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The Rise of Kyoshi

(The Kyoshi Novels #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  20,837 ratings  ·  2,952 reviews
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 Kyo ...more
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Amulet Books
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Noni Not at all. I barely remembered Kyoshi from The Last Airbender and she was only mentioned a few times (brief appearance, no dialog) in Legend of Korra…moreNot at all. I barely remembered Kyoshi from The Last Airbender and she was only mentioned a few times (brief appearance, no dialog) in Legend of Korra. All you have to know is she was a past Avatar before Ang and Korra and she was an earthbender at birth. If you've not seen the Avatar series, they bend elements (earth air fire water). Lots of people can, but only the avatar can bend all four, but each has to learn how to become avatar. So they are responsible for "saving the world". This book was incredibly written though, I couldn't put it down. It was on the NYT Bestseller list at #3 over the summer.(less)
Sofia There are a lot of comics following the story of the characters after the series, both for the Gaang (Avatar Aang) and the Krew (Avatar Korra). I am n…moreThere are a lot of comics following the story of the characters after the series, both for the Gaang (Avatar Aang) and the Krew (Avatar Korra). I am not sure about novels beside this one tho(less)

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Avatar Kyoshi if you see this I’m free Thursday night are you free Thursday night so I can take you out on Thursday night if you’re free I’d like to hang out Thursday night please message me back if you’re free Thursday night when I am free


Reasons you should read this book:

Kyoshi and Rangi. Kyoshi and Rangi. Genuinely one of my favorite fictional relationships of the year, probably. This is a f/f romance (bisexuals won with Kyoshi!), and I truly cannot believe a cis man wrote it because it is
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019

This was so so good, it develops Avatar lore further, it shows the incredible arc of Kyoshi's beginnings as Avatar and it is so different to Aang and Korra, I can't even. She is so badass - and her love story with her bff Rangi (a female firebender and her bodyguard) is SO CUTE OMG.

This is fucking dark too and full of personal loss. I cried MULTIPLE TIMES but this is par for the course with Avatar stories obvs, I cried pretty much in all episodes of The Last Airbender so this c
vatana 🍂
Aug 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Guess who’s crying at 2 AM.
Rose Stewart
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wlw-recs
What I expected: another epic saga detailing the origins of one of the show's most compelling past Avatars.

Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
when i finally get an animated series for this then u will see. then u will ALL see
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
If you think I'm not going to scream in excitement until I have this in my hands...you are wrong. ...more
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
This was like an Avatar: The Last Airbender episode...but as a book.

A lot of times I feel books based on franchises are a bit mediocre. I tend to not gravitate towards them because they add so little. This is not the case for The Rise of Kyoshi. A book that fits seamlessly in with the show. It is clear F.C. Yee has a deep understanding and respect for the lore and show.

The world building is expanded in ways that make perfect logical sense. We see what the world was like before the Hundred Year W
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“What you do when no one is guiding you determines who you are.”

representation: bisexual rep, f/f relationship, own voices asian inspired world and characters, super tall MC.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]

✧・゚: *✧・゚:* 4 . 5 s t a r s *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

Avatar: The Last Airbender is my favourite show of all time, so reading a cannon story about our bisexual queen, avatar kyoshi???? YES PLZ. And this was so good!!! A couple of things that happened act
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Avatar fans, listen up: READ THIS BOOK.
The Rise of Kyoshi is bloody brilliant, and 10/10 will make you want to watch the animated series.

- Follows Kyoshi as a teen and her tumultuous journey of growing into her destiny as the Avatar.
- The story expands the worldbuilding, lore, and politics surrounding the Avatar. I really enjoyed this and it made me miss the Avatar universe SO MUCH. (so much, in fact, that I started rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender -- which was ultimately to my benefit be
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sapphic
avatar kyoshi is the moment!!!

yeah, I love this book. I love kyoshi, rangi, the banter, the training, the politics. it all blended together so well.
Yiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiikes. I honestly don't know why I expected as much as I did out of this, since Kyoshi was never my favorite Avatar in the show.

In truth, this should have been a lengthy graphic novel. Not like the other comics, but a full length graphic novel, since there was a decent amount of information and development in this book. I just feel like the world of the Avatar wasn't depicted well through writing, and the visuals are part of what makes that universe so damn special.

I ende
breana / milkyboos ♡
bisexuals stay winning!!!!
milou  ☕️
Then let it be so, she thought. She would fight her ill fortune, her bad stars, and protect those who might despise her to the very end of her days.

Kyoshi wasn’t always that Avatar who all the people adored. She was an ordinary servant once, not someone who was worth noticing. When the position of the current Avatar are being questioned some eyes turn their attention to Kyoshi.

