Hey all, Dani here.
Wow, can you believe that we’re almost a whole week into the new year already? And here I am still with a huge stack of books from 2017 that I want to review. So I’ll be scattering these review posts throughout the next couple months, sometimes pre-scheduled, and sometimes to fill a gap when necessary. I’m changing shifts and jobs at work starting next week so I’m going to need to figure out a new schedule for reading and blogging.
Having a buffer of posts makes me feel a little better about it all.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure most of you have heard me raving about not just the anime for Avatar, but also this comic book continuation that bridges the gap to Korra. This story arc was the one I was most looking forward to because it focused on Zuko looking for his mom.
So let’s just jump into this.
For years, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have burned with one question—what happened to Fire Lord Zuko’s mother? Finding a clue at last, Zuko enlists the aid of Team Avatar—and the most unlikely ally of all—to help uncover the biggest secret of his life.
Enter the Forgetful Valley
As Fire Lord Zuko continues his quest to uncover his mother’s fate, a shocking revelation causes him to question everything he knows. It’s an opportunity that his sister, the deadly and insane Azula, will not fail to take advantage of as she joins Zuko and his friends, Aang, Katara, and Sokka on their journey into a mysterious forest from which some people never reemerge…
The Fate of the Fire Lord!
Avatar Aang travels to the spirit world to parlay with an ancient power, bringing Fire Lord Zuko ever closer to discovering the truth about his mother’s fate—and his own past. Yet Zuko’s sister Azula is becoming increasingly dangerous, threatening to ruin everything that Zuko, Aang, Katara, and Sokka have struggled to achieve on their search!
Rating: 5 stars
Okay, so again, I got this story in the set of paperback volumes, though you can get a hardcover bind up that has all three together. But seeing as how I feel a need to have matching sets, I had to go with paperback to match my copy of The Lost Adventures. So this story picks up right after The Promise, and features Fire Lord Zuko learning some more information about his mother and asking Team Avatar to help him find her.
Now obviously with Zuko now in charge of the Fire Nation, he can’t just leave his people without leadership. So while he goes on this search, Zuko puts one of my favorite characters, Uncle Iroh, in charge. If you know anything about the show/comics, then you can probably guess what Iroh’s first act is. And if you said to create a Fire Nation Tea Appreciation Day, then you would absolutely be correct. What made that even better is that by the end of this little trilogy/story, it turns out that Tea Appreciation Day was a success. I love that Iroh is such a fan of tea, and I even like that after this is all over, he returns to his tea shop in the Earth Kingdom.
But that is just a tiny little moment in the grand scheme of this tale. I actually really enjoyed that the comics gave us flashback scenes so we could get more information about Zuko’s mom’s past. That was really cool and I liked what it added to the story. And oh man, all the ups and downs of this arc. Whew.
The end of part one left me shocked at a certain revelation, and I had no choice but to immediately grab the second one. Not only were there twists and turns, ups and downs, but there were a number of secrets and lies as well.
I don’t want to say too much more, but I think this was definitely my favorite trilogy from the comics (though I still have two of the trilogies to read, so that statement could change). If you are a fan of Avatar and Korra, then I absolutely recommend that you pick up this series.