Saturday, February 28, 2009

Review: Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

Book: Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: A-
For: Fun

So, if you've been following my blog at all in recent weeks, you'll know that this book gave me grief in the beginning because of its slow start. But perhaps, it was just my state of mind, which, has been a bit distracted this month with various different life intrusions. So, I'm curious, for those who have read it, if you felt the same way? Or was it really just me?

The book takes place for the most part, in Inkworld, where we left Meggie and Mo at the end of Book Two: Inkspell. Dustfinger's fate is left hanging and Farid and Meggie appear to be together and in love. Orpheus is causing everyone grief by writing and then reading strange things into the story that Fenoglio is really supposed to be in charge of, but refuses to because he's lost all desire to write! Mo is hoping to save the whole kingdom from the Adderhead and all his cohorts and ends up finding help some unlikely places.

Wow, it's hard to talk about this book without spoilers, especially for book 1 and 2!

Anyway, I ended up enjoying the book just fine. The second half was much faster and the final bit was very engaging actually. Lots of action, and stress and anxious moments. My only other complaint, besides the slow start, was how it jumped from viewpoint to viewpoint every chapter. There's lots of people in lots of different places, and we have to follow them all! Yet there were some I just wanted to stick with a little more than others!

I continue to love the premise of this book... a book about how the story takes over and the characters began to behave in unexpected ways and the author gives up hope on ever regaining control. And how the reader of the story ends up IN the story and becomes a major character that the author also never expected. I love that! Wonderful stuff!

Read it, wait, read the whole trilogy!

Other Reviews:

Children's Book Reviews and Then Some (a review on the whole trilogy)


  1. That's great that you finally got it read and enjoyed it in the end! I still have to read the second book, but I hope to get to this book one of these days!

  2. Nice review. It was a difficult book to review because there was a lot to like but at the same time I had complaints!

    Thanks for the link.

  3. Thanks for the review. I appreciate your honesty about the things you liked and didn't. One of these days I will have to check it out.



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