Cornelia Funke: Inkdeath (Inkheart #3) (Review)

So after having killed off Dustfinger in the second volume of this trilogy, Cornelia Funke takes us down a rather dark road in this final book in the Inkheart trilogy. Things actually look rather hopeless for a while but of course, Funke has lots of stuff up her sleeves and takes the story on a lot of fascinating twists and turns.

As the first two novels, this one again shows a huge love of books and reading with main characters being book binders, authors, book illuminators, silver tongues.

Mo is actually in a lot of trouble in this book. To bring back Dustfinger from the dead, he strikes a deal with the White Women. A deal, that ultimately can cost both him and Meggie their lives.

There are several things to like in this book – not least the glass men that are helping the authors write. I also really love the whole relation between the author and his work, Fenoglio and the Inkworld. Unfortunately, Fenoglio has lost his inspiration and is getting more and more frustrated with Orpheus who’s changing the world as he sees fit and constantly writing and reading new things into the world by taking small parts of the original manuscript and piecing them together.

Ultimately, all the main characters come together for a show-down on the castle in the lake; a show-down that nearly sees Mo going insane, Dustfinger betraying him as well as Mo working painstakingly slow on a book to buy himself time. And not just any book, no, this book is why the Adderhed is immortal although decaying.

I have enjoyed this entire series and this final installment was no exception. The story flows easily and freely from the author’s imagination, it seems – very unlike what we encounter in the book with Fenoglio being lost for words and Orpheus having to steal all his. But I guess that’s ever author’s fear that Funke is diving into here.

I’ve rated all three books 4 stars out of 5 and I stand by that. I think they’re very successful ya fantasy novels. However, there’s a couple minor issues with this one that makes me not like it quite as much as the others. There are some mistakes in this one, some things I feel were out of character and the like. Still, I feel the author manages to pull it all together and while creating a satisfying ending that leaves open endings, she still manages to make room for a possible continuation of the series if she so wishes.

I’ve always been a book lover and I think I would have read this series over and over, had it been published when I was a young teenager. I enjoy the fantasy world and I really appreciate the love for books that are everywhere in these books. I think this is a trilogy that can get at least some young adults interested in both reading and fantasy.

NB: I read this book in 2011 – I’m just a bit late in writing the review.

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Cornelia Funke: Inkspell (Inkheart #2) (Review)

Review: Inkheart

  • Title: Inkdeath (Inkheart # 3)
  • Author: Cornelia Funke
  • Publisher: Chicken House
  • Year: 2008
  • Pages: 713 pages
  • Stars: 4 stars out of 5

Cornelia Funke: Inkspell (Inkheart #2) (Review)

Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? /…/ As if something was left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells … and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower … both strange and familiar. (p. 61)

So after Meggie and her father succeed in rescuing Meggie’s mother in the first volume of the Inkspell trilogy, everything is just peachy. But of course, it isn’t very interesting to read an entire novel about peachy so the novel. So this novel has hardly begun before Dustfinger has managed to get back into the Inkworld. He has managed to find someone else who can read things into existence, Orpheus. But he left Farid behind so Farid has no other choice but to visit Meggie to persuade her to read him into the book. She reads both of them into it.

Eventually, her parents are read into the book as well along with Orpheus – but unfortunately also the Mortola and Basta. But things are getting complicated in the Inkworld after Fenoglio has started writing new stories to correct the turns the Inkworld has taken – wrongly, in Fenoglio’s opinion. So he has created a hero for the story – the Bluejay. Unfortunately, he modeled the Bluejay on Mo which of course ensures a whole lot of trouble arising for Mo, not only causing him to be mortally wounded but also to be captured by the Adderhead.

There’s lots of twist and turns in this story and I really like ideas behind the story and the love of reading and books that still comes through in this one. My favorite thing of this book is that we get to visit the Inkworld. Since we only heard about it in the first volume of the trilogy, it’s nice to finally be allowed it and see everything that we’ve all heard of.

One thing though – this book ends in a way that makes you want to immediately read on to figure out if he really died

  • Title: Inkspell (Inkheart Trilogy # 2)
  • Author: Cornelia Funke
  • Publisher: Chicken House
  • Year: 2006 (originally 2005)
  • Pages: 682 pages
  • Stars: 4 out of 5 star

NB: I read this book in 2011 – I’m just a bit late in writing the review.

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Review: Inkheart

Cornelia Funke: Inkheart (Chicken House, 2003).

o if you could read any character out of any book, who would you choose to read out? Or – if you had the chance to get into a book, which book would it be? I think my answers to these questions would be Paddington and I want to go to the Inn of the Last Home in the DragonLance world.
This sounds like the perfect thing – what could be better than being able to visit your favorite characters or places? Well, turns out – lots of things when you weren’t aware that you had the ability to read people out of books or that when you do, someone else go into that book. This is what happened to Mo and Meggie. When Meggie was just a tiny baby, Mo accidentally read her mother into a book – and then some nasty villains and one fire eater came out. The literary characters think Mo is some kind of wizard so they nick name him Silvertongue. Mo tries desperately to get his wife back but with no luck. He also tries to keep away from the villains by moving constantly, taking Meggie and a lot of books with him. But one night when Meggie is 12, the fire eater Dustfinger shows up to warn them and Meggie, her father and Dustfinger leaves their home to go live with Elinor, Mo’s wife’s aunt.
The villain who came out of the book, Capricorn, wants the book that he was read out of and eventually, Meggie, Mo and Elinor are all prisoners at Capriorn’s village – along with Fenoglio, the author of the book. While Meggie and Fenoglio are kept prisoners, Meggie discovers that she, like her father, can read characters out of books.
Capricorn wants to destroy all versions of the books – except for one so he can get his best friend read out. Mo, Elinor and Meggie manages to escape the village, only after Mo has read various treasures out of books – and the boy Farid out of 1001 Nights. But when visiting with the author, Capricorn’s men turn up again and takes Meggie…
I really like the love for books that shines through – Mo dedicates his life to the repair of old battered books, Meggie loves to read, Elinor has the most amazing library. And I love that if you take the time to think a little deeper, you can be inspired to think a lot about the relationship between an author and his work, a reader and books, how you interpret the words you read. Words don’t come alive until someone reads them – and that’s certainly the case in this book.
So maybe, probably, it would be a shame to take Paddington away from the Browns and I would probably miss my computer and other modern conveniences if I were to stay at the Inn of the Last Home.