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Inkspell (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Inkspell (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

4.5 615
by Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell (Translator)

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The captivating sequel to Inkheart, the critically acclaimed bestseller!

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters came to life. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds Orpheus, a


The captivating sequel to Inkheart, the critically acclaimed bestseller!

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters came to life. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds Orpheus, a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of the past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie. Before long, both are caught inside the book, too. And the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined.

Like Inkheart, Inkspell features the special touches that transform Funke's novels into keepsakes. Each chapter begins with a surprisingly relevant literary excerpt and concludes with a charming line illustration by the author herself. And this, the second book in the trilogy, also includes a hand-drawn map of the Inkworld and, as a helpful reference for readers old and new, a "dictionary" of characters. Silvertongue, Fenoglio, Crookback, Firefox: The entire epic cast is described in detail.

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A year has gone by, but Meggie still ponders daily about Inkheart, a book whose characters leap into being. For the fire-eater Dustfinger, though, these magical transformations have a desperate downside: He is unable to return to the tale from whence he came. Finally, he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back into the medieval story; leaving his faithful Farid stranded behind. At loose ends, the young apprentice enlists the help of Meggie. Before long, both slip into the cavernous book, which offers no immediate hope of rescue.

Publishers Weekly
In this spellbinding follow-up to Inkheart, Funke expertly mixes joy, pain, suspense and magic. In the opening chapter, Dustfinger returns to Inkheart, the fantastic novel (within Funke's novel of the same name) from which he was sprung, and his "devoted" apprentice, Farid, asks Meggie to use her magical reading powers to send him into the story. Meggie, lured by the "place of marvels and adventures," goes with him. Her parents soon follow. The omniscient narrator allows readers to jump from the "real" world to Inkworld, where a war is brewing between Ombra Castle and the evil Adderhead's Castle of Night. Worse, Meggie's father, Mo (aka Silvertongue), is mistaken for a Robin Hood-type figure known as the Bluejay and is to be executed. Readers will race along with Meggie and other Inkheart favorites as the characters try to create a "happy ending." Funke again cleverly plays with the power of words: Fenoglio, the author of Inkheart, now lives in the world he created and continues to write new story lines-which play out in often unintended ways (e.g. he bases the Bluejay character on Meggie's father, putting Mo in danger). This is a thick and dark book (the Magpie shoots Mo, nearly killing him, and Basta appears for a final showdown), as well as sophisticated-especially the romance blossoming between Farid and Meggie, and Dustfinger's complicated relationship with Meggie's mother. There is much left to explore; readers will eagerly await the last in the planned trilogy. Ages 8-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Fourteen-year-old Meggie is back at home after the intrigue and adventure she encountered in Inkheart (Chicken House, 2003), the first volume in this projected trilogy. In this second episode, the calm of her life is shattered when Farid, protege of the fire-eater, Dustfinger, begs her to use her magical ability and read him into Dustfinger's story. Meggie longs to see the enchanted world she has only encountered through the pages of a book and travels with Farid into the story. Events quickly spin out of control. Evil characters from Inkheart re-emerge to extract revenge. Battle lines are drawn between two kingdoms. Several individuals are intent on re-writing the story to ensure their own happy ending. A multitude of intriguing characters are kept straight by the tour-de-force performance of actor Brendan Frazier who distinguishes each one with a different accent-from Dustfinger's Scottish burr to Fenoglio's Brooklyn inflection to Orpheus's southern drawl. His performance is so convincing that listeners must remind themselves that this is not a full-cast production. Action, romance, and danger are delivered with just the right inflection and pace in this stunning performance. Expect the popularity of the series to climb as Inkheart has been optioned for movie rights.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
One year after the events of Inkheart (2003), one by one, the characters find themselves read from the real world into the Inkworld. Dustfinger is ecstatic to be back home after his long exile; Meggie is thrilled to explore the story that has seduced her with its beauty; Mo and Resa want only to bring their daughter Meggie back. The metaliterary musings begun in the previous title become grander here, as each character grapples with the possibility of challenging the fate that has been written. Fenoglio, the author of the fictional Inkheart, takes on a tragic role, as he sees his godlike idyll threatened when his words and characters take on lives of their own. Woven in and around the breakneck adventure is the provocative notion that words, and the meanings they carry, are plastic and ever susceptible to change. While the permeability of the membrane between imagination and reality may form the base of the novel, Funke delivers more than enough action, romance, tragedy, villainy and emotion to keep readers turning the pages-and waiting for the sequel the cliffhanger ending promises. (Fiction. 10+)

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Demco Media
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Inkheart Trilogy , #2
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Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

CORNELIA FUNKE is Germany's bestselling children's author after J. K. Rowling and R. L. Stine. In the fall of 2002, she made her brilliant debut in the English-language market with the release of The Thief Lord, the fantastical New York Times bestseller which Kirkus called "One spellbinding story." Ms. Funke lives in Hamburg, Germany with her family.

