started it and even put it down and walked away when the story started out with Wonder Woman rescuing a girl from a ship wreck. I was worried it was just going to rehash old plotlines. I have never been more happy to be wrong. Alia is a descendant of Helen of Troy and if she isnt purified then there will be a world war. Diana decides to risk everything to leave her island to save her. It was sobwell
JDanow More than 1 year ago
I must start off by saying that I picked up this book completely on a whim. I had seen the Wonder Woman movie and hadn't cared for it at all. I've noticed over the last couple years that I am definitely more of a Marvel fan than I am DC; however, that being said, I ended up enjoying this book A LOT. Another thing I need to point no matter how ashamed I am of this; Wonder Woman was the first book I've read by Leigh Bardugo. I've heard a lot about her writing style around booktube, and she has tons of fans. I must admit I quite enjoyed her writing style and even went so far as to purchase Shadow & Bone immediately after finishing this book. I read this book in 2 ways. I physically read some of it and I also listened to a bit of it on Overdrive from my local library. I really enjoyed both aspects of it. Wonder Woman as a character was very well written and her journey in this story was much more enjoyable than in the movie. The plot of the story was unique and moved along quickly which kept me deeply enthralled in the story and left me not wanting to put the book down. The characters are we written (especially WW). The supporting characters are easy to relate to, but when all is said and done I must admit they were easy to forget. Overall I give it 4 stars and look forward to the other DC books that are coming out in the coming months.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not disappoint. It’s been on my shelf for a while and I was afraid it wouldn’t be all I had hoped. But it was and more. Excited to share it with my kids.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
Y'all know how big of a fan of Wonder Woman I am, so when I heard that Leigh Bardugo was writing a book about my girl Diana, I was PUMPED. I loved the set of characters in the novel, especially the leading ladies, Diana and Alia. If you're a fan of adventure-type stories, this one is definitely for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never been a big fan of DC at all, but I have always loved Wonder Woman. This was a fun, fast paced novel full of interesting twists and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you interested in thi s don't stop, cant put it down read!! Please give me more!!!
18876111 More than 1 year ago
There were things that I enjoyed. I enjoyed the writing and how Diana did everything in her power (literally) to save the world, but I kinda knew how the book would end. I also enjoyed how Diana made friends with mortals, and how she and Alia fought for something that they believed so strongly in. I couldn't stand Jason at all, he was too controlling, didn't know how to respect or talk to women, and I was just bothered by him. I have to say that while I did enjoy some aspects of this book, I think the movie is better.
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Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun to read. I loved Diana and her reaction to people outside of her island of Amazon’s, especially her reaction to men. Like when the man in New York called her a bitchy: “Diana seized his finger and twisted it hard right. The man expelled a high-pitched bleat. ‘I don’t like that word. I can see why you’re unpopular with women.’” I liked Alia and her friends. I like the adventure they all went on together and what they learned about inner strength and support along the way. I think overall the book had a great message and was just a fun read. But most of all I loved Nim, who I feel deserves her very own book. She is insightful, and funny, and exemplifies what a best friend should be. Here is my very favorite Nim quote: “‘Because the whole world loves to tell us what we can’t do, that we aren’t good enough. The people in your own house should be on your side. It’s the people who never learn the word impossible who make history, because they’re the ones who keep trying.’” 4 stars for this delightful read.
