Inkheart Trilogy: A Book Review

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The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite fantasy book series.

12 year-old Meggie has always wondered why her father has never read her a bedtime story. It seems strange considering she inherited her love for reading from him. She later on discovers that her father has a special talent: when he reads a book aloud strange things happen—things from the stories come out into the real world—and characters themselves come to life.

Of course, books always contain a vicious villain or two–one of them being the ruthless Capricorn. Capricorn wants to use Mo’s talents to bring himself great wealth and power. Things become even more complicated when Meggie discovers that Mo isn’t the only one who can read things to life.

Inkheart, the first book in the Trilogy, introduces us to vivid and entertaining characters like Mo, Meggie, Dustfinger, Farid and Capricorn. At the end of the story, we find out where Meggie’s mother has been all this time and we get a hint of the further adventures Meggie and her friends will have in the future.

Inkspell is the 2nd book in the trilogy and continues where Inkheart has left off.

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of INKHEART, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. But the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined.  – From Amazon

Inkdeath is the final book in the series.

The Adderhead–his immortality bound in a book by Meggie’s father, Mo–has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants’ only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay–Mo’s fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders. First Dustfinger, now Mo: Can anyone save this cursed story? – From Amazon

While all books in the trilogy are packed with adventure, action, suspense and magic, I would have to say the first two books are my favorite.

In the final volume, author Cornelia Funke returns her readers to Inkworld.  She does a good job of making Inkworld come alive in the readers imagination. Younger children might find it hard to follow the wide cast of characters in the last book, and might not appreciate the multi-layered plot and the exploration of the theme of fate and free will. There are several dramatic moments in the final book, and I’m left to wonder about what happened to some characters and some storylines, but all in all, I found Inkdeath a good read.

What I love most about the Inkheart Trilogy is its focus on the importance of family and relationships. I also love how the trilogy makes its readers aware of the power of books, and the ability of a good story to sweep one away into a whole new world.

I actually enjoyed the movie version of Inkheart, but I was a little peeved that it didn’t stay as true to the book as I’d liked. I wish the movie hadn’t tanked in the box office as I was so looking forward to seeing the movie version of the next two books in the series.

I had the great pleasure of attending Cornelia Funke’s signing a couple of years ago, and of asking her what her advice would be to aspiring authors.

You can watch a video of my interview with Cornelia Funke here:

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38 Responses to “Inkheart Trilogy: A Book Review”

  1. M.J. Fifield says:

    I’ve never read the series but it’s always seemed like one I would enjoy.

  2. I read the first one, and thought it was okay. I started the second one, but couldn’t get into it. Maybe I should try again. I like, but never seem to love her books, like Reckless. When I know another reader loves a series, like you, then I wonder why I’m not raving too.

  3. I haven’t read the books, which is probably why I enjoyed the movie! Nothing to compare it to and be disappointed… I’d like to read the second two books sometime to see where the story went.

  4. I’ve seen these books, but never considered reading them. Your review has inspired me. I think I’ll check to see if my library has them. Thank you!

  5. baygirl32 says:

    I loved this series! Once I started I needed more – agree with you on the movie, prehaps if it had stayed truer to the book it would have done much better (mind you I would still go see the other 2 if they were ever made)

  6. Oh, I’m not familiar heard of this series! How did I miss it?? LOL I must have been under a rock. Now I want to read it ASAP, sounds excellent. How cool too that you did an interview with Cornelia, that’s awesome.

  7. Rae says:

    Surprisingly, I haven’t read this trilogy yet. Sounds fun, tho. I must add it to my “to be read” pile. 😀

  8. Rae says:

    I haven’t read this series, although I have heard of it. Sounds fun, tho!

  9. Marcie says:

    I don’t really like to read fantasy, but the story sound good nontheless. I am visiting from the A-Z blog challenge!

  10. I don’t read fantasy either, but these sound like good books.

    Visiting from A to Z,

  11. MAJK says:

    My son started these and I generally read the books he does so that we can have intelligent conversations on them. Also, it avoids the dreaded “Where did you learn/hear/come up with that?” conversations. We’ll have to see if we can check out the movie.

