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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


Synopsis from Amazon:

Meggie is the daughter of a revered bookbinder called Mo whose peaceful existence is one night shattered by the arrival of Dustfinger–a shadowy man with a mysterious link to Mo’s past. Mo and Meggie are soon on the move, running from something that threatens everything they hold dear. But the past inevitably catches up with them and Mo is forced to reveal to his daughter for the first time his terrible secret. He has the ability, or curse, to breathe life into any story he reads and make the characters come alive. Just such a character, the sinister Capricorn, is after Mo to ensure that he stays alive and is never returned to the pages from which he was sprung. And, of course, he’ll stop at nothing to guarantee success.

This is the first book in the Inkheart trilogy, and enjoyable enough that I will be reading the next in the series. This book was full of adventure and excitement. I love the idea of being able to read characters out of a book, and I enjoyed seeing how the said characters developed in the real world.

This book is classed as young person’s book, but I found it very readable and gripping. Funke writes a great story with twists and turns and some great characters. I loved Meggie’s great aunt best. I would love a book collection as big as hers and she just made me laugh!

I didn’t read this quickly however. I was enjoying the book but it was a slow read. However, that didn’t put me off the story at all. I loved the concept, I loved the quotes from other books at the beginning of each chapter, I loved all the characters – even the ones I didn’t like; this was a good fun read that I think adults should read as well.


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Inkdeath. – Cornelia Funke.


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..


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Inkheart ~ Cornelia Funke

Synopsis from Amazon:
Meggie’s father, Mo, has an wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life–literally. Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read so lyrically from the the book Inkheart, that several of the book’s wicked characters ended up blinking and cursing on his cottage floor. Then Mo discovered something even worse–when he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggie’s mother in.

Meggie, now a young lady, knows nothing of her father’s bizarre and powerful talent, only that Mo still refuses to read to her. Capricorn, a being so evil he would “feed a bird to a cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart,” has searched for Meggie’s father for years, wanting to twist Mo’s powerful talent to his own dark means. Finally, Capricorn realizes that the best way to lure Mo to his remote mountain hideaway is to use his beloved, oblivious daughter Meggie as bait!

My thoughts:

This book has the potential to be a cracking read. The author knows how to describe characters and the settings very well. I particually liked the description of Tinkerbell and her ‘tinkling’. However, unfortunetly the plot just wasn’t enough to hold me. Perhaps it was because it is a childrens (teenage) book and I personally need something more. I will be passing this book onto my 13 year old son as I am sure that he will absolutely love it.

Overall, not a bad read but not good enough to read the rest of the series.

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