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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.

This graphic novel provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc:
    • Chronos's awakening implied that Gulfen is planning to create a new Guardian Council under their control and Chronos was the first one they chose, thus explaining why they stole the Motherstone. However it was never explored and the Motherstone, in its sheer power and importance, is seemingly forgotten.
    • The Colossi is expected to play a large role in winning the war after being built underground for decades, yet all three were already destroyed before they could even be used for combat.
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    • The end of Book 5 shows Emily meeting the Voice in the Void playing a game of chess, but Book 6 starts off with it being never mentioned and Book 7 instead implies the Voice was truly fighting against Trellis instead.
    • The ending of Firelight implies that Trellis will help Emily get back but Supernova shows she got back on her own, albeit with help from her future self and son.
  • Adult Fear:
    • 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.
    • Vigo gets a heavy dose of this. First Miriam, his wife, dies, then his son David 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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: 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.
  • Arc Words: Some variant of "You're not alone" is repeated often in the series, from the first book onwards, as a major theme is finding family where you can and never going a tough road without help.
  • Badass Cape: Emily sports one from Book 2 and on.
  • Badass Longcoat: Vigo often sports one.
  • Badass Long Robe: Trellis sports one in Book 8.
  • Baleful Polymorph: 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.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Courtesy of Leon in Volume 2.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: 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.
  • Big Bad: The Elf King. Or so it seems. The King is dead, and his Amulet is the one really running things.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Although downplayed as it's a smaller example than most, the Gulfen royal family of which Trellis is a member. The father is a genocidal war maniac that doesn't hesitate to execute his only brother once he goes against his tyranny, abuses his youngest son both physically and emotionally, and manipulates his eldest to do his bidding. Luger, said eldest son, is a Blood Knight before his Heel–Face Turn that will willingly kill and hurt innocents if it gets results, even voluntarily losing control of his power just so he could defeat his enemies. Trellis, for his part, was both abused by his father and, at some point (and despite being royalty) had to live frugally with his mother without heat or food, in the middle of a tundra, during which his mother perished from the cold and starvation. Which brings upon a lot of unanswered questions about why this happened or how Trellis even survived. In comparison to other families in the series... Well, this one stands out.
  • Black Comedy Burst: 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.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Sometimes happens to characters in action sequences who receive a heavy blow.
    • Max coughs up blood when he's injured during his escape from prison fifty years ago. It signals that he's dying and desperate enough to make a deal with the Voice.
  • Blood Magic: As part of the Amulet revealing itself to her, Emily’s finger is deliberately nicked by the indentation for her hand.
  • Blown Across the Room: 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.
  • Blue Is Heroic: The Guardian Council. Even though they have a Chromatic Arrangement, they all have articles of blue clothing: Emily has her vest despite bieng a red-coded character, this is Trellis's main color, and Vigo wears a blue Badass Longcoat.
  • Brother-Sister Team: 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.
  • Bounty Hunter: Gabilan. There seems to be a lot more to that, though...
  • Call-Back: 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.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Despite the very simple faces on most of the cast, the other external features such as hair, clothes, and even species (between elves, humans, robots, various animal creatures, and later aliens) makes a lot of the characters unique and easily distinguishable.
  • The Chosen One: Played with. Several characters believe that Emily and Navin are ones mentioned in a prophecy by the Gadoba trees, with Emily in particular being a stonekeeper destined to join the new guardian council and help save everyone in Alledia. But the prophecy is never explained in full, so it's not clear how they know the prophecy means Emily specifically.
    • Book 6 has another example. Riva's Gadoba friend, Father Charles, also gives a prophecy about a "son" that will rise again and possibly save Alledia. Riva believes that this prophecy is talking about Trellis.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The Guardian Council. Emily is the red one, and is both The Leader and The Hero. Meanwhile, Trellis is the blue one, and serves as The Smart Guy and arguably, The Lancer. Subverted with Vigo, even though he's the green one, he doesn't exhibit the usual stereotype but rather as the Mentor.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: 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. 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.
  • Combat Tentacles: Features especially in the first volume with the arachnopod.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A few characters have their moments:
    • In Book 3:
    Trellis: You don’t trust me.
    Emily: I get the impression the feeling is mutual.
    Trellis: Fair enough.
