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Books to Read Based on Favorite ‘Legend of Korra’ Characters

Still reeling from the ending of ‘Avatar: Legend of Korra’ and looking for something new? Try out these books.
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A while back, I talked about books that you should read based on your favorite Avatar: The Last Airbender characters. Now it’s time to recommend books for Avatar: Legend of Korra. And while this was a bit more difficult, I think I managed to capture each personality and storyline well. Here are the books you should check out based on your favorite Legend of Korra character.

Amon: ‘The Way of Shadows’

Amon. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
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The Way of Shadows, the first book in Brent Weeks’s Night Angel series, is just right for Amon fans. Azoth, the main character from the book, follows a similar path as Amon. They both have a morally gray outlook, which makes them fascinating characters.

To apprentice under experienced “bearer of stones” Durzo, Azoth must turn over a new leaf and change his whole identity. Now masquerading as Kylar, he weaves around the assassin world, doing everything he can to stay alive long enough to get what he wants.

Unalaq: ‘The Black Prism’

Unalaq, The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
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Unalaq was one of my favorite characters, but I didn’t always like him. That’s exactly how I feel about the main character of The Black Prism by Brent Weeks. While this and Amon’s books are written by the same author, they’re set in completely different worlds and follow new characters.

The Black Prism, the first entry in the Lightbringer series, follows Guile as he navigates the world as emperor while hiding a huge secret. A long war put him in power, but the new knowledge of a son far away could take it all away. It sounds like he would do anything to keep control, just like Unalaq.

Zaheer: ‘All of Us Villains’

Zaheer, All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
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Like the other main villain recommendations before him, Zaheer’s book follows a “bad guy.” More like seven, actually. All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman tells the story of seven powerful characters as they enter a death tournament.

Since we only got a little bit of Zaheer and the Red Lotus’s history, I was left wanting more. This book is the next best thing. We get to see inside the lives of several people with different backgrounds. I loved this book, and you definitely will, too.

Kuvira: ‘Red Queen’

Kuvira, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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On to the last main antagonist of the series! Kuvira doesn’t get a villain book. Instead, her fans should read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Both of these complicated characters can channel different elements. Kuvira is an earth- and metalbender, while Mare can control lightning and electricity.

Both Kuvira and Mare work to overthrow the government they’d lived under their whole lives. They also deal with betrayal and heartbreak throughout their stories. Kuvira felt betrayed by her adoptive family; Mare, by many characters (I’ll keep their names secret so as not to spoil the books).

Bumi: ‘Furies of Calderon’

Bumi, Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
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Before season three, Bumi was a non-bender, just doing life the best he could. And that’s precisely what the protagonist of Furies of Calderon does. I’ve also seen the book described as “Avatar meets Roman empire,” so it was a no-brainer to recommend it now.

The first book in Codex Alera by Jim Butcher follows Tavi. He is the only person in his world that doesn’t have powers, but his world depends on him to save him. The only thing he has going for him is his resourcefulness and knowledge of his homeland.

Kya: ‘A Trial of Sorcerers’

Kya, A Trial of Sorcerers by Elisa Kova
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I was drawn to the book because it was said to be perfect for Legend of Korra lovers. Let me tell you, they were right! Eira and Kya share many character traits even though the worlds they inhabit are very different.

In addition to controlling water (they’re called Waterrunners in the book), both are strong fighters with and without powers. Both are also knowledgeable about various subjects, making them significant assets to those they care about.

Suyin Beifong: ‘Daughters of Ruin’

Suyin Beifong, Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner
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I focused on the feud between Suyin and her sister, Lin, to find a book for her. And looking through my bookshelves, I landed on Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner. It might not be the most popular book, but the plot and characters are interesting. And for a debut book, it was remarkable.

The four “sisters” in the book are enemies, as they’re brought together only to be protected from the war in their lands. They were ready to take their thrones when their home was attacked. Now they must decide whether to work together or stay loyal to their kingdoms.

Lin Beifong: ‘The Never Tilting World’

Lin Beifong, The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
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Just like with Suyin, I narrowed in on the sisters’ fight and separation. Rin Chupeco’s The Never Tilting World shows a similar feud, secrets behind the fight, and reconciliation to save the world. I honestly couldn’t find any other book that I knew Lin and Suyin fans would both like.

