Title: The Rift
Author: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko et al.
Rating: Five stars
“Avatar Aang and friends honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years, but when cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen lead Aang to a refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders–they soon find themselves in peril as a dangerously powerful ancient spirit awakens with vengeance and destruction on its mind!”
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This is the third book to follow the events of the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender – if you haven’t seen it, DO! It’s on Netflix right now, you have no excuse!
I reviewed book one, The Promise and book two, The Search last year and loved them. Me and my husband have committed to getting a new Avatar book as often as we can. In this book, the characters (who all start off as twelve, thirteen, fourteen year olds in the series) have noticeably grown and it’s crazy to see them developing in all ways as the story goes along.
The best things about these books is that they tie up loose ends from the TV series and in this one, the authors address one I’ve been dying to know about: the relationship between Toph and her parents. Toph ran away from home to help the Avatar and truly prove what she is capable of, as she had been coddled her whole life on account of being blind.
The Rift also addresses how traditions can be dashed, how the world changes quickly and the impact it can have on the environment. All in all, it’s a really wholesome story, as they all are. Perfect for kids and reassuring for adults who have lost faith in the world. In times like this, it’s easy to do.
My favourite part about The Rift was the clash between Aang and Toph, good friends with very different mentalities, who eventually work out their differences despite their strong stances. Their personalities couldn’t be more different and they struggle to work together sometimes but at the end of it all, they always work it out.
Because it’s a graphic novel, I only talk about these books rarely but they’re just so good that I had to find a place for them. The Rift only carries on the awesome story of the Avatar and I couldn’t recommend it more.
You can get a copy of The Rift on Amazon and if you want to check out the TV series – Netflix!
Thanks for reading!