May 23, 2012

Amulet: The Last Council

Amulet, vol. 4
by Kazu Kibuishi
ages: 9+
First sentence: "Who are you playing against?"
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Others in this series: The Stonekeeper, The Stonekeeper's Curse, The Cloud Searchers

Emily and her friends and family are on a quest: one to figure out what the stone Emily wears around her neck really means, one to help overthrow the elf king. They've found the cloud city, Cielis, where they thought they would find answers. But, instead, there are only more questions. Emily's friends and family are separated and imprisoned (although the robots, Miskit and Cogsley, find an old, exiled stonekeeper to give us some much-needed backstory) while Emily is taken by the council, and subjected to "testing": a virtual game in which if you die, you don't come back.

Things aren't good in Cielis, and the answers Emily is seeking for aren't going to be found. Instead, there are just more questions.

I said, after I finished the third book, that I really needed to stop reading this. And yet, when I saw that the fourth one had come out, I went, "OOOOH, AMULET!" and picked it up. And, when I finished this one, I had the same reaction: Kibuishi just isn't writing/drawing these as fast as I want him to. I want answers! I want to know the rest of the story! I want to know where this is all going! (I couldn't remember what had happened!) It's so engrossing, so well-done, amazingly drawn, that I could just get caught up in it, reading until the story is done. Except it's not there yet.

*sigh* Waiting until the next book comes out.


Tammy Flanders said...

I'm so with you on this one. I had the same thought that after the third book "that's it". Yet, when I went book shopping for the Doucette Library last week I snatched up volume 4 like it was the last boat off a sinking ship. (Not sure about my metaphor here.) Anyways, I'm saving vol. 4 for holiday reading next month.
I'm not sure whether its the high quality illustrations or the way the author is teasing out the storylines.
I expect to be hankering for the next instalment to answer questions or perhaps, generate more.
Thanks for this.
Apples with Many Seeds

Kailana said...

haha. I read the first one of these, but that's as far as I went. I might read the rest one day when they are all out...

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