Excellent book that kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning! Funke takes you into a fantasy world like no other.. not into a world unknown b..Show More »ut one brought to present day. When Meggie's father Mo reads out loud, he brings characters into the present giving you an exciting view from the characters in a book. This one you won't regret listening to!! BREATHTAKING!!
I was charmed by Inkheart and was pleased to find Inkspell an even better read, more involved, more mature perhaps.... In Inkdeath I am having a hard ..Show More »time even recognizing my favorite characters. At first I thought it might just be Corduner's narration.. Everyone sounds ill tempered and whiny or downright mean and nasty. Then I began to realize that, while the narration certainly wasn't helping, the characters sound that way because they are written that way. Not a single character is likeable, not even Meggie or her mother Resa who take turns treating one another with hostile contempt. In the previous books I appreciated Cornelia Funke for not flinching when it came to addressing a certain amount of real violence and suffering in what is generally considered to be children's fiction. I am not a believer in completely glossing over some hard facts about what can happen in the real world or in the imaginary. Inkdeath however is one of the bleakest and cruelest stories I have ever attempted, and is certainly not a children's book. Death and torture is everywhere, and includes the casual deaths of tiny children in very brutal ways. If you don't want your fond memories of the first two books to be forever distorted, stay away from Inkdeath.