Inkdeath (Inkheart Trilogy #3)

Inkdeath (Inkheart Trilogy #3)

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by Cornelia Funke

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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…  See more details below


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 surrends. First Dustfinger, now Mo: Can anyone save this cursed story?

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Publishers Weekly

This concluding volume in Funke's bestselling trilogy picks up where Inkspell left 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 under siege; the savagery of the Adderhead and his minions now extends to taking all the peasants' children until somebody delivers, as ransom, the Bluejay, a Robin Hood-style character whose identity has been assumed by Mo, Meggie's father (it was Mo who started all the trouble by reading several villains right out of the book-within-a-book, Inkheart- don't even consider reading this series out of order). The Inkheart author, Fenoglio, now living in Inkworld himself, has turned to drink; the odious Orpheus, when he's not under a maid's skirt, rewrites Fenoglio's work (editors!) to benefit himself. The interesting metafictional questions-can we alter destiny? shape our own fate?-are overwhelmed by the breakneck action, yet the villains aren't fully realized. More disappointingly, the formerly feisty Meggie, barely into her teens, has little to do but choose between two suitors. Funke seems to have forgotten her original installment was published for children. Ages 9-up. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
Translated from German, this 663-page book is the conclusion to the best-selling "Inkheart" trilogy. Funke acknowledges 44 sources that gave her permission to use material from published works, including The Canterbury Tales and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In this imaginative trilogy, characters are pulled between two worlds. Some want to return to the security of the book world; others wish to reside in the dangerous and dreadful existence of the other world. When characters are omitted from a book, they are considered the same as dead unless they are written back in. The world outside of books includes unscrupulous princes with the ability to steal children and place them in dangerous silver mines to work until they die. The book is recommended for ages nine to twelve, however some references appear age inappropriate. For example, one passage refers to "groping under the maids' skirts," while another mentions people being blinded and quartered. In addition, one prince's grandfather has taught him to trust friends less than enemies because there is no such thing as a friend when you are a prince. Included in the book is "An A to Z of Names and Places in the Inkworld Trilogy." The 86 names and places are a boon to the reader since some characters have three or four names. Reading about the poor, sad lives of women and children as well as the miserable lives of friendly robbers and peasants can be depressing. The unscrupulous rulers of the kingdom add to their pitiful existence. The happy ending allows the reader some relief from the misery. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Cornelia Funke brings her popular fantasy trilogy to a close with this final story (Chicken House, 2008). Meggie, the heroine from the first two books, remains in the Inkworld with her mother and her father, Mo. The kingdom is in chaos: the immortal Adderhead sits on the throne, plunders villages, and steals children to work to death in the silver mines. Mo has appointed himself guardian of these innocents and assumes the identity of the Bluejay as he works to spite the Adderhead at every turn. Dustfinger returns from the dead and teams up with Mo to bring peace to the Inkworld. Narrator Allan Corduner impressively brings the story to life and keeps each of the dozens of characters recognizable. His transition from one voice to another is smooth, and the pacing is good. But at close to 20 hours, this novel is not for everyone. Fans of the series will be disappointed in Meggie's minor role, but will enjoy the series' satisfying conclusion. Library collections where the first two audiobooks are popular should consider this an essential purchase.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

