Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Title: Batman: Nightwalker

Author: Marie Lu

Pages: 250

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2018

Source: ARC (Thanks, Penguin!)

Rating: ★★★.5

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

I feel like I am in a small minority of people who haven’t read a Marie Lu book. Or at least, I was until I read Batman: Nightwalker. Having not read anything by Lu, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I have no idea about her writing style or anything so this was a completely new experience for me that I’m not too sure how I feel about it.

This book is part of a series of DC books that Penguin is publishing. The first book to be released was Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. I really enjoyed that book and so was looking forward to the following books. I was left feeling a little disappointed by this one but I’m still not entirely sure why. I think it’s because I enjoyed Wonder Woman: Warbringer so much, but of course, these books are not written by the same author. I did enjoy Marie’s take on Bruce Wayne. I found it to be a good read, I just didn’t like it as much as I did the previous book!

I enjoyed Lu’s writing in Batman, although I’d like to read another of her books to fully appreciate her writing properly. I feel that it’s a little difficult to pick up on an authors writing style when they’re already writing about a pre-made character that already has so much surrounding it. This is the same way I felt when I read Leigh’s Wonder Woman, although I had already read most of her books when it was released! From what I could take from this book, I did enjoy Lu’s writing and as I have said, I would like to

Marie Lu’s take on Bruce Wayne was an interesting one. I like Batman, but he’s not my favourite character. But with this book, I liked actually getting a background on how Bruce began to take on his super hero character as the Batman. It was good to see life before he turned super hero on Gotham City and how he seemed justice prior to his role. It was also interesting to see that he had actual friendships with people, whereas I know in the movies you don’t get to see that as much, or at least not in the Batman: The Dark Knight or Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

In all honesty, I did enjoy this book but I did feel like it heavily relied on a slightly twisted, romantic story line and the relied upon crimes. It was essentially 250 pages of a twisted romance, some crimes and friendship. Plus, Bruce Wayne wondering about his parents sometimes.

As I have been writing this review, the more I do think about it, the more I realise that Batman was a fairly memorable story. I did enjoy it but I just plain and simply was a tid bit disappointed with it which could potentially be because it’s Batman who I personally just don’t like as much as I do Wonder Woman, for example. This did, however, offer an interesting take on this super hero.

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4 thoughts on “Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

  1. Nice review Vicky! I was curious to see what you thought of this book because I’m hoping to read it soon and I’ve never read any Marie Lu before either, but sounds like it was quite a mixed bag? I think it can be difficult for authors to take established superhero characters and spin them into a new story without falling into the trope trap, so 3.5/5 isn’t a bad rating in that respect! Did you prefer Wonderwoman or this book? (I’m hoping to read WW soon too!)


    1. Thanks, Kate! Yes, definitely a mixed bag which meant it was a little difficult to write this review. I struggled to express that, whilst I enjoyed it, I had high expectations for it that it didn’t quite meet. I do think this is mostly because I was looking forward to reading something by Marie Lu finally, but of course, this isn’t exactly a Marie Lu book as it comes with a fully loaded, pre-made character and world already! I definitely agree with you saying that it can be difficult to take an established superhero and write about them! I did prefer Wonderwoman in all honesty, although I did find its ending to be quite quick. But WW was a great character to read about!


  2. I haven’t read anything by Marie Lu yet either haha! And I feel like Batman cane be overdone sometimes but I still want to give this a try. I know what you mean about pre-made characters, sometimes it’s hard to tell how much of the author’s style is really in the story itself.


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