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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 novel (six, 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

The series is confirmed to have nine volumes in total.

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!!This graphic novel provides examples of:
* AwesomeArt: ''Holy crap this series is beautiful.'' Volume 5, in particular, has landscapes.
* 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.
* BeneathTheEarth: Sort of; Alledia is actually a kind of alternate Earth, but it's accessible via a huge underground passage and most of it seems to be a giant cave.
* BigBad: The Elf King. Or so it seems. [[spoiler: The King is dead, and His Amulet is the one really running things]].
* 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.]]
* 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.
* BountyHunter: Gabilan. [[TheStarScream There's seems to be a lot more to that, though]]...
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* EggMacGuffin: Dagno! A wyvern baby that imprints Cogsley.
* 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.
* TheFairFolk: The elves.
* FunnyAnimal: The population of Kanalis. Stated to be due to a curse, although there are many animal people beyond the city as well.
* 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.]]
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* MindRape: Gabilan seems to enjoy using this with a memory wiping machine.
* 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.
* NiceHat: Leon Redbeard sports a very nice one.
* 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.
* PowerAtAPrice: The main point of the amulet. Use it too much and it takes you over, [[spoiler:transforming you into a giant monster]].
** [[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.
* 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 that [[spoiler:Trellis had been possessed by Sybrian when meeting Emily,]] but Trellis from Volume 1 has none of the characteristics of someone who's [[spoiler:possessed by a Dark Scout.]]
** 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.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: They can sweat, cry, and some even have parents and are implied to have been children once.
** 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.
* RocketPunch: Done by the HumongousMecha house in chapter 2.
* 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.
* 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.
* SpaceWhale: Sky eels. Despite their rather terrifying appearance, they're quite docile.
* SteamPunk: The general aesthetic of the series, with a bit of {{Magitek}}.
* TentacleRope: Also a usage of the arachnopod's tentacles, using them to drag their prey into their mouths for storage.
* TheStarscream: Gabilan.
* UnholyHolySword: [[spoiler:The amulet]].
* WeaksauceWeakness: The elves hate the smell of fish to the point of automatic asthma attack.
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