Amulet: The Stonekeeper’s Curse
Reviewed: April 3, 2010
By: Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Scholastic Books/Graphix
218 pages, $13.99
In book one, The Stonekeeper, Emily, Navin and their mother moved to a spooky
old house and were barely beginning to settle in when her mother was kidnapped
by a multi-tentacled beast and spirited away through a mystical portal. The
kids follow and find themselves in a magical land peopled by intelligent mechanical
creatures, talking furry animals, elves and monsters. In addition they find
their dying grandfather, who bequeaths to Emily the responsibility that goes
with the amulet she found in his old house.
They rescue her mother, but she has been poisoned by the creature and they must
seek a cure. That is the major plot point in the second volume - the search
for the cure. As the story progresses we find out more and more about the amulet
and about Emily and Navin’s heritage, as well as the dangers inherent
in the powers of the amulet. The land is currently being oppressed by a evil
tyrant who used to be a Stonekeeper and wants Emily’s amulet.
There are lots of chases, battles and sub-plots developed in this volume and
we get a lot of backstory about the land and its history. The children gain
some new allies and a lot of new enemies.
This has been described in the trade as a two issue series, but there obviously
has to be at least one more volume to finish this off.