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.
“What you do when no one is guiding you determines who you are.”
A little known fact about me is that I am a big fan of the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise (and The Legend of Korra) due to the amazing story telling the series had. A:TLA has given me appreciation for stories with anything elemental magic. When a two book series was announced based one of the most interesting Avatars ever, I knew I would have to read it.
Everyone knows that Avatar Kyoshi was the longest living Avatar and one of the most feared. Now, we get to know why. What lead Kyoshi to be the Avatar she is. The story was so interesting. It’s a little dark and morally gray. Reading Kyoshi’s story was actually like watching the show. It blended perfectly and feels like the same world, even though it takes place many, many years before A:TLA.
F.C. Yes has done his research to make the whole story feel familiar, yet stand out on its own. The story is compelling, has a ton of representation (even queer representation!), and tons of quality characters to read about. This novel is the perfect addition to the world of Avatar. It’s pretty simple. If you have ever been a fan of A:TLA and TLoK, you’ll be fan of The Rise of Kyoshi.