Reading level: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy/Graphic Novel
Size: 224 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in the Amulet series
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This is the fourth book in the Amulet series by Kibuishi. I love this series and this book added even more to the story.
Emily and her friends travel to Cielis to hopefully get help from the Council to fight the Elf King. Things don’t go as planned and Emily is thrown into a contest against other Stonekeepers to see who is worthy of a seat on the council. During this the Elf King’s son is thrown into jail, and Emily’s shipmates are left wandering the strangely empty town of Cielis.
This installment didn’t progress the story as far as other installments have, mainly because our group of characters gets split up for the majority of the story. We also don’t get to spend much time with the characters we know and love (much of the story follows Emily and she is separated from everyone else); but we do meet some interesting new characters.
Emily meets a few other Stonekeepers, so it was interesting to see how the other Stonekeepers wield their Stones. Emily also seems to have come to an uneasy balance with her Stone and is starting to trust its advice more than she used to. The plot takes some unexpected twists and turns that kept me guessing and wondering how everything will pan out in the end.
Miskit and Cogsley have some interesting adventures of their own and acquire an adorable new little dragon friend. Can’t wait to see what their new little dragon friend turns into over time!