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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
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Hardcover, First American Edition, 635 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by The Chicken House
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-series, audiobook
The Inkworld: Mesmerizing, Deadly, Unforgettable

Maggie and her father (Mo) have a unique gift. They're silvertongues. When they read aloud, things in the book become so entranced by their voices that quite often characters will follow the sound into in the real world. That delight often comes with a price.

Something comes out, something goes in.

That's how Maggie lost her mother, all those years ago, and how Dustfinger was ripped from its pages. Dustfinger spent twenty years in the real world wi
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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
Dec 28, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sara
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
leynes
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading the Ink trilogy by Cornelia Funke reminded me that I should reread my old faves more often. I’m currently toying with the idea of rereading the Hunger Games trilogy next month … like what? :D

The second instalment, Inkspell, is just as good and captivating as the first one. I love the fact that we finally see the inkworld, as Meggie and Farid decide to embark on their journey to go after Dustfinger. It’s a world inhabited by fantastical creatures like fairies, glassmen, giants and spea
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Patrick
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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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K.C.
Nov 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Rebecca McNutt
I'm glad that Inkspell kept up the same daring modern fantasy elements as the previous in the series, but also that it brought some new things into the story that were completely unexpected. It was sad about Dustfinger though, so I hope that the third in the series is able to resolve it in some way.
Sarah
Inkspell picks up a year after Inkheart left off. The Folcharts—Mo, Resa, and Meggie—are reunited in Elinor’s house. They have been joined by Darius—another “Silver-tongue” who can read things out of books but isn’t nearly as good as Mo—and a number of fantastical creatures who escaped from Inkheart, the book that Mo read aloud from thirteen years earlier that has dogged his footsteps since.

All should be well, but meanwhile in another part of Italy, Dustfinger has found a sinister Silver-tongue,
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Patricija - aparecium_libri
My heart is still with this trilogy.

I love the characters, how unique they are. I love the old fashioned writing style. I loved the adventures, the romance, the plot and action. To be fair, I did listen to it, and not psychically re-read, but I think I'd feel the same.
Kim
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Maddie
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guys. GUYS. G U Y S. I FINALLY READ THIS!! It's been sat on my shelves, next to my beloved Inkheart for the last s e v e n years and I finally read it. ALL 670 pages, I'm literally stunned.
This is something I never thought I'd read, no matter how much I loved the first book, because I was worried I'd be out of step with it, or feel too old to enjoy it, but THIS BOOK is totally outside of genre and age rating. I really liked getting back into this world with such a great range of characters of a
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Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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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Alaina
Inkspell was an okay kind of book. It was very long for an audio, even longer than Inkheart and it was also kind of boring until the last 25% of the book.

The gang is basically all back in this book. Mo, Resa, Meggie, Elinor, and Dustfinger. However, there are a few more people added into the mix. A lot of action happens in this book and at one point I feel like I missed so much in one chapter when I got so distracted at work. I had to go back to that said part and it felt like the book was even
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Cathie
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes dark fairy tales
I love this series and my 5 star rating reflects that. This won't be to everyone's taste.

Darker and grittier than the first in the series, it's hard to imagine that this is a middle grade book. Great story filled with pain and death and malice and sacrifice and love and hearts breaking and evil rulers and nasty mean bad guys (and women).

This tale is filled with thorough world building and an abundance of distinct characters. I shed lots of tears with this book and there wasn't many feel good ti
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Mary ♥
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
5/5 stars (obviously)

Bright hope arises from the dark
And makes the mighty tremble
Princes can't fail to see his mark
Nor can they now dissemble

With hair like moleskin, smooth and black
And mask of bluejay feathers
He vows wrongdoers to attack
Strikes princes in all weathers

He hunts their game, he robs their gold
And him they would have slain
But he's away, he will not stay
They seek the Jay in vain


There's a reason I like big books (and I cannot lie). They may sometimes seem intimidating but t
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Rachel Nicole Wagner
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So it took me forever to escape the Inkworld. I was so enveloped within this world along with these characters that I found it hard to escape. I'm a huge fan of InkHeart and this was just a wonderful edition to the original story. It brought back all the characters I love, ripped out my heart, kept me on the edge of my seat, put my heart back in my chest and then broke it into a million pieces again. Cornelia Funke is a great writer and I loved this story almost as much as the first book. I'm ex ...more
Angela Auten
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“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.”

R. E. Banks
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know that a lot of reviewers rated this low stars because of lack of development, or too many characters, or the fact that whenever they had a problem that they just wrote themselves out of it. But strangely (or too not strangely, since I loved the first one too) I like all the characters. I like that there's so many of them, yet I don't find them hard to keep track of, since they're all memorable. And I like the fact that writing themselves out of a problem usually works for the short-term, b ...more
Luka
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
I started reading this and then made a four month long pause and forgot mostly everything.

Overall, I enjoyed reading about Inkworld, although I have to admit I liked the first book more (when it was still an urban fantasy). That being said, Inkspell was definitely darker, eery atmosphere constantly present. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as interesting and I found it quite childish, which is why I’m going to dnf it at 60%.
Josh
Mar 12, 2008 marked it as to-read
so yea..the same as inkheart!!!!!!!
Em
Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it
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Janie Johnson
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I read this book as a buddy read with a friend here on Good Reads, and since I enjoyed the first book, Inkheart, and it's world building so much I thought I should get to this one as soon as I could. I am glad that I decided to get into this series, but I must say it is a pretty complex story and is definitely not light reading.

In Inkheart we learn that Mo, Meggie's father, can read characters out of the books that he reads aloud. Well this one continues on with all those great characters and se
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Anidict13 IsTheName
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 variety 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'
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Donna
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a solid 3 stars for me. I think I liked the first book in this trilogy better. This one is the second one. I have the 3rd book as well and will read it tomorrow. I find it interesting that the powers that be chose to have 3 separate narrators....one for each book. I'm not sure I like that. The narrator for this one was Brendan Fraser. At first I kept thinking "George of the Jungle" but I admit he did a fantastic job on all the different voices. Sometimes I felt the lines were over- ...more
Spencer
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I rather liked the first Inkworld novel, but this one didn't quite live up to it's predecessor for me. Many parts of it seemed to drag when it should have had a faster pace. Although being in Inkworld should have really enchanted me, it didn't seem nearly as fascinating or illustrious as it should have.
I have often dreamed about living inside one of my favorite novels, even with the danger, but instead of danger, I almost felt like I would die of boredom.

There were thrilling parts of the story,
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R.F. Gammon
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Kirstie Ellen
3.5/5 stars

Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
Oh my lord, I finally finished this book. I don’t know why I found this story so hard to read and get done - I have a hunch it’s just a fraction too waffly. But it was a great sequel to the first book, Inkheart, and whilst it was really slow in the middle, the world is rich with descriptions and colours and the characters are wonderful. Not to mention the ending is great!



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This is the second book in the Inkworld series so if you haven’t read book o
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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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