Tonawanda News

December 10, 2012

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

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The Tonawanda News

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. 

Amahté 

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. 

Oh, and the reader learns that her mother is alive, too. And Fala falls in love with the rude demigod Amahté. But Amahté’s father, a high god, hates his new human girlfriend and slaps her. 

Fala knocks out Amahte’s father. The father gets hurt. Osiris’ brother Set tries to kill Fala. 

Oh snap. 

The reader learns the other brother Akori is having a secret love affair with a human servant. At some point Fala grows wings. The father is punished for his crimes and everyone is happy. 

Wait, what?

There’s a lot going on. 

The beginning of the story feels a bit rushed, as does the ending, yet the book is 270 pages long. Everything wraps up all too certainly after so much turmoil endured by the parties involved.

The reader isn’t really left any breathing room in between acts.

Every connection to Fala’s story is deserving of its own story. “The Amulet” has more than enough drama and excitement for a series, and it would probably read better as such.

Jessica Brant is a freelance reporter for the Tonawanda News.

• WHAT: "Amulet" • BY: Sarah Page • GRADE: B

Jessica Brant is a freelance reporter for the Tonawanda News.