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Inkspell (Inkworld #2)

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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  74,422 ratings  ·  3,098 reviews
Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of the extraordinary events of Inkheart, and the story whose characters strode out of the pages and changed her life for ever. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater, torn from his world of words, the need to return has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read hi ...more
Hardcover, 682 pages
Published October 3rd 2005 by Scholastic (first published September 23rd 2003)
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Hope
I really wanted to give this book 4 stars. But my conscience got the better of me…so 3 stars it is. There were some things in this book that genuinely disturbed me, and I’m going to point them out..

Before I do, though, I have to tell you, I loved the book over all. But I’m probably not going to sound like it...

Firstly, there are more language issues with this book. Farid uses the B word twice, and quite a few of the other characters use the D word a lot. The D word was in the first book a bit, b
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Karin
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Kyra
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Sara
Cornelia, you need a better editor. Your editor would tell you to figure out which characters are essential and kill off the rest. The difficulty with the book is that it's written for younger kids, but it is too complicated, not all of the storylines are as riveting as the rest, and there are too many complicated emotions for young readers to comprehend or enjoy. The characters are a bit static (and thus predictable), as well. This isn't to say that the emotions aren't realistic, or that the ch ...more
Kim
So I am going to review the first book Inkheart alongside the second Inkspell since they are part of a trilogy. This book is being heralded as a book to fill the void left by Harry Potter and is marketed to the same target age group. The only difference is after reading the second book my immediate thought was, "That was stupid" I honestly can't remember the last time I felt so let down by a book. The characters are so poorly developed that I found myself not caring in the least when something b ...more
Patrick
I like that the story got more complex with the second volume. It didn't fall into cliche storylines or plots.

That said, this book felt really *long* to me. And the story felt rather... loose. Like not a lot was happening, given how long I spent listening to it.

I'm willing to admit that a lot of that might have been due to the fact that I was listening to it on Audio. It was 18+ hours long, and while Brendan Fraser did a good job, his reading was a little dramatic for my taste. I prefer a more
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Mike (the Paladin)
Meggi, Mo "et al" continue in the story taking place in two worlds. Not to give spoilers, but Mo is in a bad way Meggi is still "learning" as well as being in a bad way, mom is struggling and worrying and scared, and back to MO....he's binding a very special book.

I liked this YA series, there are good ones and bad ones and (being sure the "youth" is mature enough for the themes) this is a good one.

Again, an addition to my review here...I really like these books, I may even say love them and I'm
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Filip
Druhý díl trilogie mi pomohl uvědomit si, že tahle série je moje guilty pleasure. Není to sice to úplně nejvíc krutopřísněhusté, ale to mi nevadí. A proč? Protože ten svět a ta myšlenka možností vyčíst cokoli, co bylo kdy napsáno, je prostě... geniální. Fantastická. Dokonalá. Dokážete si představit, že příběhy, které milujete, můžete přivést k životu? Potkat hrdiny, o kterých jenom sníme? Nebo ještě lépe - sami se do jednotlivých příběhů začíst a prožívat je? K tomu všemu má celý Inkoustový svět ...more
Anidict
Apr 11, 2012 Anidict rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I'll put it bluntly: It made me miserable.

Again, I am impressed by the choice of words; the luster of the settings described and; the vary in the characters' personalities. It really wasn't that bad, but the story took a dive from 20 feet to 50 feet deeper. I mean, the story got a little bit more serious than it had been first. The idea of making the story a little more serious on the second book wasn't exactly a bad idea, but the change was as subtle as a gun!

I know, the part of many people's l
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Josh
Mar 12, 2008 Josh marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
so yea..the same as inkheart!!!!!!!
Magen
I will admit that this book was actually a chore for me to get through. However, I gave it two stars because I liked the idea of the story. While with Inkeart I was able to finish from the sheer novelty of the idea, that novelty had worn off a little by the time I got to Inkspell.

The biggest let down with this series, and the reason that I had such a hard time finishing this book, was the characters. I know that it may be a personal bias, but I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters,
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Em
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John
Mar 25, 2009 John rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
I will admit up front that I have a bias that is making it difficult for me to give this book a "fair" shake. I read this after my 9 year old daughter completed it, but after we have both read Inkheart. Based on the first book and the marketing I was expecting this one to also be reasonable age-appropriate. It is not.

While Inkheart did a moderately decent job of fleshing out a couple of the characters, Inkspell did not further that cause doing little to expand upon what you already knew about th
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Maree
This book seemed to just keep going. It was super long, and the story is not yet over, but continues on in the series. I guess this isn't a bad thing, but it's kind of feeling like the never ending story that just wants a conclusion. The story isn't bad, I just want a resolution rather than a continuance.

But I love the concept, and as an avid reader can easily imagine how it came to the author's mind. I can definitely think of a few story lands that I would love to visit! Especially as a writer.
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Michelle E.
2.5*


This book is an interesting enough read, well-written and perfect for fairytale lovers, and book lovers in general, given the love so many of the characters have for their book collections. But I found this book lacking in one area, so much so that I would have easily given this book 3.5* to 4* if the author simply could have conveyed a little more emotion.

What I mean is Meggie and Farid's relationship, and also Farid's personality in general.

