Tonawanda News


December 10, 2012

BOOK NOOK: NU student's 'The Amulet' is exciting but overdone

Tonawanda News — The Amulet is a modern-day soap opera that takes place in Egypt. The cast is young, hip and all the characters have a cooler name than you. 

Love. Betrayal. Demise. Uncertainty. Blood. Niagara University student and author Sarah Page packs it all in there. The book is right up a preteen drama queen’s alley, but for an adult audience, I would have to say it’s a miss. 

The story’s main character, a farmhand named Fala, finds herself playing hostess to two twin demigods (higher than a godling, but not yet a high god), Amahté and Akori, who were briefly banished to the human world as punishment by their parents. 


is portrayed as the insensitive brother who says the wrong things at the wrong time. Akori is the more tolerant and level-headed of the two. Fala doesn’t care to deal with either and whines about it for a majority of the book’s beginning half. 

On her own since her mother’s death and abandoned by her father, the know-it-all, no nonsense Fala learned at an early age how to support herself and maintain a somewhat civilized lifestyle in order to earn her place in the afterlife. She wasn’t prepared to have her world thrown for a loop when the brothers worked their way into it. 

The one relic her mother left behind, a sacred amulet becomes the link between her past, present and future as the brothers help her on an unexpected quest to find its owner, but what she discovers is that the amulet was in the right hands all along. 

The end. 

Not really.

The amulet reconnects her with her father, who happens to be Osiris, Lord of the dead. He’s a pretty big deal. Osiris, after years apart from his daughter, leaving her with a bunch of insecurity issues in the form of a short temper and tough exterior, thinks a lunch date can patch things up. 

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