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Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell (2005)

by Cornelia Funke

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Series: Inkheart Trilogy (2)

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Cornelia Funke's Inkworld trilogy inspires me. There is something to the simplicity of the idea that things can be read out of (or into) a book that tugs at my imagination. Unfortunately, Funke's writing style has always been difficult for me. She writes very slowly, and I have a hard time sitting in one place for too long. After struggling through both Inkheart and Reckless, I decided to try the audiobook version of Inkspell.

If you're like me and you want to LOVE Cornelia Funke, but struggle with her writing and pacing, an audiobook is the way to go. This one is read by Brendan Fraser (who played Mo in the Inkheart film) and he does a pretty good dramatic reading. Like Silvertongue, he draws you in, and I think that made it a lot easier for me to enjoy this book.

The Inkworld is pretty much what you'd expect in a cookie-cutter fantasy world. There are forests and kings and faeries and a little bit of magic. I love worlds like these, and it's built well, but it's filled with tropes. I'm okay with that - this is my genre, these are the worlds I like to disappear into the most.

As for the characters, there is growth and change, but it is VERY. VERY. SLOW. Farid's character begins to come more into his own, though I am still generally unimpressed with the ways he handles anger and sadness (although they make him a more faceted characters, so I suppose that good). There is a sweet little relationship blossoming between Farid and Meggie, which I enjoyed watching. Meggie herself feels far older than her age (always has), so that is still something to get past. Silvertongue himself is a frustrating character for me in Inkspell, because I really like him, but he's incapacitated most the story and we see very little from him. His POV, as well as Dustfinger's, are so painfully slow that even though I like the characters, I wanted to get out of their heads so the story would move along a bit.

And that's a running theme here - the world is so beautiful and the characters so interesting, but the writing just drags on and on and on. Even with the good narration, I found myself impatient at times. If I had been reading this in hardcopy, I honestly might have DNF'd it for the pacing, which would be sad, because I really liked the ending and will be listening to (definitely not reading) Inkdeath.

Actual review is a generous 3.5 stars, and it all comes from the worldbuilding and character potential. ( )
  Morteana | Oct 13, 2018 |
This is book two in the Inkheart trilogy.

I really only have one complaint about these books, which is that they're just a smidge too long. Book two clocks in at well over 600 pages, and the pacing is still a little slow, especially for a kids' book. That aside, though, I am definitely enjoying the series. It's got a little magic, a little action, some nasty villains, and a few moments that are surprisingly touching. All of which is nice enough, but it's mostly the premise I find appealing. The conceit is that some people have the ability to read fictional characters out of stories and into the real world, or to read real people into fictional universes. The first book mostly pulled fictional people into our world, but this one takes us into the imaginary land of Inkworld, the setting of the book at the center of the story. I wasn't too sure about that at first, as I thought this fictional world was perhaps more interesting in the little glimpses and secondhand accounts we got in book one. But visiting it directly was interesting, in a meta sort of way, as it illustrated in an entertainingly literal fashion the way in which stories can take on lives of their own and grow out of their creator's control.

Actually, though, I suppose I do have one more complaint, which is that volume one, while it left a few things unresolved, more or less stood on its own, but this one ended in a much more clearly "to be continued..." sort of way, and the abruptness of that startled me a bit. There I was, reading along, wondering how we were going to get to any kind of resolution in the next twenty pages, when I turned one more page, and, bam, it was over! Turns out the rest of it was just acknowledgements and a preview of the next book. Wish I'd been braced a little better for that!

In any case, I am looking forward to the final book in the series, although it may take me a little while to get to it. I'm going to go and read something a little shorter first. ( )
  bragan | Sep 10, 2018 |
Man, I had forgotten so much about this book. I remembered the Adderhead to be sure, but not Firefox and Slasher... I'd forgotten entirely about the bulk of the Inkworld characters (including, I am sad to admit, Cosimo and a good deal of Resa's character.) I'm embarrassed that it all slipped my mind so easily.

