[BOOK CHAT] Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

wonder woman warbringer book review

TITLE: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
SERIES: DC Icons #1
AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo
PUBLICATION DATE: August 28th 2017
NUMBER OF PAGES: 364
PUBLISHER: Random House Children’s Book
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Superhero, Mythology

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.

Together.

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

final rating:

2.72 (yeah i know. sad isn’t it)

reaction after reading the book:

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i thought this book was a recipe for perfection.

one. we have the queenleigh bardugo, penning the story

two. this is fucking wonder woman story. how perfect is that.

threegreek myth. the amazons are from the greek myth. diana is, technically, an amazon, so i am hoping and praying to the lord baby jesus, that there would be greek god references here.

so tell me? 

what the fuck could go wrong?

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okay. it wasn’t bad though. not completely bad. it was okay. just okay. which is bad. why? because… of all the reasons i stated earlier, the recipe for perfection.

wonder woman: warbringer, didn’t work for me. sad. i know. because i love leigh bardugo. i really do. i love her to death. but this book, it didn’t feel like she wrote it.

 

let’s talk about the plot

so one of my main problem about this book was the plot. i mean, what the hell? isn’t this supposed to be a wonder woman origin story, or some sort? so why did i end up feeling like this wasn’t really diana’s story? why did i end up not completely understanding diana?

the plot is about diana trying to help a girl, alia, get back to her home. diana saved her from a shipwreck that happened her her home, Themyscira, where supposedly can’t be found by mortals. somehow, alia was there. diana came and saved her, even when she wasn’t supossed to. now she wants to help her again to get her back to her home. but you guys probably already know, things are not always that easy.

when you look at the plot that way, you’ll think about this being diana’s hero’s journey. it sort of is, in a way. you get to see diana’s journey. but… aside from seeing it play out from her perspective (which i think is the best way she should have gone with this), it was written in a dual, third person pov which sucks balls. you get so little out of diana because of this. diana became sort of of a secondary character in her own book. what the flying fuck?

when you begin the story, it was mainly focused on diana which i really prefer by the way. but shortly after, you feel that switch in the focus of the story. multiple switches acually. i guess the author was planning to make both main characters be the center of the story, which didn’t work. by doing that, she sort of had to make one of the povs suffer for lack of development – in this case, it was diana’s.

 

get to know the characters

diana

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.”

semi-like diana. yep. semi-liked. why? because i barely got to know this girl. i had the notion that wonder woman was the main focus of the story. i assumed which is wrong  that she was going to be the front and center. she was not. at some point, she even became only secondary character to alia, who i’d be getting to in a second. i read this because, aside from loving bardugo, i thought this was going to be about fucking wonder woman and her origins. i was expecting that but got something different. why put the title as wonder woman? why not just title it warbringer!!! because really, this book is mostly about her anyways.

also, another complain that i see from the people i read this with was that she was boring. she was a little bit really boring. there were also times i forget or she does that she is not from the city. she was raised in an island. don’t tell me shit that you’ve read about stuff in your books and all. i don’t reading something will make you immediately comfortable with something you just experienced. i don’t think it’s that easy to adapt to a new environment given that this just happened in a few days (at least i think) no matter how fucking good you are.

there were a lot of times that she forget what she did. that she left her mother, her sister, her friend, maeve, who i thought she has a thing with because… well… i was expecting they were a thing, but turns out… she likes men. oh well. disappointing.

alia

Diana, swear to me that if we don’t make it, that if something happens, you’ll end this. I can’t be the reason the world goes to hell.”

yes. okay alia. if you say so.

alia and her brother, jason, are person of color (which is a huge plus in my book). she was semi-likeable. haha. again with the semi. sorry. let me explain myself though. she does have her moments where she shined, but most of the time, like diana, i didn’t really care much about her.

people wants her dead. do i care? nope. i don’t which is sad. people wants this person dead, but people don’t care at all about this – then there must be something wrong.

i’m going to go back to why. i think it’s because of the alternating pov. given, both diana and alia got their character arcs, but for me, it was half-baked. a bit rushed.

the only thing i think alia had better than diana was her personality. she, at least, wasn’t completely as boring as diana. lol.

secondary characters

alia’s brother, jason, i have a love-hate relationship with. he was shitty, good, shitty, good kind of character. i did end up completely hating him towards the end.

theo and nim were my faves. they offered the comic relief. haha. they didn’t have much to do aside from providing support to the mcs, but they were fun to read about especially when they’re at each other’s throat.

 

things i liked

▪ i am crazy about greek myth. i loved how they use myths we know and love, then have it merged in with diana’s story. one of the things i enjoyed.

▪ even when i don’t like both of the characters, i like how you see that despite their different backgrounds, they were both struggling with the same thingfitting into the society they were in. diana being created by her mother from clay, she didn’t feel like she belongs with the amazons, hence why she tries so hard to prove herself, while alia, also is struggling for acceptance in society, because despite the last name she carries, her skin color still paints a problem.

poc (person of color) main character and sub characters. five thumbs up for me.

▪ it touched a tiny bit on racial discrimination. just didn’t get expounded on.

theo and nim. i love these two.

▪ there were actual stakes. there were people who fucking died. yes. people died. i said people, because not just one person died – multiple.

▪ i didn’t see that plot twist coming. i was like, wtf. really? how can i not see that coming. oh shit. yeah. that really did happen. that asshole. anyways. yeah. i liked that.

things i didn’t like

i didn’t fall for the characters like i have with other leigh bardugo characters. they fell a bit flat for me. i mean, to be fair, she did try to make us care about them. sadly, it’s just not enough for me. the dual pov really got in the way.

the romance. ugh. i fucking hated it. i did have a tiny bit of issue with how he did her romance in the grisha trilogy too (but inej and kaz from six of crows was perfection though). i felt it was forced. i would have been okay without it especially the one between diana and jason. ugh. no. just no. sure, i would have liked it if it made sense, but here it didn’t make sense. ugh.

sometimes, the humor works. most of the time though, it sucks so bad. and makes up for the times where it’s really boring.

there were a lot of things that i didn’t find believable.

▪ i am upset that i didn’t get to see more of diana’s home and her people. we were introduced to them, yes, but only for a short while.

the ending... ugh. not a big fan. after everything she’s done, it ends like that? very anti-climactic.

the pace is wonky. there were times when things were moving fast and others when it was moving way too slow for me.

 

overall thoughts

i’m going to put an emphasis on me not hating this book, because i really didn’t. it was just one of those books that have been completely over-hyped that you expect too much, then ends up being disappointed – which sucks because i really wanted to love this book.


have you guys read this? what did you think about it?

let’s chat!

05 comments on “[BOOK CHAT] Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

  • Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams , Direct link to comment

    I felt similarly as you – I overall found it to be lacking the excitement I’d expected, plus, yess, the pacing was really off and the characters a bit flat … not to mention the romance, yikes.

    I’m sorry this book was a disappointment to you as well, Aria! 🙁

    • Aria @ Dear Darling Reader , Direct link to comment

      thanks lily. 🙂 there were things to enjoy, but i guess the hype, and the fact that it was bardugo writing it, got my expectations so high.

      the romance. oh my. don’t get me started with that, or else, i would not stop ranting. lol.

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