Book Review - Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu // Sprinkles of Dreams

Book Review // Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) by Marie Lu

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie LuBefore he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. The city’s elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is about to become eighteen and inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Industries and all the tech gadgetry that he loves. But on the way home from his birthday party, he makes an impulsive choice and is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most nefarious criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer … and Bruce’s only hope. The most intriguing inmate in Arkham is Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. A girl who will only speak to Bruce. She is the mystery he must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?


Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018

Batman: Nightwalker is book two in the DC Icons series, and you can find my review for the first book, Wonder Woman: Warbringer here!

You have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.

Well, this was … all right.

Batman: Nightwalker is a decent book, I guess. But also a painfully average one. Painful especially, because I’d prefer not to associate words like the aforementioned, as well as “predictable”, “uninspired”, and “mediocre” with anything regarding Marie Lu.

But, alas.


Batman: Nightwalker tells the story of teenage Bruce Wayne, who—having turned eighteen recently, and coming into his trust fund—one fateful night, in his eagerness to help justice along, gets himself sentenced to community service at Arkham asylum.

In the course of his time there, he more or less finds himself tangled in a web in which a girl named Madeleine seems to be in the center of, and so the action begins … or so I thought.


People get bored with your grief. They want something new to talk about. So you stop bringing it up, because you don’t want to bore anyone.

There are a couple of quotes in this book that struck a chord with me, and a couple of humorous scenes, but all in all, I was blown away by neither the storyline itself, nor the characters. Morever, the unconvincing attempt at romance didn’t help matters.


I believe that fans of the DC Universe and superhero stories in general will appreciate this book, but for me, it was not interesting enough, not exciting enough, there wasn’t enough sleuthing, or action, or … anything, really. To be quite honest, this book is the very definition of the word anticlimactic.

There was absolutely no reason to weep, Bruce thought as he ran. (…) He told himself this over and over again. And yet, the tears still came.

Bruce (weeping due to disappointment) would have been me, after reading Batman: Nightwalkers—if only I had cared enough to shed tears.


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Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wideblue-watercolor-wash-texture-5letschat!-2Have you read Batman: Nightwalker? Did you like it?
Are you a fan of superhero stories?
Do you prefer the DC or Marvel universe? 😏

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xx, Lily


37 thoughts on “Book Review // Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) by Marie Lu”

    1. Thank you, Tasya! That’s so sweet of you. 💗

      I love both Leigh Bardugo and Marie Lu, but the books they wrote for this series … mhm :/, so I agree with you there—are you planning on reading any of the DC Icons books?

      Thank you!! 🌸


  1. I’ve read Batman Nightwalker and I agree with a lot of the things you said in this review! Especially the part about it being “painfully average!” I was pretty disappointed by this one.

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      1. I’m not so sure anymore..I read an excerpt of Catwoman but it seems like it’s similar to Batman and so, I don’t think I’ll enjoy it that much either. Wonder Woman was amazing..I kind of want to just reread it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Olivia! 💕

      I adore Marie Lu!! The Young Elites series is her absolute best series (so far) in my opinion, but the Legend series has such a special place in my heart as well. I enjoyed Warcross too, but I was a little bit underwhelmed by it (😭), sadly.

      I can’t wait to hear what you think of her books & hopefully fangirl about them with you!! 📚✨💖

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  2. OH Lily I’m sorry to hear you did not enjoy this book so much – I read it and enjoyed it, though I have to admit that I expected a bit more action from it all overall, being a Batman story haha 🙂 Lovely review! I hope your next read will be better ❤

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    1. Ah you’re so sweet! I would have been much more disappointed, if it had been a Marie Lu “original”, so it’s … all right. 😌

      I wish there had been a bit more action as well, and not only in the “explosions, fighting and saving lives” kind of way—I’m glad you still enjoyed it, though! ☺️ Are you going to read Catwoman? 🙂

      Thank you so much, Marie!! 🌷💗


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