By Kazu Kibuishi
From the back cover
Emily and her friends think they’ll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn’t right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is exported to the Academy where she’s expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered – a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.
In a gist…
The magic and superpowers displayed in this book are extreme. Extreme illusions are portrayed and the idea of gaining power through magic is emphasized. The Guardians of the Council at one point say to the Stonekeepers “show us your strength and we will make you a God”. This is a strong statement encouraging Shirk (denying the Oneness of Allah) and hence should be a reason for us to discourage our children from reading this book.
The Stonekeepers are put in an area where they are expected to fight one another to death. One of the Stonekeepers jump at another and screams “I am going to kill you.
Vicious-looking creatures eat up some characters. No blood is shown but the idea is evident.
Mild language like “shut up” is used at times.
Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values
The book emphasizes the importance of family and strong family ties.
A character claims he can make the Stonekeeper a god on page 107. This is a great sin in Islam. If you feel the need for your child to read this book, you may be able to skip the bottom line of page 107 to avoid reading such Shirk and ensure your child understands the severity of such words.