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''Amulet'' is the brainchild of Kazu Kibuishi, editor of ''Flight'' and author of the webcomic ''Copper'' and graphic novel ''Daisy Kutter''. It's a series of graphic novels (seven, so far) chronicling the adventures of Emily, her brother Navin, and her mother, as they find themselves caught up in an subterraneous alternative world called Alledia. The eponymous amulet is found by Emily in a new house they move into. Alledia is home to wild and imaginative things like tentacled monsters, walking houses and talking trees. Here, Emily finds herself trying to not only keep her family together, but also fight an increasingly brutal war against an evil race of elves bent on dominating everyone else. She at least meets a lot of friends along the way to help her, although whether or not she can trust them isn't clear.

The books in the series are:
* Volume 1: The Stonekeeper
* Volume 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse
* Volume 3: The Cloud Searchers
* Volume 4: The Last Council
* Volume 5: Prince of Elves
* Volume 6: Escape from Lucien
* Volume 7: Firelight
* Volume 8: Supernova

The series is confirmed to have nine volumes in total.
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!!This graphic novel provides examples of:
* AdultFear:
** The car crash that caused the death of Emily's father portrays a terrifying situation that all drivers are taught to be careful to avoid.
** [[spoiler: Vigo gets a heavy dose of this. First Miriam, his wife, dies, then his son David [[DangerousForbiddentechnique enters the Void]] in a misguided attempt to bring her back - an attempt that leaves him comatose for several days, mumbling in his sleep to someone, whilst Vigo can only watch. David finally wakes, looking terrified, and then dies. Poor guy.]]
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Max might be a horrendous monster, but it’s hard not to feel a little sympathy when he rapidly ages to death after being called out by Layra.]]
* AwesomeArt: ''Holy crap this series is beautiful.'' Volume 5, in particular, has landscapes & Volume 6 has incredibly vibrant colors.
* BadassLongcoat: Vigo often sports one.
* BalefulPolymorph: If you stay in Kanalis too long, you'll eventually permanently transform into an anthropomorphic animal. This includes birds and even slugs. Though Leon is a fox, as was his father, not to mention other animal people are shown to be the same species within their families. So apparently genetics determine what form the curse chooses for you.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Courtesy of Leon in Volume 2.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Enzo and Selina, who have a history. To wit: She greets him by punching him, they’re later seen asleep on a sofa together having had a drink or two, and when the group leaves the next morning, Selina offers Enzo a job when he wants to settle down.
* BigBad: The Elf King. Or so it seems. [[spoiler: The King is dead, and his Amulet is the one really running things]].
* BlackComedyBurst: In a very chipper tone and smiling all the while, one of the Cielis robots tells Navin and Cogsley about how all the robots pilots were executed by the elves by being tossed off the side of the city. Afterwards, Cogsley puts it best:
-->'''Cogsley:''' These people are crazy.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Sometimes happens to characters in action sequences who receive a heavy blow.
** Max coughs up blood when he's injured during [[spoiler:his escape from prison fifty years ago. It signals that he's dying and desperate enough to make a deal with the Voice.]]
* BloodMagic: As part of the Amulet revealing itself to her, Emily’s finger is deliberately nicked by the indentation for her hand.
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: When hit by his own redirected magic, courtesy of Gabilan, Trellis is not only blown across the room, but smashes through the wall and is almost sent flying off the island completely.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Navin and Emily, although they also spend a lot of time combating enemies on separate fronts. One particular part in Volume 2 had Emily and Navin battling together with Emily using her stone to super-enhance the Charnon House, which Navin was using as a giant mech.
** Two minor characters from Volume 7, Loni and Roni, are also a brother sister duo that seems to rely on each other's support.
* BountyHunter: Gabilan. [[TheStarScream There seems to be a lot more to that, though]]...
* CallBack: In Chapter 5, a memory of Emily tells Trellis to wake up. In Chapter 7, a memory of Emily tells Trellis to wake ''her'' up.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The color of individual Stones denotes the color of the magic that each Stonekeeper uses. It also denotes the color of the spirit (aka the Voice) behind each one. [[spoiler:Although in that it's subverted. Emily's Voice, which is pink, is also the spirit behind Max's teal Stone. In this case it's the symbol on the stone, and not the color, which denotes the spirit connected to it.]]
