Inkworld is loosing hope. The Adderhead is in control. His brother-in-law rules Ombra.
Mo has become the Bluejay. He has to free the people of Ombra and fix the wrongs of the past.
This world is made of Ink. Surely that means only Ink can cure it? But Fenoglio’s not writing anymore. And Mo is being hunted by the Bluejay.
If he’s caught, Inkworld will never have hope again.
This book is thick enough to kill a hippo. Thick books have a habit of depressing me. In the end, I give myself reading goals and find a particular page that I have to get to. I stop reading for fun, but for perseverance. This book was no different.
Like Inkspell, it twisted and turned and meandered all over Inkworld. Unlike Inkspell, not a dull moment turned up. Fascinating. Riveting. And oh, such a great storyline. But come on, it was huge. It took forever to say what needed to be said. Some people have the gift of a concise and brilliant novel that doesn’t make a crash when you drop it on the table. Cornelia Funke does not have that gift.
I know there are people in this world who adore thick books and think they’re the cat’s pajamas. You’ve probably guessed that I don’t. I lose interest if it’s too long. (Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a boring book!) I think the author could have culled. There was just too much in there. Too many points of view, too many villains, too many storylines.
With the points of view, I kept getting mixed up with all the different storylines. Oh, it’s fine if you are reading large amounts of it every day. But every time I had a break, I lost touch with the characters. The points of view weren’t necessary. They were good reading. You get the humorous take, the depressed take, the terrified take, the angry take… Plenty of authors will write a book with one point of view. This one needed the multiple, but it didn’t need that many. In the end, the book wasn’t about anyone in particular. It was about the story. I like a book for it’s characters. Yet at the same time, the characters were all very strong.
When I say “too many villains” I feel very bad. I can’t imagine the story without all of them. But there were a few minor ones, henchmen, and they were barely useful and certainly not as frightening as they should have been. Even the big evil’s badness wasn’t well developed. The reader is scared of him because he does bad stuff. I think there’s more to a villain than that. With the amount of bad guys, not all of them could be…ended….by the finale. The ending was very unsatisfactory, and I’m still thinking, “But….but what about_______? Why does he get off scot-free?” If there’s something in a book I strongly dislike, it’s a villain getting away with it.
The amount of storylines wasn’t necessary. It even threw in a love-triangle for 14 year old Meggie. It’s great to have a complicated book, but come on. The author could have saved them for another book.
The violence increased dramatically throughout the trilogy. It wasn’t gory-and-gross violence, definitely not. But when it spoke of violence, it used terrible phrases…truly chilling. But these thoughts… if they’re done too often, they can become untasteful. Horrible, cruel, and just wrong. I won’t say this book ruined my innocence. I won’t say I’ve been scarred for life. But I’d make the “13+” a “Mature Audiences 13+.”
I just realised I’ve written a huge review and hardly said anything positive about the book. Oh dear. Did I mention that I really enjoyed it?
The characters were great. Dustfinger was sorely missed. He just wasn’t the same. Violante…perfect. Is she good or bad? You don’t find out till the end. Jacopo: Why is he such an evil kid? Meggie: How does she feel about Resa’s return? Mo…. the Bluejay. Very well done, but very sad. I hated the way killing became a part of him. I missed the kind and gentle bookbinder from the first book.
The author is so unbelievably clever. I’ve said there’s a lot of storylines. Well, she managed to tie them together beautifully and make them into a masterpiece. It’s impressive and imposing. And definitely worth the read.