Avatar: The Last Airbender has earned its place as one of the greatest anime series of all time, with the story of Aang, Korra and the other masters recently receiving a hilarious nod in Marvel’s moon knight series. While it might be a while before we see Aang, Korra and their friends return to the world of animation, it looks like a new story is set to arrive later this year via a novel that will detail the life of a previous Avatar.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the world of bending explored in novels, with two previous entries following the Avatar known as Kyoshi in a decidedly darker set of stories than what we’ve seen. emerge from Aang and Korra’s lives during their series that originally aired on Nickelodeon. The upcoming Avatar-centric story Yanchen is set to release on July 19, with Kyoshi’s story writer FC Yee set to return to forge a new chapter in Avatar history.
The official description of this new chapter in the bending world, Avatar: Dawn of Yangchenreads as such for those looking to venture into the world of that Avatar that predated the adventures of Aang, Korra, and even Kyoshi:
“Yangchen’s inexperience may prove to be his greatest asset…
Plagued by the voices of Avatars before her for as long as she can remember, Yangchen has yet to earn the respect felt for Avatar Szeto, her predecessor. In an era where loyalty is bought rather than earned, she has little reason to trust his advice. When Yangchen travels to Bin-Er in the Earth Kingdom on political business, a chance meeting with an informant named Kavik leads to a suspicious partnership. Bin-Er is a city ruled by corrupt Shang merchants who resent the mercurial Earth King and his whims. To evade his influence, the shangs have a solution in mind: a mysterious weapon of mass destruction that would place power squarely in their hands. As Yangchen and Kavik seek to thwart the shangs’ plan, their unlikely friendship deepens. But for Yangchen to chart her path as a singularly powerful Avatar, she must learn to rely on her own wisdom above all else.
This propulsive third opus of Avatar Chronicles The series sheds light on Avatar Yangchen’s journey from uncertain young woman to revered leader.”