Many complaints have been lodged about the relationship between Meggie and Farid, and I have to agree. It felt too rushed to me (couldn't it have been present a bit more in [b:Inkheart|28194|Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)|Cornelia Funke|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328866790s/28194.jpg|2628323] if it was going to be such a large point in [b:Inkspell|3334563|The Inkheart Trilogy Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath (Inkworld, #1-3)|Cornelia Funke|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1346484626s/3334563.jpg|6874450]?) I was tempted to rate this book four stars, especially due to Fegnolio and his... handling of things. The last act of the book however, with the Castle of Night, Fegnolio's plan ans how it all turns out... It redeemed it for me. I love the character's too much to downgrade this book based on some minor annoyances, and all in all it held up rather well in spite of how much I had forgotten.

Why on earth did I remember a glass man shattering? That didn't happen... ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
What a painful, tedious book. And it's SO self-congratulatory. Meggie and company are trapped *within* the titular novel from the first book and the author is trapped there with them. He keeps praising himself for creating such wonderful characters (flat, personality-less, cliched characters) which is, of course, just Cornelia Funke praising the characters *she* created. ( )
  benuathanasia | May 23, 2018 |
Although I think this series is too graphic and dark to be included in children's literature lists, if I had a teen I'd much rather they read this than smut like the Twilight books. Great for getting YA readers into fantasy/magical genre. ( )
  knp4597 | Mar 19, 2018 |
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Cornelia Funkeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, BrendanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kyrö, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maske, UlrichMusiksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strecker, RainerSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If I knew

where poems came from,

I'd go there.

—Michael Langley, Staying Alive
To Brendan Fraser, whose voice is the heart of this book. Thanks for inspiration and enchantment. Mo wouldn't have stepped into my writing room without you, and this story would never have been told.

To Rainer Strecker, who is both Silvertongue and Dustfinger. Every word in this book is just waiting for him to read it.

And of course, as almost always, last but for sure not least, for Anna, wonderful Anna, who had this story told to her on many walks, encouraged and advised me, and let me know what was good and what could still be improved. (I very much hope that the story of Meggie and Farid has its fair share of the book now?)
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A year has passed, but not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters came to life. For the fire-eater Dustfinger, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller to read him back, he abandons his apprentice Farid and plunges into the pages. Before long, Farid and Meggie are caught inside the book, too. But the story is much changed - and threatening to end tragically.
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Just a few chapters into Inkspell, Mo (a.k.a. "Silvertongue") sagely says to his daughter, "Stories never really end, Meggie, even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page." A fitting meta-observation for this, the unplanned second installment in Cornelia Funke's beloved now-trilogy.

Of course, it's that sort of earnest, almost gushing veneration of books and book-loving that made the absorbing suspense-fantasy Inkheart so wonderful in the first place, with that lit-affection getting woven integrally into the plot (Inkheart being both Funke's first book in the series, and the fictitious book within that book, authored by the frustrated Fenoglio, now trapped within the book, er, within the book. Fenoglio, perhaps not surprisingly, self-referentially wishes in Inkspell that he had written a sequel to Inkheart.) Inkspell should serve as a special treat for fans of the first book, as characters from Inkheart who have found themselves in the "real world" (if there is such a thing) find themselves read back into their own mythic, word-spun world--along with some of our favorite "real-world" characters. As with the previous book, Funke's greatest accomplishment here is telling such a rich and involving (and fun!) story, while still managing sweet, subtle commentary on the nature of words and meaning. Expect a tantalizing finale, too--as Funke says, "No reader will forgive me the ending, though, without a part three." (Ages 8 and up) --Paul Hughes

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When Dustfinger finds a crooked storyteller who can read him back to Inkscape, he leaves his apprentice Farid behind. Farid seeks out Meggie and the two follow him back into the enchanted book.

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