I love the amulet series so much but I feel book eight fell flat for me.
MAJOR SPOILER WARNING FOR AMULET: SUPERNOVA!
I wanted way more of the Phoenix. It was a terrifying, violent creature and their could've been so much more! Unfortunately, it was over all too soon. Instead of Emily learning from her mistake and trusting her friends, she simply overcame it by her own abilities. Impressive but very anticlimatic. The main conflict was resolved way too fast and was already over with.
And then there are the new characters.
I am not fond of them. I don't hate them at all but they will not be used much after this. There is no depth to them. I love the original characters from pre book seven. They are developed and discovered in a way that usually takes more books to do so. Trellis goes from being a cryptic menace to a trusted ally, Vigo becomes more kind to the other members and softens up on them, Emily discovers her talents and overcomes obstacles but falls to her own selfishness which was an amazing flaw! But these characters are underdeveloped and way too flat for me to love.
Unfortunately, same goes for Riva.
I love her but she was added too quickly and given WAY too much importance straight off the bat. She was added as a good leader and could be made into a wonderful ally but there's simply not enough time to really give her great depth. Book six sets her up as a great leader born from Lucien's underground city architect with a kind heart and open mind, and seems to be implying that she is a love interest to Trellis or at least a major supporter of him. But that's it.
She's absent completely in book seven but book eight is called upon Vigo to help Trellis rebuild Gulfen and the elves. We see that she is resistant at first but that's all. No sign of worry that she isn't prepared, no selfishness or resentment towards her own people for forcing her city underground. She just doesn't want to. She hasn't developed at all. I worry that if she was added to be Trellis' future love interest, then that was all she was created for. Her leadership would be traded for being a queen and she'd make no other development. Her entire purpose would be just being Trellis' queen. Their relationship is friendly at best but lacks depth. While Trellis' relationship with Emily has been well written with its pitfalls and strengths as their personalities and ideals either clash or fit together perfectly, Riva and Trellis are only seen being just nice to one another.
Riva deserves so much more than just a good mayor and possible love interest. I bear no hatred for the idea of Riva and Trellis one day possibly getting together but there's just not enough.
Supernova fell flat in plot and most new character development but it did excel in showing the softer or sinister side of other characters. We see how torn Logi is in serving his king and serving the beloved prince that he watched grow. We see Trellis' sheepish modesty over having very dedicated fans and his concerns of the future. We see Vigo and Karen's incredible intuitiveness over events that they don't really know are occuring. We see Navin's abilityto think fast and his surprising resilience and Emily's sheer power and strength in the face of adversity.
But I do have more questions that were raised.
Are other planets dealing with the scourge that is the Voice?
Is the Voice invincible as it seems to affect future stonekeepers?
Why does the Elf King look so disfigured?
Who Is Moze and how is he Emily's son?
Why does he mention his father and recite his words of not getting stuck in the past and further mentions fighting family's history? Noted that Trellis has a reoccuring theme of the overcoming the past and moving past the mistakes of his forefathers. The only other person really seen with this is Max and he had passed away in book six. (Rest in Peace, Garbage Child/50-year-old man.)
Are Trellis and Emily his adoptive parents?
Did Emily have him with an unnamed father in the future?
Where does Moze fit in the story?
What are your thoughts?