REVIEW- Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Hey guys,

For those who don’t know my FAVORITE movie last year was Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins. So, when I heard that there was a book being written by an author I respected, I instantly became ecstatic to read it. Long story short, I read the book, and well, here are my thoughts below.

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.

 

Starting this book, I was SUPER excited to get into reading. I had just re-watched the Wonder Woman movie and was hoping to add to my Wonder Woman experience with the inclusion of Warbringer, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

One of the things that annoyed me going into Wonder Woman: Warbringer was the fact that the timeline between the movie and book didn’t make sense. For those wondering, these DC books have been marketed as prequels to the DC Superheroes we all enjoy. But, when I take a step back and look at this book and the series as a whole, I didn’t realize it was more of a popular author’s fan-fiction instead of something that is official in the movies.

EXAMPLE 1:
Wonder Woman MOVIE: Diana is fully grown. She leaves with her love interest to the world of man. The year is 1914.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Diana is young. The events of the movie haven’t happened yet. She then returns a mysterious girl to the world of man. The year is 2017.

I don’t know if it was the lack of communication between the author and the studio, or if they always intended it to be not connected? Either way, I went in expecting a Wonder woman prequel that was applicable to the movie, and that’s not what I got.

Another thing I didn’t enjoy about the book was the characters. Don’t get me wrong, they were good characters, but there was nothing original about them. In the book, we have a girl with a hidden past, an older brother who is SUPER apprehensive, and a misfit girl with a highly muscular, but stupid older brother.

While I have to admit seeing Diana’s reactions to things was quite entertaining, the characters weren’t all that enticing and I didn’t have anyone I could relate too.

One thing I did enjoy was the island of Themysquiera at the beginning of the book. I don’t know if it brings back memories of the movie, but I highly enjoyed learning about the island and watching Diana explore it.

If I had it my way, (I don’t but…) I wish the book would’ve been more focused on Diana training to become an Amazon, as well as learn the social dynamic between the Amazons.

Good things about the book:

  • Themysquiera
  • Diana
  • The plot twist

Bad things about the book:

  • The characters
  • The worldbuilding
  • The timeline

 

Star Rating:

 

Would I read it again?

Mhmmm. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’d read it again. I went into the book thinking this was a prequel to the Wonder Woman movie and was a bit devastated it wasn’t what I thought. While this is an okay book on its own, if I were to compare it to the movies this book wouldn’t be my favorite of the two.

 


 

Thank’s for reading! As always make sure to comment below and let me know your thoughts on the book. Were you a fan? If you weren’t let me know why. I really like talking to you guys so, talk! Until next time, BYE!

4 thoughts on “REVIEW- Wonder Woman: Warbringer

  1. I actually think this isn’t supposed to be a movie-adaption-book!! I think it’s just the author’s own take? As far as I know they’re not meant to be connected anyway haha. But it’d be frustrating to go in expecting one thing and not get it!! I did enjoy it a lot, but it wAS slow and I think Leigh Bardugo’s other books are better.🙈🙈

  2. I TOTALLY AGREE I much prefer her other writing. Also, that makes more sense. When I was going into the book I was VERY confused. While I liked it, the pacing was a bit slower and I was a bit disappointed. LEIGH BARDUGO IS STILL AMAZING THOUGH! Thank’s for commenting Cait!

  3. It’s always disappointing when a book doesn’t live up to our expectations. You stated very clearly why and how this didn’t work completely for you, and I thank you for that, Jared.
    I started watching the movie on a plane not long ago, but I found the beginning to be rather slow, so I stopped watching and started reading a book instead… Do you think I should give the movie another try?

Leave a Reply