Title: The Stonekeeper’s Curse
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Series: Amulet #2
Audience: Middle Grade
Format: Graphic Novel
Length: 220 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Source: Personal collection
In this thrilling sequel to AMULET #1: THE STONEKEEPER, Emily and her brother Navin head for Kanalis, a beautiful and mysterious city of waterfalls, where they hope to find the antidote for the poison that felled their mother. That cure lies in the eggs of a giant serpent atop Demon’s Head Mountain, but the kids’ archenemy, Trellis, is headed for the peak, too. A battle that will engulf all of Kanalis is looming. It’s up to Em to triumph over evil while controlling the amulet’s power . . . without losing herself!
I liked this a lot more than the first book. With the groundwork laid in the first book that introduced readers to Alledia and the magic of the amulet, there was room for so much more world building in this installment. It was so fun to see an actual town full of magical characters, fearsome elves, and talking trees.
I also enjoyed the new characters and the character development. Emily struggles to take control of the Amulet and do the right thing, while Navin earns more agency of his own.
There was more action in this installment as well, and overall it was a more exciting and enjoyable read. I’m excited to continue reading this series!