    • In Book 4:
    Trellis: You trust me over your own superiors. Why?
    Leon: There are no superiors, Trellis. We're on our own now.
    Trellis: [smirks] Welcome to the club.
  • Deal with the Devil: 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. In some cases, the Stone may keep using their body after they're already dead.
  • Determined Expression: she's literally defined by her determined nature, so it's unavoidable that Emily has this.
  • Deus ex Machina: Emily's escape from the Void. Her future self and son come out of nowhere, and apparently, the Void has portals to exit from, contrasting what has been established several times in the previous books that you can only leave by dispersing yourself into light.
  • Dies Wide Open: Silas.
  • Diner Brawl: A fight occurs in the kitchen of Suzy’s restaurant in Volume 7, between Loni and a bounty hunter, Gravis.
  • Disappeared Dad: An extreme version; we actually see Emily's father die before our eyes, and his death is a large part of her current personality.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Miskit.
  • Disney Villain Death: Luger. Or so it seems. He ends up surviving and becoming a good person as a result of losing his Stone.
  • Downer Beginning: 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.
  • Downer Ending: Firelight ends with Emily succumbing to the Voice.
  • Egg MacGuffin: Dagno! A wyvern baby that imprints Cogsley.
  • Eye Awaken: After being stunned by Miskit, Trellis awakens this way.
  • Face–Monster Turn: A common fate for Stonekeepers who rely too much on their stone 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: 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."
  • The Fair Folk: The elves.
  • Floating Continent: The city of Cielis.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Emily asks about the statues in the Void, Pierce looks at one that bears great resemblance to Ronin and Ronin explains that if you die in the Void, you get Taken for Granite.
    • 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. Come Volume 7, and Emily is the one being shaped into a bird due to losing control of her stone’s magic.
  • Funny Animal: The population of Kanalis. Stated to be due to a curse, although there are many animal people beyond the city as well.
  • Genre Shift: The series begins as mostly fantasy with steampunk elements, but by book 7 it becomes sci-fi.
  • Giant Flyer: The eternally-storming Golbez Cycle contains Sky Eels, docile creatures with impossibly long lifespans.
  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: Thanks to some quick thinking, this is how Navin saves Emily and Leon in the second book.
  • Glowing Eyes: 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.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Prince Trellis sports one stitched-up one across his left eye.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: 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, it seems that this will change to make the stone into an actual Big Bad.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: The humans and elves conflict, ultimately. Sure, humans may have been the losing ones in the war, but Cielis has been antagonizing innocent elves and unjustly persecuting them at best and killing them without mercy at worst. They even seceded from Lucien because there were too many 'outsiders', and they have absolutely no qualms using Child Soldiers, judging by how they treat their stonekeeper students like forces needed to be controlled and how the Academy is literally designed like a prison. Even the rest of Windsor is noted to have its share of Fantastic Racism against elves and animals, according to Riva and Enzo. Cielis in particular also abandoned Windsor to save their own skins, even though it was their duty to protect all of Alledia. The elves, meanwhile, may be the instigator of the war and the military has been harassing Windsor's citizens, but it's revealed that they were formerly peaceful, wise, and pacifistic, and that they had helped the humans develop their cities with their technology for ages (including helping build Cielis.) Not only that, but the majority of its army are drafted, meaning it's likely many of them are unwilling and are just forced to fight due to fear of execution. Many of their issues can be traced back to the Elf King, a tyrant leader that uses fear to control them and a leader some of them even resist. Book 8 demonstrates how pointless the entire war is when Emily brings it to a very sudden end by deposing the Elf King.
  • Healing Factor: Part of what makes Max so dangerous – 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 delightful scene of the Voice forcibly mending Max’s broken bones.
  • Healing Herb: Certain fruit of the Gadoba trees can heal any injury, however they’re hidden among others which are fatally poisonous.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Prince Trellis rather predictably and early on, considering that he and Emily end up having the same goal to stop the elf conquests.
    • Luger, too, turns over a new leaf entirely after being freed from his stone.
    • 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
  • History Repeats: 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.
  • Humongous Mecha: 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 Humongous Mecha. That fact that he is known for his love of video games may have been foreshadowing this.
    • The elves also seem to employ several.
  • I Choose to Stay: 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.
