Life in the Inkworld has been far from easy since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the story of Inkheart magically drew Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger back into its pages.
With Dustfinger dead, and the evil Adderhead now in control, the story in which they are all caught has taken an unhappy turn.
As Winter comes on, there is reason to hope - but only if Meggie and Mo can rewrite the wrongs of the past and make a dangerous deal with Death...
Have you ever wondered what happens in a story once you've finished reading the words written in the book? Is that where it ends or does it continue when we're not looking? Have you ever wanted to bring characters to life or dive into their world and not leave?
I didn't want to finish this book... especially knowing it was the last of the trilogy, and that there would be no more of the world of Inkheart, no more Dustfinger, Mo, Meggie, Farid, Fengolio, etc. Although it had been months since I had closed Inkspell, it didn't take long before I had once more sunk deep into the rich, captivating story, its characters again brought to life vividly by the words painted by the talented Cornelia Funke, easily remembering all that had happened in the previous two books. Inkdeath is as fast paced, colourful, and enjoyable as the two books that came before it, and leaves you wanting more. Despite the way Funke wraps things up, she also leaves snippets of the story hanging, tantalisingly unfinished as though she may at a later stage pick up the threads and continue with a new story in the same world.
Characters who I'd thought had left the story were brought back again (Death doesn't seem to have a very strong grip in the Inkworld!), and with the constant twists and turns (helped along by the book within the book now have 2 authors rewriting it, competing for who will give it the better ending), and numerous villains, it can be difficult to see just who will remain throughout the book, who will be permanently removed, and who will be in control of things by the last page. Definitely a darker book in comparison to Inkheart and Inkspell, the artwork on the cover shows a hint of this, instead of the "flowery", prettier, magical type of cover the other two wore. This trilogy shows quite clearly how magical (and dangerous) words can be when used correctly.
Inkdeath is a typical fantasy book, with its magic, heroes, danger, tragedy, suspense, adventure, strange creatures etc, and feels somewhat similar to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, as it is a rather lighthearted, "younger" type of fantasy. Both young and old would likely find these books extremely appealing, perfect for snuggling down somewhere comfy and warm with the kids, and reading out loud (you never know, you might just meet Dustfinger, or a glassman if you're lucky).
A fantastic ending to a wonderful trilogy that would be a great addition to any fantasy lover's collection, and one that could easily be read again and again without the reader getting tired of it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find my own Mo or Meggie!!
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