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The Inkheart Trilogy Slipcase: "Inkheart", "Inkspell", "Inkdeath" (Inkworld #1-3)

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The Adderhead--his immortality bound in a book by Meggie's father, Mo--has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants' only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay--Mo's fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegad ...more
Paperback, 2000 pages
Published 2010 by SCHOLASTIC INC (first published January 1st 1990)
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Katherine Rebekah Meggie loved all books and was very knowledgeable about most genres. However, judging from the books she brought in her book box when she fist left…moreMeggie loved all books and was very knowledgeable about most genres. However, judging from the books she brought in her book box when she fist left the house with Mo (The Odyssey, The Witches, Pinocchio) she enjoys fantasy. (less)
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Jan 21, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to give the translator props here, because these do not read like translated works. I never would have guessed that they weren't originally written in English.

Okay, I give the series as a whole four stars, but if I were rating them separately, it'd be like this:

Inkheart: 3 stars
Fun young people's fantasy. Good concept. Some good characters, particularly Dustfinger, but Mo, Fenoglio, and Elinor are also swell. Entertaining. Certainly good enough to get me to pick up the sequel, but not exc
Apr 07, 2009 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-7701
Pre/Anticipatory Thoughts: I had read the first two books in this trilogy and was anxiously awaiting the third and final installment. I really enjoyed “Inkheart” and “Inkspell,” so I expected to like this book—“Inkdeath”—equally as well. Looking at the cover of “Inkdeath,” I could see the outline of a skull. Inside the skull was a blurry image of a castle, a unicorn, a magpie and some greenery. Outside the skull a spooky looking butterfly with a skeleton head, a spider with a skeleton head super ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Zippy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Talk about slogging through the mud! Man, good story concept, but way, way too wordy. By the 3rd book I was skimming just so I could get through it.
R.J. Craddock
Jan 17, 2011 R.J. Craddock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love, love these books. They're great reads for fantasy. The whole concept is very creative, so cool I wish I'd come up with it! She's a great story teller with wonderful characters, her story is rich with it's own special world. You should check it out. But I'd recommend it on Audio book, Actor Brendan Fraiser reads book 2 and 3 himself and is a fantastic narrator! (He also plays the lead role of Moe the book Binder in the film version InkHeart as well)
Srikar Pasula
Oct 11, 2015 Srikar Pasula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I will never see the world the same as I saw it before reading this book.
Jan 04, 2009 Shannen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who loved Inkheart
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Oct 11, 2008 Merritt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves books!
What is it with Cornelia Funke? She just... captures you, and brings you into a world full of surprises. I must admit, I can never guess what will happen with her plot. It's turning and twisting and full of life. I loved it! She is so vivid, and I don't ever think she overdoes it. It's really amazing. It's kind of hard to say anything without giving it away... Her characters are so real. They have an amazing depth to them, and it really seems almost like a real person. Her words
Jul 19, 2013 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it many many years ago, in my mid teens I think. It's a beautiful concept. The idea that the characters of a book can come to life is you read it out loud. I'm sure many readers wished it was true. I know I spent quite a few nights reading out loud in the futile hopes of maybe seeing something fascinating from some parallel universe. In vain of course. But this trilogy, fascinating story apart, highlights the love of books that becomes almost an obsession for some, escape for others. Ever ...more
Oct 07, 2008 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love books and as this story is about a family that really loves books (though with much more interesting reading abilities than my own) I had a kinship with the characters.
I thought the first book was very fun and it had me attempting to read books aloud all the time. The second book was not as good for me, I thought it was mostly setup for the third book. The third book I LOVED.
Funke presents more than just a story, she has some major philosophical ideas and social movements written
May 26, 2009 Catharine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The first book of this trilogy, which I reviewed earlier, was very good and basically stands by itself, but don't start the 2nd book unless you can continue on to the third.
I really enjoyed these books. The first one took me a little time to get into, but after I was into it, I couldn't put the story away until I'd finished all three books. The books are a little dark, but the story is so amazingly creatively and intricately woven that It couldn't stop reading until I knew how it would all turn
Sep 27, 2008 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy-tale lovers
I read Inkdeath today, and though I liked it... I don't know. It got confusing at times, and, well, Meggie and Farid's end to their relationship was not, I think, the best way to end the book. It seemed rather unfair to me, that she just gave up on him all of a sudden. It was still beautifully written, but I might have liked the trilogy a bit better if it had ended with the same feeling as Inkspell.
I'm not saying it wasn't good, it was still beautifully written. But it kind of disappointed me.
Johanna Menges
Aug 18, 2015 Johanna Menges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the Inkheart Trilogy 3 times now. Unfortunately I finished reading it the third time just a view month ago. That means, I have to wait at least two years until I can read it again :-(
I love the world Cornelia Funke has built in her Trilogy. I can sink into it completely, even now that I have read it so often. Her figures really come to live in my mind - almost as if Mortimer was reading them to me. I cannot tell you really, what I like the best about the books. If you ask me any deta
May 16, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have lost count how many times I've read these books over years. They're magnificent and so strangely enticing. Being a book worm, I love the idea of living in them, making them real with just a few whispers and changing fates with a couple of words. I like the characters and their edginess. As a child I valued Inkheart most, because it's the beginning of everything, the beginning of the characters and their lives. Now, while appreciating all three of them, Inkdeath has become dearest to me. I ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like disappointing ends
Recommended to Molly by: my bro
Ok firstly: read this ages ago, so I can't quite remember every single detail.

