Inkdeath (Inkheart Trilogy #3)

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The masterful conclusion to the epic, award-winning, NYT bestselling INKHEART trilogy by internationally acclaimed author Cornelia Funke.

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...

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Overview


The masterful conclusion to the epic, award-winning, NYT bestselling INKHEART trilogy by internationally acclaimed author Cornelia Funke.

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?

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439866293
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Inkheart Trilogy Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 47,036
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 5.44 (h) x 1.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, and the Inkheart trilogy, along with many other chapter and picture books for younger readers. She lives in Los Angeles, California, in a house filled with books.

Biography

One of the most successful children's authors of our day, multi-award-winner Cornelia Funke started out as a social worker focused on the needs of disadvantaged youngsters. She enrolled in a post-graduate course at the Hamburg State College of Design, and left social work in the mid-1980s to begin a career as a children's book illustrator. However, the books she was commissioned to work on were prosaic and unimaginative, and she soon decided to try her hand at writing stories of her own.

An ardent fan of such childhood classics as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy and the tales of C. S. Lewis and J. M. Barrie, Funke was naturally drawn to the world of fantasy. She explained her attraction in a 2006 interview with the genre blog Writer Unboxed: " [T]he wonderful thing about fantasy is that it is the oldest way of story telling -- to clad what we feel and fear into disguises and make them more clear, to pass the borders of our every day life and use our imagination for travels into unknown worlds and unlimited experiences."

Although Funke was an immediate success in her native Germany, she was largely unknown outside Europe -- that is, until a young bilingual fan wrote to a British publishing firm inquiring why her favorite author's books were not available in English. The publisher hunted down what was, at the time, Funke's most recent book (The Thief Lord) and, in 2002, published it in translation. Already the recipient of several literary honors in Europe, the engaging YA fantasy went on to win the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Award.

One by one, as they are translated into English and published in America, Funke's wonderful stories have become huge bestsellers. Her ingenuity, imagination, and artistry shine in stand-alone novels like Dragon Rider and the Inkworld Trilogy -- Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005), and Inkdeath (2008). She has also produced picture books for younger readers, including The Wildest Brother, Pirate Girl, and Princess Knight. Fans who worry that this natural-born storyteller will run out of ideas can take solace in an author interview conducted in 2008 by Britain's Daily Telegraph. Asked if she had many more books in mind, Funke replied, "Oh yes, I am quite sure I won't be able to write them all down in a lifetime."

Good To Know

  • In German, Funke means "spark."

  • In 2005, Time magazine named Cornelia Funke among its "100 Most Influential Men and Women."

  • Funke claims to have written her popular Ghosthunters series "for boys who don't like to read."

  • When asked if she writes in German or English, Funke replied in a 2008 interview in The Washington Post: "I write in German. I've practiced this language for 47 years. I will never be a master in any other language. Anthea Bell, an old lady with cats, does the translation. She's amazing, and her translations are very, very true to my language."

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      1. Hometown:
        Los Angeles, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        December 10, 1958
      2. Place of Birth:
        Dorsten, Germany
      1. Education:
        University of Hamburg

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 30, 2008

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      Great series! Will not disappoint!

      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!

      13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 6, 2011

      BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!

      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.

      4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 7, 2008

      Interesting but Disappointing at the same time.

      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 and...how do I say heartbreaking. Even with her talent I believe Cornelia could have applied herself to Inkdeath a bit more than the book suggests.

      4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 3, 2012

      :(

      NO MORE MEGGIE AND FARID!?!?!? THATS JUST WRONG!!!!!!!!

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 10, 2012

      Great, amazing book.

      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!

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 20, 2012

      I love the Ink series!

      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.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 19, 2012

      Terrible

      I think that inkheart was really unneccissary. It is just repeating what the second book had with only just a little bit more different things.

      DONT READ BEYOND THIS POINT IF U HAVE NOT READ BOOK!!!!!


      I think that Meggies mom really shouldnt have had that baby it was just too much and just something i didnt really lile or thought was nessiccary.I hated that Cornelia made Meggie choose thar other guy instead of Farid. I just really wish Meggie went out with Farid especially after everything theve been through..My favorite character is Dustfinger but without his scars and his powers..... he just seems so different.


      MAY READ AGAIN!!!!

      A book i really didnt like and a terrible letdown. I loved all the other books with all my heart, and was suprised that this wasnt as good.....sorry i no this is not what u want to hear, but i think u r better off without this book.

      -Kira C.

      3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 7, 2012

      Awesome!!!

      One of the best books I've read. Great description, it really draws you into the story.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 5, 2009

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      Book three is the perfect ending to the Inkheart Trilogy.

      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

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 16, 2008

      Very disapointed yet glad about some things.

      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.<BR/>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.<BR/>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.<BR/>Dustfinger was just purely amazing I could find no fault with him along with Mo.<BR/>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.<BR/>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.<BR/>The first two are AMAZING no doubt you should read them. As for Inkdeath you may like it.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 30, 2008

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      FANTASTIC READ!

      After eagerly awaiting this books arrival, Firstly, I finished this book in 3 days! I was not dissapointed!<BR/>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! <BR/>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... <BR/>Great Read, and I would highly recommend it!

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 29, 2008

      Her Best of the series

      I loved the first 2, but this one was the best of them all. I thought that the English versions were translated, but if that is true, whoever translated it, writes very well. I love the covers of this series too. These books are fun for young adults and adults alike. I am sad the trilogy has ended, but feel rewarded for taking the journey.

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 16, 2013

      HELLO

      I HATE ANYONE WHO DOESN'T LIKE INK-

      INK ME

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 29, 2012

      Suzie Barthle

      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.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 17, 2012

      Thrilling

      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.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 13, 2012

      OMG

      This is the best book ive ever read!!! Ot is sutch a page turner!!!!!! TOTALY WORTH THE PAY!!!! I never wanted it to end!!!"!

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 19, 2012

      Awsome!

      It's an awsome book for eveyone 8 and up.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 23, 2012

      Wow

      This is an awsome book the discription and evreything is realy amazing i would say good book d would recamnd people to read this'it is a good distritive book

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 6, 2011

      A book lovers book!

      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

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 10, 2011

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      Iffy....

      This book seemed so promising, following the other two Inks. I eagerly grabbed it and dove into it. I was loving, straight up to about the middle. Then, in my opinion, it started to drag. I ignored it, thinking it would be over quickly. But it continued, to the point where I just put it down. I did try it again, but the same thing happened. Otherwise it is a great book! (Even though I didn't reach the end. I will try.)

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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