Book Review: Wonder woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) – Leigh bardugo


4 stars

Title: Wonder Woman Warbringer
Author: leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: August 28th 2017
Genre: Young adult superheroes


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.


first I have to admit that I didn’t knew anything about Wonder Woman before I read this book, I haven’t seen the movie or ever read anything about her. So, I actually didn’t expect to like this book because I’m normally not a superhero lover AT ALL. But apparently their are ways to do it right and this first book in the series has definitely made we want to read all the other books from the other 3 authors!

over to the actual review!

Sisters 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.

That was A LOT of amazing Girl Power! This book is just a feminist BOMB!

Diana and Alia the 2 stars of this story are both #goals. (Diana a imaginary #goals and Alia a more realistic version). Imagine going to school with someone like Diana. I’m not a very competitive person but it would just be unfair to be compared to her on a daily basis! As a engineering student it’s always nice to read about other girls who work/study in a scientific field. Alia is definitely a very easy person to connect with.

Nim (the best friend of Alia) reminded me so much of Zuzana from A daughter of Smoke and Bone (from Laini Taylor). She is a smol hyper bean that is all over the place and has a big mouth that probably gets her into trouble a lot! for me she was the queen of this story and made the whole story more enjoyable and less serious.

This book was also really funny! The characters were all so sassy and they were constantly

It did bother me a little bit that Diana was so freaking perfect! She couldn’t do a single thing wrong. Even if she was being completely inappropriate and saying the weirdest things all the time, it just came over as completely sassy and even cool. Perfect body, perfect physique, perfect brain… I’m almost never able to connect with main characters in YA fantasy but most of the time they do have some flaws that make them human. Diana had none. It’s a good thing that there were other normal characters in this book otherwise I don’t know if I would have liked this book as much!

I was also a bit sceptical about the romance. (This part may be a bit of a spoiler) Diana is 18 years old and has never seen a man or boy in her life. Her little love story with Jason was just so unnecessary? It just felt like a far stretch. They didn’t really know each other and suddenly out of the blue she has the need to lock lips with him. It didn’t ruin the book but it did made my eyes roll quite a bit.

Overall I really loved this book. It felt different enough from what I read before and made this 4 book series start on a high note. I’m here for the rest of the books!

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  • I also have never read any Wonder Woman comics nor seen the movie, but your review convinced me to give it a try 🙂

    • That’s so good to hear! It really isn’t necessary so I really hope you’ll like the book!!
      Thank you so much for your comment! ?

  • 100% agree! I hadn’t read a comic or seen a movie before reading the book, though I vaguely remember the 70s TV series 🙂 I absolutely loved the girl power in this book! Alia is such a relatable character, so are her sidekicks. I think also folks who are fans of Rick Riordan’s books, will enjoy this one. It’s a bit like Percy Jackson, only it’s girls kicking some ass 😀

    • I never read Percy Jackson, it’s still on my TBR list!! I know I know, I’m sooo late to the party! ?
      Thank you so much for your nice review!! ?

      • Well I mean Rick Riordan writes for middle school, but I still enjoy his books a lot. He always has these sassy and cool kids fighting for justice. And the books are incredibly inclusive. Percy Jackson is dyslexic and has ADHD. There are biracial kids, and transgender, and gay, and Muslim kids. And it’s not like “Imma write about some kids that are different cos that’s so chic right now.” It’s more about representation. The characters are fully fleshed out and also happen to be gay, Muslim, trans,… And these books are just soooo much fun. Sorry this was too long, but I just love Rick’s books ?

  • Nice review! I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I’m currently reading it! I’m halfway through it and so far, I’m loving it! 🙂

  • I’ve never read any Wonder Woman books before, and the only thing I’m familiar with it the movie. I’m still hesitant about it, especially if Diana is so perfect, but I’ve loved Leigh Bardugo’s other book. Your review has made me a little curious though.

    • Diana is a bit too perfect at some points, but there are many other important characters who are not perfect and still make the book super awesome!
      Thank you for your comment! ?

  • On my TBR and amazing Review ??

  • I read the book. Didn’t enjoy it a lot because Diana just seemed a little different. But the climax at the end was really good. I would have enjoyed it if they wouldn’t have made it about Diana, perhaps a different protagonist.

    • I can understand why someone wouldn’t like Diana at all. For me she wasn’t that bad, just a bit too perfect. Thank you so much for your comment! ?

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