Book review · Fantasy · Young adult

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

WonderWomanWarbringerWonder Woman: Warbringer is the first book in the DC icons series. The other three books in the series will follow Batman, Catwoman and Superman. I won’t be reading them.

I don’t like superheroes.
I suppose they’re mostly an American thing, since I don’t know anyone here who likes them as much as many Americans seem to do.
Because of this, I knew close to nothing about Wonder Woman when I started this book.

I can say that in some ways Wonder Woman: Warbringer surprised me. I liked it. It was fun and fast-paced. At the same time, it wasn’t anything more than that. And that’s why I’m also disappointed – I expected more from Leigh Bardugo, she’s my favorite YA author. But it’s also true that this is a story I probably would have hated if it had been written by a less competent writer. (I’m not saying Sarah J. Maas. Not at all.)

Let’s start from the bad: the worldbuilding was an all-around fail.
I don’t think that’s the writer’s fault – she didn’t make up the main character’s (nonsensical) background – and she pulled it off, mostly. But taking random parts from greek mythology and using them even more randomly is never going to look good in your story.
And the Keralis Labs part of the worldbuilding? As realistic and as laughable as the fantasy aspects.

The writing was… ok? It was probably better in the original version, but I read the translation, and it wasn’t great. As usual, because that’s what you get when you live in Italy.
But it was fun! Fast-paced! And the characterization was great. At least the translation can’t ruin that.

I thought Diana was kind of dull (…I don’t like superheroes) and the only interesting thing about her was the way she saw the human world. People are weird, we all know that.
The side characters were more interesting. I was never really a fan of the two male characters, but I loved both Alia and Nim.
While Nim was my favorite (an Indian fat lesbian who really loves fashion and talks too much. She was great) Alia was the most interesting character in the book. I’m glad we had her PoV.
I didn’t guess the plot twist – I would have been really disappointed if I did – but I felt that something was off with that specific aspect since the beginning.
But the plot surprised me, and that’s what matters.

My rating: ★★★

Have you read Wonder Woman: Warbringer? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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