Life in the Inkworld has been far from easy since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the story of Inkheart magically drew Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger back into its pages.
With Dustfinger dead, and the evil Adderhead now in control, the story in which they are all caught has taken an unhappy turn. As winter comes, there is reason to hope – but only if Meggie and Mo can rewrite the wrongs of the past and make a dangerous deal with death..
Okay I promised myself that I’d read this finale to the series with an open mind, for several reasons. For a start I’d already heard from others that this novel was a bit of a let down in the terms of the fact that the others, Inkheart and Inkspell were so much better. Also I didn’t expect that there could be a good ending to such a fantastic series. This being said, however, if we didn’t attempt to read books just because we heard a couple of bad reviews from others, then surely nobody would ever read? It turns out that I had absolutely no reason to be worried.
From the first page I was drawn back into Cornelia Funke’s world of words and magic, once again.
Dutsfinger is dead, but Farid isn’t ready to say goodbye. He and Meggie turn to Orpheus, a man who has the words and the power to bring him back from the dead. However, Orpheus does nothing for free and we soon find that he has greedy, power-hungry intentions. He’ll do anything, including going against his promise to bring Dustfinger back.
Three months have passed since Meggie and her parents arrived in the Inkworld and it hasn’t been an easy journey. They’ve lived amongst a band of robbers – led by the Black Prince and his giant bear – who are always on the move. They’re trying to stay one step ahead of the Adderhead’s bloodthirsty soldiers who hunt Mo, day in day out.
Everyone mistakes Mo for the Bluejay, a fictional character created by Fengolio, who according to the stories, shares the same characteristics as Mo. But lately, Resa – Mo’s wife – has been noticing a change in Mo. He is becoming the Bluejay, heart and soul, acting recklessly and fearlessly just to play the part of the hero. Resa desperately wants to leave the Inkworld before he dies.. Or forgets who he is.
Months ago, Mo bound a book for the Adderhea that would make him immortal. But now the book is falling apart, and so is the Adderhead. He’s sick and weak, and terrified of death. So he sent his soldiers to capture Mo and force him to bind a new book.. Can Mo find a way to stop the Adderhead and more importantly, save himself?
In this finale full of suspense, action and love, we see the story draw to a conclusion. The final words are being woven in and amongst the pages, but where will the path end..