* CombatTentacles: Features especially in the first volume with the arachnopod.
* DeadpanSnarker: Emily has her moments.
--> “You don’t trust me.” “I get the impression the feeling is mutual.”
--> *''After being told that she won’t be able to hear the Voice for a while''* “I don’t mean to be rude, but that sounds great.”
* DealWithTheDevil: It's implied that a Stonekeeper allowing their Stone to take complete control is this. The Stone grants its user unimaginable power even greater than they already had, but the user may go insane or cursed even worse than before as a result. [[spoiler:In some cases, the Stone may keep using their body after they're already dead.]]
* DiesWideShut: Silas.
* DinerBrawl: A fight occurs in the kitchen of Suzy’s restaurant in Volume 7, between Loni and a bounty hunter, Gravis.
* DisappearedDad: An extreme version; we actually see Emily's father die before our eyes, and his death is a [[TheStoic large part of her current personality]].
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Miskit.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Luger. Or so it seems. He ends up surviving and becoming a good person as a result of losing his Stone.]]
* DownerBeginning: ''The Stonekeeper'' starts with the death of Emily and Navin's father. As the first volume, it also ends with their mother being poisoned and hanging between life and death.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:''Firelight'' ends with Emily succumbing to the Voice.]]
* EggMacGuffin: Dagno! A wyvern baby that imprints Cogsley.
* EyeAwaken: After being stunned by Miskit, Trellis awakens this way.
* FaceMonsterTurn: A common fate for Stonekeepers who rely too much on their stone [[spoiler:or are manipulated by the Amulet spirit into doing so. Emily falls prey to this near the end of ''Firelight'', transforming into a giant, flaming, phoenix.]]
* FantasticRacism: There seems to be a lot of it between the elves and humans as a result of the war between the two races.
** Enzo lets on that there is some racism against the animal people of Alledia, although we've never seen evidence of this firsthand.
** Navin and Alyson's teacher in ''Escape From Lucien'' especially dislikes elves, which in turn affects his treatment of Navin.
-->''"The mistake was made long ago, when we let these elf-sympathizers join us on our mission. I'm just working to fix it."''
* TheFairFolk: The elves.
* FloatingContinent: The city of Cielis.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When Emily asks about the statues in the Void, Pierce looks at one that bears great resemblance to [[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong Ronin]]]] and Ronin explains that if you die in the Void, you get TakenForGranite.
** In Volume 5, Navin complains that the outfit his mom dressed him in makes him look like a waiter. A couple of volumes later, he and Aly take up jobs as waiters while General Pil is a chef.
** At the end of Volume four, Emily and Vigo shape their magic into a pair of birds, as a tribute to the fallen Stonekeepers. [[spoiler: Come Volume 7, and Emily is the one being shaped into a bird due to losing control of her stone’s magic.]]
* FunnyAnimal: The population of Kanalis. Stated to be due to a curse, although there are many animal people beyond the city as well.
* GiantFlyer: The [[PerpetualStorm eternally-storming Golbez Cycle]] contains Sky Eels, docile creatures with impossibly long lifespans.
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives: Thanks to some quick thinking, this is how Navin saves Emily and Leon in the second book.
* GlowingEyes: The elves, along with many creatures in Alleida, sport glowing eyes. Additionally, when a Stonekeeper is using their Amulet, their eyes will glow the same colour as their stone.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Prince Trellis sports one stitched-up one across his left eye.
* GreaterScopeVillain: For most of the story so far, the amulet's voice seemed to serve as a guide for Emily in battle and during difficult situations. It is implied to be evil in its own special way, however, and Emily's brother, Navin, even describes the voice as "shifty". After his defeat, Gabilan mentions that "the stone has its own agenda" and that "[Emily] will die like the rest" once it has fulfilled its goal. By the fifth volume, [[spoiler:it seems that this will change to make the stone into an actual BigBad.]]
* HealingFactor: Part of what makes Max so dangerous – [[spoiler: because he’s sustained by the Voice’s magic and technically should be dead, he can survive normally-fatal injuries. However while he can ''survive'' them, it doesn’t stop him from feeling any pain, and at one point the reader is treated to a [[SarcasmMode delightful]] scene of the Voice forcibly mending Max’s broken bones.]]