In The Never Tilting World, sister goddesses had been living far away from each other after a fight. However, when someone threatens the world, they must come together and work past their differences. What they do will determine if their daughters live or die.

Opal: ‘Fallen Flame’

Opal, Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller
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Much like the main character of Fallen Flame, Opal has always been the odd one out in her family. Even before she could airbend, Opal was the only daughter, constantly feeling left out by her metalbending family and genius father and brother.

Vala is the only person on her island that has skin like hers. She also happens to be the most important person on the royal guard. Much like Opal, she felt out of place in the place she called home until she ventured away and met people with the same abilities.

Kai: ‘Among Thieves’

Kai, Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn
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When we first meet Kai, he’s a thief who uses his airbending to his advantage. After joining the new airbenders, he sparks a romance with Jinora and tries to be better. Because of that, I had to go with Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn for this character.

The protagonist of Among Thieves, Rya, has a lot in common with Kai. Aside from both being thieves and having a love story, they’re both caring and kind once they let their guard down. Even better, this book includes a heist that will keep you on your toes.

Jinora: ‘The Hero and the Crown’

Jinora, The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
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Jinora has always been the level-headed female that deserved more screentime and recognition. So when I was thinking of a book for her, I had to go with The Hero and the Crown, the second book in Robin McKinley’s Damar series.

While it is the second book, it’s the first to follow Aerin, a character that’s just like Jinora. Aerin always had immense power within her; she just hadn’t unlocked her potential yet. She comes into her own throughout her book, just like Jinora did throughout Legend of Korra.

See also: The 20 Best Fights in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: Legend of Korra

Tenzin: ‘The Odyssey’

Tenzin, Homer's Odyssey
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I think of the Classics every time I look at Tenzin, specifically Greek epics. And for some reason, Homer’s Odyssey is the first book that came to mind.

Taking place directly after the events in the Iliad, the epic follows Odysseus on a ten-year journey home. Along the way, he comes across various mythological creatures, like the Cyclops, and meets Athena, Poseidon, and Circe. The man just can’t catch a break.

Bolin: ‘Fire Light’

Bolin, Fire Light by J. Abram Barneck
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Bolin is the perfect combination of athlete and nerd, which is why I’m glad I found Fire Light, the first book in the Trinity Mind series by J. Abram Barneck. The main character, Jake, reminds me so much of Bolin. Jake’s powers go far beyond Bolin’s earth- and lavabending.

Jake finds out early in the book that he’s a Druid and has to be mentored by a horrible teacher. While he trains, he also has to avoid the “nightwalker” that is hunting him. Both Jake and Bolin discover abilities they didn’t know they had in order to protect those they care for.

See related: Must-Read Books Based on Your Favorite Marvel Characters

Asami Sato: ‘Kingdom of Souls’

Asami Sato, Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
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When I was thinking of Asami, I searched for a book where the protagonist didn’t have powers but could still hold her own in a fight. That’s how I decided on Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. Asami and Arrah do what it takes to take down a misguided parent.

Arrah must find a way to get powers to confront her mother, while Asami works with benders to destroy her father’s inventions. Both characters also face heartbreak early on in their stories, not just from their parents but their love interests as well.

Mako: ‘The Red Scrolls of Magic’

Mako, The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
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I see Mako and Alec Lightwood as the same character in different worlds. Mako fans might like The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare. Out of all the Shadowhunter books, The Eldest Curses trilogy has the most Alec content.

The Red Scrolls is the first book in the unfinished trilogy. It follows Magnus Bane and Alec trying to vacation in Paris when a cult Magnus created years before starts causing chaos. The two must travel across Europe, taking down the cult members while also trying to enjoy the trip.

See also: Every Reason The Legend of Korra is Better Than The Last Airbender

Korra: ‘Throne of Glass’

Korra, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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This might be cliché. I chose a popular book with a fiery female protagonist to pair with the fiery female protagonist of The Legend of Korra. But honestly, it fits so well. Aelin and Korra go through a lot in their respective series, and they both come close to dying multiple times.

Aelin is shown to be one of the most powerful Fae in her world. Both characters are also captured by their enemies. I honestly think they’d trauma bond if they ever met in another universe.