Brief Biography

Los Angeles, CA
Date of Birth:
December 10, 1958
Place of Birth:
Dorsten, Germany
University of Hamburg

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Inkspell 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 614 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Inkspell. It had love, pain, and fantasy blended together perfectly so that the reader would see and feel what was happening to the characters. You could picture the hatred in Mortola's eyes, so deep that you could get lost in it, as she hurt Mo, feel Resa's giddiness when she realized that she had her voice back, and then her pain as she watched her husband get shot, and smell the Inkworld air as if you were standing there next to the characters. In this sequel to Inkheart, Orpheus reads Dustfinger back into the world that he came from, leaving his marten, Gwin, and his faithful companion, Farid, behind. Farid then runs to Meggie, who reads him into Inkworld and at the same time did something never accomplished before-she read herself into a story. She left a note for her mother and father, who then had someone read them back into the story. When they get there they find out that Mortola had followed them, which is when she shot Mo with a rifle from their world. Meggie hears word that her father is hurt, and panics. Will he survive? This book is an amazing sequel to another amazing book. I liked this book even more than Inkheart, and I couldn't put either one down. It may be slightly difficult to read at times and the length was intimidating, but it is even better than the one before it, and it's worth it. You cannot read Inkspell and fully understand it without reading Inkheart first. I would recommend these two phenomenal books to anyone that enjoys reading stories about adventure, magic, and fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This may be the only book better than Harry Potter!
pagese More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I didn't jump out and read this because I didn't think Inkheart was all that great. But, I wanted to know how the story ended. So, I finally picked this one up. I'm very glad that I did. The story was much richer than the first book. It was written better with the characters coming to life more. Maybe it's because we finally get a look at the world that everybody was willing to go to such lengths for. It's almost like the author was able to write about a fantasy world better than the real one. I found the danger more real and the bad guys gave off more of that evil persona. I was just overall more impressed with this one. Believe me, I will be picking up the last in the series soon!
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
Sequel to the international best-seller "Inkheart," "Inkspell," by Cornelia Funke is an amazing adventure which sweeps the reader off their feet and brings them to the fantastical Inkworld where anything is possible! Feeling truly caught up in all the many characters' lives and caring about what happens to them, any person who reads this book, young or old, will find it impossible to put down and to stop thinking about! Even more action-packed than its precedent, "Inkspell" has an ending which leaves the reader extremely excited to start "Inkdeath," the third and final book in this wonderful trilogy, though sad to know that the ending will soon come. Humor, suspense, mystery, and a tiny bit of romance make this book unlike any other ever written!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading this one for all of the interesting subjects and relationships that a formed in it. These books are all great in their own way, but you should definately read them for yourself to find out!
bookluver101HD More than 1 year ago
when u rate this book instead of 5 stars i would give it 10,000 stars it's just such a good book i had to take if everywhere with me i could'nt leave it behind!!!!!!!!!READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hannah_Abbott More than 1 year ago
I actually like Inkspell better than Inkheart! I think it's because Meggie matured more and all the romance in the book. (Farid and Meggie was so cute!) The action was great and it was a good lengthy read. I can't wait to read Inkdeath!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! i cried when dustfinger died! this is such a cliff hanger! if i had three hands i'd give this book three thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book soooo much!! It's suspencefull, exicting, romantic, and funny!! I recommend it for kids 13+
BusyProfessional More than 1 year ago
Just read this a couple of years after reading Inkheart. What a great book! Kept me on the edge of my seat, and now Barnes and Noble's going to get my money because I can't wait to get the third book. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
inkheartfan101 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book alo i still havent got ink death yet but i cant wait to get my hands on it!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much I reread it. It is a awesome book because the main characters have magical powers and great personalities. I think Inkspell was well wtitten book and I enjoyed it very much. But I must admit, some parts got me confused. But it had a lot of adventure, and that's a good thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read Inkheart, you HAVE to read Inkspell. Fantastic book, really, really, good. Must have.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In "Ink Spell," Dustfinger manages to finally get back into the book of Ink Heart. Maggie and Farid go after him and end up getting lost in the Ink Heart world. When the Magpie takes Mo and Resa with her to the Ink Heart world as her prisoners, and Elinor is left behind, they all fear they will never see each other again."Ink Spell" is good. It is a little boring and slow at the begining but if you are planning on reading the third book, "Ink Death," (which you HAVE TO READ, it is the best book ever!!!!!) you have to finish it. It gets MUCH, MUCH better at the end and you will be totally lost if you try to skip it. Also, if you have not read the first book, "Ink Heart," you will be lost. Plus, "Ink Heart is REALLY AMAZING!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inkspell is the sequel to Inkheart. The characters now find themselves inside the book that changed their lives forever. The characters now interact with the characters in Inkheart and everyone gets more than they bargained for. Fenoglio's book has a mind of it's own and is writing it's own story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i aboubsolutely LOVE this book!! it is a love story, with lots of action in it!!
adventuregirl_us More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that I really enjoyed reading this book. Now I am on to the next one of this series.
Spit-fire More than 1 year ago
This book follows the first book ok. It really makes you think with all the more charaters in the story. Which i sometimes like in this book. So cont. the story or beginning reading this story because it is a good story to follow.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
Inkspell is the second in a trilogy, so first of all, read Inkheart first!
Getting on with it, I loved this book. I love the entire Inkheart trilogy, but Inkspell was my favorite of the three. It was the most exciting from my point of view. And what can I say? I love Meggie and Faird!
Oh, I didn't give anything away! We all know they like each other!
Unless you haven't read Inkheart, in which case back your butt away from this review and get the first book! It drives me crazy when people read second books first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cornelia Funke