1) Farid is an odd boy of about 13 or so. He is r
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Ms. Library
Interesting concept, boring execution: I talked to a friend the other day about why this series is disappointing to me. This book series has so many things that I should love, I noted. It talks about love for literature, vibrant fantasy lands, and the ability to jump in and out of novels. Yet, instead of feeling the same excitement when broached with a similar topic in The Eyre Affair, I felt detached. Why is this? She responded simply, because its boring.

That’s it really. I found this boring.
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Stefan Yates
I found this sequel to Inkheart to be almost as good as its predecessor. The magic and amazing characters are still there along with a whole batch of new ones. Ms. Funke has a knack for creating very vivid and memorable characters and her world building skills are amongst some of the best. I also like the way that she has put limitations and consequences to the magical elements of her story. It makes things a lot more interesting when the characters can't just do whatever they want whenever they ...more
Michelle
An excellent follow-up to Inkheart. This book is possibly even scarier than the first though. I definitely would not recommend it for pre- or early teens. There's murder, and stabbing, and all kinds of unsavory events and characters. There's also heroism and humor.

Whereas the first novel took place in this world, with Meggie and her father reading characters out of the novel Inkheart, in this novel we see Meggie, her father and mother, and some of the bad guys, transported into the world of the
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Amanda
Jan 14, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE
This one was a little bit slower than Inkheart, but it was still amazing. I did not like that Funke ended the book that way that she did-it was left without everything being complete, so you know that there's definitely going to be a third. From the beginning, Funke said that it would be a trilogy, but Inkheart ties up all of its loose ends before it ends. I wish she had does that with Inkspell too. But I still love the story and the character SO MUCH and cannot wait for Inkdeath to come out.
X
Sep 14, 2010 X rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to X by: Q
I think the novelty of the idea of the book world wore off a little by book two, but I still enjoyed the story, at times more than Inkheart and at times less. I liked the Inkworld, and Fenoglio and Meggie attempting to control it, but at times was confused on just how much could be changed and what was actually *real* and would stay as it was. It's a very interesting concept though, and perhaps some of the confusion was purposeful.
Emily
Feb 17, 2015 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: books-i-own
It's one of those times when the sequel surpasses the first.


Julia
Feb 13, 2009 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy/children's books
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
As one commentator says, "Just a few chapters into Inkspell, Mo (a.k.a. "Silvertongue") sagely says to his daughter, '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.' "

And this sequel to INKHEART does tend to "go on"--and on--and on. As the main characters are either read into the Inkworld (or read THEMSELVES in, as Meggie does), I felt a bit overwhelmed with the large
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Anne
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An Odd1
Funke has no compunction over killing; adding another pet marten provides small (really) relief. Different names in our regular time and theirs may be easier in the German original; I finally get both. The teens exchange more kisses, otherwise little character change; mostly we're pushed around in the scary fantasy place, and home England.
We left present-day old Inkweaver Fenaglio trapped in the terrible magical medieval world he wrote. Resa, missing years, now voiceless, is back with husband b
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Celine
Meh. I expected more. Inkheart had me hooked and was fun to read, even though it was very long. This book was great in the creative point of view, but it's just horribly long.

If there was so much to tell about this wouldn't be a problem, but there is nothing interesting going on. And when something finally does go on, we're not there to witness it, or it is over within a page or so. There is a terrible problem with the pacing of the story. We get lectured over and over again about every trivial
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Bridgette Redman
Not only will I finish a book that I don’t like, but if I find anything redeeming in it at all, I’ll not infrequently pick up the sequel in the hopes that it gets better.

That’s certainly the case with Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart and Inkspell stories. My encounter with the first book was an audio recording that I listened to while my son and I were taking a long road trip. The narration on it was fantastic and I can still hear many of the character’s voices and the lilting delivery of the actor. B
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Cynthia
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Amanda Waley
I marked this book as read, but I couldn't finish it for the life of me. I got a little over halfway, and continuing on seemed liked too much to ask for. This book zapped my strength whenever I opened it up to read it, and I felt like I was repeatedly banging my head against the wall with each page turn.

The story line was way too different from "Inkheart" for me, and whenever I felt like I was finally understanding what was going on another twist would come and confuse me even more. I felt like
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Zahra Dashti
همیشه معتقدم نویسنده ها باید بتوانند موجودات ظالم و بی رحمی باشند، حتی نوعی سادیست داشته باشند. این که آدم بتواند مخلوق بی اراده خود را رنج بدهد ، بیازارد ، مجبور به کارهای وحشتناکی کند ، کار ساده ای نیست. کار هرکسی نیست. یک نویسنده موفق باید بتواند ظالم محکمی باشد! موجود بی آزاری در دنیای واقعی و یک الهه بی رحم و خونخوار در دنیای مخلوق خود...
شاید برای همین تا امروز نتوانستم داستان (به معنی واقعی کلمه) بنویسم. طاقت رنج دیدن مخلوقاتم را ندارم.طاقت بد و شرور بودن مخلوقاتم را ندارم. من ، این من نات
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chucklesthescot
Dustfinger has found a way to go back home and vanishes.His distraught apprentice comes to Meggie to beg her to send him through and Mo is shocked to discover that his daughter has vanished into the book.Mo has to go in search of her to bring her back.
I didn't like this at all.As soon as we vanished into the fantasy land I started to dislike pretty much everything about it. I had no interest in all the Alice in Wonderland type people and family problems of the Royal family.I just didn't care wh
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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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“Stories never really end...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.” 4185 likes
“Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.” 3428 likes
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