Amulet #6: Escape from Lucien

By Kazu Kibuishi

 

From the back cover

A WORTHY MISSION … OR A TRAP?

Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King’s loyal followers, when she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

In a gist…

This is the sixth book of the series Amulet. Emily and Navin continue their quest to restore peace in different cities and fight the Elf King and his followers. The book carries on with the same concepts as the previous books of the series with one exception; the nullification of the mother’s concerns. I couldn’t help but notice by this sixth book of the series how naive Emily and Navin’s mother is and how they lead their own lives their way and she just follows their lead. It must be every child’s wish to have parents that let him do whatever he wants while controlling his parents as well but it was quite disturbing by this sixth book. The mother keeps babbling about how the kids shouldn’t be going out to fight and how they should be sending older people to fight but the children always ignore her or laugh her off and continue with their mission. The children’s neglect to their mother’s advice and commands are quite concerning in my opinion.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

– Their are ghost-like creatures that take over and control some residents of a town.
– An elf punches a boy in the nose and blood is illustrated dripping down the boy’s face.
– The ghost controlling the amulet is displayed and takes away a life.

Profanity

None

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/Islamic Values

– The dismissal of Emily and Navin’s mother’s concerns and advice, as mentioned above, is evident on page 20 of the book.
– On page 119, the mayor of Lucien states that she doesn’t believe in “prophecies, miracles, or premonitions” and Navin reassures her that he doesn’t either. The mayor is referring to prophecies given by talking trees but generalizing that one doesn’t believe in all miracles and prophecies may put doubts into young readers’ minds about the miracles and prophecies preformed by real prophets and messengers of Allah.
– the Stonekeeper that allowed his amulet to control him got the ghost of his amulet to prolong his life (page 182) but once her tried to get rid of the ghost’s control of him, it took his life away stating that it let him live longer than he would have without his help. The mere concept of anything prolonging one’s life is haram in Islam. This part of the book contains a form of Shirk in Allah SWT.

Final Verdict

The children’s mother is negated for most of the book, a ghost is believed to have prolonged a boy’s life, and two characters bluntly state that they don’t believe in prophecies and miracles. These are the main concerns I have for this book.

Amulet #5: Prince of the Elves

By Kazu Kibuishi

 

From the back cover

Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Mac Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily land. Her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. And when she seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, she discovers that the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

In a gist…

This book continues with the idea of the power of illusions.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

None other than the same type of supernatural battles that have been taking place throughout the series.

Profanity

None

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/Islamic Values

The book emphasizes the importance of family and strong family ties.

Final Verdict

This book displays supernatural powers and illusions while portraying the dangers of losing control of one’s self while seeking power.

 

Amulet #4: The Last Council

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.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

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.

Profanity

Mild language like “shut up” is used at times.

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values

The book emphasizes the importance of family and strong family ties.

Final Verdict

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.

Amulet #3: The Cloud Searchers

By Kazu Kibuishi

 

From the back cover

AN IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY WITH DANGER AT EVERY TURN…
Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cialis. There they hope to find help from the Guardian Council’s powerful Stonekeepers. It’s a mission that Alledia’s survival depends on, and time is running out – Emily’s got to find Cielis before the Elf Kind finds her.

In a gist…

Book Three of the graphic novel series Amulet. Emily is still fighting the power of her amulet and trying to control it instead of being controlled by it. The only inappropriate seen I found in this book is that the kids, along with their escorts, walk into a bar that is referred to as a “drinking hole” where the customers are shown carrying beer mugs and later on are shown getting drunk.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

Much of this book is about using superpowers to blast off individuals and throwing enemies off of hills.
A hitman is hired to kill the King Elf’s son and another elf soldier.

Profanity

Mild language like “shut up” is used at times.

Smoking/Intoxicants

The lead characters walk into a “drinking hole” where pilots are getting drunk

Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values

None.

Final Verdict

Alcohol and violence are portrayed in this novel.

Amulet #2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse

By Kazu Kibuishi

 

From the back cover

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi returns with his mysterious world full of new allies… and old enemies!

Emily and Navin’s mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod’s poison, and there’s only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble, dangerous trouble.

In a gist…

This book has a much intense plot compared to the first one in the series. The demons are illustrated with much more detail that could be found disturbing for young readers. There is some reference to some trees foretelling the future, which at first sounded alarming to me but later on in the book they explain that they cannot see the future but can predict based on past events. A curse was put on a city where it’s people started turning into animals. One of the animals is a pig and is shown on several pages. The amulet that Emily found in the first book gives her a lot of power which she needs to learn to control. The amulet speaks to her mind and she has to train her brain not to listen to it. I liked how the book emphasizes the importance of controlling one’s self when given great powers.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

– The elves’ mission is to kill Emily and her aid. Orders to kill Emily are given throughout the book.
– some killing between the elves is shown, no blood though.
– Very graphic depictions of beasts

Profanity

None

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values

None, the family members put themselves through danger to save one another.

Final Verdict

Overall, this book seems harmless for your kids to read inshallah if you keep the above points in mind.

Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper

By Kazu Kibuishi

 

From the back cover

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

In a gist…

This is a graphic novel and is the first of seven books in the Amulet series. This book starts off with a tragic car accident resulting in the death of Emily Hayes’ father. Following the death of her father, the family is forced to move out of the city into an old family house in the woods to cut on financial expenses. Their new home turns out with more problems than they had anticipated. My only concern with the book is the fact that the robots created by Silas seem to be given some human emotions and idolize him as God.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

A car accident results in the death of Emily’s father.

Profanity

None

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values

– Family values are respected, and kept at good levels. The kids’ quest is to save their mother and they still remember their father fondly after two years of his passing.
It is of great concern that the robots created by Silas say “Thank Silas” in places where they are expected to be saying “Thank God”.

Final Verdict

Overall, this book seems harmless for your kids to read inshallah if you keep the above points in mind.