xokristim More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away, which was no surprise considering Leigh Bardugo is on of my all time favorite authors. Honestly I’m not really into superheroes and villains (don’t leave lol), but I figured I would give this a try mainly based on the author. I am beyond glad that I did and I can’t wait to read the rest of the DC ICONS books when the come out. The world building throughout the story was unlike any I’ve ever read, I felt like if I took my eyes off the page I would be there. I got so immersed in the lives of these two girls, Diana and Alia I felt like we were a team. I love Diana she was a breath of fresh air, knowing nothing about certain cultures but throwing herself into everything fully. Alia was an excellent character as well. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go out an get it. The messes that these two got into were awful for them, but so wonderfully depicted for us. I literally felt like I was right there! I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. If you love super hero books, here you go, if you are like me and a bit hesitant on them here you go as well. I think if you are a big fan of fantasy this will be a good one for you, but also if you are just stepping in the fantasy door, you will be able to follow easily. I enjoyed this whole book and never felt like there was anything extra, everything fit perfectly.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
“We can’t help the way we’re born. We can’t help what we are, only what life we choose to make for ourselves. Diana, created daughter of Hippolyta, Queen of Themyscira, Home of the Amazons, makes a choice to save a human from a sinking ship and, in doing so gets caught up in a life or death situation that places both her and the human race in tremendous danger. Will she choose wisely? Without any doubt I can tell you that in a fight, I’d want Diana Prince in my corner! I am old enough to remember- and am reminded still should I choose each week - of Linda Carter and comic books portrayals of THE only woman crime fighter. And the recent Gal Godot portrayal promises much more to come. One of the cool things about Bardugo’s Diana is.... she different than any other, and totally believable. Each character here is flesh and blood. I cried with them. I understood their neediness. I celebrated their wins and cried with their losses. And, with that,...hey, Ms. Bardugo, when will we see the next book? Highly recommended for young adults and older with a (violence warning). 5/5
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Leigh Bardugo writing a YA novel about a teen Diana? Of course I was interested and half in love with the idea before I even read the synopsis. We know her as Wonder Woman but this is like her origin story of sorts - her first quest as she slowly moves from mere Princess of Themyscra to being one step closer to the hero we all adore. Additionally, since I read this in audio, I would like to say it is also has an awesome narrator in Mozhan Marno. The story starts off with a trained but untested Diana saving a mortal girl Alia off the shore of her island and then upon learning (through the Oracle) she is a descendant of Helen of Troy, and a catalyst for war, embarks on a quest to purify Alia of being a Warbringer, a journey that takes them from New York to Greece in the modern world. (Yep, no WWI story here fellas and no Steve). Diana has a theoretical knowledge of the mortal world and she has been warned several times of the violence of men, but she is also idealistic and wants to try to save the world. There's also the fact that on her island she's the only one who was born an Amazon and not made one (in a Valhalla-like fashion, warrior women are given a place on Themyscra) so she thinks this quest will grant her the glory and respect she needs to feel like a proper Amazon. Obviously we know the journey is not going to be easy, even with Diana's god-like powers. There's the fact that Alia is initially reluctant to believe, then they are stuck on the wrong side of the planet, and the faction of people out to kill Alia before she fully becomes a Warbringer. Coupled with Alia's overprotective older brother Jason, gentle mortals Nim and Theo, and Diana's job becomes much more complicated. A central theme of the story is sisterhood. First about Diana being connected to her sisters on the island but feeling she doesn't measure up to them. Then her slow growing bond with Alia, and finally the power of Amazonian blood itself that binds the Amazons together in pain. Diana is a warrior, but she also knows the virtue of peace and mercy. She may not have experienced war first hand but damn if she's not going to do her best to prevent it. The story also provides a juxtaposition of the Amazonian notion of honor and glory against those of legendary male heroes of Greek mythology, and how twisted the notion of glory in war is. As for the characters, we have an amazing character in Alia, a girl who is meek but finally shows her brave side. Nim is an awesome sidekick character that doesn't get pushed to the sidelines and also helps out on their mission and is not reduced to comic relief or the spunky best friend cliche. Theo is also amazing, and he's more comic relief than helpful but he comes through. Jason is, well, complicated to explain without going into spoiler territory, but all I'll say is that boy didn't even think Diana is way out of his league. There is a minor romance arc but it's mostly brushed aside for important things like saving the damn world from war, you know. Finally, what more can I say - this was glorious and epic and I'll even forgive the small scenes that didn't make sense in the overall plot because overall, this was amazing. Like, I want Bardugo to write like a whole 10 book series on Diana's adventures!