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New Allies, New Perils, New Enemies In the Quest For the Floating City of Cielis!

  • Jan 22, 2011
Please note that this review is coming from someone who had received an uncorrected proof and as such, I only have access to the version with most of the art unfinished. Only the first few pages (1-16) were in color while the rest was in black and white. But for me, it was still quite good and I saw enough to say that the art was well done. I’ll be honest here, I’m not this graphic novel’s target audience, but there is just something about the book that entertained and maybe even made me look for more.

Kazu Kibuishi is a Japanese author and illustrator best known for his work on the comic anthology “Flight“ and he has written and drawn the “Amulet“ series with a more adolescent reader in mind. “Amulet: The Cloud Searchers” is the third volume of the series (Stone keeper and Stone Keeper’s Curse being the first two) and has been published by Scholastic. Kibuishi has written an enthralling tale of magic, curses, heroism and revelations.


Emily, Navin and their group of resistance fighters are on a quest to find the lost city of Cielis, the floating city that supposedly serves safe haven for the last remaining members of the guardian council. This council had governed Alledia in times past and this magical city may be the last key for survival. They manage to convince an eccentric pilot called Enzo to help them find the floating city and to help them avoid the perils of the journey. Meanwhile, Trellis, the son of the evil elf king has become a hunted prince. For his failures in capturing Emily and her band, Trellis and his companion, Luger is being pursued by a powerful hunter called Gabilan who has a way of neutralizing the magic of the stones. Oh, did I mention that Gabilan is also after Emily and her crew? Seems like old foes may need to band together to avoid annihilation….

   The Cloud Searchers (Amulet)

  The Cloud Searchers (Amulet)

“The Cloud Searchers” is a graphic novel that has a charm that appeals to young adults. For some reason, I was reminded of manga (Japanese comic) because of the style of the artwork. There is a lot of detail to them, but there is just something that manages to attract my eye in the way Kibuishi draws his panels. There is a lot of action to be had with this third volume, Emily and Trellis are on a perilous journey that takes them face to face with flying creatures, ancient gargantuan animals that are monstrous and yet they appear so docile. This has always been the charm of fantasy graphic novels to me, the fantastic creatures and the magical places that are only limited by the imagination. Kibuishi keeps the tone rather friendly to his intended reader but even for one who has read hundreds (maybe thousands of graphic novels), I found his efforts quite solid and refreshing in the execution.

As for the story, this goes further into the “Amulet” series as new characters are introduced, new alliances are made, and we see Emily start getting more used to becoming a “Stone keeper”. She is developing more control and she becoming more comfortable with his new-found power. Emily is a young girl given power and this volume reveals a secret to the enchanted stones, and what’s more, there is a huge revelation on the part of Trellis as there seems to be more to him than fans had expected. New characters are introduced as older ones were fleshed out. I enjoyed the way the writing makes the devices transition into continuity very easily. Kibuishi gives his characters a lot of personality, and I have to say I can tell why many could easily be hooked on this book.

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet)

For some reason, some parts of the graphic novel reminded me of “Star Wars episode IV”. A pilot in a bar and the scene with Emily and Leon the fox as they practice ‘defense’ just screamed Luke and Obi-Wan with the remote, only this time it was with a bottle. There is some devices to ponder about with this volume, as Emily may have unknowingly become more attached to her stone than she had first thought. Gabilan is one hunter with a lot of tools to counter the attacks of a stone keeper; I did think of the bounty hunter in “Return of the JedI” clashing with the “Witch King of Mordor” for some reason once I saw him. “Amulet” is very rich with fantasy elements and so references to other fantasy installments should be expected.

Many would say that “The Cloud Searchers” may be a ‘transitional phase’ as the series prepares for a showdown. It does do one thing right and that is it managed to get my full attention; Kibuishi’s writing had enough rhythm to generate momentum and I found that it was really easy for me to get into its story. This is a credit to the writing, he manages to keep fans invested while attracting new readers into the fold. Hey, I am not its intended audience and it is to his credit that I liked it.

Recommended! [3 ½ Out of 5 Stars]


New Allies, New Perils, New Enemies In the Quest For the Floating City of Cielis!

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January 24, 2011
Love the pics WP
January 23, 2011
The illustrations are wonderful. Great review, William. The storyline sounds fun too; I like that there was the feel of Star Wars Episode IV to parts of it too. I love it when a non-intended audience enjoys an unexpected read. Definitely a credit to the writer. :)
January 23, 2011
Thanks, Adri, this has certain aspects that appear similar to Star Wars, LOTR, and maybe even Elfquest. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much despite the fact that I wasn't its intended audience.
January 22, 2011
Amazon Vine selection?
January 22, 2011
Kinda. I was found through the vine program and the book was sent to me. Check out the new photos I've uploaded. Art is pretty good. Oh, another thing, stay tuned, I am dropping a review for # 3 for a certain comic either tonight or tomorrow... =)
January 22, 2011
I'm just wondering, are this kind of books available for e-reading? I won't mind having them download to my new Samsung Galaxy Tab, LOL...
January 22, 2011
I think it is available through amazon....you and your Samsung Galaxy Tab...I thought you were going to buy me one LOL!
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This third book in Kibuishi’s fantasy-epic Amulet graphic-novel series has the gaggle of heroes led by young Emily, the requisite prophecy fulfiller with unharnessed powers, searching for a fabled city in the clouds while dodging capture by evil elf overlords. Star Wars and Tolkien continue to loom large as influences, and the cinematically grand visuals of otherworldly scenery continue to be one of the series’ deftest draws. But plenty of action and complex characters (including a few who were bad guys not too long ago) will also satisfy. The series looks poised to settle into a nice long Bone-like run. Grades 4-7. --Ian Chipman
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ISBN-10: 0545208858
ISBN-13: 978-0545208857
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: GRAPHIX
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