Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Stonekeeper’s Curse Amulet Book Two Book Review by ChristineMM

Title: The Stonekeeper’s Curse Amulet: Book Two
Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Genre: Children’s graphic novel, series

My Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5 = I Love It

Summary Statement: 2nd in Series: High Quality Full Color Illustrated Fast-Paced, High Adventure Fantasy Story

I am a homeschooling mother with an interest in graphic books, both fiction and nonfiction, for adult or child readers. I just finished reading this book. My ten and thirteen year old sons also read this book and they wanted me to read it so I could enjoy the story too.

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.

This book, just like the first, is a high action story that involves lots of fighting, multiple brushes with death, and escapes. It’s well written in that it is a solid hero’s journey story which being done well, draws the reader in immediately, and makes us root for the hero from the start. We want to find out what happens next and we want the good guys to win. This second book is clearly a good versus evil story.

The book has a tidy ending to one storyline but the larger issue is revealed, so this is not a complete story in one volume; the next series must be read to find out what happens. At the time of this writing there are three books in print in the series, the third being The Cloud Searchers.

Highly recommended for a tween or young teen who enjoys graphic novels, or for reluctant readers who enjoy reading about fantasy, adventure and the battle of good against evil. I would say this is more of a boy book but with its girl main character and the strong sense of being engaged in the story and its ease of reading some girls might enjoy it too.

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