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(Inkworld #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  79,672 ratings  ·  3,167 reviews
The masterful conclusion to the epic, award-winning, bestselling INKHEART trilogy by internationally acclaimed author Cornelia Funke.

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 reluct
Hardcover, 699 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Chicken House
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Caz (littlebookowl)
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
3.5 stars!
I wish I had read this back when I started the series... Still enjoyable and I liked the ending :)
Sandy Straubhaar
[99% spoiler-free; I have trouble with spilling spoilers, so I'm working hard not to do it this time]

I got so crazy about this series that I not only ordered vol. 3 (this one) from Germany to find out how it ended, I even ordered the audio book and put it on my iPod so I could obsess about it repeatedly.

The cover blurb says, "Der Verlag übernimmt keine Haftung für eventuell verloren gegangene Personen." ("The publishers assume no responsibility for readers who disappear," essentially. It's all a
Ahmad Sharabiani
Tintentod = Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3), Cornelia Funke
The Inkheart trilogy is a series of three fantasy novels written by German author Cornelia Funke, comprising Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005), and Inkdeath (2008). The books chronicle the adventures of teen Meggie Folchart whose life changes dramatically when she realizes that she and her father, a bookbinder named Mo, have the unusual ability to bring characters from books into the real world when reading aloud. Mostly set in Northern Italy and
Inkdeath is the epic adventure I expected Inkheart and Inkspell to be—and as much as I complained about the slow pace, plot meandering, and innumerable characters in the first two books, I can tell you now that all the buildup was worth it.

Funke was juggling so many different plots by the end of Inkspell that I was seriously worried that many or all would be dropped or mishandled in the third act, but she surprised me by keeping all of them going until their natural conclusions, and als
Monica Edinger
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The German title for the second book in this series is TINTENBLUT or INKBLOOD. Why it became INKSPELL in the US is a mystery (my guess is it was a marketing decision --- spell is a lot less scary than blood). Having now read the final book in the series, I see why that original title was so apt and think it was very unfortunate that it was changed.

But back to this book. It is dense, dark, and rich with ideas. I found it totally engrossing. The story picks up where the previous volume left off.
Sella Malin
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Patricija - aparecium_libri
I finally finished re-reading this as an adult.
I only have praise for it, and I think this remains a masterpiece in the category of Harry Potter. And if you've been born after 1990 you know what this means.

This is a book for both adults and children and it has a wonderful plot, developed characters who are not only deeply layered and humanly as possible, but also grow from page one to the last page of this trilogy. And this world, this beautiful world of Inkworld will always have a special pla
Mikaela Garcia
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really want to like the ending, but it doesn't feel what I hope for. It reminds me too much of "The amber spyglass". I need more about what happens next and how it will end with Dustfinger.

I like the series and the "Inkworld". I so imagine reading books about books. Special to be inside a book. I like Maggie and the Black prince They are my favourite characters.

It will be interesting to know more in the fourth book who will be release in 2021.
Inkdeath is the final installment of the Inkworld series. I haven't decided, yet, if it was better than the first book, Inkheart, but it was a lot better than Inkspell, which was the second book.

Warning: Review will probably contain spoilers and I'm kind of lazy to hide them this morning.

To start off, Dustfinger is dead. Farid is practically torn up about this and doesn't know what to do with his life. Oh, and Mo is forever keeping secrets to himself, which is a terrible decision made by himsel
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy fucking cow! It is rare for the last instalment in a trilogy to be the best one, but Inkdeath definitely got that job done. I am still shook! I had forgotten everything about its plot, since I last read it 10 years ago (…give me a break), and so I was living for every turn of events and plot twist that we got. Connie really knows how it’s done. I bow down to our German legend.

There are many plot devices in Inkdeath that are objectively bad and cheap but I could look past all of them since
Mary ♥
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars

Why did death make life taste so much sweeter? Why could the heart love only what it could also lose?

Open a book. Make yourself comfortable and breathe a little. Close your eyes and open them again. And start reading. You'll find yourself in another world. A world of tall trees, clear blue skies, the sound of horse hooves, the colliding of swords, the chirping of the birds and the aura of adventure. But you'll also feel other, more human feelings. You'll feel happiness, love and safety
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I loved the first book and enjoyed the second, the third fell a little flat.

Maggie - who played such a central role in the first and shared the spotlight in the second - is thrown to the side. Her biggest task seemed to be to choose her boyfriend. A far cry from the self-empowering themes from the first couple of books.

