Thursday, August 2, 2012

Amulet, Vol. 5: Prince of the Elves

Amulet, Vol. 5 : Prince of the Elves
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Pages: 208
Audience: Ages 8-12
Genre: Science-Fic/Fantasy, Graphic Novels
Review Copy: NetGalley ARC
ISBN: 978-0-545-20889-5

Description from Goodreads: Kazu Kibuishi's thrilling, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues! 

Emily has survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin, who is working for the Elf King, has escaped with the Mother Stone. The Elf King has now forged new amulets, which will allow him the ability to invade Cielis and destroy it once and for all. Emily and her friends desperately make preparations to defend Cielis in what will inevitably be a brutal war, and they can only hope that it will be enough to defeat the Elf King.

Review: With Volume 5, we find out more about Max's story. Little by little we learn more about why things have come to this point and what has shaped him. As with the earlier volumes, there is plenty of action and suspense and Emily once again shows strength and courage. Upper elementary students gravitate toward this series with the unique array of characters and mix of science fiction and fantasy. They will not be disappointed with this new episode. Once again, the illustrations are eye-popping and lush. Though the storyline is sufficiently intriguing, I would read this series for the graphics alone.

I did notice that since it had been awhile since I read the others, following the storyline was a bit more difficult than in prior volumes. The complexity is a good thing though as the plot is developing and the characters are gaining more depth. 

This volume leaves the reader begging for more so I hope the wait won't be too long. My students and I can't get enough of Amulet.

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