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I had a Leigh Bardugo book on my TBR pile for over a month and didn’t dive in immediately – I AM HONESTLY SO ASHAMED AT MYSELF RIGHT NOW. As soon as I heard that Leigh Bardugo was going to be writing Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I knew that I would be reading this book. Wonder Woman has only been my FAVOURITE superhero since ever and the movie that released earlier this year BLEW MY MIND. I had HUGE expectations about Wonder Woman: Warbringer because a) Wonder Woman is the BEST and b) Leigh Bardugo is EVEN better and, well, up until the ending that I’m STILL NOT SURE HOW I FEEL ABOUT, this book met all of them. MY THOUGHTS: 1. The book opens with Diana on Themyscria, with Hippolyta and all the other fangirl worthy Amazons racing each other for glory and sitting there I honestly fangirled because I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THEIR STORY and their sisterhood. 2. I loved Diana’s spirit in this book. She’s always been earnest, determined to save everyone and also to prove herself and Leigh Bardugo brought life to the character more than I’ve ever seen done before on any medium. 3. I absolutely LOVED that this book was set in modern New York City (which is only my FAVOURITE city in all the world) and I loved Leigh Bardugo’s cast of characters apart from Diana, ESPECIALLY Alia and Nim who were badass and fearless characters all on their own. 4. This book had SO MANY ACTION SCENES, including one where Diana figures out just how strong she it and THEY ARE ALL SO BRILLIANT. I could imagine them happening right in front of me. 5. This book is also STUNNINGLY Diverse. Alia, the Warbringer, her brother, and her long time crush are black and Nim, the best friend is a kickass brown Indian who I NEED TO BE FRIENDS WITH. It’s all loyalty and sass and fight scenes and I loved it. 6. Another thing that was really cool was Bardugo’s ability to integrate the Greek Gods into the modern world, even bringing in some smaller (and bigger gods) and it just made this book feel SO REAL? 7. MY ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK IS THE ONE HUGE TWIST BEFORE THE ENDING. I was SHOCKED, to say the least and I don’t know if I fully UNDERSTOOD what was happening, or that particular character’s endgoal from the War or ANYTHING ABOUT IT, REALLY? It felt like an unnecessary development and I DID NOT CARE FOR IT. Was this book better than Six of Crows? (aka the BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME?) Probably not, but it did have it’s own charm and I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE WHERE THE DC ICONS SERIES GOES NEXT. 4 stars.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars “I’m done being careful. I am done being quite. Let them see me angry. Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.” I was super excited for the DC Icons series when it was announced, and I have to say, Wonder Woman: Warbringer did not disappoint. It was an action-filled story of friendship and becoming your own hero. We follow Diana Prince as she leaves Themyscira, after rescuing a would-be drowning victim - Alia Keralis, who has a past far more complicated than either girl realizes. Diana faces exile as she, Alia, and a few others embark on a journey to battle bloodlines and fate in a quest to save the world. Things I Liked I really loved seeing the worldbuilding of Themyscira and the heavy influence of Greek mythology. I love all things Greek mythology, so I loved talking about the god, goddesses, and heroes that are a part of the history. Though I would have liked to spend a bit more time on Themyscira with the Amazons. I’m always here for female friendships, and seeing Diana and Alia’s relationship develop was beautiful. I loved seeing the parallel journey that each girl was going through, and how that helped them grow closer as well. They fully trust in each other and want the best for each other. Nim, Alia’s best friend, makes this duo and trio with her sparkling personality. The three girls truly complimented each other, and I loved it. There was some really great action scenes in this story, as one would expect in a superhero-inspired story. The action really showcased Diana’s power and strength, both physically and mentally. This is so unimportant in the overall scheme of the story, but I loved that the chapter heading images were different for Diana’s POV and Alia’s POV. It really made it clear without having to label the chapters with the character’s name. Things I Didn’t Like Personal issue, but for me the chapters felt a bit long. Especially in the beginning, the story just seemed to drag a bit and that made it a little tough to get into. But once I got about 100 pages in, I was fully invested. I thought the villain reveal was a little weak. The character took a bit of a fanatical turn which always frustrated me. I liked seeing the setup for the reveal in retrospect, but I feel like it could have been done better. This was such a fun actiony book, that was filled with a lot of great characters. Even though the reveal was a bit of a let down, the compradore and hope in the story was beautiful. This was a great start to the DC Icons series and I can’t wait to see what comes next! I received a copy