inkdeathI was privileged to receive an advance reading copy of Inkdeath. The surprise and joy felt was great. Cornelia Funke wrote a great ending to her Ink trilogy. What I enjoyed most about reading the story was the passion Mo and Meggie had for books, or actually, manuscripts. I am beginning two short courses on Medieval manuscripts and have been doing extensive reading for both classes (only because I love this subject). And as I read Inkdeath I noticed the book binder and illuminator and the tools they used to create their manuscripts. There is a time when someone is writing in the story, and they write upon parchment, use a glass man to stir the ink, and then brush sand upon the manuscript so that the ink will dry. It was great details like this that makes Funke a great author and storyteller. Just like her character, Mo.

I don’t want to spoil any of the story for anyone, but this story was fantastic and shouldn’t disappoint any fans. Each chapter just spurs the reader on to read more and to never put the book down. With its abundance of characters, there will be someone that everyone loves. Each character’s story is complete and satisfactory. And if you can’t remember the previous books, Inkheart or Inkspell, there is a brief two page recap at the beginning of the book and at the back of the book there is a complete list of characters too (yes, with so many characters it is reminiscent of a Russian novel, except the names are pronounceable).

The only question that Inkdeath leaves, is one that is beginning to be asked at the end of Inkspell, and that is, who is really writing the story of Inkheart? Is it Cornelia? Fenaglio? Orpheus? Or even Mo? Or by entering the story, has the characters actions determined the story? I found myself asking this as I finished Inkdeath. Who is the author? Or were the characters in the end writing their own story?



InkdeathI just found the cover of Inkdeath today, the last book in Cornelia Funke’s Ink trilogy. I can’t wait for October to come. On a sad note though, the date for the movie Inkheart is now undetermined. I hope that whatever the trouble is will be settled soon. Nothing is more aggravating than prolonged disputes, though Cornelia’s site is still sweet and friendly about the delay (just like the author).

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