A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Shadow of Kyoshi offers opportunities to discuss loyalty, perseverance, and revenge. The magical setting is based on Asian folklore.
People with power should use it for good and not prey upon the weak. Friendships are to be cherished, even across great distances.
Positive Role Models
Kyoshi takes her role as Avatar very seriously. She supports her allies and tries to live a moral life. Strong, brave, and resolute, she's a born leader. She's in love with Rangi, a female character.
Violence & Scariness
Many violent scenes, but they are mostly magical in nature. Bloodshed is threatened but often avoided.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kyoshi and Rangi flirt in a barely perceptible fashion. It's clear that they love each other.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that F.C. Yee's Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Shadow of Kyoshi: The Kyoshi Novels, Book 2 focuses on the backstory of a supporting character from the fantasy TV series. It continues the chronicles of the early years of the longest-lived Avatar and her search for mastery over her powers. Kyoshi and her allies and enemies engage in semi-mystical martial arts, which are sometimes fatal, but not generally bloody. There's some barely perceptible flirting, although it's clear that two female characters love each other. No strong language.
Is It Any Good?
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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