October 31, 2021

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi (The Kyoshi Novels Book 1) by F.C. Yee and Michael Dante DiMartino

 Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi (The Kyoshi Novels Book 1) by F.C. Yee and Michael Dante DiMartino
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Amulet Books

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The original Avatar the Last Airbender cartoon series has always been a favorite of mine, so it was fun to listen to a book that revealed the backstory of one of the biggest characters in the show. For those who might have wondered how Kyoshi was discovered, what her childhood was like, how she got her trademark fans and war paint, this book is for you! 

Nancy Wu is a great narrator and brought the story to life with her voice. It would be cool if they did this for some of the other well-known Avatars as well (Wan, Yang Chen, Kuruk, and Roku to be specific). As a note, a lot of references in the shows finally made sense when Avatar Kyoshi was revealed to be bisexual in this book. 

I loved seeing the relationship between Rangi and Kyoshi grow, and how Kyoshi cultivated her own little “Team Avatar”. 

Will be jumping straight into the next book, The Shadow of Kyoshi to learn what happens next.

About the Book

F. C. Yee's The Rise of Kyoshi delves into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom-born Avatar. The longest-living Avatar in this beloved world's history, Kyoshi established the brave and respected Kyoshi Warriors, but also founded the secretive Dai Li, which led to the corruption, decline, and fall of her own nation. The first of two novels based on Kyoshi, The Rise of Kyoshi maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.

About the Author

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.

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