Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Illustration: Kazu Kibuishi
Graphic Novel Released: 2008
Purchased at Barnes and Noble
This comic was recommended to me by a younger reader who loves this series. It is geared toward youth, but adults can enjoy it just as much. The story moves very fast and pulls the reader in immediately. Kazu Kibuishi has created a bright and brilliant story that reveals to the reader the importance of family, and reminds us that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Emily, the heroine of the story, quickly becomes a wise leader who puts her fears aside and confronts many villains while standing up for her brother, Navin, and her mother, Karen. Even though Emily is just a little girl, her big heart puts her in the lead against the odds.
The Pros: The artwork is very crisp, clear, and glossy. The main characters and sidekicks are radiant compared to the villains and monsters who are much darker shades. Emily’s character development is well-written.
The Cons: There are a few sections where nothing is being said and only actions are being shown. This causes the reader to be finished with the book quickly, and left wanting more.
This novel is as dazzling as the amulet around Emily’s neck.
Jer gives it 5/5.