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Inkdeath (Inkheart Trilogy)

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A book by Cornelia Funke

This concluding volume in Funke's bestselling trilogy picks up whereInkspellleft off, but sputters for a hundred pages filling in backstory. (Even then, an addendum is needed to identify a cast of 114 characters.) The Inkworld, full of dark magic, is … see full wiki

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Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
1 review about Inkdeath (Inkheart Trilogy)

Free will, fantasy and fun

  • Nov 17, 2010

A few years ago a magazine article hailed Cornelia Funke as the next J.K. Rowling. We hurried out to find the first book in her Inheart series, an enjoyable tale—not as beguiling as the first Harry Potter, and a much longer, slower read, but certainly intriguing. The premise, of people read into and out of stories, wielding free will under the power of someone else’s imagination, was fascinating. The two worlds were beautifully drawn, and the fairytale mysteries of ink were nicely realized in cross-over characters.

The third book in the series, Inkdeath, is in paperback now. Book two, Inkheart, left the heroes in serious peril (or dead), as penultimate tales in series often do. But book three lifts the story to new and haunting heights. Battling writers seize the plot or retire in dismay, while characters wield their own wills. Sketched-in details become full-fledged wonders. Secrets one author kept from the reader turn into secrets other characters keep for themselves. Heroes and heroines reveal fast-beating hearts behind each of their disguises. Love, loyalty and trust are put to the test. And as final battle scenes play out, with desperate searches for desperate solutions, a magical fire kindles hope, and very human determination separates truth from lie.

The cover might be a skull or a mystical castle with unicorn. The story might be fairy-tale all grown up, or the fears of growing up written into the fiction of dreams. Two brief chapters catch up on the previous tales, but the author skillfully weaves a new web that builds on but doesn’t depend on the readers’ knowing what came before—I’d forgotten most of it. Of the three books, Inkdeath is my favorite, a triumphant conclusion with enough open ends to live on when the last page is turned, and enough explanation to leave the reader still pondering, what is real, what is imagined, and what is free will.

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