F. C. Yee’s The Rise of Kyoshi is a high fantasy adventure with thrilling action and memorable characters. It introduces readers to the world of Avatar, where the dishonorable Dai Li operates at the highest level of power in their corrupt nation. When Kyoshi leaves her family to take up leadership of the Kyoshi Warriors, it plunges her into a conflict that brings down a corrupt government. This epic story will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
At the center of New York Times best-selling author F. C. Yee’s gripping epic, The Rise of Kyoshi, is the enigmatic and inspiring story of Avatar Kyoshi, who from her birth foresaw her nation’s decline and led the people to establish a group that would protect them from harm – the Dai Li. To preserve balance in an increasingly violent world, she formed powerful crime-fighting groups that hid behind masks of authority but led citizens astray when necessary so their betrayal could be blamed on others. When she disappeared just before her death at age 100, even her greatest allies wondered if she hadn’t gone mad or died fighting villains bigger than herself.
In this first book of two, Yee explores why and how Kyoshi rose among her people to inspire a rebellion against oppression by creating a government based on enlightenment and trust – one that would show its citizens their true potential by breaking down old attitudes about power and privilege. While she lived as a fearless warrior defending “the weak and disadvantaged…[and] those who are bullied into silence or apathy,” readers can see Kyoshi’s philosophies carried out in action throughout history.
About The Rise of Kyoshi Book
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 her nation’s corruption, decline, and fall. The first of two novels based on Kyoshi, The Rise of Kyoshi, maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the relentless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.
She was one of the most fabulous Avatars in history, revered and feared by her people as a fierce warrior who twice conquered the Fire Nation and brought victory to their freedom. But Kyoshi was many things besides: a commander, a mystic, and a crusader against corruption within her own nation. Following her death, she became even more legendary as the Dai Li hunted down members of her own family and saw them executed for treason. Yet no one knows who she was—or why she chose such an unlikely place in history to set up shop. The Rise of Kyoshi is finally available with the tenth anniversary of Avatar’s return upon us.