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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search Part 3: 03/03/14
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang concludes the three part story arc (part 1; part 2) involving the search for Zuko's mother and questions raised about her during the run of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender series.
At the close of Part 2, the secret of the Forgetful Valley was revealed. And with it comes the reason why Ursa and her first boyfriend have never been found. But this knowledge comes with a price too... one that puts Aang at odds with the Spirit World and threatens to cause even more chaos in the lives of Zuko and Azula.
The story in The Forgetful Valley reminds me of Baba Yaga, in that the spirit who lives there will do one favor at a time, and never more than one, just as Baba Yaga will only answer one question.
But those favors have consequences which seem insignificant to the spirit but can be devastating for those helped. Aang, being a good egg, and of course the link between the two worlds, realizes he needs to know the Spirit's story.
But what really broke my heart was Zuko doing his best to come to terms with what he has learned at the end of his long search. Except among the truths he's learned, there's also one BIG lie. And that's something he and his mother will sort out later.
It was a wonderful trilogy and well worth the time to re-read before writing these reviews. I have already pre-ordered parts 1 through 3 of The Rift.