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review 2017-10-16 19:31
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo

I loved Bardugo's take on Wonder Woman. The theme of this story is friendship and loyalty so there was very little romance, which I didn't mind at all. The characters were incredibly likeable, and Bardugo's humor is always perfection. 

 

Being a fan of the new Wonder Woman movie, I have to confess, I kept hearing Gal Gadot's accent as I read the book. This story is, of course, entirely different than the movie. Diana rescues a young lady named Alia. Risking exile from her home, Diana is determined to save Alia, who is a Warbringer, a descendant of Helen of Troy, and holds the power to bring about massive wars and destruction.

 

 I was curious to see how Bardugo would handle writing such a kind, compassionate, honorable character when she is so exquisitely good at creating shady, morally grey characters as those from her Six of Crows series. She did an amazing job with Diana, and I absolutely adored Alia and her best friend, Nim. I loved their friendship, strength, intelligence and humor.

 

From what I understand, there was only one Wonder Woman book planned, but the ending teases that there is definitely more to Diana's story, and I would be absolutely thrilled to see Bardugo bring us more Wonder Woman!

 

-SW

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review 2017-10-03 18:27
Wonder Woman Book Review
Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo

I haven't seen the movie so I can't compare there. It does make me want to watch it though. I love Leigh Bardugo. She's a fantastic writer and does her characters very well. I love Dianna. She's badass and funny. I loved the scenes of her in our world for the first time. 

 

I'm excited for Marie Lu's Batman book and any upcoming DC super hero books like these. As long as they choose the right authors for them I can see myself loving all of them. 

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review 2017-09-23 02:41
Everyone's favorite Amazon gets a YA treatment
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo

(audiobook review and I'm too tired atm to bother adding it as an option)

 

So this YA Wonder Woman novel starts off on Themyscira, where 17-ish year-old Diana is struggling to find her identity in the shadow of her mother. In this novel, Themyscira is populated by more than just ancient Amazons, they've been augmented by women throughout history who, while dying in battle, call upon a female god. They are then transplanted to Themyscira as a sort of feminist Valhalla.

 

Diana rescues a young woman from a boat explosion she witnesses, bringing her to the island (but not letting anyone know about her). This starts to destroy the island and the women who live there -- and Diana receives quite the prophetic word about this girl. She's a descendant of Helen of Troy, and like her ancestor, her mere existence promises to bring war throughout the Earth. Unless Diana can bring her to a certain place in the next few days. So Diana grabs a certain lasso, a couple of bracelets and takes off.

 

Basically, what ensues is a Rick Riordan-esque journey to get Alia to the goal. Sure, they start with a heck of a detour to New York City -- which is pretty fun detour for the reader. While in NYC, they pick up a little entourage to accompany them. There are people who are trying to kill the Warbringer (not realizing there's a way to cure her) before World War III erupts and a few minor figures from Greek mythology show up to make things more difficult.

 

There's some really good interaction between Diana, Alia and Alia's BFF (name escapes me). The action scenes are pretty good. The big twisty reveal wasn't. There seemed to be some inconsistency about how familiar Diana was with things in the modern world, but on the whole, the book worked well enough I could ignore that. What worked in this book, worked really well. The things that didn't work, also didn't ruin anything.

 

As far as the audiobook part goes -- Marno does a fine job. Initially, I thought she sounded too much like Hillary Huber, but the more I listened the more I decided I was silly for thinking that. I do think that she could put a little more excitement in her voice during the combat or chase scenes (see the aforementioned Huber for an example), it really didn't seem matter what was going on in the scene, her reading was the same. But aside from that, I had no complaints.

 

I'm not saying that i loved it, but I'd absolutely read/listen to the sequel that's hinted at in the last chapter. Good story, interesting characters, and a pretty good narrator. All the elements for an entertaining 12 hours are there -- a good way to spend some time, and a promising beginning to this new series. Although, the next is Batman, and so you have to guess that the third will be everyone's favorite Kryptonian Boy Scout -- hopefully they move beyond DC's Trinity soon, I'd quite enjoy something like this about The Flash, Green Lantern, etc.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/09/22/wonder-woman-warbringer-audiobook-by-leigh-bardugo-mozhan-marno
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review 2017-09-17 00:38
More of a Snoozebringer than anything else.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo

I haven't seen the 'Wonder Woman' film yet and thought this would would be a good way to get me in the mood. My knowledge of WW is very limited to the 'Justice League' cartoons. Haven't read the comics, never watched the Linda Carter TV show and only knew the very basics of her character's life prior to reading. 

 

Apparently this book kicks off a set of YA books where a different author takes up a DC hero (so there will be a book for Batman, Superman, etc.) and tells the story. Here in WW, she gets caught up in saving a mortal....who is a harbinger of doom. Alia, descendant of Helen of Troy, only wanted to escape her brother. Instead, she ended up in a mess that could bring about destruction and death and darkness, etc. As these stories go.

 

I wasn't particularly excited by the premise but the idea that Alia was descended from Helen of Troy (hence another mythological tie) seemed interesting. Unfortunately...it's not. I am not familiar with author Bardugo's other work, so this isn't a comparison. But I can say that this book just sort of dragged and dragged. It was highly disappointing to see WW in nothing more in what's really just a YA book that doesn't stand out (or will only stand out because of the main character and the author). 

 

It was all just kind of boring. I know it can be hard to translate characters like these (from a visual medium like graphic novels plus a well-received movie) to the printed page. But it just seemed so...blah. None of the characters seemed interesting (perhaps my perceptions will change with the movie but I was never drawn to WW in the JL cartoons either). The writing was pedestrian.The story was not compelling.

 

Maybe it's me. But I had such high hopes after seeing how well-rated the book is. Yet another case where I don't understand the love but maybe others will. Got this at my local library and I'd say it's best as a borrow unless you know someone who REALLY loves WW, otherwise it'd make a good gift (I like the cover design).

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review 2017-09-09 00:00
Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo *Proper review after book hangover has ceased! I didn't want my days with Diana, and the words of Leigh Bardugo, to be over!
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