221. The Stonekeeper's Curse

The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Book Two

Pages: 219 pgs.
Ages: 10+
Finished: Nov. 23, 2009
First Published: Sept, 2009
Genre: children, graphic novel, fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

"Let go of me."

Reason for Reading: Next in series. Cybils nominee

Acquired: I received a review copy from the publisher.

Comments: It's been awful long wait since the first book in this series that I had to sit down and think a bit before I dove into this eagerly anticipated sequel. While Book 1 was all dark and foreboding, this second in the, I assume, trilogy gets right into the action. We find out all the answers and reasons for Emily's attachment with the Amulet and what her quest must be whether she wants it or not. Her brother also has an important part to play in saving this world. New friends are met and the enemy is shown in it's full evil wickedness. A compelling, fast-paced, action packed story with plenty of odd creatures, magic and hand-to-hand combat. Also an intriguing story, beautifully illustrated and the author has created a fascinating world. I just hope we don't have to wait another 20 months for Book Three!


  1. (I think) this is the one Chapters has on it's site as a top ten gift for tweens this Christmas. I was wondering if it was something my daughter would enjoy (or more, would I be OK with her enjoyment of it). I'm sure she's probably seen worse and would likely roll her eyes at me but just how graphic are those combat scenes?

  2. Hi Wanda, I hate to make the decision for someone else but imo it is not graphic. It's what I'd call cartoon violence. Good and evil characters have battle scenes and sometimes its with magic and sometimes its fist to face, but there's no blood or gore or anything like that at all.

    You do need to read the first Amulet book first though. That is a must! The only thing that concerns me as a parent about the entire two books is the opening sequence in the first book in which the father of the family dies in an accident. It's only a few pages, but it is quite intense and I would make sure the child is mature enough emotionally to get through that. I have no other issues with it.

    My son is 9 and I'm going to wait till the next book is out to let him have a go at it just because of that opening scene.

  3. Nicola - I agree about that accident scene. It was the main reason I didn't give it to my older daughter immediately - she's pretty sensitive about things like that. I enjoyed the first one, and I'm glad to hear this is out now!


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