Characters: The protagonists in Inkspell are Meggie, Mo, Farid, and Dustfinger. Meggie is a young girl who can make words come to life and is the daughter of Mo. Mo can also make words come to life and he has a wife named Resa. Farid was read out of a book by Meggie and falls in love with her, and as soon as he hears that Dustfinger is a fire eater, Farid follows him everywhere. Dustfinger is a fire eater and is married to a beautiful wife named Roxane.

Plot: The ¿meat¿ of the story is that a man named Orpheus reads the main characters in to the book called Inkspell, and Mortola, Basta, and Adderhead get in their way. There is gruesome fights and killings, and great excitements in this book.

Setting: The ¿time and place¿ of the story is in a fictional book called Inkheart.

Theme: I think the author is trying to tell you that you should become a writer, because the whole book is based on a few words that brought them to this strange world.

I liked this book exceptionally because it was fiction, that¿s the only type of books I like to read. Also because it has so many descriptions in it that you don¿t want to put the book down. Before I go to bed I at least read a few pages a night and it ends being close to 50 pages a night. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes magical, adventurous stories.

I connected to this book in many different ways. First, I can relate to Meggie as she¿s going through all of it. I would be petrified if I got a letter one morning saying that my father not might make it because he had been shot, and then towards the end of the book I would have been brave because of what I had been through.

Another way that the world can relate to this book is all the fighting and slaughter that this book has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to the InkHeart Trilogy by my tutor whose children had read both books and whose she gave to me. I LOVED InkHeart. It drew you into the story so much so, that it gave you the feeling of a child who shouldn't be reading it, it was so good. But InkSpell didn't give me that feeling. In my opinion it started off slow, and never picked up speed. I just didn't get the drive that I did while reading Inkspell. Nevertheless, Cornelia Funke is an excellent author, and I am looking forward to InkDeath.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the parts that had Farid and Meggie together. I loved how sweet he was. When i read the part when he first kissed her my ears began to burn and turn all red. I loved that part. I cant wait until the third book comes out. I understand that Inkdeath will be her last book, but Cornelia if you read this review plz write more than just three books. This series is so great to just stop at three.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meggie and her family of Mo, Resa, Elinor and Dauris are trying to forget what happend to them a year ago. On day Farid comes to there house with some strange news, Dustfinger has benn sent back to Inkheart. From then on some characters from Inkheart sgow up at the house. In the end it's up to Meggie and Mo to help kill the Adderhead and help put Febgolio's story back to the the way he wrote it.
Zo_Angel More than 1 year ago
The book sounds really ood and so does inkheart and inkdeath. im trying to find out whether or not the book is good based on the reviws. but how can i do that when some of your reviews are ruinin the ending. I don't want to know that dust finger died before i read the book. i don't want to know who shot who before i read the book. if you want to describe the books a little bit more fine! but don't spoil the ending! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! i- want- to - find - out- for -myself! p.s. im pretty sure i'll love this book at least four stars