of the book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve said before in posts, I’m not a big Wonder Woman fan. But the cover of this book caught my attention so I thought, Why not? With the recent movie and this novel, I’m liking the character more and more. I’m not sure why she wasn’t a favorite before. Maybe because she always gave The Flash a hard time on JL:U? Fans of DC comics, and especially of Wonder Woman, will enjoy this read. Due to Diana’s choice to save a life, it’s brought illness, earthquakes and more the Themyscira. If the life is extinguished, her island, her sisters, will be saved. If not… The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few? Not in Diana’s case! She’s bound and determined to save her family without sacrificing any more lives. This novel holds a diverse cast around Diana Prince. Nim is Indian, Alia and her brother Jason, are Greek and African-American, Theo is Brazilian. Did we check off all the boxes? Sorry, but it annoys me when that’s a priority over the story. Thankfully that wasn’t the case for this book. All of the characters belonged, fit well adding to the story and added their own value to the quest. Nim brings ingenuity, Theo resilience, and Alia bravery. This book was a pleasant surprise. The important theme in the novel was on friendship. And Diana was shown as intelligent, skilled and strong (physically, emotionally, mentally)…as she should be. Anything else and I would have thrown the book across the room. Does it cover woman empowerment? Eh…would it be a true Wonder Woman story without that in it? Just don’t make other characters stupid in the hopes of elevated a few female characters. Thankfully that wasn’t the case in this book otherwise, yes, I would have thrown it across the room. Fans of WW and DC rejoice. This is a decent read with a little twist. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is really good book i reconmened to people
WhatANerdGirlSays More than 1 year ago
***REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED ON WHAT A NERD GIRL SAYS*** This is the first time that I’ve read something by Leigh that isn’t part of the Grisha world and I gotta say…this lady can write anything. I shouldn’t be surprised about that at this point but damn, she took one of the most iconic badass female characters to ever exist and made her badass at just sixteen years old. I’ve never been a huge Wonder Woman fan, not because I didn’t like her, I just hadn’t really read or watch anything but as soon as that Wonder Woman movie came out, I had to see it. I had to! Female main character, female director. I want more movies like this made and I want more respect out there for women creators so I practically ran to the movie theater to see it. I spent the whole movie in tears, not because the movie was sad, but god it was so refreshing to see this kind of movie and to see it do so well. It made me feel so good to see a dynamic, badass, vulnerable, emotional, strong (I could go on with adjectives forever) woman on screen. I’ve been used to these amazing characters in books; its sort of one of the best parts of young adult literature. Seeing it on screen was sort of magical and while reading this book, I felt like I experienced that magic once again. Diana is an amazing character. She’s smart, witty, funny and strong as hell but she’s not perfect. She makes mistakes and she always believes the best in people, always believes in the truth, has a hard time believing that people can lie and it gets her into rough moments but I think that’s why I like her so much. She’s so perfect but also not. She’s smart but she can be kind of clueless and it cracks me up. I loved that the movie put Diana in the past, but that this book put her in the present. It was fun to watch her navigate the modern world. She knew some things about it, but watching her struggle with technology and lingo and all of that was just fun. I also just loved the story. It was so so good. It starts so fast, right away, which might be jolting for some people but I was so ready. Diana meets Alia almost immediately, saving her within the first pages of the novel, and the story jumps right in. Its immediately action and they’re on the move from the beginning all the way to the end and I loved every moment of it. There were twists and turns and surprises that I did NOT expect at all. I loved how Leigh intertwined modern day science with the fantasy and mythology of Greek goddesses and legends. She did it so well. I honestly could not have predicted the way the story went and that’s what made me love it so much. And even though the movie and book were done by two different people who never even spoke to each other, I could feel the magic that is Diana Prince in both of them. Lastly, I loved, as always in a Leigh book, all the side characters! So many authors create these side characters that just feel like filler, not standing on their own, but not Leigh. Nim and Theo become two of my favorite characters. They’re so human, more human than any of the other main players in the novel, and they’re AMAZING. They are funny and stand out and strong and I love them as much if not more than Diana herself. I always appreciate some seriously great secondary character and having just finished the book a couple hours ago, I am still so attached and in love with Nim and Theo. Fantastic characters. While this book was written with a purpose of extending the DC universe and to generate more buzz for
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
