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Cornelia Funke
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1 Jun 2009 Inkheart Trilogy (Book 3)
Life in the Inkworld has been far from easy since the extraordinary events of Inkspell, when the story of Inkheart magically drew Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger back into its pages. With Dustfinger dead, and the evil Adderhead now in control, the story in which they are all caught has taken an unhappy turn. Even Elinor, left alone in the real world, believes her family to be lost \- lost between the covers of a book But as winter comes on there is reason to hope \- if only Meggie and Mo can rewrite the wrongs of the past and make a dangerous pact with death.


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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905294840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905294848
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cornelia Funke is the hugely successful author of the Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of other popular children's novels and picture books. She was born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten. After finishing her studies, Cornelia worked for three years as a social worker. For a while she illustrated books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the tales that had appealed to the children she had worked with.
During the late 1980s and the 1990s, she established herself in Germany with two children's series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books. Her international break-through came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider (1996), which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 78 weeks, and was continued with The Thief Lord (2000, translated into English in 2002), which immediately climbed to the #2 position of the New York Times bestseller list, stayed there for 19 weeks and sold 1.5 million copies.
Her follow-up novel was Inkheart (2003), which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which continued with Inkspell (2005), which won Cornelia her second BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award (2006). The trilogy concluded with Inkdeath (published in Germany in 2007, England in Spring 2008, USA Autumn 2008).
Inkheart the movie was also released in 2008 and starred Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany.

Her brand new novel Reckless is being released worldwide on September 14th 2010.

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A monumental third installment brings the Inkheart trilogy to a grueling, blood-spattered, mortality-obsessed close. The Inkworld is in disarray: Its author, Fenoglio, has lost his ability to write and, therefore, shape events; the odious Orpheus, however, has taken to recycling Fenoglio's words to control the narrative/world himself. The evil Adderhead, whose immortality was bound into the White Book by bookbinder-turned-people's champion Mo/the Bluejay, finds his body decomposing and demands a new Book; can Mo use the opportunity to end the villain's life altogether? Can Dustfinger come back from the dead? Will Resa's baby be born into peace or violence? Is Meggie falling out of love with Farid? (Thank goodness there's an A to Z of Names and Places!) Where the first volume was thoroughly young Meggie's story, this narrative alternates among a dizzying array of characters, most of whom are adults who betray distinctly adult concerns. While Funke's storytelling is as compelling as ever, the natural audience for this brooding saga seems, sadly, to be teens and up and not the children who so eagerly responded to Inkheart. (Fantasy. 13 & up) (Kirkus Reviews) --Fantasy, 13 & up Kirkus reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed, sorry 2 Feb 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
I was 12 or 13 when I first found myself between the pages of Inkheart. I was taken directly into a world that was immediately believable, realistic, and completely original. I eagerly anticipated the release of Inkspell after hearing that Inkheart was the first in a trilogy, and I wasn't disappointed.

However, when I read Inkdeath, I found myself frustrated and annoyed with the direction that the storyline had gone. Although the first and second installments seemed to blend together almost perfectly, I felt as I was reading Inkdeath that it was less believable, realistic, and original. Firstly, I took me several chapters to get myself immersed into the events - I thought the initial few chapters were tedious, less flowing, almost as if the author had written the first two books in one single fluid sitting, but then had a long break before writing the third, and had forgotten what she had been writing about before. I felt that the frayed ends of Inkspell, the second book, had been clumsily, almost hastily glued onto the new threads of the third book Inkdeath.

I confess that although I did enjoy reading the book, I did not find it as pleasurable and ulitmately gripping as i found its two predecessors. I think it was a terrible mistake to eliminate Basta, as he's one of those charcters you love to hate. I didn't realise how much I missed him and his peppermint breath until I opened Inkdeath, and realised he was missing, missing, missing. It was like Silence of the Lambs without Hannibal, 1984 without Big Brother, Star Wars without Darth Vader. One of my main disappointments, however, concerned the Black Prince.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 27 Oct 2008
By KT
Format:Hardcover
After reading Inkheart and Inkspell, I was really hoping for great things from Inkdeath. A climatic finish and a proper resolution to the great stories started in the previous books.

What I got however, was a tedious and badly written book. In fact, I struggled to finish it - if I hadn't got a policy of always finishing books I start, I probably would have put it down and stopped reading. There is a startling lack of plot throughout the majority of the book, just tedious meanderings, before Funke suddenly rushes into a climax and throws all the action into about 5% of the novel, leaving many subplots and ideas she started finished with sometimes only a sentence - if they are remembered at all. And even then, I'd been so turned off by the rest of the novel that I found I had trouble caring. There are weird touches to the plot as well, which would be better off in a different story - for example, one character starts turning into a bird and finds it hard to remember their human self, again another plot again crammed into those final pages. I just thought: "What?" It didn't fit with the story. It served no plot purpose.