* HealingHerb: Certain fruit of the Gadoba trees can heal any injury, ''however'' they’re hidden among others which are fatally poisonous.
* HeelFaceTurn: Prince Trellis rather predictably and early on, considering that he and Emily end up having the same goal to stop the elf conquests.
** [[spoiler:Luger, too, turns over a new leaf entirely after being freed from his stone.]]
** [[spoiler:Max, although it's too late for him at the time. He eventually tries to stop the Stone that he made a deal with and drops his thirst for vengeance. But he ages to death in the process.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: General Pil tries to invoke this, holding the door when he, Aly, and Navin are trapped by a hoard of Dark Scout-possessed people. Luckily for him, the others are firmly against it, and they all escape together.]]
* HistoryRepeats: A very blatant one for the elves. Virgil points out that just glancing through their historical archives reveals that every 500 years a Stone with a Voice shows up in the hands of an Elf King, which is followed by a period of intense war and strife. After 500 years of peace, the cycle begins again. The current Elf King is just the latest in the cycle.
* HumongousMecha: A ''house''. Apparently walking houses are popular in Alledia.
** Over the course of the volumes, Navin is shaping up to be a pilot of such HumongousMecha. That fact that he is known for his love of video games may have been foreshadowing this.
** The elves also seem to employ several.
* IChooseToStay: Subverted in that when Emily says that she has to stay in Alledia, her mother insists that the whole family will too regardless of the dangers they will face.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Navin, piloting the Albatross.
* IndyPloy: Navin’s favoured tactic. His initial plan for taking Charnon House back from the elves, and saving Emily is best summarised by this quote:
-->'''Morrie:''' But, sir! The house is being guarded by the elves! How are we going to get past them!
-->'''Navin:''' You probably don’t want to hear this, but I have no idea.
** And again, in ''Escape From Lucien'', his response to the cadets falling to their deaths is to hop in a loaderboat and leap out after them, with no proper plan in mind.
-->'''Aly:''' Wait – did you jump without a plan?!!
-->'''Navin:''' I didn’t have time to think of one!
* KidnappingBirdOfPrey: At one point Miskit and Cogsley are carried off by a wyvern.
* KillItWithFire: Whilst hot on the trail of Emily & Co, when Luger and his soldiers come across the glade of sentient Gadoba trees, this ensues.
* LaResistance: So named, except with "the" instead of "la". A resistance group against the elves in Kanalis, which later moves to Lucien.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Luger]]. After his defeat, he goes from being the Elf King's right hand man to a whimpering old man. [[spoiler:Before that, it turns out he and Trellis had both been subject to this so they'd forget their childhoods, and Luger in particular so he'd forget he's Trellis' brother.]]
* LivingToys: Miskit seems to be one, but he's actually a robot.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: The Elf King is Luger's father (making him Trellis' brother as well), however having his memory wiped made Luger initially unaware of this.]]
* {{Magitek}}: Most of the time, it's either this, or Steampunk.
* MartialArtsHeadband: Trellis sports one (seemingly out of nowhere) in the third volume. It randomly disappears towards the end of the book.
* MeaningfulEcho: (The Stonekeeper's Curse) When Emily tries to regain control after her stone begins to overpower her, she screams the line "Get out of my head!" (Prince of the Elves) This line is later repeated when Trellis channels his memories via his amulet and is seized by the stone's force before being aided by Emily.
* MeaningfulName: The town of Nautilus is shown to be vaguely spiral-shaped, like a nautilus.
* MindRape: Gabilan seems to enjoy using this with a memory wiping machine.
* MistakenAge: [[spoiler: Due to his elderly appearance,]] Karen initially assumes that Luger is Trellis’ ''father''.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The elves. They're definitely meat-eaters. One of Trellis' introductions has him taking a big bite out of one of the cute slug creatures with his teeth.
** Rakers, who are described as “masses of tentacles and teeth”.
* NiceHat: Leon Redbeard sports a very nice one. And later on, Vigo sports not one, but two nice hats.
* OneHitKill: How Trellis kills the arachnopod, and later on, how [[spoiler:the Spirit kills Chronos.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Luger, and anyone else who gets "devoured" by the amulet, by being able to turn into literal giants]].