It's a sad Wonder Woman day for this book princess and now I need to go cry somewhere. I'm never having highly anticipated books again, but I must be the princess of too many high expectations, which make some of my most desperate to read books fall flat for me. Ugh, me. I've never been a huge Wonder Woman fan before. I mean, I liked her well enough. She's my dad's favorite superhero (I think Lynda Carter might have something to do with that), so I've seen a few episodes, heard a few of her stories over the years. I saw the movie when it came out with my best friend, but I still didn't really get into the huge craze or anything. However, when I heard one of my favorite authors of all time was writing a book on her, I, of course, got super excited and Wonder Woman became a love. So, this book was put on a giant pedestal for me...and well, perhaps that's why it didn't go over as well for me. So, what went wrong? For me, it was the characters. Odd, seeing as in Bardugo's last book, it was the characterization that made it for me. I loved each one of those characters with every fiber of a my book being. However, in this one, I only enjoyed Diana, and the rest were...so mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. And then I especially disliked one of them. Diana was easily the best part of this story. I loved her so much. She was AMAZING. She was so totally the perfect Wonder Woman and fit all the characterization I've seen of her. She's an Amazon girl that's different the rest, trying to prove herself to her those that matter - her family, her people, and those that she wishes their respect. Yet, she's filled with so much heart and soul. She just wants to save the day and be the hero, and when she does and it all goes wrong, she stays loyal, true, and so extremely fierce. She kicks some major butt, is hilarious in her own way, and lives for the sisterhood. She's simply amazing, and I just wanted a whole book focused solely on her, kicking butt and discovering the eccentricities of the World of Man. Alia was okay. I liked her well enough, but I never felt anything for her. Whenever she was in peril, I was just like, oh, okay....which is not how I should have been feeling for a lead character. Nim? Theo? Mehhhhhhhhhhhhh. I didn't feel anything for them either. They were just kind of there, and no offense, but I forgot Theo was even there for a long time. Then we have Jason. I detested Jason. I sat there sending -_- faces at him the entire time. He was too pushy, rubbed me the wrong way with a lot of what he did, and I did not like how he treated his sister at all. And the romance plot line he brought to the story? Nooooooooooooooo. I thought it was unnecessary and found him unnecessary as well. If we had just had Alia and Diana as our focus, I think this story would have been far stronger. The plot was...well, I really, really enjoyed the first part of it, but I found the second part oddly not as entertaining to me - which is odd because it was where the most action was. I loved seeing Themyseria and the Amazons. Gosh, I wish we had more time there. And Diana and Alia fighting to navigate the seas and NYC? Omigosh, so much love. When the actions picked up, I kind of faltered. Bardugo does bring some very interesting twists and turns, but I just felt disconnected. and with those twists and turns, I also just felt confused because I didn't fully understand the mythology and world building that was being introduced.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We’ve all heard of Wonder Woman and I was really excited that there was a young adult novel coming out that featured Wonder Woman as the main character. Not only that, but it’s Diana as a teenager! The beginning held a lot of promise as we are with Diana as she makes the extremely difficult decision to save a young human female’s life and anger the Gods, or forfeit that human’s life and save her people from peril. Little does she know that the young girl she saved in the shipwreck is the warbringer. While the story immediately grabbed my interest, I didn’t feel any connection to the extra characters the author brought in. I mean, Alia’s brother, Jason, is apparently the love interest (sort of) for Diana, but I don’t fully grasp the attraction there. Theo (Jason’s bff) just seems so blasé about everything and just goes with the flow. He’s always drinking and just shrugging things off. Nim seemed like she was there to be the snarky best friend. I just never felt a connection to them and I’m not overly sure why. I was really excited when the author brought them in because I knew it was going to make the story more interesting but I never fully embraced them for some reason. While I may not have necessarily loved the extra characters, I did love that this book has quite a bit of mythology to it. Apparently, there are Gods and Goddesses that do not want to see the warbringer harmed. They want the war and destruction to happen. So they do all that they can to interfere with Diana’s plans to get Alia to the location that will free her from the curse. Between Alia’s warbringer power causing chaos around her, the Gods interfering, and some crazy militia group out to kill the warbringer, there was a lot happening. Warbringer was a fun young adult look at Wonder Woman before she became a legend. I’m not overly familiar with her story so I can’t way whether or not this jives with her history, but it was entertaining all the same. It was great getting to see such an iconic character as a teenager and watching them as they try to discover who they are inside and follow their dreams.
