I love Cornelia Funke! She’s an amazing author and reading her books is always a blast!
I have read the Inkheart trilogy many times before. I can’t help myself when it comes to these three books. In spite of the fact that they’re in the children’s section, they aren’t very childlike. There are many implied adult themes such as rape and adultery, but because they’re never confronted head on (at least, not for the reader) I suppose it wasn’t a big deal for the publishers (or whoever makes the decision) to decide that these are for children. I suppose that one of the main characters being a young girl influenced that decision, of course.
Quick note: Do you remember when I reviewed the five Septimus Heap books? Well, I’m going to try my hardest not to spoil anything in any of the books. To help me do that, I’m going to review the three books together.
This trilogy focuses on a book called “Inkheart.” With the help of Mo (sometimes called by other names including Silvertongue), “Inkheart” comes to life while he’s reading to his wife. Because of his magical voice, his wife and their two cats disappear into the book and are replaced by three characters from the book: Dustfinger, Basta, and Capricorn.
Fast forward a few years… Meggie is a twelve-year-old girl who was raised to love books. She knows her father as Mo the bookbinder who never reads aloud. She knows almost nothing about her mother Resa except for the, usually untrue, things that Mo tells her.
Mo and Meggie are constantly moving around so he can fix books and to hide from the three characters he called from the book. However, Meggie doesn’t know this until one night when Dustfinger catches up to them.
Throughout the books we meet: Fenoglio, the author of “Inkheart;” his evil creations Basta, Capricorn, Mortola, and others; Dustinger, his ferret Gwin, his family, and his “shadow” Farid; a younger more ambitious reader who has given himself the name Orpheus; and many other interesting characters.
We visit the Inkworld when Meggie does something that no other reader can do. We watch as she and Fenoglio attempt to reshape the Inkworld to fix it back the way Fenoglio wants it to be. We worry while Orpheus tries to change the world to his liking.
Ahh, I’ve just finished reading these books and I want to pick up “Inkheart” and start over from the beginning. I won’t because I have so many other books to read, but if I did, I would discover something that I had missed, see something from a different perspective, and find a new reason to love these characters and this concept.
Prosper and Boniface have had a difficult time. Their mother died, then their aunt decides to adopt Bo and only Bo. Of course, Prosper would be allowed to visit once a month, but that’s absurd!
Naturally, the two boys run away. Their mother always said great things about Venice so that’s where they went. They luckily fall under the protection, so to speak, of a thirteen year old boy named Scipio who calls himself the Thief Lord. Scipio provides a home (an abandoned movie theater), stolen items to sell, and security.
Prosper and Bo’s aunt and uncle travel to Venice and hire Victor, a private detective, to find the boys. Surprisingly, Victor manages to find them and track them down to the movie theater.
Around this time, the Thief Lord has been contacted by a potential client to steal something. He takes on the job and hilarity ensues…
Haha! Okay, not necessarily, but the way everything gets mixed up and twisted is somewhat amusing. As always, reading something from Cornelia Funke is wonderful, entertaining, and almost impossible to put down!
Enjoy the books. Hit up your library and check out everything they have from her and you won’t be disappointed! Also, she has a new book out as of September 14th. “Reckless” looks amazing and I picked up my copy about a week or so ago. I’ll be reading that and “The Lost Hero” from Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series) today and tomorrow. This book just came out October 12th and Jaime bought me a copy today because he’s the best! It’s the first book of a new series called “The Heroes of Olympus.”
Well, time to get reading! :-D That goes for you, too!