“I loved this book a lot. The pictures were very well detailed and it was like reading the last part word by word 'till the end of it.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I loved this book a lot. The pictures were very well detailed and it was like reading the last part word by word 'till the end of it. ”Navneet wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“max lets go of a beast in jail. he gives the mother stone and makes a deal with it.
they attack emily and fall of a ship. they all survive but are all split up. they find each other and max broke all his bones on the drop. the amulet cures him but he doesn't want to keep on going and just die.”
“I think this book is amazing because there are a lot of intense and exciting moments. The only thing i don't like about the book is that they are too short and leaves you hanging. I would recommend this book to a person who like adventurous, colorful, graphic novels.”Tyler I wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Amazing ”Tom Brady aka Guillermo wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this is such a great book except it ends on a cliff hanger make the 6th already I mean come on!”DJ L wrote this review Monday, October 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“THIS BOOK- no graphic novel is the best graphic novel I'f ever read its got atcion, and well thats it... but thats what I would want in a story oh yes spoiler alert: MAX GRIFFIN DIES! XD”Super Fancy wrote this review Wednesday, September 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book and can't wait for the next one!”Alex S. wrote this review Thursday, September 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“We get to book five and BAM! So much action and tension and the characters are growing and learning and all have their own quirks and faults. It's a very enjoyable series that I highly recommend. Not only do we have a female as the main protagonist but she is coping with growing up, learning magic powers, struggling with control, dealing with betrayals, and getting wrapped up in a war! It's well plotted and left me eager for the next installment!”April D wrote this review Wednesday, June 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's great! Wanna read it, others?”Blake Rascon wrote this review Sunday, May 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the fifth and as far as I can tell most recent volume to come out (not including individual comics, I guess). Still great, although you can really tell from volume to volume what the author's feelings on the future of his comic was. The first book could have been self contained, but continued on at the last minute. Then the fourth and fifth volumes expanded the story even more, probably when he found out his funding was extended. I'm glad it was though... the only problem is that none of the bad guys have any motivation anymore.
So yeah, the last two books have really taken the story to new levels, but a bit off the rails too. So in the first book, we found out that Emily's great grandfather had a magic stone that could take him to another world. The stone talked to Emily and warned her of danger, but also tempted her with power. She became the 'stonekeeper', a powerful force in the other world. Her mom got snagged by a monster, she saved her, an evil elf showed up, she shut him down, but at the end her mom was poisoned so they ended the volume with a vow to go to the nearest city to get help.
For the next couple of books they continue in that vein. We learn that the elf was actually mostly a good guy, and his father was the evil elf king that has taken over the land. They cure Emily's mother, and the elf prince hooks up with the good guys.
Then in book four they find out more about the stones... by this time we've learned that there are more than one stone, and that if you merge with the stone you become some kind of evil magic giant monster. Well, now we find out that everyone on this planet is not native, and when they got there they found a huge 'mother stone' and all the little stones they use are chips off of that. A new bad guy shows up and steals what is left of the mother stone.
In book five, that guy, who works with the evil elf king, uses a new chip off the mother stone to empower a monster and attacks the good guys with it. The good guys, however, have learned that the stones can bring you into another dimension called the void that can basically let you time travel, although it would appear that you can't change history when you do so.
So why don't the bad guys have any motivation? Because we found out at the end that the main bad guy was the voice that has been talking to Emily through her stone.
The stone has been talking to Emily from the beginning, warning her about danger, tempting her to let it be in control. She felt this was a bad idea from the start, despite her thinking that it was just a magic rock left to her by her great grandfather. Later we find out that letting the stone take over turns you into a giant evil monster, so that was another good reason. However, the stone started taking her into a dream world and talking to her in spirit form, hinting that it was getting ready to oppose and play a game with some adversary that it refused to talk about. At this point the reader is left to suppose that the stones all talk, and since this is a helpful stone, it must be opposing the stone held by the evil Elf King. Makes sense, especially when we discover that a lot of bad guys are controlled by a voice from another stone.
However, then we find out that the elf king is dead (but still active), and wait a second, not a giant monster. Then we find out that the voices from the other stone are from another living stone keeper (also not a giant monster). Finally, at the end of volume five we find out about the 'void', how it is filled with evil spirits, and we discover that there is just one main evil spirit that is controlling the main bad guys, and it is the same one that has been talking to Emily all this time! The game it was getting to play was against her all along! Plus, it does this every 500 years.
What the heck? So the elf kid wasn't the bad guy after all. But then the elf king wasn't the bad guy after all either. Okay. But even the other stone keeper from volume four isn't the main bad guy! Is this spirit even a bad guy? Maybe the mother stone was just a prison to contain these spirits, and the ones who made the mother stone so long ago are the bad guys? I mean, how can you get worked up over any of these bad guys when each one turns out to be a dupe of another every other volume?
Basically, this means that there is no reason for any of this to be happening. The spirit isn't tied to the amulet, it lives in the void and can talk to whoever it wants, so it didn't need Emily to retrieve the stone for it... it had already sent the elf kid to the other world. Plus, it always knows where Emily is, so if it really wants the stone back it can just send more people to take it. Plus, if the spirit isn't a bad guy, why is it such an asshole?
I would also say that it seems weird that the elves can't remember that every 500 years one of their kings goes crazy and tries to take over the world. The elf kid was the equivalent of like eight a century ago, and now he's the equivalent of a high schooler. That would imply that elves totally live longer than 500 years, so it would easily be within living memory. Maybe he meant 5000 and it was a typo or something? Weird.
All in all, a cool series if you just go with it. Very cinematic.