Book Review: The Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

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The Inkworld Trilogy

Author: Cornelia Funke
ISBN: 9781157894520
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There are those books that draw you into a wonderful world of words and language that you can taste and savour. And all three books of the Inkworld Trilogy most definitely do that.

Translated from the German books by Cornelia Funke, this a book for book lovers and people who enjoy the art of story-telling, writing or wordsmithing. Placed in the young-adult genre, this is a series for people of any age. No one can be too old for magic and fantastic stories.

With umpteen characters and multiple realities, it’s not really easy to put down a few thoughts on the whole storyline. Only highlights…

Inkheart (ISBN: 9780439531641)

Inkheart is the first of the series and my favourite for the language and poetic description. Even in terms of the storyline, this is the lightest and happiest of the trilogy.

Synopsis: Meggie’s father Mo (Silvertongue) has a strange gift – when he reads aloud from a book, characters from it come out! And people from around him disappear into the book. He can’t control who goes in and who comes out. This leads Meggie, Mo, Elinor (Meggie's aunt) and others on a journey to another world where magical creatures and cruel leaders make life more than interesting.

Inkspell (ISBN: 9788176554473)

The story had turned a little more serious at the end of Inkheart and this continues in Inkspell. It’s no longer a children’s book (if it ever was!) with pain, guilt, longing and death coming into the story.

Synposis: Meggie and Mo have been reunited with Resa (Meggie’s mother) after over 10 years. Both Meggie and Resa can’t stop talking about and thinking about the Inkworld – the world described in the book Inkheart. One way or the other, they all end up in the Inkworld, but at odds with the cruel king of the land, Adderhead. The words weave their magic again and Mo takes on the role of saviour in this world – a Robin Hood-like character called Bluejay.

Inkdeath (ISBN: 9788184771381)

Inkdeath is the most ominous of the three (and my least favourite). It took me some time to warm up to the plot and the characters.

Synopsis: The dangerous adventures in the magical land of Inkworld continue. Mo is enjoying his role as Bluejay too much and does not want to go back to his world. The Adderhead wants to destroy him and all of Mo’s friends are in increasing danger. I guess in all of us there is a part that wants to go back to a time where survival is more earthy and consequences dire, if it means there is also magic and beauty and adventure. In Inkdeath, the story also examines the theme of fate and destiny and questions about how much of our life we control.

One of the best things about these books are the quotes from other books at the beginning of each chapter. Some are old familiar favourites, whereas others are by authors I haven’t heard of before.

The Inkworld Trilogy (Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath) is a definite must-read for book lovers, magic seekers and the young at heart.

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Anonymous said...

wwooww :d
thanks kadz.. i gen love a lot of fantasy books :D
will check this one out :D

September 19, 2010 at 6:24 PM
Kaddu said...

Hey Megs... quickly answer the small music quiz I just posted on FB! :D

September 19, 2010 at 6:35 PM
Kaddu said...

Btw, hv u read LOTR and HP? Which one did u like more?

September 19, 2010 at 6:36 PM
Avada Kedavra said...

Nice.. looks like an interesting book :)

September 20, 2010 at 9:30 AM
Anonymous said...

@megzone - stay tuned. I love fantasy as well. Will be posting a few more in this genre.

@Avada - It's good fun and a great read for any book lover! Enjoy.

September 20, 2010 at 9:40 AM
Kaddu said...

@ Pujitha - Hey you are an authorized author of this blog, your comment shouldn't have come to me for approval? Did you sign-in from a different ID or something?

September 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM
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