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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 Paperback – January 24, 2012
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I really do not want to spoil this story for anyone and do not want to spoil the stories from the anime for anyone who might be just getting into the show, but, briefly, Zuko needs help with a family matter and enters a surprising alliance.
The book ends with an excellent cliffhanger.
Parents should be aware that in this book, there is kissing. And mild violence. And an issue that involves an implied sexual relationship.
Other than that, the book is well-written, beautifully drawn, and within reading/vocabulary/maturity levels of about 4th grade and up.
Premise: The war is over, but bringing peace to the Four Nations isn't as simple as winning a battle. This is the continuing story of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I LOVE THIS. I loved this to pieces. This made me laugh and gasp and cry aloud. I love these characters, and this is completely in tone with the series: funny and sweet and heartbreaking.
It even starts by devoting three pages to the voiceover that opened every episode of the series, so it dropped me immediately into the right mindset for this world. I can hear the voice actors in my head. If you haven't seen Avatar: The Last Airbender, GO DO THAT. And then when you get to the end and want more, you're in luck!
The Promise interweaves some of the character moments we saw at the end of the last episode into the start of a new story, in which Zuko and Aang struggle with the Fire Nation colonies that were established in the Earth Kingdom during the war. It becomes a difficult question: what is the best thing to do, for those people who live there and for the Nations as a whole? How long have they been there? Are they Fire Nation citizens? Earth Kingdom citizens? What about the Earth Kingdom people who are angry, who lost people in the war, who want every Firebender gone? There are no easy answers for the characters.
There are plenty of great character moments, from an early conversation between Aang and Zuko that introduces the core emotional plot and had me right by the heartstrings, to the sweet moments showing the development of Aang and Katara's relationship.Read more ›
The story itself could have been done better. I'm fine with Kataang and think they could be a great couple (given a few more years, as Aang is only 12/13 now) but their whole nickname thing was painful to read. It just seemed so out of character that I found it jarring (and I completely understand Sokka's oogy feeling) What I also found bothersome was that Zuko is apparently angsting again.
Come on, folks. He dealt with this on the TV show. He struggled with it for three seasons, though he did grow and mature through the show as he dealt with it. It seemed that at the end of the show he had dealt with most of his issues, he was calmer, happier, and more confident even if he could be dorky at times. And at the end of this book, we *still* don't find out what happened to his mom.
Give me a break. I loved the show despite its flaws. However, it saddens me to see that Avatar is becoming a franchise. We have the upcoming Korra TV series, which is pretty much a big spoiler for what happens at the end of this Promise series. it is a foregone conclusion that at the end Zuko and Aang will fix their problems and the Colonies become the United Republic, so it takes some of the tension out of the story since you know exactly what will happen to said Colonies.
I would have liked for the Promise to be sold as one book, rather than being split up into parts, this is actually a fairly slim volume of less than 100 pages. Is it still worth buying? Yes, if you're a die-hard Avatar fan.Read more ›
All in all it's a good read though. I felt like Zuko had really gotten away from the person he was at the end of the show. This one brings him back more in line with that person he was and needs to be in order to rule his country properly. I still detest Aang and Katar calling each other sweetie, but it feels like they did lighten up a bit in this book.
Always great humor with Toph and Sokka. Some of the usual avatar antics and there was some nice fighting as well. Definately worth the money. I'd buy it again.
I am very curious to see where they go next though. Having seen the Legend of Korra, I kinda have an idea how everything is going to turn out, but as they always say, it's not the destination, it's the journey. ;-)
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