    • Trellis tries to pull this trope in Book 6 but Emily wasn't having it so it gets subverted again.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Navin, piloting the Albatross.
  • Indy Ploy: 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!
  • Imagination Based Power: Leon explains in Book 3 that the stone's power is as diverse as one's imagination, either being a highly effective shield or a devastating weapon.
  • Kid Hero: the story's three main protagonists are all pretty young, with Navin as the youngest at 13, Emily at 14, and Trellis, albeit the oldest as a teenager, is still young at 16.
  • Kidnapping Bird of Prey: At one point Miskit and Cogsley are carried off by a wyvern.
  • Kill It with Fire: Whilst hot on the trail of Emily & Co, when Luger and his soldiers come across the glade of sentient Gadoba trees, this ensues.
  • La Résistance: So named, except with "the" instead of "la". A resistance group against the elves in Kanalis, which later moves to Lucien.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Luger. After his defeat, he goes from being the Elf King's right hand man to a whimpering old man. 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.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: The Charnon amulet is the only red amulet we ever see (all others are green or blue), and it belongs to the heroes.
  • Living Toys: Miskit seems to be one, but he's actually a robot.
  • Long-Lasting Last Words: Something like this happening in The Stonekeeper. The protagonists' great (maybe insert a couple more greats here) grandfather basically chooses to give a long, drawn-out speech about how they have to protect Yon Magical MacGuffin Stone or the world will be in terrible peril etc. etc. then the lights go off. It was obviously intended to be serious but it just looks silly.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: 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.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Trellis sports one (seemingly out of nowhere) in the third volume. It randomly disappears towards the end of the book.
  • Meaningful Echo: Trellis'' catch phrase seems to be "Hold tight!". Guess what did the old lady say to Trellis that would immediately give you an idea of her true identity?
  • Meaningful Name: The town of Nautilus is shown to be vaguely spiral-shaped, like a nautilus.
    • Gabilan is a type of hawk, and he has round eyes like one.
    • Cielis is derived from the French word ciel, meaning sky, which is also where it's located.
    • Frontera is Spanish for frontier, and it's the nearest city on the borders of Gulfen.
    • The Golbez cycle is a reference to Golbex, Final Fantasy IV's antagonist.
  • Mind Rape: Gabilan seems to enjoy using this with a memory wiping machine.
  • Mistaken Age: Due to his elderly appearance, Karen initially assumes that Luger is Trellis’ father.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: 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”.
  • Mystical White Hair: Although most are seen bald especially the soldiers, some of the elves have hair and it's white. Although evidences in pictures shows that the elves can also have black hair.
  • Nice Hat: Leon Redbeard sports a very nice one. And later on, Vigo sports not one, but two nice hats.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Emily in Supernova while she and Trellis were going through the Void. She goes into the last memory that brings them into her childhood, and from there she gets completely taken over by the stone.
  • One-Hit Kill: How Trellis kills the arachnopod, and later on, how the Spirit kills Chronos.
  • One-Winged Angel: Luger, and anyone else who gets "devoured" by the amulet, by being able to turn into literal giants.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: 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, 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.
  • Only Six Faces: Despite the casts' diversity in appearance otherwise, the art regularly recycles faces and head shapes for the humanoid characters.
  • Our Elves Are Better: 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.
  • Painting the Medium: 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 Trellis and Luger who they’re after, rather than Emily and Navin.
  • Perpetual Storm: The Golbez Cylce, and for good reason – it contains the beacon that leads to Cielis.
  • Phlegmings: The crawler hounds, and grouls.
  • Please Wake Up: When Silas dies, Miskit undergoes a short panic, saying this.
  • Power at a Price: 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 Emily as a fire bird.
    • Using your dead body as a physical vessel with which to rule.
  • Power Glows: The amulet. All of them seem to glow with a different color.
  • Power Trio: the Guardian Council ends up as this, lacking two members as they're the only stonekeepers left. As of Supernova, the complete the Badass Cape, Badass Longcoat, and Badass Long Robe.
  • Prison Episode: In The Last Council, Trellis and Luger spend the majority of the book imprisoned along with most of the residents of Cielis. A prison break eventually ensues.
