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.
Like the blurb says, it's set a year after Inkheart. The usual characters are there, and new ones are introduced. Some are fillers, others are pretty interesting and some are down right creepy.
Especially one, that gave me the creeps right from the beginning, Orpheus. Orpheus has the same gift as Mo and Meggie, but he is able to send people into books. Orpheus reads Dustfinger back into Inkheart, and soon Farid searches for Meggie hoping that she'll be able to read him in as well. Meggie agrees but only on the condition that she goes too. And that's when the adventure begins.
Meggie and Farid are busy discovering Inkheart's magical and whimsical, medieval world. And back in the "real" world Meggie's parents and aunt have to deal with some old "friends" and Orpheus. And so her father and mother are thrown into Inkheart as well, but for Mo is trying time that can be fatal.
I loved the way the story flowed. It was quick and straight forward but it also had intricacies that made me question characters and situations. It was a wonderful sequel to Inkheart. You can find my thoughts on Inkheart here.
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (4.5/5)Young Adult; Fantasy; Published: The Chicken House - Scholastic (2005); Series: # 2, Inkheart Trilogy; 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (97); Young Readers Challenge (5);