Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Author: Cornelia Funke
Originally Published: 2005
Length: 635 pages
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 4.75/5
Amazon.com Rating: 4.5/5 (231 Customer Reviews)

At the closing of Inkheart, many of the characters receive their happy endings, except for Dustfinger, who is still trapped in a world to which he doesn't belong. Inkspell begins with his successful reentry into Inkworld, by the mouth of Orpheus, who is secretly working for Basta and Mortola. When Farid begs Meggie to read him into the story to go after Dustfinger, Meggie insists that she go too. In revenge for Capricorn's death, Mortola has Orpheus read Mo into the story to be killed, but Resa clings to him and goes as well. However, for all of these characters who find themselves in Inkworld, nothing is as anyone expects, and things can change instantly with the touch of a pen to paper.

One of the things I like about Funke's stories is that they always go in directions I would not expect. It's not that there are any big "twists" in the end, I'm just always pleasantly surprised at what adventure comes next or how a conflict is resolved. Of course I also love the tributes to reading and writing. Fenoglio's part in creating Inkheart makes me think of the godlike power an author plays in forming a world and its characters, how he/she may get attached to certain characters, and gleefully revel in the creation of a truly horrible villain. Fenoglio really seems to care about his friends, but is constantly blindsided due to his arrogance. He's such an interesting character. And if I was a little in love with Dustfinger in the first book, my love has deepened (be still my heart!) with reading Inkspell. I wonder, since this is a young adult book, if younger readers fall for Farid, while the ones like me (with a few frizzy gray hairs sprouting out of my head) prefer Dustfinger?

My notes on Inkspell (mostly just a summary of chapters which will be helpful when the library finally has Inkdeath available for me!)

Prude-ometer (subjective content assessment): Super mild language here and there.


  1. My oldest son really likes these books. I haven't read any of them yet.

  2. By the time I finished Inkspell I was more than a little in love with Dustfinger. Glad to know that I'm not the only one.

    Terrific review -- much better than mine.

    I'm halfway done with Inkdeath now.

  3. Great review! I just ordered the trilogy for me and my daughter to share. I can't wait to start it.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  4. I've been meaning to read these books ( I have to read Inkheart before I will watch it) but I haven't picked them up yet. It really sounds like I should though :)

  5. I enjoyed Inkheart but didn't love it. I've heard Inkspell is better, though, so I might give it a try one of these days! :)