Instead we follow her father, the Bluejay, as he crusades against corruption and fate. He fights against his own story and to keep his family together despite Maggie's moodiness
Heather G Gentle
I absolutely LOVED this one! This was everything I hoped it would be and more.
I thought the author did a great job of bringing this altogether and "ending" it.
Don't want to say too much as my friends haven't read it yet but there were some surprises and the story was left "sort of"open-- new series in the making? :)

This third installment was a bit darker than the last 2-- much more like the ending of InkSpell. For a while everything gets to a point where it all feels so hopeless. But the way t
Mar 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Tana 🌻 Cozyreadings
read somewhere at the end of 2007
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
Eh, not my favorite of the series, but the writing was good. Honestly I'd hoped for better. Don't let this put you off though. I definitely recommend Inkheart and Inkspell. The next part of my review contains...


Ok, when it comes to Meggie's boy choices, I really like Doria. While Farid is awesome, Doria is effing amazing. Farid spent more time pining after Dustfinger than he did after Meggie, which says something about how he
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic end to the trilogy with a finale that left me completely content - no loose ends and remarkably realistic for a fantasy. Inkdeath is certainly something to look forward too.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I always expect to be disappointed with the final novel in a series... But the INKHEART trilogy continued to put it's best foot forward all the way through it's very last pages.
Now I am usually distraught when a main character isn't killed in some glorious manner for the sake of the series, but INKDEATH, somehow didn't need a monumental sacrifice to make it solid. I think Meggie's, "pushing away" of Farid, kind of filled that hole for me.

Now, lets talk about Dustfinger... O.O

I fell in lo
Jul 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a real pain to get to finish this book. The idea has always been original, but the writer doesn't know how to develop the story in an interesting way. Let's just say that the book only starts to get interesting in the last 100 pages or so, and it's 700 pages long! The characters are in a fantasy world that is barely explored. Nothing happens for a long time and, when something does happen, it's just too sudden, out of nowhere, and it finished quickly. Characters that could add some d ...more
Ashley Daviau
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have mixed emotions finishing this series. Not because I didn't completely love it though! I'm sad because my journey through one of my favourite worlds is once again over. But I'm happy because I love this series so much and Inkdeath is my favourite out of the series and it was wonderful revisiting this world. Such a perfect ending to an amazing series! An absolute must read for any bookworm! Because who amongst us hasn't imagine slipping into the pages of your favourite books? ...more
Kris Irvin
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I love it when people write reviews that are EX.AC.TLY. on par with how I felt about a book. This one in particular gets it spot on.

I was really disappointed by Inkdeath. Not gonna lie. I finished it several days ago and have sat around trying to think of positive things to say about it but I got nothin'. This is by far the weakest book in the trilogy and should have been much shorter and much less lame. Dangit.

This book is not quite a total departure from Inkheart and Inkspell but it's pretty
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people that think the grass is always greener...

I learned that the first book of this trilogy is unfortunately the best book in this trilogy.

While the ending is good there are major flaws in the text:
1. Aunt Elinor was a vital character in book 1 and to see her cast aside as minor for books 2 and 3 was very disappointing.
2. Meggie was the main character for book 1 and most of 2 and yet wasn't even in the major scenes at the end of the book. That made no sense whatsoever.
3. These books seemed extremely violent at times for a young a
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book!
4/5 stars
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bleh
boring. i skipped a couple chapters here and there, (who can blame me? boring books aren't worth my time.) i might go back and reread later. ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Umm I really Donno... I totally like Cornelia funke.. but this was just too draggy and boring for me. Sorry!
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
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I just can't get over it how perfectly written this series is!
I came here after having read aloud "His Dark Materials" to my boys and there were so many moments in this highly recommended to me series that had me facepalming and even my boys shouting out what an idiotic turn of event or decision this-and-that was.

Not a single time did this happen to us in the Inkheart trilogy. Quite on the contrary. The buildup of the characters and the world is top notch, each event is a logical conclusion with
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Janie Johnson
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I read Inkdeath as a buddy read with a friend. This one wraps up the Inkheart trilogy. I am so glad I started and got to finish this trilogy. I must say that I would not class this as a middle grade series. It is very complex and also has some content that I would not think suitable for younger readers.

I really rather liked this book from the trilogy more than the first two. From the start of the series I always liked the plot of being able to read yourself into or out of a story. This one went
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Inkworld trilogy. I think the first one was my favorite one. I liked the character development in the second one....and in this one, I liked the ending.

My main problem with this one is that many of the key characters started sounding the exact same. They were in constant 'sneering' mode. It was getting old and I started getting bored. The character, Mo/Mortimer/Blue Jay/ Silver Tongue, kept it going and kept me vested in the outcome. So 3 stars, because of Mo and t
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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 (4 books)
  • Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
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