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The Stone Keeper: Amulet, Book One (Amulet #01)by Kazu Kibuishi
"In Amulet, Kibuishi doesn't give readers, young or old, a chance to turn away. His distinctly cinematic style will immediately captivate readers from the opening panels....Thankfully, Kabuishi has at least two more volumes of Amulet in the works — plenty of time to satisfy his fans and attract even more all-ages readers to this refreshing series." Donald Lemke, Rain Taxi (click here to read the entire Rain Taxi review)
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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.
"Almost too clever and poignant, Amulet is, on the surface, about navigating the murky waters of adolescence and, beneath that, an exploration of abandonment and survival. Emily and Navin are lost children, literally lost in a dark, new world and struggling to save their mother, who has been kidnapped by a drooling, tentacled beast. With stellar artwork, imaginative character design, moody color and consistent pacing, this first volume's weakness lies in its largely disjointed storytelling. There is the strong, young, heroine; cute, furry, sidekicks; scary monsters — all extraordinary components, but pieced together in a patchwork manner. There is little hope in his dark world as Kibuishi removes Emily and Navin's frame of safety. Their hopes rest in a magic amulet that seems to be working in the interest of the children — until it suddenly isn't. The most frightening element of Amulet is the sense of insecurity we feel for Emily, fighting her way through uncharted terrain with no guide and no support system. This first volume of Amulet isn't a disappointment, but it does feel like a warmup to the main event. If anything, it's a clear indication that Kibuishi has just begun skimming the surface of his own talent." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Fans of Jeff Smith's Bone will happily fret with the good guys and hiss at the baddies." Kirkus Reviews
"[A]ction-packed adventure sequences move at an exciting clip....
"This is the sort of book where children will be staring at it for hours, just drinking in all of the strange and wonderful creations scattered throughout its pages....If you're looking for a new graphic novel to kick off the new year, I think you've got a winner right here." Read About Comics
Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Lured into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals, they face the most terrifying monster of all.
Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a magical but dangerous world of man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot — and two ordinary children on a mission.
The classic Conan the Barbarian meets Mike Mignolaand#8217;sand#160;Hellboy by way of Norseand#160;mythology andand#160;Icelandic sagas in an epic graphic novel adventure of innocence wronged and vengeance taken.
"A sword untried is a sword untested,", says one raven to another as they set out to winess the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner, Barbarian Lord. When he is cheated out of his lands and banished, Barbarian Lord begins a quest for allies and for justice, encountering monsters, ghouls, gods, and mediocre poets along the way.
Combining the rich traditions of the Vikings and Nordic lore with sword-and-sorcery-and slyly understated humor-this graphic novel introduces an original hero with classic flair, brought to life in Matt Smith's beautifully drawn, detailed, and action-filled black-and-white illustrations.
About the Author
Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the critically acclaimed Flight anthologies, as well as the creator of COPPER. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their son. Visit him online at www.boltcity.com.
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