Inkheart - amazing. By far the best book in the trilogy. It was exciting, interesting, and made me want to read more.

Inkspell - not as good, but still okay. I loved Farid, and I don't think Meggie deserves him, but I guess that's my opinion. As long as they're happy . . . Which brings me to Inkdeath . . . ugh.

Inkdeath - pure cowcrap. Bad story, characters all went downhill, and Meggie broke Farid's heart over some guy
Marianna Gleyzer
Of all the book series I have ever read, this was the most beautifully written. With such vivid narration and completely unique ideas, reading books into life and being read into the books themselves, it takes storytelling onto a whole innovative level. The scenes that are within the books are in reality those of a fantasy world, but when reading about them, they just seem so realistic. The plot never bores you, in fact the more you read into the books, the more you are drawn not just into the c ...more
Tamra Hilton
Sep 27, 2009 Tamra Hilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this trilogy and the sheer imagination of the author of having someone jumping into books and bringing characters out of them just by reading them aloud. I saw the movie Inkheart and thought of those actors (I thought they were great) as I read the trilogy. The story was interesting and unexpected (for me) and I really enjoyed the fact that I could jump into her imagination and let it take me for a ride.
Sep 04, 2008 Karlan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 15 year old grandson who reads mostly adult books grabbed the galley of INKDEATH and enjoyed a long flight. I would give the trilogy 5 stars as a whole. I wish the final volume had been tightened a little. The plot threads come together well in this fast paced conclusion of an outstanding fantasy series.
Heather Graham
Apr 16, 2014 Heather Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best trilogy I have ever read. These were the books that made me love reading. I couldn't put the books down until I had turned every last page. It's every bookworms dream to meet the characters of their favourite books and Cornelia made that possible through Inkheart. They are a definite read.
Aug 06, 2008 Karli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these books. Fantastic story. Not one that I've heard before. The last one(inkdeath) will be coming out this year. Great reads
Jul 13, 2015 Melanie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
From DPL librarian: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is another captivating, Harry Potter-esque novel that I think you'll like. It tells the story of Meggie and her book-binding father, who has the magical powers of being able to "read" characters into life. When he's abducted by one of the living characters, Meggie has to go rescue him. Such a creative storyline, and such skillful, beautiful writing! A real delight for book lovers as each chapter starts with an epigram from a beloved children’s book! ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Katrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read first one to my ten year old son..... We both really enjoyed it, but he found it a bit scary
Sep 07, 2008 Lauraileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting series -- kids fantasy books but I liked them.
Dec 30, 2010 Yona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
Много приятни отпускащи, развлекателни:):)
Mar 21, 2009 Micaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They are all fantastic
Jul 01, 2015 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-with-parent
Just average. Maybe slightly lower but I give it credit for being an interesting idea. At times, the author does a really good job with the idea (words coming to life as those with a special gift read them). At other times, not so well.

As the story got nearer to the end I felt like the author lost cohesion of the story. Within the last few hours of the audio book, all of the sudden there was shapeshifting, for example (that didn't spoil anything, don't worry). I also felt that a lot of the chara
Apr 09, 2009 ~bizbuff~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book lovers
ok first of all let me say that the first two books of this trilogy we fairly easy for me to get through. i enjoyed them and had a hard time putting them down. this book however i got stuck about halfway through. it had nothing to do with the story itself. i saw a movie trailer for inkheart on t.v. and got really excited until i realized who would be playing the part of mo....brendon fraser. not only a horrible actor but the farthest thing from "mo" than i had pictured. i was disappointed but i ...more
Apr 07, 2015 Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story telling! This is what makes a good book even better. The magic of it all was mind blowing and the logic and the sense. I am speechless for words about how much I could praise the novel.

Everything was so clear, it was as if it was happening before me and I was seeing it. Smelling it, Tasting it. I must try an apricot now, the taste and flavor of it, or words, or letters, it is all important and a filler of the soul.

Ashes and fire, hot fire singe the skin and inner being o
Cj W
Inkheart was truly a good book.

I was happy, when I read it, to read about the adventures of Meggie and her father, Mo, the bookbinder and book doctor.
How the story began, and how Mi and Meggie are put through complete hell, but are through it together and even though they bicker in the other books, they still love each other like a Daughter and Father only could.

I was excited about the possibilities of the Inkheart series, and where the books, and the story, would end up.

I got through InkSpe
Natasha Martinez
This series is probably what inspired me to write to begin with. Cornelia Funke winds through out all three novels, a complex and surprisingly mature tale for what is supposed to be a children's series. This is probably why the series is so appealing to me. Funke does not patronize her intended audience with the usual sweet, flowery fairy tale, but instead explores the terror one might discover if one were to actually disappear into his or her favorite book and meet the characters. (Despite the ...more
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 Francis Gahren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Inkheart (original title: Tintenherz) is a young adult-child fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke, and the first book of the Inkworld trilogy.

The book is about a 12-year-old girl named Meggie Folchart whose life changes dramatically when she realizes that her father, a bookbinder named Mortimer (Mo), has an unusual ability: when he reads aloud, he can bring characters from books into the real world. Meggie and Mo's adventure takes them throughout Europe, particularly Italy, and brings them into conta
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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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Inkworld (3 books)
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