I can't tell you why I even picked up this series way back in 1983. It was definitely marketed towards young female comic readers. But for whatever reason, I found this series an enjoyable read full of fun, action and a nice little story.
If you don't know the character here is a little catch up. The first mini series (a 12 issue maxi series) tells the tale of a little girl named Amy who discovers that she is the orphaned princess from the mystical land of Gemworld. When she arrives on Gemworld to do battle she is transformed into a 16 year old mystical warrior.
The original series took place outside the DC universe but over time (through a few other series of her own) Doctor Fate became involved in her story. In the past few years, Amethyst was even featured in the DC event 'Flashpoint' as part of the Secret Seven team.
Recently. DC announced that Amethyst will be making her introduction in the 'New 52' DC as the main character in the title 'Sword Of Sorcery' written by Christie Marx and drawn by Aaron Lopresti.