I’m a bit late to the Leigh Bardugo party. I’ve only recently read the Six of Crows duology, and her other books in the same universe have now been added to my TBR. So I guess you could say I’ve become a fan!
But when I heard about Warbringer, I was a bit hesitant. A YA novelization of Wonder Woman? That could easily go sideways. The last thing WW needs is to be portrayed as a lovesick teen. Happily, I think Bardugo has done her justice.
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. – Goodreads
Warbringer provides a fresh new approach to Wonder Woman that I quite enjoyed. Yes, Diana is a teen. And yes, she has doubts, fears, and is still coming into her own. But you can see a glimmer of the superhero she will eventually become.
Bardugo’s world building is excellent, and the pacing kept me interested throughout. There was a twist that I totally did not see coming, which was refreshing! The ending though – it didn’t really sit right with me. It seemed a bit too clean and simple. But it ends on a positive note, which was pretty nice. Overall, I’d definitely recommend it.