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  12. Haven’t read the books nor have I seen the movie. :(

  13. I’ve missed the books and movie. Must seek them out as I do love a bit of fantasy.
    Good luck with your AtoZ
    Thanks for dropping by and commenting on mine.
    Lynne @lynneinPborough

  14. Tyrean says:

    Cool interview! I really liked the first book.

  15. natalie says:

    Haven’t read or seen the books or movie, but you’ve given me an idea for a gift.

  16. Dina Thanki says:

    I’ve seen these in the bookshops and thought they looked quite intriguing. Not my type of reading but now you have told me a bit about it I might actually give them a go, thank you!

  17. Cecilia says:

    Oh, I’m a Cornelia Funke fan. I watched the Inkheart and LOVED it. :) which reminds me, I have to snag a copy of Inkspell. :)

  18. Amy Brantley says:

    I LOVE this series and agree that the movie was good, but should have stayed true to the book. Adding you to my blog roll!!

  19. Loved the first book. Haven’t read the others yet. Really need to. Maybe I should reread the first one? And get my son to read it with me!

    Great recommendation!

  20. i like the Inkheart movie as well, but I never read the book…seems since i started blogging my reading is in the form of visiting blogs, not book…

  21. Jay Noel says:

    Yeah, I remember seeing the preview for that movie in the theater. I was impressed, but it just didn’t do much of anything in the box office. Kind of how I feel about The Golden Compass.

  22. C.M. Brown says:

    I haven’t read the books, but I have seen the movie and enjoyed it! Thanks for making a visit to my blog.


  23. Ruby Young says:

    Hi, That sounds like an interesting series. I’ll have to check it out at the library. I rarely purchase books if I can find them at the library.
    Thanks for telling us about them. Best regards to you. Ruby

  24. Dawn says:

    Yep, I’ve read them all! They are my daughter’s favorite books. We’d read every night before bed. I liked the glassmen.

    The Write Soil
    1st Writes

  25. Kristi says:

    What a cool series! Adding it to my Goodreads list now!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! *waves*

  26. Cat says:

    Haven’t read this yet but I’ve heard so may good things! I should add them to my Goodreads!

  27. daphne says:

    i have heard these books are very good… i bet they’d be great to read to my students…

  28. Wow, these sound like great books, I’ll have to look into getting them to read to my daughter.

    Dropping by from the A to Z :)

  29. Lisa says:

    I have been meaning to read these books for a while. I will have to move them up on my reading list :) Great blog.


  30. carol says:

    I’ve only read the first, but really enjoyed it. I have to admit I liked the movie, too, even if it wasn’t the same as the book.

  31. Heather says:

    First, thank you for your comment on my blog!

    Second, I keep meaning to read these books. I bought all three of them some time ago and I still haven’t read them! The sit upon the fireplace mantel so every day I see them and think I really should get around to reading them.

  32. I enjoyed very much Inkheart, the movie and I always knew it was based on a book, though I really didn’t know. It was the way the story was told that I got the feeling there was a book somewhere. Of course, I didn’t know it was a trilogy but thanks to you I now can get my copies and start enjoying. Thank you!

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog.
    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

  33. Andrew says:

    I love the titles of these books. I’ve been meaning to read them for a while but just haven’t had the time.

  34. Cynthia says:

    I am a Capricorn, so I’m kinda curious to see how the “ruthless” Capricorn is portrayed in this book. Thanks for the reviews!

  35. Cynthia says:

    Being a Capricorn, I’m rather curious to see how the “ruthless” Capricorn is portrayed in this book. Thanks for the reviews!

  36. Jen says:

    I would really like to read these… love fantasy – great for stealing away for a short time into another world! Great post – enjoyed the read :)
    Thanks for stopping by Mom-ology – Happy A to Z-ing


  37. ANJALICA says:

    The books are very cool…I love the story,but never got the time to read 3rd part..I feel like I am inside the book myself while I read this..

  38. NickyBriggs says:

    I watched the film it was geat! I enjoy reading so I will hopefully enjoy the books!

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