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- Print Length: 374 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2017
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399549757
- ISBN-13: 978-0399549755
- ASIN: B01MDN52BK
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"Cinematic battles and a race against time keep the excitement high, but the focus on girls looking out for each other is what makes this tie-in shine."
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"All readers will definitely be delighted by Bardugo’s cinematic delivery and long for more stories about this epic, ass-kicking heroine."
—VOYA, STARRED REVIEW
"A hero's journey times two. Alia taps into her own bravery and Diana learns about sexism, racism and something the Amazons have always dismissed: the courage, resilience and ingenuity of mere mortals."
―The New York Times Book Review
“Bardugo breathes zippy new life into the story with a twisty plot, whip-smart characters, and her trademark masterful writing.”
"Wonder Woman is the epitome of a kick-butt heroine, and Bardugo does her justice with aplomb."
"Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer not only synthesizes a coherent origin and mission statement for Diana, but also makes the Amazon princess feel so fresh that she could have been created yesterday. . . . One of the best Wonder Woman stories ever."
"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
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If I had to pick one word to describe Leigh Bardugo's WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER, it would be "fun." It's bursting with action, playful banter, laugh-out-loud humor, and a diverse cast of smart and talented characters. Diana is the obvious highlight; she's courageous, fiercely loyal, and equally passionate and compassionate, much like Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman in the 2017 film. Her dedication to protecting Alia, a biracial girl and self-confessed science nerd (yay for nerdy girls!), and the friendship they forge during their quest shine star-bright all book long. Also, Diana's observations and reactions to New York City and modern-day life in general were delightfully amusing, and I appreciated the insights that Bardugo offered into Themyscira and the Amazons (some of which were familiar to me, and others brand new).
The romances, though... For me, this was WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER's biggest stumbling block. Alia and Theo's awkward mutual crush was cute but underdeveloped. As for Diana and Jason's... (*sigh*) Was it really necessary? I disliked Jason from the beginning, and Diana's attraction to him seemed like an excuse for deepening the tension between them, or to somehow put a more positive spin on said tension. Plus, WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER was my first superhero novel... and while I love watching superhero movies, I'm not sure that reading their stories is my thing. This one in particular focuses so heavily on action that it doesn't give the characters a lot of room to breathe.
So is WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER my favorite Leigh Bardugo novel? No. But did I enjoy it? Yes. More in the "liked it" sense than "loved it," but I'd still recommend it to readers who are looking for action, butt-kicking heroines, science-minded teens, and diverse characters (in terms of racial / ethnic background and sexuality) in their YA reads.
When the teenage Diana (she is never called Wonder Woman) rescues a young girl from a floundering boat she breaks one of the cardinal rules of Themyscira: no humans allowed on the island or face permanent exile. But there is something about the girl, Alia, that prevents Diana from letting her die before she is discovered. Then, events on the island lead Diana to consult the Oracle and what it tells her about Alia forces Diana to leave Themyscira and face the human world.
But, the girls don't end up where they had originally planned; they end up in New York, Alia's hometown. This is where the book gets really interesting, and fun. Just because the Amazons are an isolated people does not mean they do not know about the world beyond their island. They study it in school and even though there is no Internet or cars or planes on Themyscira, Diana at least knows what they are. Her knowledge, though, is book-based and in New York she gets to feel, smell, taste and experience the modern world. She rides an elevator, swims in the Hudson, buys junk food, parachutes, sleeps in a roach motel and meets Alia's amusing friends and her uptight brother, Jason.
Warbringer is well written and full of twists and excitement and never takes itself seriously. As she is a die-hard and lifelong WW fan, it definitely comes out and it is apparent that Bardugo had fun writing this. There are some pretty fanciful scenes that stretch the reader's ability to suspend disbelief, but, you know, the novel is inspired by a comic book character and written by a woman who created the Grishaverse, it's going to be fantastical.
This is the sixth Leigh Bardugo's YA fantasy novel that I have read and I feel this book is more young young adult than either The Grisha Trilogy or Crooked Kingdom series. Crooked Kingdom was gritty and dark with characters with dubious intentions and some of Bardugo's best dialogue. The Grisha Trilogy was loaded with fantasy and magic and sexy evil creatures. Warbringer is just plain fun. The characters are young and they read young. I read the entire Crooked Kingdom series imagining Kaz was in his twenties. Diana and Alia and her friends are teenagers and they act like it.
It's a great book and perfect for any Wonder Woman fan over the age of ten (no swearing, no sex, some bisexual innuendo but definitely tamer that what you find on the TV). I loved it.
