Wonder Woman: Warbringer (#1) by Leigh Bardugo
I have heard a lot of hype around Wonder Woman: Warbringer and I decided to give the book a try! I heard a lot of great reviews around how this book redefines the Wonder Woman storyline and how this story really highlights the power of female friendships. I also had just watched the new Wonder Woman this past Thanksgiving, which I very much enjoyed…so I was excited to get into this!
That all being said, I definitely enjoyed this retelling of young Wonder Woman. First of all, I absolutely love Leigh Bardugo’s writing and I thought she did a great job painting the island of the Amazon women and creating this story with twists and turns. Secondly, I loved how diverse the cast of this story was – it was such a refreshing change of pace! One of our main protagonists was not only a female, but a biracial female with an affinity for the STEM field. My heart sung!!! I am so grateful to Leigh Bardugo for not only giving us a YA book with a diverse cast, but rewriting a story that is normally riddled with white/European characters. Lastly, I did love how one of the overarching themes of the book was mercy, or at least that’s how I read this book. I loved how the protagonists of this book not only embodied the idea of “mercy”, but how that didn’t take away from their fierceness or their power. The women in this book didn’t need to be overly caring or overly aggressive, and I loved how realistic this made real strong women.
Now…why didn’t I give this more than 3-stars? While I did enjoy the strong theme of female friendships in this book, I didn’t think that it was this huge overarching theme. I actually didn’t think it was the strongest aspect of the book. I was definitely a bit let-down by this, but that definitely didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. I definitely had fun with this book and will most definitely continue with the new DC Icons series with other DC characters!