Alright, last review of this series. (Finally). We will see how the rest of the week goes for posts, but it is looking bright.
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
Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
What I Liked:
Plot and structure; I thought that the general plot was easy enough to follow and built upon itself in such a way that was reasonable and believable. I liked the shifting perspectives, and how more and more were built in as the story progressed. The writing style really suited the world and characters, fluid but direct.
Meggie; I loved Meggie through the whole series. She was daring and childish, a girl coming into her own and fighting for that which she loved.
Mo; He was my favorite story line out of the books. How he went from father to vigilante to father. His story of becoming the Bluejay and fighting for his wife was something that storie are made of, which only makes sense.
Elinore; I love her and her love for books. I loved watching her fall for the family and risking it all to find them.
Resa; I did like Resa a lot more in the later books than the first (probably because she was actually there).
Dustfinger; He was a very entertaining character. His arch was beautiful to watch as well. It comes second to my love for Mo’s arc. However a hero dying and being brought back to save the world, is always a fun story.
Fengolio; The lazy old writer, who gave up writing. I really can’t empathize with him, but I did like reading things from his perspective. It was always entertaining.
Orpheus; He is such a grey character who wants nothing more than to create but he can not create his own works. I feel for him. I really do, but it does not excuse him for his very evil behaviors at times.
Other characters; All other tertiary characters were well written and well seen within the book, with their own goals and motivations.
Villains; In general I thought all the villains were well developed. Each book saw its own, and each villain’s story was entertaining to read.
Use of words and Story telling; I always love when books incorporate a necessity for words and stories. I loved how this series had Inkweavers and Silvertongues. Those who can write stories to life and those who speak them to life. Words had such magnitude, as did stories, that they bent the will of the world completely and irrevocably.
The love for books; I love books and I love characters who love books. Inkheart has a lot of quotes that express exactly how I feel about books at times. This just made the series all that much more enjoyable for me.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
I wish that Meggie got more time in the third book towards the end, for a journey that had more weight.
I wish that I knew a bit more on how Meggie’s life ended up in the future, as well as what happened to Elinor’s library.
Why You Should Read:
This series is a love letter to all readers that ever found themselves wishing to fall into a world of a novel. It has all the danger, all the mystery, and all the magic of falling in love with a book. All this while retaining its sense of groundedness, and connectedness to realism. I felt a sort of connection to this series that was the sort of connection you get to a memory that has left a deep impact on you, despite this being my first read through. I would recommend on this mysticism alone.
Time Taken To Read
8 days, 8hrs 48min