Top international reviews
This is a complete remake of the origin story. It is set in the modern world not in World War 2 time. One subtle point I really liked was when Diane and the Amazon’s talk about “man’s world” they don’t just mean men but mortals in general. I liked all the side characters in the book, I think they were written really well except when the Greek “Gods” appeared. I know Wonder Woman’s history is based on Greek mythology, and if they were just mentioned that was fine, but a couple of times they appeared I still do not understand why, and the other I think the story would have been better for Diane to triumph or fail on her own. I would have also liked more fight in the story considering her warrior heritage. Though I did like the final fight, the the one before that sucked.
All in all a good take new take on Diane. I would not mind a continuation of this incarnation of Diane to returns as the true warrior/Wonder Woman, I think there is enough left to warrant that.
I was sufficiently engaged by the story to want a sequel, and to want to read some of the comics.
I really enjoyed the concept, and the simplicity of the quest; it was a great story, and the characyers were inspiring!
This is first novel in DC Icon series and also my first encounter with writer Leigh Bardugo and I am blown away by her writing skills. I always like reading about mythologies and Mahabharat, Greek and Norse have been my area of interests. But all my previous reads were dominated by male figures but here Goddesses rule on every page. It's a read where female figures dominate and men are engines of war. At least that's what Diana and her fellow sister used to think. After cursing so many wars on humanity, men still show potential to build something new.
It's a Wonder Woman based novel but it's not completely focused only on her. Diana and Alia are the lead characters and both are trying to find their identities in their world. You only get the right to live on Themyscira as an Amazon when you bravely fall in battle and in your last moment you pray to goddesses like Artimes, Durga, Athena, Hestia, Gaia and others. Diana was born of clay and her mother's desire to have a child and that's what made others feel like she was an outsider. Alia shares the bloodline of Helen of Troy (According to Myths she was responsible for Trojan War) and therefore is cursed as a Warbringer. Her presence on Earth is enough to cause deaths of millions. Still, Diana chooses to save Alia and this path causes her, her sisters, her island and many enemies she makes while proving herself worthy to be an Amazon. In the whole novel you don't get to know who is villain actually. It's like heroes fighting heroes. Villain's true identity is surprising but I have read and watched many stories so somewhere deep inside I knew what's going to happen. In suspense stories villain is mostly the one who makes every effort to save everyone and then in the end come up with some lame excuse to destroy the world. Why villains don't have any other motives?
The best part is writer did not portrayed Diana as a powerful superhero. Yes, physically and mentally, she is more than just a human but she is vulnerable. She gets tricked, she falls terribly, she sacrifices her dreams, even she dies against Pinon but in the end she fights back to save her human soldiers.
"Nobody asks to be a hero. It just sometimes turn out that way." - Black Hawk Down
I admit I was expecting some explicit lesbian romance, kissing and other stuffs but book only has some hints. In every book you read pages and then find some good dialogues but here every sentence is like WOW! My personal favourite was when Hippolyta walks and Alia's presence causes earthquake on Themyscira, and Hippolyta's strong stride suggests "I am the queen and an amazon. You are wise to tremble."
I love it when a female writer creates such awesomeness. I strongly recommend it and now looking forward to read Wonder Woman comic books and more Liegh Bardugo.
Princess Diana is an Amazon, but one who is born on the island of Themyscira – and longs to prove herself to her sisters in arms that she is worth to be called an Amazon.
Alia is a teenager protected and longs to leave the protection that her brother believes to be one keeping her alive. She, in an overdue rebellions boards a ship to Istanbul, just for a scientific exploration until it all goes horribly wrong!
This book plunges reader right into the heart of adventure from the first chapter itself – and ends up personifying action, adventure and heart pounding quest undertaken by first Diana and then with Alia to save the World of Man from plunging into war!
If Diana was my goddess; I swear Alia was my queen.
They are strong, willful and courageous female role models, who I hope every young girl (and even adults) suffering from self – doubt would look up to! They take the obstacles thrown in their path and even with their doubts, they move along, believing in each other and themselves!
But the foundation of the book lay in bonds of friendship that took time to lay; but when laid had these two spirited and independent girls had me reminiscing the friendship that I read in another series that defined my childhood! (Virtual cookies to who guesses this series!:P)
The plot runs along at a steady pace; with good character buildup of not only Diana and Alia but also the secondary characters of Nim, Jason and Theo – but it’s the last 90% of the book that had me biting my nails and sniping at my husband who dared to disturb my reading time!
Although, honestly I do wish the book hadn’t ended a bit abruptly (could have used an epilogue, tbh!); it did make me a fan of Leigh Bardugo who I think I am gonna binge read next!