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
Holy crap on a cracker, this book was freaking amazing! I am utterly speechless, floored, stupefied, and every other possible synonymous adjective. But am I surprised to be feeling this way after finishing this book? Of course not! I'm talking about Leigh freaking Bardugo here. My idol, my inspiration, and in my humble (and totally unbiased) opinion—the most awe-inspiring and talented author of our time. I also should mention that I have been a long-time Batman fan (so of course, I'm dying for Marie Lu's installment in this series), but . . . I never got into Wonder Woman. Then this book happened. Bardugo truly brings the fierce Amazon to life, and not only that! She also empowers the other female characters by highlighting all of their different forms of strength that they possess, while also emphasizing that none of those strengths are any less valuable or important than the brute physical strength Diana was born with. As a whole, Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a lesson in feminism, sisterhood, love, loss, and holy hell—it's a damn masterpiece. I will never be skilled enough to find the adequate words to describe what Bardugo's writing does to my soul, though I will keep endeavoring to try. However to Leigh herself, I can only say thank you. You continue to raise the bar higher and higher, and it's truly special. Honestly, there is no other author that can move me the way Leigh does. She absolutely never ceases to impress. Definitely as soon as you are able—but especially if you are a Wonder Woman fan—you must get your hands on this outstanding book!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo Book One of the DC Icons series Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Publication Date: August 29, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning.... 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 mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world. Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. 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. Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. What I Liked: I expected to enjoy this book, but it is always so satisfying when that comes to pass. Leigh Bardugo has written a wonderful. thrilling story, with strong friendships, fierce girls, and high stakes. I don't know much about the DC Icons, or Wonder Woman, but I really loved this story. Before she became Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons. Diana has always been different compared to her Amazonian sisters, because of her origin. She was born of the island, whereas all of the other women came to the island as warriors. Diana has always wanted to leave the island, or at the very least, prove herself to her sisters in arms. When a ship wrecks at the coast, Diana knows better than to save humans and bring them to the island - but she tries anyway. A girl, Alia Keralis, is the only survivor. Diana learns from the island's oracle that Alia is the Warbringer, a harbinger of death and war, descended from Helen of Troy. Diana must bring Alia to the resting place of Helen, in Greece, or war will consume the World of Man, and Themyscira too. This story starts at a quick pace and never lets up. Within the first chapter, the conflict begins, with the shipwreck and Diana saving Alia. Alia is of the modern world, and she thinks Diana is part of a cult on a very strange but very beautiful island. When Diana takes Alia away from the island, they end up in New York, which is Alia's home. From there, the real battle begins, as there are many who want to kill the Warbringer. I love the pacing of this story - there was never a dull moment, but it wasn't too fast either. The story is told in third person, but not entirely from Diana's POV. Some chapters are told from Alia's POV. I liked that this story was told in third person and from both girls' POV. Diana is a complete stranger to the World of Man, though she has read many books available to her on the island. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
