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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