Amulet: The Cloud Searchers Review

amulet_3Amulet, Book 3: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphix, 2010. 978-0545208857

Synopsis: Emily and Navin continue in their quest to restore order to the world of Alledia, and in order to get help for their cause, they must search for the lost cloud city of Cielis. But first, they have to find an airship to get them there, a pilot who doesn’t think they’re crazy, and a way to throw off the Elfin assassin following the group.

Why I picked it up: Read the first two and had to keep going – isn’t that how series work? 😉

Why I finished it: The title reminded me of the anime Last Exile, which shares a lot of the same steampunk elements of this chapter of Emily and Navin’s story. In this volume, we also see the tension heightening as old enemies become uneasy allies and more formidable foes enter the picture. The reader also sees Emily and Leon continue to hone her skills as a stonekeeper and learns more about what it means to have the power of an amulet. Navin is continuing to have more of a role and gets a chance to show off his own special set of skills that I hope will continue as the series goes on. The art continues to be just as solid and entertaining as the writing. I liked the contrast between the lighter colors of the city and the darker colors demonstrative of the danger that lurks in the corner of the character’s eyes and just around the next corner. I’m excited to see what happens in the next chapter in Emily and Navin’s journey.

Other related materials: Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse 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; Babymouse graphic novels by Jennifer L. Holm & Matt Holm; Squish books by Jennifer L. Holm & Matt Holm; 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

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