Author: Cornelia Funke
Rating: 80 billion stars
Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of INKHEART, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. But the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined.
As I said in my last review, the Inkheart Trilogy gets better with every book! Inkspell was mind blowing. Cornelia Funke shows us how fragile mortality is in such a beautiful way as we watch one of our main characters struggle for his life and watch another lose his. The world inside of Fenoglio's book is one of the absolute best places ever. It's filled with not so wonderful behaving people (I'm looking at you Piper and Adderhead), but there are others who are incredible (the Black Prince!)
The plot is strung together as beautifully as all of Cornelia Funke's books are! Her books are (in my opinion) very character driven (which I love), and we are introduced to some very, very amazing characters. The Strolling Players and their "king", The Black Prince, are some of my all-time favorite characters. I absolutely adored the Prince and the Strong Man, and I often don't think readers give them enough credit. All of the old characters are back and just as lively and amazing as they were in the first book. I loved watching the relationship between Farid and Dustfinger grow. It really was as if Farid were Dustfinger’s son.
Often times, I wanted to slap Fenoglio. I liked his character, don't get me wrong, but he didn't always make the best choices. I liked Dustfinger in the first book, but I thought his character really shined in Inkspell. Maybe because he was back home, but he was epic. I actually don't like admitting this, but I kind of adored the Piper. He was deliciously evil, and I loved it (and to think he only gets worse in the third book!) I liked him as our vilian more than I did the Adderhead.
I did feel really bad for the Adderhead's daughter Violante, but she had a great friend in Dustfinger's daughter...even though that friendship was threatened at one point.
All I ever do in reviews in talk about my love of characters, but Cornelia Funke writes such amazing ones it's hard not to talk about them! Read the book, and you'll see what I'm talking about!