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Fanon Review: Air by Wordbender

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This review was conducted by the Fanon Review Squad and reflects our best judgment of writing and fanon authorship quality. Please don't take offense if the review wasn't positive. We always give advice!

Hey there, Mageddon725 here to review Air by Wordbender on behalf of the Fanon Review Squad.

Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko have worked hard to maintain the long-lasting -if at times unsteady- world peace. And for twelve years, despite skirmishes and trials, they have succeeded. But not everyone believes in the peace. The Guild of the Granite Gauntlet is determined to expose Zuko as a fraud no better than his predecessors and they will do anything to bring the Fire Nation down. In order to defeat this subversive organization, the Gaang ventures incognito into the Earth Kingdom. Meanwhile, in the Fire Nation, rebels still loyal to Sozin's ideals stir up trouble and a spy haunts the corridors of the Royal Palace. Family and friends are threatened. The peace hangs in the balance. The only hope is to discover who the true enemy is and stop them -before it's too late.

I have one word that can describe this after-the-war piece: WOW. This fanon is one of the most well-written, interesting stories I’ve read on this wiki. Yes, the general idea has been overdone, but Wordbender has built a fantastic tale with that idea.

Scores:

Story – 9.0: After-the-war fanons are a popular genre, so it is difficult to find one that sits head and shoulders above the rest. Air does just that, and Wordbender has crafted a crazy awesome story here.

Action – 8.8: The action in Air is actually fairly sparse, but it is well-place and so descriptive when it does occur that its scarcity is well handled.

Writing – 9.7: The writing in Air (style, grammar, etc.) captivated me from the beginning. Wordbender’s particular style reminds me of FrodotheHutt and his own Book Four: Air; it is quickly becoming a legend on its own merit.

Creativity – 8.5: I never try to judge a work by its genre, but if it fits that bill, my score will reflect that. Air…does not fit that bill. Despite being an “after-the-war” fanon, it stands with its own story and characters, and it does it incredibly well.

Believability – 9.3: Not much to say here, the characterizations are pretty much spot on, but I would like to have a bit more revealed about certain characters (NO SPOILERS!).

Character Development – 9.0: Since Wordbender is using mostly already-existing characters, most of the development has been taken care of. However, she does nail their characterizations and give them life.

Average score: 9.05

Note: All scores are out of ten


Advice for Wordbender: My advice…keep it up! You have a gift; make use of it. All I would say now is flesh out your own creations.

Who should read Air? Everyone who likes fanon…everyone. Seriously though, Air is a worthwhile read for anyone who wants to see the Gaang again.

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