Furthermore, what happened to the characters? Mo becomes the Bluejay for unexplained reasons, and Meggie morphs into a whiny, tragic, wet blanket who doesn't do much at all. Farid - what Funke did to Farid was criminal. Instead of just being a boy who has an adoration of Dustfinger which he could probably move past with a little maturity, Farid is penalised by Funke for this adoration and he becomes almost a bad character. Certainly his ending implies this. And the introduction of Doria - I have rarely read about a more 1D character than Doria. Truly terrible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INKHEART trilogy review 6 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked this book trilogy. Meggie can be compared to Lyra in HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy by Philip Pullman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it... 14 Jan 2012
By Chloe
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed Inkheart, and found myself becoming slightly obsessed with the series. Reading Inkspell, I thought that book was quite good too, although not as good as book 1. But, although I borrowed Inkdeath a few months ago from a friend, I still haven't anywhere near finished it. I will at some point, but I just can't get into it. Everything happens so slowly and the characters are suddenly so dull that I really can't be bothered to read on and find out what happens to them. Often when I read a book I find myself really thinking about how a character is feeling and thinking, 'I wish I could be that character,' but in Inkdeath I find that I don't really care about them, which is even worse because the first book started the series so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 4 Sep 2009
By M. K. Burton VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
It's a struggle to summarize this book because there are so many plot threads running through it. Dustfinger is still dead and Farid is determined to revive him, even if it requires working with the oily Orpheus. Mo becomes more and more like the Bluejay and not like the bookbinder he originally was. Resa becomes increasingly intent on returning to the real world. Elinor begins to hate her life among her books when she could be living in one. And Meggie? She's still in love with Farid and mainly, very confused.

Like I said, there are almost too many plot threads running through this. It had been a while since the first two for me so it took me a good few pages to recall what was actually going on, let alone figure out who everyone was again. After that, the book dragged. I dreaded Elinor's chapters in particular. The woman sat around complaining for a few pages each time until she finally got placed into the story, at which point she nearly vanished in the barrage of other characters. What was the point there? Meanwhile, Meggie, the supposed main character of this entire series, is relegated to the sidelines where her main focus is weeping about her father and worrying about who she actually loves. I read one professional review that said that while Cornelia Funke is actually a great storyteller, the books have lost their original focus. I agree with that.

That said, this book is still a great story once you get halfway into it, and it wraps up in a very satisfying way. I enjoyed the ending very much and I didn't regret reading it or anything like that. I just didn't quite get what I bargained for, and I can see the merit in wishing the story had ended with Inkheart. I think, however, that the series is still worth reading. It just has a few slow spots in the middle and I'm not sure it will keep a child's interest. It did keep mine, though.
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Published 1 month ago by Joanna N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns that excite!
Cornelia Funke's conclusion to an amazing series. I loved this book, kept me thinking what's going to happen next... And the truth is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jesse Higson
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like fantasy with fairies
You do need to read the other 2 first but if you like fantasy you will love it not once have I been left scratching my head and going eh it is beautifully written well worth a read... Read more
Published 6 months ago by caroline moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Inkdeath
I'm so glad to have finished this trilogy it was pure escapism from start to finish. The last in the series took some time to reach its conclusion and at times I felt it could have... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Claire M Gevaux
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting fantasy
This is the third book of a trilogy. I read the first two books some time ago. It was pretty good and brought the story to a fairly satisfying end. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pauline Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book!
This was not only a great story, but the cover was beautiful. I really enjoyed this book (as it was the 3rd part in a series) and it was well worth buying it!
Published 10 months ago by Michelle S. Simonsen
5.0 out of 5 stars great continuation
all the inkheart books are a great read, and very good for younger people because it was quite an easy read.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars great book... only the ending
The better part of the content is similar to inkheart and inkspell,only a few bits are wrong: The transformation of kind,gentle mo into a vicious,profilic robber is ridicule. Read more
Published 12 months ago by gelfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Bought this for my daughter who loved it. A real page turner with fantastic in-depth characters and an enthralling plot.
Published 13 months ago by cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed
I thought this book was quite disappointing compared to the first two books of the ink trilogy because Cornelia Funke missed out quite a few important places & characters. Read more
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