  • Psychological Torment Zone: the entire scene in the memory at the Cortex. Trellis basically discovered the turning point of his life where he lost his uncle, his free will, and memories, in that order. It is also where it's revealed when he gained his scar — and it's not pretty. Then, Emily insisted to go to an impromptu memory where it's shown that the accident that killed was caused by a suicidal man. Both are understandly deeply and negatively affected, but only Emily is the one who couldn't handle it and loses control of her stone, whereas Trellis manages to maintain his self.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The Shadows/Dark Scouts, who are servants to a presently-unknown alien race.
  • Put on a Bus: 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 Put on a Bus, having a brief cameo in volume six, and only properly reappearing at the end of volume seven.
  • Rapid Aging: How Max eventually dies, when the Voice stops keeping him alive.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: 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 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 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.
    • Trellis explains in Volume 3 how he discovered his father was dead because he saw him without a mask and noted how his eyes had become sightless and clouded over. When the mask gets taken off the elf king in Volume 8, he has no eyes.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: 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?!"
  • Robot Buddy: The entire population of Silas's house. Even more show up throughout the series.
  • Rocket Punch: Done by the Humongous Mecha house in chapter 2.
  • Secret Art: Overlapping with Dangerous Forbidden Technique, 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 as Vigo found out firsthand when his son David died as a result of being in there.
  • Scenery Porn: Almost every new environment the heroes enter get lovingly detailed splash pages dedicated to them. The art is by far the main draw of the book.
  • Slasher Smile: Only twice has the Amulet spirit shown any sort of expression. Both times it's been one of these.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Spoken word for word by a memory of Max, when another student referred to Layra as his girlfriend.
  • Shout-Out: The third book is basically one massive Shout-Out to Castle in the Sky. He does list Hayao Miyazaki as one of his inspirations in the acknowledgements section.
    • At one point General Pil bursts through a wall, loudly proclaiming “Oh yeah!”, like the Kool-Aid Man.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Arguably in the middle despite the Downer Beginning and the Downer Ending with Emily.
  • Snow Means Death: there are three instances:
    • Emily lost her father when their car went over a snowy cliff after an accident.
    • Max was about to die near Korthan when he escaped had he not made a deal with the Voice.
    • Trellis lost his mother while they were living in the middle of a tundra.
  • Space Whale: Sky eels. Despite their rather terrifying appearance, they're quite docile.
  • Steam Punk: The general aesthetic of the series, with a bit of Magitek.
  • The Starscream: Gabilan.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Trellis's overly-powered barrier, for goodness sake. It's so durable that it survives a high altitude impact that pretty much destroys a large surface with Trellis who doesn't even look strained. Heck, it can even be used as an improvised submarine to escape the Nexus.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Emily and Trellis, whenever they are paired together in a scene. Emily relies more heavily on action and her agressive power while Trellis serves more as exposition and support.
  • Supreme Chef: After his de-powering, it turns out that Luger is quite an accomplished chef.
  • Take My Hand: 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.
  • Taken for Granite: What happens to a Stonekeeper if they die whilst in the Void. It’s revealed that Ronin and Pierce suffered this fate, and later on, so does Max.
  • Tentacle Rope: Also a usage of the arachnopod's tentacles, using them to drag their prey into their mouths for storage.
  • Thank the Maker: On one occasion, Morrie has been seen to use Silas’ name in place of a deity.
    ”Oh, thank Silas! That was close.”
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: how the narrative of Amulet goes more or less, particularly after Book 1 when Trellis got properly introduced. Although it does on ocassion focuses on other characters, the main three storylines are Emily's, Trellis's, and Navin's.
  • Underwater Base: One turns up in Firelight, referred to as the “Cortex”. Not only is 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.
  • Unholy Holy Sword: The amulet.
  • Use Your Head: How Dagno manages to take down Gabilan: via helmet-assisted aerial headbutt.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The elves hate the smell of fish to the point of automatic asthma attack.
  • Weapons That Suck: In Volume 6, Navin, Aly, and General Pil fight the Dark Scouts via sucking them up using street-cleaning vacbots.
  • Wham Episode: Firelight:
    • It’s revealed that 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.
    • 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 – in space.
  • Wise Tree: 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 can heal any injury... if you choose the correct one.
  • You Have Failed Me: Whilst not seen directly, this is a popular tactic used by the Elf King; 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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