Wonder Woman is easily the best superhero movie of 2017, thus far anyways, and also one of the best superhero movies in all. I don’t think Wonder Woman: Warbringer was really on my radar–it was probably just another item on my ever growing “to read” list on Goodreads–but after the movie, this became a must-read book. Diana may be younger in this book, and the book may not relate to the movies in any way, but Diana proves to be just as badass and enchanting as I could have hoped.
Diana starts off trying to prove her worth in an Amazonian race. She gets sidetracked when someone’s ship wrecks near the island. She rescues a girl from the wreckage, Alia, which leads to trouble. Themyscira begins collapsing, with Alia being the cause of the potential destruction. It turns out Alia is a Warbringer, descended from Helen of Troy. If Diana doesn’t get her off the island and to a spring thought to have the power to end Warbringer destruction forever, Themyscira and the world as Diana and Alia know it could be over.
I was really into this book from the start, but that affection escalated once we get to the Met. As I told my coworker who asked if I had finished reading the book, “Diana is so cool!” I said that with a lot of enthusiasm. Who doesn’t wish they could deflect bullets and flip around heavy stuff like Diana does? It’s a wonder what the rest of the Amazons can do. If Diana is the weakest among them, what can a grown Amazon do?
Diana’s strength aside, I loved plenty of other things in this book. Like the movie, there is plenty of Greek mythology to behold (though with different tales than the movie). Greek Gods weave in out of the story, Oracles play a big role, and Greek ancestry is significant as well.
Diana and Alia are the main characters of this story, but there are several great side characters as well. Nim and Theo are the comic relief of the book, and bring many genuine laughs. Sometimes relief is needed in the plot–there’s a lot of tension as they get closer and closer to the deadline–and Nim & Theo are the ones who provide it.
Perhaps the only significant character I didn’t like is Jason, but I am not going into that. Spoilers!
The book isn’t romance heavy like the movie, and instead focuses on the power of friendship instead. It was nice reading/watching something that was romance-lite. I feel like it’s almost a requirement these days for a superhero origin to be heavy on the romance, and though I adore Steve in the Wonder Woman movie, I didn’t desire to see that duplicated in the book. Instead we got a strong female friendship between Diana and Alia.
A few twists and an interesting passage of time later, we get a solid ending that wraps up the Warbringer story, but leaves it open for Leigh Bardugo, or any author for that manner, to return to Diana in a YA book series. Next up is Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. Then a Catwoman book by my fave Sarah J. Maas. Finally, the DC Icons YA series (at least as it has been planned so far) wraps up with a Superman book by Matt de la Pena. I’m not a Superman fan, but if the Batman and Catwoman books prove to be as good as this Wonder Woman book…I might just give it, and any other DC Icons book to follow, a chance.