Kirkus Reviews
A monumental third installment brings the Inkheart trilogy to a grueling, blood-spattered, mortality-obsessed close. The Inkworld is in disarray: Its author, Fenoglio, has lost his ability to write and, therefore, shape events; the odious Orpheus, however, has taken to recycling Fenoglio's words to control the narrative/world himself. The evil Adderhead, whose immortality was bound into the White Book by bookbinder-turned-people's champion Mo/the Bluejay, finds his body decomposing and demands a new Book; can Mo use the opportunity to end the villain's life altogether? Can Dustfinger come back from the dead? Will Resa's baby be born into peace or violence? Is Meggie falling out of love with Farid? (Thank goodness there's an A to Z of Names and Places!) Where the first volume was thoroughly young Meggie's story, this narrative alternates among a dizzying array of characters, most of whom are adults who betray distinctly adult concerns. While Funke's storytelling is as compelling as ever, the natural audience for this brooding saga seems, sadly, to be teens and up and not the children who so eagerly responded to Inkheart. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Inkheart Trilogy Series, #3
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 2.50(d)
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inkdeath is a fabulous conclusion to the Inkheart book series. It follows the adventures of a father and daughter with the gift to allow characters to come in and out of books and their wife/mother. The Folchart's world is set in 21st century England. There are many descriptions of the Inkworld, so it is easy to picture what it looks like. I picture it like medieval England, although it isn't. Cornelia Funke described the character's emotions so well that I could feel what they were feeling. For example, when Mo got trapped in Ombra castle, I felt that same worry that Meggie and Resa had. I thought he might never come out! People who loved Inkheart and/or Inkspell would definitely love Inkdeath. Like the other two, it lets you escape from the real world to the one of fantasy. All in all, Inkdeath is a captivating book. It has ups and downs, twists and turns. It is like a short roller coaster that you never want to stop riding. There were no faults that I could find with it. I will read it again someday!
Writer_forever More than 1 year ago
Ok, I'm am very angry!!!! The author spent basically the whole of Inkspell building up Meggie's and Farid's relationship, just to snap her fingers and move on all of the sudden! If this wasn't a public review I'd say a few other things, but WHY! I became so in love with the couple in the second book, so enthused that she was throwing in something extra for us readers, but then, I sped through Inkdeath, disappointed more than I've ever been. Poor Farid!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book cover to cover, and to tell you the truth, this book is awesome. I highly reccomend this book. Remember, FANTASTIC book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not going to give to much away because that would be kind of rude so im going strait to the point. Im 11 years old and the Ink series is the best series I have ever read! I have not finished inkdeath yet but it is already super awesome! I feel like im the character that is being focused on ( meggie most of all). I totaly recommend the Ink books to long book readers that like to be swept away into another world! A.S.J.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read. Great description, it really draws you into the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BESTEST BOOK IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This book deserves a million bazillion stars!!!!! If Len Goodman from "Dancing With the Stars" was as excited as I am, he would be jumping on the judges desk waving his arms and doing the cha-cha (you would SOOO not expect that!). This is the amazing, unexpected climax of the "Inkheart" trilogy. I REALLY think you should read this book! But if you have not read the first two books, you have to read them first or you will be totally lost.
Wise_and_Under_18 More than 1 year ago
Really after eagerly awaiting the arrival of the final book to the Inkheart Trilogy I was amazed with this story. The characters are good, the descriptions were detailed, and the content was truly astonishing. I give Cornelia the deserved credit that she deserves... But I can't shake off the feeling of disappointment with the final installment. So many suggested ideas through out the story are half done or abandoned completely when she abruptly changes the point of views. Not to mention the characters were twisted various was; for example I noticed there was very little information as to what Meggie was experiencing other than stating how much emotional turmoil she was being thrown into as well as she suddenly went from being a courageous young woman into a depressed daughter. Mortimer was being tortured verbally and physically through out the entire novel and not only that but the entire story was heart wrenching. There was no sense of hope as seen in the very first and second stories. I must say all and all the story is for older readers seeing as the story is a bit more down cast do I say heartbreaking. Even with her talent I believe Cornelia could have applied herself to Inkdeath a bit more than the book suggests.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is no part in Inkspell especially that Farid was too obsessed with Dustfinger why was he now? I guess its because he blames himself for the way things ended up with Dustfinger but it wasn't necessary for him to be so crazed about it.
I am upset with Meggie's love choice that was just ridiculous Cornelia did not have to include Doria, I almost chucked the book at the wall at the chapter where Fenoglio told Meggie about what he wrote about Doria.
I do love Mo in this book so much he kept me reading I wanted to see how it would play out and how he resolved things. I felt for him throughout the entire book for his devotion to Meggie and his desire to eliminate the enemy.
Dustfinger was just purely amazing I could find no fault with him along with Mo.
I do think that Meggie's part was incomplete and in some ways to bland. I think Cornelia built her up so much and let her part die at the end I thought she was going to have Meggie do something grand but it just died at the end.
And all the darkness was not totally unappealing, for not many books divulge into the sinister and gloomy, I just think that she wrote something against the normal and it's refreshing. However, the book did seam long but in good and bad ways. All I'm saying is that reading it would be a good decision because I don't know what you like but if you are anything like me it would not be wise.
The first two are AMAZING no doubt you should read them. As for Inkdeath you may like it.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