This book is perfection! Between all the Wonder Woman hype this year and the fact that this book is written by LEIGH BARDUGO, it's impossible to go into this one without incredibly high expectations. Rest assured, my friends, this does not disappoint. First of all, Diana's character was phenomenal. She was so well-developed and an absolute pleasure to read. She was so true to the original Wonder Woman but even wittier and more relatable. This Diana actually reads very similarly to the way that Gal Gadot portrayed Wonder Woman in the movie, so if you're a massive fan of that movie like I am, you will definitely love Bardugo's take on this iconic character. No one writes a squad like Leigh Bardugo writes a squad, and she has certainly done it here again! This cast of characters is charming and dynamic, and I fell absolutely in love with them. Their dialogue is witty, real, and so entertaining. These characters have Leigh Bardugo written all over them. As a huge fan of Bardugo's myself, I was so happy to be able to see her writing shine through in this story, and I'm certain her other fans will be equally thrilled. I don't want to say too much more about this book, because I feel like reading this book is a very special experience for readers, and I don't want my words to influence anyone else's experience too much. But I will conclude by saying that I LOVED the ending. It was badass, feminist perfection and, in my opinion, everything that it should have been for this story.
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Oh, how I loved this book!! Diana, Princess of the Amazons longs to prove herself to her mother and their people.  She knows she is capable and worthy of being an amazon, even though others might disagree with that assessment.  When she saves the life of the girl Alia, Diana realizes she’s set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Themyscira and the modern world.  For Alia is a Warbringer–a descendent of Helen of Troy–destined to be the catalyst to start a great world war.  Now, Diana and Alia are in a race against time to reach a mythical spring to end the curse of the Warbringers for good. But with enemies closing in, they might not make it out with their lives. I just.  Wow.  I—SO GOOD!! This book was everything you wanted Wonder Woman to be–just, courageous, kind, beautiful, strong, and kick ass. I loved this version of Wonder Woman before she became Wonder Woman.  Leigh did such a great job of balancing the character that we know and love while still adding her own personal touch to her as well.  In fact, all the characters were great.  This is no surprise since Leigh is Queen of writing strong, complex characters.  Alia was really dynamic and I loved that the story is told in her point of view as well.  Her interactions with Diana were great and they’re able to bring out the best in one another, while still learning about themselves in the process. The secondary characters were just as interesting in Theo, Jason, and Nim.  They all brought something different to the table and were diverse, but not for the sake of being diverse (which is not an easy thing to accomplish).  It just made sense with who they were.  I feel like everybody can identify with parts of all of them at least once throughout the novel.  Each one was strong in itself and could hold their own when put next to Diana, who is such a monumental character. The plot was filled with action, romance, Greek history, twists, drama, death, and retribution.  I loved every minute of it.  What I loved the best were the action sequences.  Leigh is able to write in a way where I could picture the scene in my head playing out like a movie.  Now I’m just waiting for the announcement that they’re making a film adaptation of this because I want to see Diana kicking ass in real time with some of these scenes. The book also focuses a lot on friendship, especially female friendship, and doing the right thing even when it’s not the easy decision.  Which is what Wonder Woman is ALL ABOUT.  The ending was perfect and not necessarily what you expected.  We see a glimpse of what is in store for Diana and what she’ll become, but nothing spoilery. Pick this one up.  Like, the day it comes out.  I promise you, it’ll inspire you to go and kick some ass (in the best possible way).
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I have never really been drawn to Wonder Woman, but I will read anything from Leigh, so that's why I picked it up. And I'm so happy I did. I love love loved Diana. She's more than just strong. She's smart and blunt and a serious BAMF. I loved seeing her navigate the modern world. Alia was awesome, but it was really Nim and Theo who stole the show. The action pretty much starts at page one and doesn't let go until the end. There are fights and banter and cars getting thrown and gods and myths and some things I didn't expect. The imagery is creepy and fantastic and I'm sort of hoping we'll get more. **Huge thanks to Random House for handing these out at YallWest**