“A reader doesn't really see the characters in a story; he feels them.” ― Cornelia Funke,
The third book in the Inkheart trilogy begins shortly after the second book ended (click on the titles for my reviews of Inkheart and Inkspell).
Life in the Inkworld seems to finally be settling into a nice rhythm for Meggie, Mo and Resa. They have become a close family with the Sterling Players. Mo and the Black Prince are always working together to help the people of Ombra. Of course, the Adderhead, though seeming to rot, is still ruling with a temper and a thirst for blood. But Mo knows it's only a matter of time until the enchanted book that he bound for the Adderhead will eventually kill him. Who knew that someone would be able to stop the process while the Adderhead is in mid-deterioration? Now there's a price on Mo’s head. He and his family are in danger, including his unborn child who Resa is carrying. Orpheus has made himself at home in the Inkworld, biding his time until he saves Dustfinger from death. Of course, he's adding his own flavor into the story since he has the power to read the words and make them come alive. If only he wasn't so sinister! With two inkweavers working their magic on the story who will prevail in the end? Will Dustfinger come to life? Is there a way to stop the Adderhead? Will Meggie, Mo and Resa ever go back to the world they came from? You don't want to miss the conclusion to this story!
I listened to the third book in the Inkheart trilogy, Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, on audio. Although it was a different narrator from book 1 and 2, I adjusted to the new character voices. Because Orpheus and Fenoglio have the power to make the words they write come to life, there were plenty of twist and turns to keep me on pins and needles. The story must come to an end, and so it does. It is one that I think will satisfy readers. Things didn’t turn out quite the way I expected, but sometimes little surprises can make the story seem more believable. I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers who are in fifth grade and up. A story that will make you think about being able to hop into the pages of a favorite book!
Has anyone else read Inkdeath? Or have you another book by Cornelia Funke? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
We were lucky enough to interview Ms. Funke about her books, and you can learn more about the story behind the stories here.