Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Age Group: Middle Grade
In this thrilling sequel to AMULET #1: THE STONEKEEPER, Emily and her brother Navin head for Kanalis, a beautiful and mysterious city of waterfalls, where they hope to find the antidote for the poison that felled their mother. That cure lies in the eggs of a giant serpent atop Demon's Head Mountain, but the kids' archenemy, Trellis, is headed for the peak, too. A battle that will engulf all of Kanalis is looming. It's up to Em to triumph over evil while controlling the amulet's power . . . without losing herself!
Okay let me just say that I was intrigued with the first installment but now I can not pull myself away. Amulet has become by far one of the best graphic novels I have read to date and it has now sparked an interest for me to go out and explore this genre a little more. And that only means one thing... bookstore here I come!!
We continue following Em and her gang as they head to the city of Kanalis in hopes of finding an antidote to save Em and Navin's mother from the poison she was inflicted with. However, just when they thought their journey might be easy danger is lurking the shadows and the battle is looming and Em must put her trust in a new friend to help her control the stones power before it overtakes her.
Em is a fantastic female lead. She is struggling sometimes with her power but she is determined and this is what is leading her to do great things. In the matter of a book she has taken on responsibilities that people never imagine to have. She is growing in a young woman faster than I think she planned.
Trellis on the other hand has some serious family baggage. I feel bad for him...yes he is technically the enemy but you can still bad for someone. Right?!?!? I am really curious if there is something in him that is wanting him to do good. After all he did want to get rid of his father. All we can really do is wait and see...
I think one though that has surprised me is that there is no love interest in this series so far...and for a fantasy novel I feel that is rare. But who knows there could be. However, right now it all about friendships and how far someone will go for their friends. And I am loving it. It is a refreshing feeling not worrying about if this character is going to end up with this person or not.
I am beyond excited to continue this amazing series and see where it goes. I am looking forward to the action, the adventure, and where Em goes as she continues to grow. Let me know your thoughts?
I give this book 5 souls!