I know I didn’t post chapters for YP this weekend and I’m sorry. It was just a lot last month and I will work to get them out for you this upcoming week. For now, two reviews. (one book, one series).
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
Synopsis From The Book
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 renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders. First Dustfinger, now Mo: Can anyone save this cursed story?
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Finally the last book in the series that captivated me in the earlier months of this year. I have been waiting for this conclusion, not necessarily on bated breath, but close. Let us dive in!
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
This book only took me 6 sittings to get through (doesn’t help that I read it while at work, I suppose). It’s sort of amazing to me that this book took me as long as it did. I flipped through the other two, and yet this one seemed to feel as if it dragged on forever. Do I regret that? No. Does it feel like it took a millennia? Yes. Was it a good ending? I think so. All I dread is writing the full series review. I don’t know if you know how long those things take me, but the answer is: forever.
Starting where we left off. Dustfinger is dead, and Meggie is trying to keep her father from falling into the position of the Bluejay. She is failing and her father is becoming the person that the story needs: a hero. While Meggie is trying to keep her father out of harm, Mo is trying to figure out how to kill Adderhead with Adderhead’s daughter Violante. Resa is pregnant. Farid is trying to convince Orpheus to bring back Dustfinger and Fenoglio is struggling to write. Orpheus writes Mo into death to bring back Dustfinger, but in death, Death gives Mo the option to kill the Adderhead or Dustfinger, Mo, and Meggie will give their lives. Mo accepts. Mo goes forward with his plans. Dustfinger takes Inkheart from Orpheus. Fenoglio writes to save people and protect. Orpheus turns to Adderhead as a turncoat, mostly because he just wants to write and control the story more. Meggie is struggling to get her father back before he is consumed by the role, which she fears he already is, and dies.
Resa chases her husband. Mo goes to fight the Adderhead with Violante. Fenoglio writes, writes to save the story and Meggie supervises. Mo is captured by the Adderhead and is tortured by Orpheus with words. Resa chases after her husband and Meggie pushes Fenoglio to do more. Resa saves Mo but Mo is brutally mentally wounded by the attacks from Orpheus, wbho used the Bluejay stories against Mo. Mo, Resa, and Dustfinger try to find the book. While searching Dustfinger finds out that his daughter is held captive and he must give up Mo to get her back, Mo understands and lets him. Meggie and the others are attacked by a giant and Fenoglio is taken away. Meggie struggles to write an ending to the story with the help of the White Women. Violante’s son gets the book from the Adderhead and gives it to Mo who writes the three words to kill the Adderhead. A fight breaks out, and Dustfinger, Resa, and Mo survive. They travel back to Meggie and it is there in Inkheart that they stay. Meggie has a little brother, a little brother who dreams of going to another world unlike the one he was born to.
What I Liked:
Mo’s Legacy and story; Mo’s story from book binder to consumed by a persona to book binder once more is everything. I enjoyed reading all of his parts very much, and his story really is one written for a novel.
Resa’s journey; This book had a lot for Resa and I think that she was developed a lot further than she had been in the past, which I did appreciate.
Writing; I do love the writing style and the plot of the novel. It was a great conclusion to the series in general, if I’m being honest.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
This book was long and I don’t know if it were unnecessarily long, or if it were because I read the book in multiple sittings. I am inclined to believe it was because I read it in multiple sittings. Still it felt like it took forever.
I wish I got more of Meggie at the end of the book. I feel like in some ways her journey’s end was inconsequential to the finality of the book, which bothered me. Especially when its been Mo and Meggie since the beginning.
Resa cries a lot and I have no idea why.
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