Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke


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This chapter of my life has come to an end…the chapter that revolves around three very thick books about the Inkworld.  I finally finished the last book in the Inkworld trilogy, Inkdeath.  This book was by far the most fantastical of the three.  Where the first book only hinted at fantasy elements, this book was absolutely drowning in them!  There really were very few elements that came even close to the mundane reality we know on our own little planet.  In case you don’t know which planet you’re on, it’s Earth.  Glad we got that squared away.

I believe that Inkdeath is my favorite book in the trilogy.  I love anything magical and, like I said, there is no shortage of that here.  The characters have come into their own–it takes a lot less convincing that these are real people living out a real reality.  The plot is more complex than previously.  By bringing in so many new characters, a more complex web can be woven.  There are still a few scenes that seem drawn out, but I was able to overlook them by reading quickly to get to the next juicy bit.

—Spoiler Alert—

In Inkdeath, Dustfinger is reunited with his lady love, Roxane, but finds out that one of his daughters has died and the other is aloof and living as a servant at the palace.  I just realized that I can’t give you a play-by-play for this book, or I’ll be typing until 3 a.m.  Here’s the quick, quick version.  At various times Mortola, Basta, Resa, Mo, Meggie, Farid, Elinor, Darius and Orpheus are all read into the Inkworld.  Mo becomes enamored of the Inkworld, playing a sort of Robin Hood role as the Bluejay.  Resa gets pregnant and wants to go home.  Meggie wants to stay and falls for another boy named Doria.  Mo makes The Silver Prince his mortal enemy and is pursued by him.  Fenoglio fancies himself in charge of the Inkworld and becomes depressed when he realizes that he is not.  Dustfinger’s character expands and becomes rather mystical.  Many new characters are introduced; sadly I can’t expound on them all.    Good guys win in the end.  🙂

I enjoyed the book, but it will be a one-time read and not one that I will re-visit to read with my own kids.  Due to the violence and bad language, I recommend it for teens and older.

Possible Objections:

  • Lots of violence.
  • Liberal use of the d-word.

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…



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