Book review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo

Bardugo, Leigh. Wonder Woman: Warbringer. (DC Icons series) “Advance Reader’s Copy.” Random House, release date August 29, 2017. $18.99. ISBN 9780399549731. [384 pages.] Ages 14+. P8Q7

Veteran YA fantasy author Leigh Bardugo takes on the Wonder Woman saga from the point of view of an 18-year-old, bullied Amazon princess curious about the world outside her secluded and protected island home.  When Princess Diana ducks out of an important race to rescue shipwrecked Alia Keralis, she breaches the island’s protections and faces exile, taking on the quest to avert the doom carried by the Warbringer—Alia, a descendent of Helen of Troy.  Combining Greek mythology with modern technology and teen snarkiness, Bardugo succeeds in making Wonder Woman a believable teenager.

Verdict:  Recommended for young adult collections in high school and public libraries.

May 2017 review by Jane Cothron.


Book review: Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo

Bardugo, Leigh. Siege and Storm. (Grisha Trilogy, #2.) Henry Holt and Company, 2013. ISBN 9780805094602. $17.99. 435 pages. Gr. 7+. P8 Q8.

Bardugo Siege and StormThis the second book in the Grisha Trilogy follows Alina as she tries to live life with Mal, all the while hiding her true self. As the Darkling gains power, Alina soon has to return to her home to help fight against him. Alina’s responsibility as the Sun Summoner will test her romance with Mal and force her to make difficult choices. This rich work of fantasy will challenge readers to keep up with the complexity of the story.

January 2016 review by Patty Dodson.