Graphix, 2012. 978-0545208895
Synopsis: Max has captured the Mother Stone and Emily and her friends are the only ones who can stop him. With the power of the Mother Stone, the Elf King plans to create new amulets and create an army to destroy Windsor. When Emily seeks help from the voice of her amulet, she finds that it could be much more dangerous to trust that she initially thought.
Why I picked it up: Well, it’s a series, and I want to know what happens next!
Why I finished it: Kibuishi is definitely upping the ante in this book and the story is definitely going in a slightly darker direction as we discover more about the voice of the amulet. We are also learning more about Max and the Elf Prince Trellis, adding a little different dynamic to the book as we move the focus off Emily and Navin. Both Max and Trellis both have wrongs in their past that they are trying to right which is helping to fuel their actions and helping the reader better understand their motivations for doing what they are doing. Emily’s conversations with the voice of her amulet are equally enlightening, giving the reader the impression that she probably shouldn’t be relying very heavily on the voice for advice. Then again, the voice has been at this a lot longer than Emily, so it knows what it is talking about, but it is clear that Emily needs to be in touch with herself and her own convictions in order not to fall into a trap that she won’t be able to make her way out of. I can’t wait to see how things develop as we continue to move through the story.
Other related materials: Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 3: The Cloud Searchers 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