Kitchen Table Reviews: Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper's Curse
Suspense and awesome artwork make this graphic novel a must for fantasy lovers.
Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
Way back when it first came out, we picked up the first Amulet book, and my son absolutely loved it. He hounded me for weeks to make it a review book for here, but it was around the time we did another graphic novel, and so I promised him that if he could just wait, we’d review the second one, instead. So we waited and he asked every single week if it had come out yet.
We got it last week, and it didn’t disappoint.
Me: So, was it everything you’d hoped for?
Son: Absolutely! I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, and then I did, it was totally cool.
Me: How would you summarize the Amulet books for someone who hasn’t read them?
Son: Well it’s about this family, and the kids find out that their great-great-grandfather was involved in an alternate, mysterious world where their family had great power. And now it’s being passed to them. There’s villains, and robots, and all the things I like best!
Me: What did you think? You hadn’t read the first one before, so you read both of them this week. Did you like them?
Daughter: They were okay. I mean, they were good—I like the artwork, and I like the characters—but it’s kind of a lot of fighting and magic and stuff. Great if you’re into that sort of thing, but just okay if you’d rather read a more realistic story.
Me: You prefer something more believable.
Me: Do you think if you’d read The Stonekeeper’s Curse without reading The Stonekeeper [Book One] first, it would’ve made sense?
Son: I doubt it.
Daughter: Definitely not.
Me: But did you feel like both books worked as self-contained volumes, like you felt satisfied at the end of each one that there had been sufficient story, etc.?
Daughter: Yeah, I think Kibuishi does a good job of answering just enough questions, but leaving it open for more books later.
Me: Who was your favorite character?
Son: Emily [the female protagonist]. Or maybe Miskit [her rabbit robot sidekick].
Daughter: I like Emily best, too.
Me: I kind of love Cogsley [the crusty but loyal robot]. He reminds me of Alfred in Batman; he’s kind of running everything behind the heroes, you know?
Son: Hey, that’s true.
Me: One last question: Would this story work as a regular novel instead of a graphic novel?
Daughter: No way. The pictures make it much more scary and emotion-filled, which is perfect for a story like this.
Son: Plus, the pictures are just awesome.
Well, then. There you have it—this one is “just awesome.”
Pros: Action-packed story and graphics. Great follow-on to the first volume, and leaves the door open for many more to come. Thorough character development.
Cons: Violent. Wouldn’t read well as a stand-alone volume. Plot feels a little thin if you want more than the battle of good vs. evil.
Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse gets three thumbs from our kitchen table for action, suspense, and unbelievable artwork.