Join Aang, Katara and Sokka on their journey to find Aang an earth bending teacher. Along the way they meet an incredible little blind girl who sees through Earthbending, fight off the treacherous princess Azula, find a hidden library where they discover that a solar eclipse can help them defend the fire nation, and save the world. All this while, the Sandbenders are stealing Appa!
The five chapters in Avatar the Last Airbender: Book 2 Earth, Volume 2
continue the story of young avatar Aang's adventures deep within the Earth Kingdom. As usual, each episode is a seamless blend of grave drama and comic relief, but the stakes seem higher than ever with the addition of a new member to Aang's team. Joining Katara and Sokka is Toph, a blind but powerful earthbending girl trying to obscure her aristocratic origins by defeating large, scary men in the ring. Aang recognizes Toph from his vision of an earthbending teacher, whom he needs to help him master control over the earth element. Toph also adds a kind of sardonic, tart tone to Aang's journey, ultimately leaving her world to join the series trio of young heroes.
"The Blind Bandit" finds Aang, Katara, and Sokka working hard at convincing Toph to help their mission. "Zuko Alone" carries on the tale of the firebending prince who now travels alone and anonymously, but comes close to befriending a boy in an Earth Kingdom town. (The episode is full of interesting flashbacks from Zukos youth.) "The Chase" also concerns Zukos past, but is primarily about Aang, Katara, and Sokka adjusting to Tophs somewhat self-centered presence on the team at the same time Princess Azula is relentlessly hunting them all down in a kind of speeding tank. "Bitter Work" finds Toph having difficulties training Aang, while "The Library" is an exotic episode about a professor who leads the crew to a library containing information useful against the Fire Nation. When they get there, they find the place guarded by the owl-like Wan Shi Tong, who begins sinking the library in defense against the perceived invaders. --Tom Keogh