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Riva, the mayor of Lucien, was told a prophecy by one of the elder trees about how the sky would fall but then "the sun would rise again," the tree telling her to know the sun well. She at first thinks this refers to her encounter with Navin, which happened to coincide with the sun falling on a tree sapling she was caring for. At the end of the sixth volume, however, [[spoiler:she sees an airship collapse, the "sky falling", and then sees Trellis, the Elf King's "son", rising again as a leader among a contingent of elves. The prophecy was telling her to get to know Trellis.]]
* OurElvesAreBetter: Played with; the elves early on are portrayed as cruel and have very sharp teeth and sickly appearances. Most of the Mooks look more like orcs moreso than anything. However, there are elves that aren't evil later in the story, and it's implied that before the new Elf King took over they were peaceful. They're also more advanced than anyone else in Alledia as a result of their careful historical records.
* PaintingTheMedium: When a pair of elf soldiers are looking for some fugitives, their speech bubble blocks the portraits on the wanted poster they’re holding. This helps disguise the fact that it’s actually [[spoiler: Trellis and Luger who they’re after, rather than Emily and Navin.]]
* PerpetualStorm: The Golbez Cylce, and for good reason – it contains the beacon that leads to [[FloatingContinent Cielis]].
* {{Phlegmings}}: The crawler hounds, and grouls.
* PleaseWakeUp: When Silas dies, Miskit undergoes a short panic, saying this.
* PowerAtAPrice: The main point of the amulet. Use it too much and it takes you over, transforming you into a giant monster, such as the giant Luger or [[spoiler:Emily as a fire bird.]]
** [[spoiler:Using your dead body as a physical vessel with which to rule]].
* PowerGlows: The amulet. All of them seem to glow with a different color.
* PrisonEpisode: In ''The Last Council'', Trellis and Luger spend the majority of the book imprisoned [[spoiler: along with most of the residents of Cielis]]. A [[GreatEscape prison break]] eventually ensues.
* PuppeteerParasite: The Shadows/Dark Scouts, [[spoiler: who are servants to a presently-unknown alien race]].
* PutOnABus: At the beginning of the third volume, the Charnon house robots, Morrie, Ruby, Theodore, Bottle, and the rest stay with the house, and only reappear for a brief cameo at the end of the sixth volume. Then, during the fifth volume, Karen, Miskit, and Leon are briefly PutOnABus, having a brief cameo in volume six, and only properly reappearing at the end of volume seven.
* RapidAging: [[spoiler: How Max eventually dies, when the Voice stops keeping him alive.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Emily, when using the amulet. This is only because her amulet color is pink/red, though, while others have their eyes glow the color of their amulets.
* {{Retcon}}:
** It's stated in Volume 6 and 7 that [[spoiler:Trellis had been possessed by Sybrian when meeting Emily, this being done so he would stay obedient to the Elf King,]] but Trellis from Volume 1 has none of the characteristics of someone who's [[spoiler:possessed by a Dark Scout]] and is explicitly trying to take his father down. The inconsistency goes unremarked upon in-story.
** Logi's appearance is inexplicably retconned from a tiny bald elf man to a furry little man that resembles an animal more than an elf.
** How Vigo's son died is changed from him being killed going against the Elf King to him dying after trying to find his mother in the Void.
** The controls on the Colossus in Volume 5 are explicitly stated as being the model for the Charnon house, with levers as the primary controls. By Volume 6, they were retconned into having special devices on the user's hands to wirelessly control the Colossus.
** The second volume has Leon claiming that the Elf King was originally just a quiet boy from an elf village until his stone took him over. Later material indicates he was always part of the royal elf line.
** In the second volume, Leon says that it was thirty years ago when the rogue Stonekeepers (with the “quiet boy” who would become the Elf King among their number), went on a rampage. Then in volume six, according to Max’s flashback, ''fifty'' years ago, the Elf King was ruling, and only just declaring war.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: They can sweat, cry, have a full range of human emotions and ambitions, and some even have parents and are implied to have been children once. Despite this, Cogsley still insists he doesn't understand things like paternal instinct because he's "a computer."
** Although just a mech, somehow the Colossus can build up lots of ear wax. Lampshaded by Navin:
-->"This is gross! Why does this even happen?!"
