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The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, Book 2) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. Kazu lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children.
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The story picks up where it left off in the last volume, with Emily and Navin staying one step ahead of the elves that are trying to catch them and use the Amulet for their own purposes. I still love the way the house has come to life and is walking from one place to another. The battle at the end reminded me a lot of the Japanese giant robot stories, but I love the house and hope they manage to hang onto it. But the way has gotten a lot tougher.
Emily is forced to learn a lot more about the amulet in this graphic novel, and what she learns isn't all good. Evidently the amulet wants to use the user even as much as Emily needs the powers it provides her. This type of relationship with weapons and powers has been explored several time throughout fantasy stories and remains a constant, but I like the way it's presented here, and I like Emily's innocence while facing it.
We also get to see a bit of Trellis character this time out that makes me want to believe he's going to come around to the good side before it's all over. Of course, he could also become an even worse threat than his father. I'm waiting to see how that develops.
One of the most interesting characters this time out is Leon Redbeard, who knows a lot about the amulet and isn't telling everything at this point.Read more ›
In this second book in the series, the adventure continues. Emily is a human girl on a hero's journey aided by her younger brother, which they thought was (just) to save their mother's life.
In this book the younger brother plays an important role in fulfilling their goal. This second book opens the story up to reveal a more complicated situation than we originally thought existed. Now it's not just about saving a loved one it's turning into saving the people in the world who are being dominated by an evil self-appointed ruler.
Will Emily accept the quest that endangers her life in order to save a civilization of people from a world she doesn't even really know?
Will she risk sacrificing herself for the cause?
This is a fantasy story involving magic powers. It started on Earth in the first book, and this second book takes place entirely in the other world, a mysterious land which looks wild and medieval in its natural state and filled with walking and talking animals and weird monsters, living "stuffed animals" and robots, but which has modern technology such as flying ships and a house that looks like a Transformer robot that walks and has a defense weaponry.
This book series has high quality full color illustrations which makes it more visually appealing than some other graphic books for children on the market. The pages are high quality glossy paper.Read more ›
We first met Emily and her brother Navin in THE STONEKEEPER. Emily is the stonekeeper, but there's no telling whether that is a positive or a negative. The stone has a mind of its own, and that mind is rather evil. But Emily has a pretty strong will of her own, so all bets are off --- although the power the stone offers is pretty alluring.
In this sequel, Emily and Navin are forced to split up. Their mother is in a coma and near death, and the only thing that will save her is the root of a tree that grows only atop the deadliest of mountains. No one has ever returned after embarking on a trip to the mountain. Emily is determined she will be the first. She has to be if her mother is to survive.
Navin is discovering his own destiny as a leader of an army in this strange land. Much of THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE pays homage to previous epics (The Empire Strikes Back being one of them). The homages are easy to spot, but they don't overpower Kibuishi's story, which is grand in scale. This second book sets up the next with great aplomb, leaving a wide open door for a knockdown, drag-out battle. Players on the other side (including those who know firsthand the power and seduction of the stone) are mounting their attack, and much suspense is building over what is to come.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book ever published. It is the best thing ever since the beginning of the book ! ! ! !Published 14 days ago by Dorion
I know this is only the second book but I am in love with this series so far. The graphics are amazing and so is the story line. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Melissa A Martin
My son loves these books. Has gotten them from school multiple times.Published 17 days ago by Scott Laidler
According to my 10 year daughter this book was a bit on the scary side, but still a great book and would recommend it to her friends...with a friendly warning of course.Published 1 month ago by Bobby
A bit well worn but bought it as acceptable so I kind of knew what to expect. Thank you for the quick shipping. My sister loved it as a present for christmas.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My son has read this 3 times already, and he hates to read!Published 1 month ago by emily vankleeck