Wednesday, March 27, 2013

the stonekeeper's curse

the stonekeeper's curse
amulet series #2
kazu kibuishi
graphic novel/fantasy/adventure/ya
published 2009

Emily and Navin's mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod's poison, and there's only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble, dangerous trouble. 

I've got to say, there's something about a walking, fighting giant house that makes me happy.  Especially when it's drawn so magnificently.

We're introduced to a whole new cast of characters, starting with Leon Redbeard, a fox who is destined to help Emily on her path and serve as a sort of bodyguard/sensei to her.  We find the people of Kanalis are slowly turning into different sorts of animals and are oppressed by the rule of the elves.

Emily fights to keep control of her own self as the amulet's promises sound more and more tempting.  Navin is left to care for their mother and command an army of misfit animals who would rather die than give into the elves. 

Beautifully drawn, great pacing and with much emotion and anticipation.  Kazu Kibuishi tells a sweeping story that has only really just begun.

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