Book Quibbles: Turf Wars-Part One Review

Relishing their newfound feelings for each other, Korra and Asami leave the Spirit World . . . but find nothing in Republic City but political hijinks and human vs. spirit conflict!


Starting right where the series left off, Korra and Asami are on vacation in the Spirit World. It’s not said for how long but for days they travel through the different parts enjoying time together. However when the vacation is over they realize they have to tell everyone and aren’t sure how it’s going to go.

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Meanwhile chaos erupts in Republic City after the fight with Kuvira leaving many homeless and a new threat amongst the gangs rising.

Spirits vs Humans

Unfortunately many think the spirit portal can be used as an amusement attraction, allowing more people easy access into the world. Not surprisingly, the spirits are not for this and are willing to put up a fight in order to keep the Spirit World safe.

Korra tries to keep the peace but it may be too much for the Avatar, especially since her attention is more focused on keeping a specific someone safe.


All Out Gang War

Tokuga is the newest, non-bender in town, taking advantage of Kuvira’s fight to overtake ranks and build himself up within the Triple Threats. Bolin and Mako, now partners on the police force, use their knowledge and relationship with members to get more information until a final fight around the spirit portal leads to revenge.


One of the first people Korra tells about her and Asami are her parents, who no surprise, don’t care. However, in the world of benders and flying bison others do. That surprised me. It never came up before, but of course it had no reason to.

Even after his death, Sozin is still as ass. He banned same-sex marriage and while the other nations didn’t, they still didn’t have a high tolerance rate. More LGBT characters are brought into light as well as the lifestyles amongst the nations.

For example, the Water Nation is fine with same-sex relationships but prefer not to talk about or express it publicly. Then there’s the Air Nation who embraced their relationships and didn’t care who loved who.

I’m bringing this up because the book is very centered on Korra and Asami’s relationship. It’s new and exciting but at the same time they’re a bit worried about the close-mindedness of the world. Especially being the Avatar, Korra will be judged more than anyone.



First, if you never watched Legend of Korra or know how the show ended, this will be plenty confusing.

However, if you’re a fan of the show and want to see more of Korra and her friends bringing down enemies I highly recommend it.


Then there’s a group who I know is out there: those not ready/into Korra and Asami’s relationship. Many didn’t see the build up in the show, and even though it’s there in small tidbits because it is build up, that doesn’t mean their relationship has been going on for a while. This is a new thing for them as well. It must’ve been recent, their confession of attraction to one another. If you’re still adamant of their relationship I suggest giving the book a go. You’ll see another side, just the two of them, enjoying their time in the Spirit World and dealing with outside voices.

Part Two comes out in January and for me, it’s already pre-ordered.

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