The triumvirate known as the Emissaries of Varn who now attack the Ruby Ruins continue to press on as Amethyst and her companions can do little to stop them. Each subsequent attack is thrown back upon the heroes as if it were nothing and they find their morale starting to slip. The last Diamond priest who has arrived to save the day as it were, now wields the combined might of his order and as he strikes out, it is with a ferocity that looks to win them the day but alas, it is all for naught. Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn give Amethyst a very formidable set of foes and readers have to remember that she is only thirteen years old and not as battle-hardened as some of her companions like Lord Garnet. Be that as it may, she refuses to give up, especially after those of Varn destroy the Diamond priest. So too does Lord Ruby stand his ground, not willing to lose what is left of his kingdom after the previous defeat at the hands of Dark Opal years past. He focuses all of his power and that of his kingdom into a powerful laser that lashes out at the villains and while that too seems as if it is going to work, it is only for a moment before that effort also fails. With everything going on which is quite a lot, Amethyst manages to see a pattern in the attacks and when she points it out to those who remain among them, they take advantage of that possible weakness and where their defeat was all but scripted, they manage to pull out a win against what seemed to be impossible odds and also save Lord Moonstone in the process. While all of that is the main focus of the book, the writers also take a look at how things are going on Earth with Amy’s parents and it sees them worrying about her to no end while back on Gemworld the princesses of Emerald gain an audience with Citrina, their mother not doing so well with all of the recent events that have taken place. Finally, there is Carnelian who is trying to track down the Amethyst gem so that he might curry favour with his father Dark Opal and things do not go quite according to plan. A well-rounded issue packed with action and drama and all of it drawn beautifully by Ernie Colón.
4 out of 5