Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Inkdeath A Review

How many times have you wished that you could actually enter the story you are reading? How many have wished that you could read a character out of a book and into your living room? Has a string of words ever immersed so deeply in tale that you have to be startled back into this world by a loved one?

Cornelia Funke weaves a tale that does just that in her Inkheart series. I just finished the third and final book in the trilogy, Inkdeath. This series is the story of Mo, a bookbinder, and Meggie, his daughter. Meggie loves books as much as her father. Two things in Meggie's life bother her, the fact that she has never known her mother and that her father never reads aloud to her. What she does not know is that the two things are related. You may be curious as to how they could be related. Mo has the ability to read characters out of books, and people into them. Once his wife disappears, he refuses to read aloud ever again, afraid that his daughter will disappear too.

The language is beautiful in these stories. The quotes used to open each chapter encompass the feel of it very well, and add to your reading list. This is young adult literature at its finest. And the richness of the text is inspiring to all ages. She does a masterful job of capturing the power of words and the imagination. The books became more enthralling and intense as the series progressed.

If you are a fantasy fan, I consider them a must read. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, but this series is much deeper and more fulfilling in many ways. Definitely has a wider range of appeal, as anyone that loves the written word can identify with the sentiments found within the story.

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