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Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
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Dec 03, 10

bookshelves: ms-kathy, ya-fiction
Read in November, 2010

This second novel in the Inkworld trilogy is as captivating and gorgeously written as the first (Inkheart), securing author Cornelia Funke's place in that modern pantheon of fantasy writers for teens that includes Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, and Philip Reeve. As the book begins, the Inkworld is broached by Meggie, who turns out to have the power to "read" herself as well as others into the book-world created by Finoglio. Her friend Farid is desperate to follow the fire-eater Dustfinger and Meggie can't resist the opportunity also to enter the world she has dreamed about. But Farid and Meggie aren't the only ones to reenter the Inkworld: the criminal-minded storyteller Orpheus "reads" the sinister Basta, the vicious Mortola, and Mo, Meggie's father, back into the story. Resa, Meggie's mother, also comes along. With careful depiction, Funke gives us the whole of Inkworld and its colorful, brave, and sometimes evil inhabitants. Finoglio, the aged storyteller, is particularly well drawn. But then so are Orpheus, Meggie, Farid, Violante, the Adderhead, and so many characters. I won't say more about the plot--it's quite complicated to explain anyway. But if you ever wondered what happens to the characters after you put down a thrilling book you've just been reading, this and the other Inkworld books are the captivating answer!
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