* RobotBuddy: The entire population of Silas's house. Even more show up throughout the series.
* RocketPunch: Done by the HumongousMecha house in chapter 2.
* SecretArt: Overlapping with DangerousForbiddenTechnique, entering the Void. It’s a technique that only Stonekeepers can use, entering a place which is said to be built out of the memories of former Stonekeepers, and with it one can view memories of the past and potentially converse with the dead. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s filled with deadly monsters, you’re at risk and potentially susceptible to the workings of malevolent spirits, your body is a comatose state whilst you’re in there, and you can potentially die [[spoiler: as Vigo found out firsthand when his son David died as a result of being in there.]]
* SceneryPorn: And ''how''. The art is by far the main draw of the book.
* SlasherSmile: Only twice has the [[spoiler:Amulet spirit]] [[TheBlank shown any sort of expression]]. Both times it's been one of these.
** Before he uses his Amulet’s power to transform, Luger sports a [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/aOkSknSnAssv6A6QmCK87pNKXXI03I78rJQEaklRdnPMx06ogXWUItNf-jtJ7gwa30977vy0-7zR=s1600 truly terrifying one]].
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Spoken word for word by a memory of Max, when another student referred to Layra as his girlfriend.
* ShoutOut: The third book is basically one massive ShoutOut to ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''. He does list Creator/HayaoMiyazaki as one of his inspirations in the acknowledgements section.
** At one point General Pil bursts through a wall, loudly proclaiming “Oh yeah!”, like the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kool-Aid_Man Kool-Aid Man]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Arguably in the middle despite the DownerBeginning and the DownerEnding with Emily.
* SpaceWhale: Sky eels. Despite their rather terrifying appearance, they're quite docile.
* SteamPunk: The general aesthetic of the series, with a bit of {{Magitek}}.
* TakeMyHand: Two tragic examples from the first volume: first when David is trapped in the car, and then again when Emily is forced to leave her Mom in the arachnopod to go and save Navin.
* TakenForGranite: What happens to a Stonekeeper if they die whilst in the Void. [[spoiler: It’s revealed that Ronin and Pierce suffered this fate, and later on, so does Max.]]
* TentacleRope: Also a usage of the arachnopod's tentacles, using them to drag their prey into their mouths for storage.
* ThankTheMaker: On one occasion, Morrie has been seen to use Silas’ name in place of a deity.
-->”Oh, thank Silas! That was close.”
* TheStarscream: Gabilan.
* SupremeChef: [[spoiler:After his de-powering,]] it turns out that Luger is quite an accomplished chef.
* UnderwaterBase: One turns up in ''Firelight'', referred to as the “Cortex”. Not only is [[spoiler: Gabilan using it to store all the memories he stole]], but it also apparently has all the materials and resources to create an entirely new city.
* UnholyHolySword: [[spoiler:The amulet]].
* UseYourHead: How Dagno manages to take down [[spoiler: Gabilan]]: via helmet-assisted aerial headbutt.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The elves hate the smell of fish to the point of automatic asthma attack.
* WeaponsThatSuck: In Volume 6, Navin, Aly, and General Pil fight the Dark Scouts via sucking them up using street-cleaning vacbots.
* WhamEpisode: ''Firelight'':
** It’s revealed that [[spoiler:both the Amulet Spirit and Shadows are servants of ''aliens'', who abandoned their dying homeworld and are on their way to a new one which is presently being “prepared”: namely, Alledia. ]]
** [[spoiler: Emily falls for the Spirit’s manipulations and loses control of her stone, transforming into a phoenix.]]
** And finally, Navin, Karen, Aly, Leon, and Miskit head to the resistance’s main base – [[spoiler: in space.]]
* WiseTree: The Gadoba trees, who all have names beginning with ‘Father’. They’re not only able to talk, but have the gift of prophecy, and grow (albeit foul-tasting) fruit that [[HealingHerb can heal any injury]]… if you choose the correct one.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Whilst not seen directly, this is a popular tactic used by the Elf King; [[spoiler: Trellis and Luger go on the run because of it, and later on, Gabilan ends up hiding underwater in the Cortex because he knows the King will come after him because of the former failing to kill Emily and Trellis.]]
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