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Inkspell (Inkworld #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  64,527 ratings  ·  2,940 reviews
The captivating sequel to INKHEART, the critically acclaimed, international bestseller by Cornelia Funke, an author who is emerging as a truly modern classic writer for children.

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of INKHEART, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need...more
Hardcover, 1st US Edition, 635 pages
Published October 2005 by The Chicken House (first published January 1st 2005)
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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...more
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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
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
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Mar 25, 2009 John rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Mar 12, 2008 Josh marked it as to-read
so yea..the same as inkheart!!!!!!!
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,...more
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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...more
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....more
Apr 11, 2012 Anidict rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Apr 02, 2010 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: books-i-own
This is a great follow up to Inkheart. It's plot is more thrilling than the first and there are definitly more characters to keep track of. Inkspell doesn't try to imitate the first book, but instead takes the story in a new, interesting direction. Inkheart was a stand alone book that left the ideas to use in Inkspell. Inkspell is fascinating and well done. Dustfinger is more prominent, a worthy protagonist. This book really let's you dig into the hearts of the characters. Each one of them has a...more
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
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....more
Sep 14, 2010 X rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Feb 13, 2009 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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Jan 14, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
I probably should put in a disclaimer - I'm only reading this for the I title. I'm not the book's audience, and if I didn't know that from reading the first book, I'd know it now. The story shifts from the real world to a generic fantasy world in this book. The living conditions sound horrid, why would anyone want to even look in on this particular world is beyond me. Especially those with an over-the-top love for books as Meggie.

The main characters' love for books seemed over the top to me in...more
de igual forma que me ocurrió con la primera parte, Corazón de tinta, esta segunda me ha enamorado y me ha partido el corazón en alguna que otra ocasión.
si sois como yo, y todavía no le habíais dado la oportunidad a esta fantástica trilogía (y además os gusta la fantasía), os recomiendo que vayáis a buscarla. os prometo que no os arrepentiréis.

reseña completa aquí:

Ich hab mich lange davor gedrückt die Tintenwelt-Reihe weiter zu lesen, aber Martinas SerienKiller-Challenge hat den Anstoß zum weiterlesen gegeben.

Tintenblut setzt einige Zeit nach Tintenherz an. Meggie und ihre Familie sind zur Ruhe gekommen und führen ein normales Leben. Ohne Magie, ohne lebendige Wörter. Staubfinger sucht noch immer nach den Wörtern, die ihn zurück in die Tintenwelt bringen.
Der Einstieg bietet die Möglichkeit langsam wieder in die Geschichte zu kommen, sich klar zu machen,...more
I have just finished reading this book, and I'm very pleased to say that the Inkheart books are getting better and better! I was a bit worried at first that it wouldn't have the same effect as the first book, but, luckily, that wasn't the case. Every single page of Inkspell was absolutely AMAZING - the story itself, the characters, and the language, of course. I have to admit though that it does take a distinctly dark tone (compared to the first book) with all that cruelty, violence and lots of...more
Kate Millin
A long story with a lot of characters and quite involved. The story develops quite well and the author is right this reader really wants to read the 3rd book in the series.

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." A fitting meta-observation for this, the unplanned second...more
Great book. I was hooked for most of it, and enjoyed it pretty well.
Except for these problems (SPOILER ALERT!!):

I think that having Maggie and farid get together was awesome. But I think meggie is too young.
Also it did use the b word a few times, and that brings the book down to a much lower level. But on the other hand, I can understand in some parts why she used it, because the 'bad guys' would've said it in real life, right? But in another case it was completely unnecessary and would've don...more
Book 2 is much better than 1, Inheart. Why? The dilemma is much more gripping with characters being "kidnapped" into the fiction world against their will and meeting their death or near death there. The idea of the author with the creativity to write the words, and the gifted reader, as in reading out loud, needing to work together to make things happen, even bringing a character back to life, - that is a fascinating aspect and one that causes tension when ever the author and reader get separate...more
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Cornelia Caroline Funke is a multiple award-winning German author of children's and YA fiction. She is best known for her Inkheart trilogy. The Inkheart books have gained a variety of attention, and critics have praised Funke as the "German J. K. Rowling". Her books are very popular in her native country, and many have now been translated into English. Her work fits mainly into the fantasy and adv...more
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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.” 3955 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.” 3209 likes
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