Published by Rick Riordan Presents on October 5, 2021
Series: Tristan Strong #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade, mythology
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the finale of Kwame Mbalia's trilogy, in which Tristan Strong faces off with his archenemy, King Cotton, once and for all.
After reuniting with Ayanna, who is now in his world, Tristan travels up the Mississippi in pursuit of his archenemy, King Cotton. Along the way they encounter new haints who are dead set on preventing their progress north to Tristan's hometown of Chicago. It's going to take many Alkean friends, including the gods themselves, the black flames of the afokena gloves, and all of Tristan's inner strength to deliver justice once and for all.
Shocking twists, glorious triumphs, and a cast of unforgettable characters make this series conclusion as satisfying as it is entertaining.
Tristan Strong Keeps Punching is a middle grade mythology based fantasy and is the third and final book in the Tristan Strong series by Kwame Mbalia. I love this series so much. It is a ton of fun and is perfectly fitting for the Rick Riordan presents line of books. The Tristan Strong series is based on both West African and African American lore and mythology, and the series is a wonderful read and perfect for middle grade readers (and adults) who are fans of Percy Jackson and the Storm Runner series.
In case you need a quick recap of the series, here we meet Tristan Strong, who has recently lost his best friend and is really struggling with his grief. In response, his parents send him to Alabama to stay with his grandparents and hopefully rest and recover. When he gets there he finds out that he has the ability to literally punch a hole in the air and create portals to another place. Things get even crazier from there. I loved the writing, the folklore, the characters and the villains in this series.
In the third and final installment, we join Tristan as he has to face off with King Cotton. King Cotton is truly terrifying. Honestly, he is a legitimately creepy villain, not only for middle grade but for all ages. And I loved how evil he was, especially because I was so excited to see Tristan grow into the hero he is meant to be. Mythology lovers and middle grade adventure lovers need to check out the Tristan Strong series. I loved these books!
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