Graphix, 2009. 978-0439846837
Synopsis: With her mom growing sicker, Emily and Navin journey toward the city of Kanalis to find a doctor and hopefully a cure. But when they reach the city, a passerby warns them that they are being followed by elves that want to kill them or die trying. With the help of a fox man named Leon Redbeard, Emily continues her journey to master the power of the amulet and find a way to save her mother.
Why I picked it up: I liked the first one so much, I had to keep reading to see what happens next.
Why I finished it: Kibuishi continues Emily and Navin’s adventures with the same mastery of storytelling and art as the first book, introducing us to new characters that will help and hinder the journey toward peace and prosperity. The story takes a darker turn this time around as the reader is introduced to the Elf King, who is as mysterious as he is frightening. It’s clear he is going to be a formidable foe moving forward, and it will be interesting to see Emily continue to learn to use her power of the Amulet so that she might eventually defeat him. The colors contributed greatly to the mood, and the pacing moved at a greater clip this time around, but at no time did I ever feel like I was being rushed from one plot point to another. A well-conceived follow-up to the first book that sets the scene for Emily and Navin’s ongoing journey.
Other related materials: Amulet, Book 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 3: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 5: Prince of the Elves by Kazu Kibuishi; Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi; Flight Explorer, Volume One edited by Kazu Kibuishi; Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke; Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke; Bone graphic novels by Jeff Smith; Missile Mouse books by Jake Parker; The Secret Science Alliance books by Eleanor Davis; Dragonbreath books by Ursula Vernon; Big Nate books by Lincoln Pierce; Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang; Chickenhare by Chris Grine