While there are plenty of books based on the amazing series that is Avatar: The Last Airbender, F.C. Yee’s Avatar the Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi is the first one I’ve read. As with the show, Yee manages to craft a deep and action-packed first book in a planned two-part series that’s sure to enthrall fans and answers some of the questions behind one of the franchise’s most mysterious characters.
Before she was one of the greatest Avatar’s of her time, and founded the Dai Li and Kyoshi warriors, our heroine Kyoshi was an orphan that soon becomes the companion of the Avatar of that time named Yun. After some terrible events during one of Yun’s peace missions, Kyoshi discovers hidden bending powers she has that makes people question if Yun is the true Avatar.
Without giving anything away, some bad things happen when Yun and Kyoshi have a duel to see who’s the real Avatar, and Kyoshi is forced to be on the run from the people behind the evil deed. Thankfully she makes some friends along the way that do their best to keep her safe, and help her to fulfill her destiny.
There’s also plenty of element bending action and drama in the mix as well. F.C. Yee does a great job blending the two together seamlessly, which makes for quite the page turner that’s hard to put down once you start reading. It also doesn’t hurt that he has help from franchise co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino.
If you’re a fan of the show like I am, you’ll also get to learn a lot about Kyoshi and her past, which was one of the main things that kept me reading. It’s like you become so involved with the dramatic bits that the action moments feel like a bonus, basically just like the TV series.
I’d say more, but I wouldn’t dare spoil the great things that happen in Avatar the Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi, as fans and those looking for a great read will love getting lost in its 440-some pages. F.C. Yee does an awesome job bringing the same intense blend of action and drama from the hit TV show to this book, and will have readers (myself included) counting down the days until the release of the second one.