Dustfinger finds a way to be read back to the Inkworld when he finds another Silvertoung named Orpheus. Farid has every intention of going too, but Orpheus tricks them. Dustfinger is read back but Farid is left behind. Desperate to follow, Farid goes back to Meggie who is living at Aunt Elenor’s place and asks her to read him to the Inkworld. Meggie, driven by a desire to see the Inkworld for herself agrees. But on one condition. She goes too.
The plot of Inkspell is fast moving and action packed with a shocking end that really took me by surprize.
The continuation of Inkheart, Inkspell takes us into the story. Into the book itself. Cornelia Funke wastes no time imersing us into the world of faries and magic. We follow Meggie and Farid as they search for Dustfinger. It doesn’t take long for Meggie’s mother and father to follow them, when Mortola, Capecorn’s greiving mother, uses Orpheus’ abilites to take her, Basta, Mo and Resa into the Inkworld. Like any good parents, they want only to bring Meggie back safely, but Motola cares only for vengence. Moments after being brought into Inkworld, Mo is shot by Mortola and left for dead. That’s when the adventure really begins. Soon Mo is taken in by the strolling players, but everyone is convinced he is the Bluejay, a famous outlaw.
I love the idea of books being doorways into real worlds. Inkspell explores this very idea. Instead of being a mere fiction, Inkworld and its inhabitants are vibrant and real, with their own lives and their own intricate stories within the story. Fenoglio, the creator of the book they are now walking around in, is bound and determined to shape the story to his will using his unique abiliy. I loved watching this subplot develop. Poor Fenoglio tries and tries but can’t quite make things happen the way he wants them too. He often mourns his story and feels like it is creating itself. This to me, is clear evidence that the Inkworld is as real as our own. This, perhaps, is Fenoglio greatest fear.
Dustfinger comes to life as he breaths his own air, visits his beloved fairies, and reunites with his wife. The depressed and desperate character from the first book is something very different in this sequal. He is happy. We really get to know him, and fall in love with him here.
The romance between Farid and Meggie blooms and comes to fruition. It is fun to watch these two young people who are literaly from different worlds try to figure out their feelings for one another. Poor Farid has a hard time dealing with the headstrong young woman Meggie is fast becoming. I really enjoyed watching him struggle to deal with a modern woman. I found his bafflement and frustration with Meggie who refuses to conform to what he feels a woman shold be really very cute.
All in all this is a fun read for all ages.