Capricorn’s dead. It’s all over. They can go home.
All except Dustfinger.
Silvertoungue won’t read him back. Why would he? Why would he risk losing Resa again when he’s just found her?
So Dustfinger has to find another way into the Inkworld.
And Meggie discovers she has another gift. Not only can she read things out of books. She can read herself into them. And that is a dangerous talent.
My first thought: Cornelia Funke, this is extremely enjoyable, but not that impressive.
This book is so thick, you could use it as a lifting weight. I don’t like reading books that thick. It’s kind of depressing when you feel like you’ve been reading it forever. Oh, not a moment of it was dull, but it wasn’t fast moving and it wasn’t spectacular. Not at first, that is.
Three quarters of the way through, I was really thinking, “I have to give this a three. I don’t want to do it, but it’s necessary.” Then it upped to a three and a half, then…then it just had to be a four. Had to.
Why? The ending. Perfect doesn’t cut it. Not the last lines, no, they weren’t that impressive. But a twist… I was expecting it. The back cover for number 3 has a major spoiler, so I knew what was coming. Then Shelfari ruined it. (I’ll admit, I clicked into one that said “may contain spoilers”…) I knew what was going to happen. But then! It was not what I thought it was going to be. Sad, but terribly sweet. The way it turned out, horribly sad and so sweet, it could have had me crying if I wasn’t enjoying it so much.
As I said before it was long. Too long. They were a million little subplots, quirks, details, and characters to keep the head spinning. Complex is the best way to describe the spider’s web of Inkspell. But honestly? A few strands could have been pulled out without damaging the center plot. Like Cosimo. Intriguing character. Interesting name. But he was having an affair of sorts with Brianna (I won’t tell you who’s daughter she is) and it just was so wrong and unnecessary. Come on. Don’t you want the reader to like Brianna, Cornelia Funke?
I love the way Mo struggled so much with everything that was happening, that was very perfect. And the way Meggie longed for the forbidden Inkworld. However, the way they argued just didn’t seem typical of Meggie and Mo. It was right, don’t get me wrong, and made perfect sense, but this is Meggie. And Mo. They are so close…which also explains the way Meggie felt displaced by Resa. I felt a little sad about that, but it shows that the author is a thinker, which is a great quality in a writer. How would a thirteen year old girl feel if she hadn’t seen her mother for the last nine years, and suddenly she came back, and the girl’s father wasn’t all hers any more? Interesting thought. And Farid had the same problem with Roxanne, Dustfinger’s wife. Yes, this author is a definite thinker. I like that.
There was one thing that just didn’t sit right. Meggie and Farid. Their little romance was well written. But age wise? Meggie is thirteen. She just wasn’t old enough for that depth of romance. I think her years could have been upped sometimes, but others, particularly in Inkheart it was just right for her to be thirteen. Then, I’m not an expert on romance, that’s for sure, so maybe thirteen year olds really do fall in love.
Such a good book. While it dragged slightly, and the Inkworld wasn’t my sort of favourite fantasy with fairies and brownies etc., the adventure, the plots and plans were just excellent, particularly that last quarter. Can’t wait to read Inkdeath!