Inkdeath Review

inkdeathInkdeath by Cornelia Funke Chicken House, 2008. 978-0439866286. Synopsis: The Adderhead–his immortality bound in a book by Meggie’s father, Mo–has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants’ only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay–Mo’s fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders. First Dustfinger, now Mo: Can anyone save this cursed story? – from Why I picked it up: After the end of Inkspell, I NEEDED to know what happens to Meggie, Resa, Mo, Elinor, and everyone else. Why I finished it: I was a little intimidated by the thickness of the book, despite the fact that I am a big fan of thick books. There is so much going on in this final book, so many different threads that Funke needs to wrap up before the last page, and while it manages to get done, there’s still a sense of loss when one reaches the final chapter. Meggie, unfortunately, doesn’t have much of a starring role this time around. We see her separating herself a little bit from Farid as she begins to think more about what she wants and what the future holds, but there’s not a whole lot going on with her character otherwise. Mo, on the other hand, is struggling with his identity now that he has taken on the persona of the Bluejay. He wants to be able to remain the bookbinder that he was in our world. But the story seems to have a mind of its own, partially fueled by competing words from Fenoglio and Orpheus, both of whom are trying to tame the world and its inhabitants. The reader is also seeing more of the Adderhead, the fearsome ruler who was more of a secondary character in the first two books, though he has now become much more feared now that he is immortal. We’re exploring more of the idea of free will, fate, and the power of words, as particularly evidenced in the climax. We’re tackling the idea that we have the freedom to control our own decisions, despite the fact that all of the odds seem not to be in our favor. The book will be best enjoyed if you have read the previous two, but there is a helpful summary at the onset that will refresh the reader’s memory. Overall, engrossing and thought provoking, even if the focus has strayed since the original work. Other related materials: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke; Inkspell by Cornelia Funke; Inkheart (movie); Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke; Ingraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke; The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke; Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke; Mirrorworld books by Cornelia Funke; Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer; Princess Academy books by Shannon Hale; The Inheritance Cycle books by Christopher Paolini; Fablehaven books by Brandon Mull; The Last Dragon Chronicles books by Chris d’Lacey; The Bartimaeus Trilogy books by Jonathan Stroud; The Chronicles of Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander; Tuesdays at the Castle books by Jessica Day George; The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


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