Inkspell (2005) – Cornelia Funke

Title: Inkspell
Author: Cornelia Funke
Date published: 2005
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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“Stories never really end, Meggie… even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don’t end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page”.

The second part of Funke’s Inkheart trilogy is when an incredible amount of magic (and confusion) takes place. A year after the events of Inkheart (2003), Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger are trying to adjust to life after the adventures of the last book. Dustfinger is desperate to return to Inkworld, and to the family he left behind. Meggie and Mortimer are living permanently now with Aunt Eleanor in her house filled with books, and they are both revelling in the fact that Resa (Meggie’s mother) is now safe and sound and living with them again. Despite no longer having a voice Resa is coming to terms with being back in the real world again. However things will not remain as such when Dustfinger meets Orpheus, another reader who manages to send him back to Inkworld. He leaves behind Farid (the young boy whom Mo read out of a classic children’s tale), and his faithful marten, Gwin.

In the meantime Fenoglio, Inkheart’s author, is also in the Inkworld, having been read into the world in the first book, and he is having a jolly old time writing songs for a group of performer’s called The Motley Folk as well as for members of royalty that govern the realms within Inkworld. As Fenoglio spends and more time among his creations he is also beginning to doubt whether he really created everything and everyone that is crossing his path. He is therefore no longer as self-assured as he once was. He becomes convinced that other forces have been adding to his creation.

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Farid, with Meggie’s help has also gone back into Inkworld as his attachment and love for Dustfinger never abated and he felt devastated that he was left behind. Meggie follows him without her parent’s permission, and then they too end up back in Inkworld. Now all of a sudden everyone except for poor old Eleanor are in Inkworld, which is on the verge of a great battle between Lombrica – the Laughing Prince’s realm, and Argenta, the realm of the Adderhead, Inkworld’s villain far worse than Capricorn, who was the villain in the first book.

Then add in the legend of a mysterious Robin Hood type character called The Bluejay, who appears to be moulded from the likeness of Mortimer (Mo) himself and you have quite the plot going on.

In fact there is so much going on that I had to re-read a few chapters just to familiarize myself with all the new characters I was introduced to in Inkworld.

However do not allow this to discourage reading this masterpiece. Funke’s characters and entire realms with the world of Inkworld are magnificent. She has created a world that is worth so much more than the mere trilogy it became and even though I was slightly overwhelmed at the immensity seemingly crammed into this sequel it does not deter from the delight this new world evokes.

Ultimately this fantasy is about family, and what one is willing to do and where one is willing to go to keep that love alive.

My review for Inkheart:

Inkheart (2003) – Cornelia Funke

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