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Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Inkspell (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Cornelia Funke

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Authors:Cornelia Funke
Info:The Chicken House (2007), Paperback, 656 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Reviewed, Amazon
Tags:genre: fantasy, type: trade paperback, read 2007, female protagonist, age: young adult

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Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (2005)



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I really enjoyed reading the first book of this series. So after I finished Tintenhertz I went to the bookstore to get this second book. It's a book about a world in a book, and as a child I thought that was wonderful. This is a book for children, or maybe they classify it as YA nowadays (I wouldn't do that), so you have to keep in mind that the writing style is a little childish sometimes. I don't think that is a problem, cause you know you can find such things while reading a book for children. Anyway, I was a bit younger when I read the book and at that time I really liked it. After that I also read the last part, which in my opinion was not as good as the other two, but maybe that was because I was 2 years older by then. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Inkspell retains Inkheart's brilliance and depth of character, introducing several more besides the main ones. Expertly written, I find myself despising certain people and liking others despite what they may seem to be right along with the characters themselves. The ending is terribly, heart-breakingly sad, but only if you're as madly in love with Dustfinger as I am. That's all I'm saying, but readers beware- brace yourself for a terribly sad chapter or two.
  jerenda | Apr 9, 2016 |
Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells... and then when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower... both strange and familiar. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Great book! ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
Inkspell by Corelia Funke
635 pages


This is the second in a YA fantasy trilogy and a reread for me before I head into the third part for the first time. It takes place about a year after the first book, Inkheart. When I read the first book, I enjoyed it so much and remember being somewhat disappointed by this one. Fast forward a few years to me re-reading it and I found I enjoyed it much more this time around. I liked the change of scenery and the addition of characters and of course the characters that were continued – such as Dustfinger. Some things were still a letdown such as Elinor’s storyline (which for the most part just seemed to be filler and forgotten) and the ending which just seemed half-done. But I guess that’s what you get when there is another book to follow it – a cliffhanger…although I found this one sort of lame. Regardless, it kept my attention and I look forward to seeing how the last of the trilogy goes and hopefully see all those loose ends tied up finally!
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  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
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Cornelia Funkeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, BrendanNarratorsecondary 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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Twilight was gathering and Orpheus still wasn’t here.
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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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