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Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Shadow of Kyoshi: The Kyoshi Novels, Book 2

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Mystical hero propels intense Asian martial arts fantasy.

Book F.C. Yee Fantasy 2020
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Great adventure novel!

Both Rise of Kyoshi and The Shadow of Kyoshi are beautifully written adventure novels. I highly recommend these books, but it might be helpful if you have background knowledge of Avatar: The Last Airbender and/or Legend of Korra. This book is a prequel to those two series, and the books make more sense with prior knowledge. Still, anyone could pick this up and would likely enjoy it. I said that this book is for anyone over the age of 12, but depending on the child's reading comprehension it might be difficult for them to grasp. There is generally a fair amount of complex vocabulary throughout the book. It doesn't meander though, it is very exciting to read. There are some dark scenes that could be frightening, such as fantasy violence, mental strife, and death. I recommend this to anyone who likes the Avatar series. It has a wonderfully built setting and world, expanding upon the universe we already know. The main character goes through outstanding growth throughout the novels. Kyoshi endures and escapes from abuse, manipulation, bullying, classism, and other struggles that lead her to seek revenge. She is a wise, caring, and strong protagonist. Her fight against self-doubt is a prominent theme. The other characters shine. I really enjoyed reading these novels, I found myself unable to stop turning the pages to find out what is next. Also, the books are inclusive to many different types of people. It says there is no romance, and it isn't prominent, but there is a romance in this story.
age 12+
Excellent book. However, I would recommend it for teens because there is a lot of violence and the two main characters are in a relationship. There is also some dirty politics.

Is It Any Good?

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Rich world-building can envelope a reader, and this exciting extension of the mystical fantasy provides lots of new details of the setting. In this second sequel, F.C. Lee chronicles the adventures of one of the most fascinating Avatars. There's plenty of martial arts action, but the characters get their chance to develop. Kyoshi is queer, and her burgeoning relationship with Rangi is developed with sensitivity.

The Shadow of Kyoshi is not a recommended entry point to the series, however. Even longtime fans may feel overwhelmed by the huge supporting cast and sometimes cryptic plotting. Those with the mental stamina will be rewarded with tantalizing hints and revealing character interactions. Newcomers should perhaps start with the TV series.

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