This is the last installment of the Inkheart series. In the first one, Inkheart, Meggie's father Mo has been hiding from town to town for nine years. So much that their van is more of a house than their present abode. One night, a strange character by the name of Dustfinger comes to their house to warn Mo about Capricorn. They all escape to a castle owned by Meggie's aunt, Elinor, a spinster that has spent all her life collecting books. Here they are captured by Capricorn's men, as Dustfinger gives them way. The bad men steal a strange book from Mo. Unbeknown to Meggie, Mo has an interesting talent: when he reads aloud, things, and sometimes people, come out of their stories and into the real world! (Silvertongue) Unfortunately things from the outside world may also go back inside the stories. Even though Mo works at restoring books and owns a large amount of then, he stopped reading aloud nine years ago when Meggie's mother disappeared as he created Capricorn and Dustfinger. They were characters in a book titled Inkheart, the book that was stolen that night. The evil Capricorn wants to use Mo's talents to bring himself great wealth and power. He destroys the last known copy of the book, so Mo searches the author of the book, Fenoglio, who is also captured by Capricorn's men After escaping from Capricorn's village, they all go separate ways and Meggie discovers that Mo isn't the only one who can read things to life. So can she.< This is an enchanting story full of adventure, suspense, and magic. The characters are vivid and delightful. Unlike many books for younger readers there is a distinct emphasis on the importance of family as seen in the close relationship between Meggie and her father. Lightly magical, humorous, and fun, Inkheart will appeal to those who like adventure and fantasy, and to anyone who ever wished a story could come to life. Inkspell - second installment It is one year after the first book (Inkheart). Capricorn is dead, and Meggie, and her father, Mortimer (Mo), have settled at aunt Elinor's castle, after rescuing Meggie's mother, Resa, Dustfinger - the fire talker, was sent back to the Inkheart book (at the end of book one) and Farid (who was read out of a book by Mo) was very attached to him. Farid convinces Meggie to read them back to the book, since Meggie wants to see the world inside the infamous book and Farid wants to save Dustfinger, who is supposed to die in the original story. She is successful. Meanwhile, Orpheus, another Silvertongue is brought to Elinor's castle with two evil characters from the frirst book, Basta one of Capricorn's men, and Mortola, Capricorn's mother. Orpheus reads Resa, Mo, Basta and Mortola back into Inkheart. The action happens in the book of Inkheart, where its author, Fenoglio, was left in the first part of the series. It is now Meggie's task to read Fenoglios changes to the original "Inkheart" to prevent Dustfinger's death and at the same time save her family from the new misfortunes created by this editing. Inkdeath Starts where Inkspell left off. Dustfinger is death--he died saving Farid, his apprentice. Orpheus reads Mo and Resa back into Inkheart. Mo had tricked the evil Adderhead by binding a book for his immortality to save himself and his family. The book is deteriorating and the Adderhead is slowly rotting. He wishes revenge from the Songbird. Help by Orpheus, he tries to capture the Bluejay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the begining of the book is interesting. When you get cvloser to the middle it is like a adventure around every corner. The end settles the story down and gives the reader suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This very thrilling and conclusive ending to the ink series is by far the best yet! Cornielia Funke really knows just how to pull the reader in and love to read this book. What with all of the excitement and ups and downs this book really is one of the most thrilling books I've read so far. (But if I think about it all the books I've read so far are very good but this will be one of my all time favorites.) I espescially like that little twist at the end. I also really enjoy the authors writing style it's fun to read and always keeps the reader guessing and interested in the story you'll love this book I guarantee it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cornelia Funke can do no wrong in my eyes, I've loved every book she's written and, now, we finally have the conclusion to her Inkheart trilogy. Meggie and her dad Mo, who can "read" characters out of books and into the real world, are wonderful. Unfortunately, Mo inadvertently "reads" some very bad guys into our world; he & Meggie have to put them back into their stories before they do permanent damage.I can't wait to see the Inkheart movie in Jan 2009
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an unexpected yet proper ending to Funke's amazingly woven Inktale. A book that you re-read and love all over again. Any book lover will simply devour this emotion filled tale. Highly recommended with the previous two Inktales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok well, i am a total inkheart fan. I loved the first two books sooo much.I thought the writing was great as usual, and the plot has a lot of twists and turns. the only thing i wasn't thrilled with was the whole doria meggie farid thing. she supposdly loves farid, but then she just stops when she meets mr perfect. I think thats a little wierd that doria (girls name?) is the right one after just a few months. I mean why even have farid in the picture? i thought it was a little mean. And he just cares about dustfinger like a dad. I love everythign else though!!! Great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After eagerly awaiting this books arrival, Firstly, I finished this book in 3 days! I was not dissapointed!
Like the previous books, this one sucked you right back in, wondering the fates of your favourite characters, and at certain points there were so many bad things happening all at once that you just couldn't help but worry how or if your characters were going to emerge alive!
I simply adored this book and was perfectly happy with all the different twists and turns in the book - a few predictable, but most were totally unforseen (at least to me anyway). And what I loved most, was the fact that at the end it hinted at the possibility of yet another book or maybe even trilogy...
Great Read, and I would highly recommend it!
Luna-Lovegood More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely good book that I would recommend to others who have enjoyed the series. Once again Cornelia Funke has created a really good combination of everything you would want in a book.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that Farid and Meggie didn't end up together. But if you think about it it would be wraping up the story a little too well for my taste. He was her first love and he can't be her only! I thought it was interesting how Resa and her child became a bird at night. A little disturbing of course but interesting. DUSTFINGER CAME BACK!!! I was so excited for he is my favorite character. Overall this was a really good book that I would recommend to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absoulutely fenominal. I loved the other two but this is my favorite!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books in the series are great I should know because I am a kid reporter anyways I love these books you must read the books in order othorwise the books will not make sence .The books are like one book with multiple covers. Cornelia F. has a big idea bucket. Well thanks for your time.
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Just finished this book 5 minutes ago and its after 11 pm..couldnt put it My 11 year old lent me all 3 nookbooks and asked every day " did you finish?". At least she didnt spoil it. What a plot? Can never guess the twists and turns this amazing storyline can take you down. I genuinely felt attached to the characters and as much disgust for its villains as i did love for its heroes. Ms. Cornelia Funke takes her time to intricately weave every detail of the story and its chatacters into place. It is a must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would only recommend this book to adults and children 14 and older. The book includes quite a bit of foul lanuage, as well as the rest of the series. I may be only 11, but I believe my judgment is correct.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I might be ten but a book like this means anythings possible, bravery and determnation works with the heronies. I say you are the bestelling book.B-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it i read the whole series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love when Doria abd Meggie get together! SOOOOO cute and romantic. I LOVE IT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that i have read in a long time. Corneila Funke has beautifully tied up all the ends in this last book of the inkheart series.