by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko
At the end of the TV show, Avatar: The Last Airbender left many plot threads tantalizingly unfinished. One of the biggest questions left to viewers was the fate of Zuko's mother, who was banished by Fire Lord Ozai in the years preceding the return of the Avatar. The Search promises to resolve this mystery as Zuko partners with his insane sister Azula to track down their missing parent. Zuko will need the help of Aang, Katara and Sokka to keep his sister under control, for Azula does not share Zuko's desire to find reconciliation within their fractured family. She has her own dark reasons for wanting to see her mother again.
I was so happy when I realized that Yang's follow-up series to The Promise would return to the mystery of Ursa's fate. It was one of the stories I'd really wanted to see resolved in the TV series, and the lingering puzzle drove me nuts. So far, the story has revealed little about Ursa's current whereabouts, but flashbacks to her life before she met Ozai and the early years of her marriage flesh out her character.
Azula's return also highlights the tragedy of her life. Whatever treatment she's been receiving for her mental illness, it has done nothing to heal her. When in control, Azula remains as manipulative and cruel as she was at the height of her power. When control slips and she succumbs to the voices in her mind, she is no less deadly, but the misery and torment she endures makes her pitiable, even when the reader knows her monstrous intent.
There are so many questions I have, and I'm so close to finally learning the answers. I can't wait to read the next book in this story arc. Will Zuko be reunited with his mother? Is she even alive?
5 out of 5 stars
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Peeking into the archives...today in:
2012: Codename Sailor V, Vol. 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
2011: Taking a break - thank my teachers for it :-p
2010: Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier
2009: Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey
2008: The Encore Effect by Mark Sanborn