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What 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.
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What's the story?
As THE SHADOW OF KYOSHI opens, the new Avatar finds herself in a deadly political game. She's used to dealing with criminal lowlifes, but the rules of etiquette at the court of the Fire Lord prove even more difficult and treacherous. Luckily, she's reunited with her companion Rangi -- unfortunately, with Rangi's devious mother in tow. Can Kyoshi use her earth-bending powers to solidify her advantage as she endeavors to unite allies and enemies alike?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how The Shadow of Kyoshi depicts a feudal society. How do people in a restrictive society gain and use power?
The Shadow of Kyoshi mixes Asian traditions and fantasy elements. How do artists use myth and folklore to shape the stories they tell?
How do different cultures treat people in the LGBTQ+ community? Why are some societies more restrictive than others?
What makes a good leader? Should subjects fear their leaders, or respect them?
- Author: F.C. Yee
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Great Girl Role Models, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Amulet Books
- Publication date: July 21, 2020
- Number of pages: 341
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: September 21, 2020
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