─── ・ 。゚:☆. *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───

Italian Trulli
Credit to the talented creator

From what we’ve seen of Kysohi on the Avatar the l
The Artisan Geek
Mar 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
I AM LITERALLY SCREAMING YOU ALL! Avatar literally meant the world to me as a child and I have always wanted to know more about Kyoshi and her life, she was just such a freaking badass woman! I can't wait!!

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Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
[4.5 Stars]
My Video Review:

It took me trying three or four times to actually film the review because it can be hard to talk about without revealing too much or getting sidetracked by the other Avatars we've got to follow so far.
•°• gabs •°•
holy shit
“But now she understood. True hatred was knife-edged and certain. A scale that begged for perfect balance. Her only responsibility in this life, as far as she was concerned, was to even the weight.”

The Rise of Kyoshi is the first in a duology following the history behind Avatar Kyoshi and I found the story somewhat convoluted.


Let me preface my review by saying that the biggest problem this story faced was that it was told through the wrong medium.

I am a HUGE
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
omg I was SO SCARED I WOULDN'T LIKE THIS WITH THAT ENDING??? Because i somehow thought it was a standalone??? But it's not and all is well but it also ended with a cliffhanger and it's killing me. ...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Hrm. Hrm. Hrm.

Well this book began in a very interesting way, and then had a major lag near the middle, and then picked up again. I think it’s a solid entry in the ATLA spin-offs and I am definitely going to read the next installment. I wish it had kept up its quick pace the whole way through & I also wish the main antagonist had been just a pinch less mustache twirly, but definitely not a bad book.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: atla-lok
"Where you go, I go. Besides, there's only one bison, rocks-for-brains."

I actually finished reading it hours ago and was left in such an emotional turmoil that I simply wasn't in any condition to write anything.
I'm truly at a loss for words with this one. How the hell do I even TRY to convey all the emotions I'm feeling right now ??
With 442 pages, The Rise of Kyoshi tells the story of (you guessed it) Kyoshi, a simple servant girl from a small town called Yokoya, located somewhere deep in the E
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this so, so much! It’s so close to perfection BUT I didn’t like how it wrapped things up and a few scenes near the ending felt anticlimactic. Oof. Nonetheless, I can’t wait for the sequel! Full review to follow.

My second read of The Rise of Kyoshi had me crying. I definitely appreciated everything more the second time around. Also, I dare you to show me a better first kiss scene between two sapphic girls. I dare you.

Full review to follow.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
✨ 5 / 5 ✨

The Shadow of Kyoshi (book 2): 4 / 5

I read this as the group book for the ATLA readathon!!

Yun defended the world, and Rangi defended him, but as far as Kyoshi was concerned, her own sacred ground was marked by the limits where her friends stood. “This is what I need to keep safe above all else.”

I still didn’t know how to rate this before writing the review. My heart was telling me I had a 5⭐️ feeling but my brain was telling me this was more of a 4⭐️ objectively. But then my review
CWs: death of loved ones, parental neglect, murder, violence, mentions of mass murder

Rep: East Asian-coded cast + world, bi/pan MC, wlw side character

It's official....Kyoshi is the best Avatar yet, change my mind!

4.5 ⭐

Damn this book has really raised my standards for YA fantasy. Being a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was already going in with a healthy amount of bias but this book managed to exceed the already high expectations I had for it.

My Highlights:

Kyoshi herself! - she's
The Nerd Daily
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Jakob Andreasen

Fans of the critically acclaimed television show Avatar: The Last Airbender will fall head over heels with The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee. Weaving the story of a much loved character, Avatar Kyoshi, Yee has conjured a unique perspective on an already well established world and takes what we know and love, from the source material, and adds new elements of interest.

I should preface this review by saying that I am a fan of the sourc
this is good sapphic content. i approve. please processed to add to your own tbr and read this precious book and then scream with me because HOW DARE YOU F.C. YEE?
Jul 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5/5 ⭐

Yes, yes, yesssss
There's something about this Avatar universe that simply makes me utterly OBSESSED.
Maybe it's the adrenalin I get from all the schemes and fights, maybe the 5-year-old in me wanting to control elements is kicking her legs and screaming excited now, but what I know for sure is that I love this. The story is very well put together and the narrative is flowing nicely. The characters are accurate and there's always details there that simply keep everything tied together nicely
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was amazing.

I tried to stall reading this book, because I didn't want to finish it in a day. I wanted to savor it. I couldn't put it away. This story was so amazing and F.C. Yee did such an amazing job within the avatar world I love. I watch ATLA and LOK every year during summer break. I know the world, learning about Kyoshi was just so amazing. It endend on a cliffhanger which means there is coming a second book (AMEN). If you love the world of avatar you should really read this. The world
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
as someone who grew up watching atla, reading this feels like revisiting an old friend
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