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Sequel to: Inkheart
Inkheart is a young adult novel. It was recommended to me by a former student, Mayra. Knowing how much I love fantasy novels, she came to her younger sister’s parent teacher conference and said, “Miss, you’ve got to read this book!” And she told me about a character called Silvertongue (really a mild-mannered book-binder named Mortimer) who, when he read aloud, could read the characters right out of books and into life. Unfortunately, he could not predict which character it would be, so he brought a horrible villain into his own world. Worse, whenever he read a character out of a book, something living of his own world went into the book. When the villain came out, Silvertongue lost his beloved wife to the story.
Throughout Inkheart we meet characters from both worlds, and an assortment of people who all share Silvertongue’s ability to one degree or another. Several of the other readers able to bring characters to life have helped Capricorn assemble his gang in modern day England, but Capricorn needs the power of Silvertongue to bring his greatest weapon to this world, so he kidnaps Silvertongue’s daughter. Within the pages of the story we also meet, Fenoglio, the author of the novel which spawned the villain. Fenoglio is both thrilled and appalled to find his book characters come to life.
Inkspell, the sequel, which I am reading now, is Meggie’s adventure in storyland. Despite knowing some of the more horrible and cruel aspects of the land, Meggie deliberately sends herself into the same book her father accidentally sent her mother into. With Meggie goes a character from yet another story. When they arrive in the book they learn that several of their friends — and several of their enemies — have also traveled to the land. Indeed, Fengolio is there, trying to rewrite his own story, even as he lives it ….
Cornelia Funke’s mind is a very interesting playground. Her characters are very real and share a compelling mix of both good and bad. None of her heroes are wholly good, and none of her villains are without some virtue. I have also read two of her other books, The Thief Lord, a story of surprising twists, and The Dragon Rider, which contains an insidious evil that can only be defeated by one little boy and a very special dragon. This book sounds predictable, but it is not.
If you are looking for a book for a young person in your life, give them one of these! As for you, be a good role model. Let them see you read. Grab a book, curl up some place comfy and transport yourself into the story (please do not send any evil villains to my house).