Book Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leah Bardugo

Book Rating (out of 5):

Love that book cover!

3 – 3.5 stars. This was fun mostly because I’m still obsessed with Wonder Woman after having seen the movie this summer and I longed for more Diana. I mean, who doesn’t want more of this…

Gal_Gadot_as_Wonder_Womanimage courtesy of Wikipedia

Gal Gadot killed it in the movie. So much so that as I read this book, her face was permanently supplanted as the image of Diana. That doesn’t always happen for me from screen to print.

But still, this book was a little weird for me. It’s hard to explain, but this book simply didn’t 100% have my attention. When I love something, I get lost in it, and my mind wandered a lot when I was reading this. I mean, like…

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I think the part that made it falter for me was where the lore seemed to depart from the movie lore. For instance, Diana’s fear of exile for having brought a mortal to Themyscira. That didn’t seem to be a big issue when she dragged Steve ashore in the film. Also the hinted at strife amongst the Amazons and their disagreements over needing a Queen to lead them. I’m not up on my Wonder Woman lore and maybe that’s a thing in the Amazon history, but for me, it was a distraction that pulled me out of the story. Maybe I’m just a weirdo though.

Also, I think the thing that made me love Diana in the movie was her innocence and her 100% desire to do what was right and save lives without any preamble. And a slice of Diana in this book was her proving herself as worthy to her Amazon sisters and wanting a little bit of glory. This wasn’t film Diana. This was insecure teenage Diana.

I think I would have been drooling all over myself in pleasure and fangirly-ness if this had been a continuation of Diana’s movie story as opposed to a prequel, but regardless, it was a pretty fun ride. I liked (some) of the characters and the mystery of who was after the Warbringer. Some of the mystery of who was chasing them didn’t track for me (another distraction), but it made a lot more sense at the end.

I plan to reach for Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies (Rebirth) graphic novel which I found on Hoopla and hoping that I can get my Wonder Woman fix that way.

BTW, do you Hoopla? I forget about it sometimes, but if you don’t, you should. I’ve unexpectedly found some good stuff on there and all free courtesy of my public library, including Saga, a great graphic novel series for mature audiences only.


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