Emily, Navin, and their friends continue to battle the Elf King in hopes of destroying him forever, but one of his most loyal followers, Max, isn’t making it easy for them. The crew journeys to Lucien, a city that’s been ravaged by the war. Emily has more enemies there than she realizes — and it’ll take everything she’s got to get herself and her friends out of the city alive.
I recieved an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not impact my opinions about the book in any way.
Kazu Kibuishi is one of the people that fostered my love for graphic novels and not just traditional comics, and I was really excited to be able to read and review an ARC of the next book in this amazing series.
First things first–if you haven’t read all of the books in this series before this book, you should. Not because the story doesn’t make sense, but for two other major reasons. 1) The story doesn’t make as much sense and 2) because the other books are worth reading.
In this book, I didn’t think that Kibuishi went as far with his plot. However, he still packed a lot into this story and I really appreciated the way he went back into his story and answered a lot of the questions I’d had from previous books. My love for all the characters was made even stronger and I liked the way all the characters were put through different kinds of trials dealing with others–especially Emily’s brother, Navin, due to their alliance with the other part of the war effort.
All the usual suspects for the characters I loved (or loved to hate) are there, and that’s great, but I think with this book my love for Trellis as a character was fully solidified. Trellis has grown so much throughout the course of these books and I’ve come to really enjoy seeing how he progresses. I’m looking forward to what Kibuishi does with him in the next books. When it came to Max though, I was a little disappointed. I felt like Kibuishi could’ve done much more with Max.
As always, the artwork is amazing in this book. I didn’t get to see a whole lot of the color in most of the regular comic part of the book since I got an ARC copy, but all the landscapes and what I did get to see of the colored work, everything is beautiful. I love Kibuishi’s style and the colors and background team for this book did a fantastic job.
Then there’s the action, adventure and supporting characters. I wish I had gotten to see more of Leon and the crew in this book, but I was glad to see what Kibuishi did with past characters from this series. The action is also great and I liked seeing Emily come to become even stronger in this book, not just as herself but in her relationships with the people supporting her. The pacing is great and there’s a lot of explanation as to why things are the way they are.
I wanted to see more happen before the ending of this book, but it left me excited for the next book and overall, not disappointed. Fans of this series will love this book and I hope it will bring even more attention onto this series. After reading this book, fans of this series should also read his other works and the Flight comics, which are all awesome books. 4 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 256
Series: Amulet #6