Graphic Novel Challenge: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi

I read The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi months ago when I was in Manila for a vacation. I brought it with me to the hair salon and was able to read a good chunk of it while I was there, and I finished reading the rest of it when I got home. Months have passed and it’s taken me this long to write a review. I was thinking about catching up on my 2016 Graphic Novel / Manga Challenge when I remembered that I had already read the first Amulet book and I just needed to review it.

Amulet The StonekeeperHere’s the summary from Goodreads:

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

I can’t even remember who specifically recommended the Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet graphic novel series to me but I’ve had it in my radar for a while. For some reason, I was curious enough about it to grab a copy from Kinokuniya during one of their book sales. I’m so glad I decided to give the first book in the series a try because I had a lot of fun reading it! I was pleasantly surprised at how much depth there was to the story right from the start, something that I didn’t expect from a middle grade series. I sympathized with Emily, Navin and their mother and I wanted to give all of them a huge hug. The three of them bravely move to a new home, hoping to make a fresh start. Instead, they encounter one adventure after another and they all get to show their courage in unexpected ways. The Stonekeeper is an action-filled introduction to the series, and I can just imagine how fast the pace will be in the next installments in the series. It was really easy to get into The Stonekeeper – I liked all of the main characters and I wanted to keep reading to find out more about them. I found the worldbuilding intriguing and would be interested in learning more about it. The artwork reminded me of Japanese cartoons that I used to watch as a child, and it went very well with the story. This would definitely have been a book that I would have loved as a young reader, and something that I can recommend and give as a gift to my godsons and younger cousins. As it is, I have already passed along my copy to two other friends who have read and enjoyed The Stonekeeper too.

I’m looking forward to reading the sequels. I believe there are currently seven books in the series and I’m not sure when it will end. If you’re planning to read this series then I suggest having a few of the books on hand so you can read all of them together. I’m sure I would have enjoyed doing that if I had the chance. I saw copies of the other books in the series at a Manila bookstore, and wanted to get them but the lines to the cashiers were super long at that time because everyone was busy buying school supplies. Just means I need to find another way to get copies! In the meantime, I will keep my fingers crossed that I’ll enjoy reading the rest of the books in the series.

Here’s a link to the 9th Annual Graphic Novels & Manga Challenge 2016, credit to Kim for the graphic below:
graphicnovelmangachallenge by espressodream

8 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Challenge: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi

  1. I always recommend this to kids at work! I only read volume 1 but it’s a good kickstart. I’m on a manga spree lately what with school starting. Have you ever heard of afterschool charisma?

    • Yes, I think it’s a great book for kids! Are you planning to read the rest of the books in the series?

      First time I’ve heard of Afterschool Charisma. But then again, I’ve never tried manga. I don’t want to start because manga series have so many books in them!

      • I want to but I keep getting distracted by other reads and then it takes me forever to get back to what I originally wanted to read! Such is life lol.

        Oooo yes. It’s currently 11 books in and the 12th volume is coming out this December. It starts off a little shaky but it hits its stride by book 3 or 4. I’m committed and ordered the next 4 books in the series 🙂

      • Hahaha story of our lives! I keep getting distracted by other books too. I rarely get to pause and look back on my TBR pile to see what else is there that I should read. I usually just go by what I’m in the mood for.

        Ahh I hope you enjoy that series then! Sounds like a good one for you.

  2. I’m looking forward to reading the sequels to this too! I read the first volume a few months ago, and I enjoyed it enough that I definitely want to read the whole series. But I do want to get all the volumes together in one place first, so I can tear through them all in one batch. Just gotta wait until my library has all the volumes at the same time.

    • Like you, I also want to wait until I have all the of the volumes together so I can just read them all in one go. So lucky that your library has copies of these! I hope you’re able to borrow all of them at the same time soon.

    • The first one was really fun! I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the books in the series. Although it would be nice to get an idea of how long the series will be.

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