Graphic Novel Review: Amulet – The Stonekeeper

As far as inheritances go, an all-powerful amulet and a house filled with robots who call you Master is pretty sweet.

Considering the new series by Kazu Kibuishi (Flight, Daisy Kutter) is intended for youngsters, you can imagine my concern for the children after finding myself teary-eyed within the first twelve pages. Then again, what classic children’s adventure doesn’t evoke such emotion? The Neverending Story, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, all succeed because life isn’t always sunshine and lollipops and it’s overcoming challenges and adversities that make us who we are. Amulet: Book One – The Stonekeeper starts us down such a road but there’s still a long way to travel.

Two years after their father’s passing and their mother’s need to move them out of the city and into the middle of nowhere, the Hayes children seem to be fairly well adjusted. Even though Emily is carrying some obvious trauma on her shoulders, she and her brother Navin make cleaning their new residence fun and, like most kids, are extremely curious. The house used to belong to their great-grandfather Silas Charnon, a puzzlemaker who mysteriously disappeared years ago, and holds a great many of his inventions. Emily soon discovers a special necklace that quickly informs her of it’s magical abilities by verbalizing that her family is in grave danger. And it’s not kidding. A giant, slimy, tentacled creature ingests their mother, dragging her away to a land deep beneath the house. Emily and Navin have no choice but to chase after her. Down the rabbit hole they go.

Continue reading my review of Amulet – The Stonekeeper at the Girls Entertainment Network.

One Response to “Graphic Novel Review: Amulet – The Stonekeeper”

  1. Randy says:

    This sounds like a fun book to read. I might see about snagging a copy to read with Brandon. Is it just available at comics shops or would bookstores like Borders or Barnes and Noble have it also?