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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.

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