This is the final entry in Funke's Inkheart Trilogy. This review assumes you've read the first two books. If you haven't, you might want to skip to my thoughts.
My Summary. Inkworld is still spinning out of control. And Orpheus doesn't help matters when he rewrites the story to coddle to those with power and to make himself wealthy. He also hopes to control the White Women and bring back Dustfinger while destroying his worst enemy, the Bluejay, who is also Meggie's father. Meanwhile, Fenoglio is also rewriting the story in his struggle to make things right; he is especially motivated after the Adderhead comes up with a cruel scheme to help capture the Bluejay and force him to repair the White Book. Family dynamics, magic berries, giants, and words all play a part as the story comes to its conclusion.
My Thoughts. Inkdeath is full of action, and there are several story lines that must find closure. The focus of this novel shifts from a girl and her family to the wider political issues of Inkworld. I was much less enchanted with this entry than I was with the first two books. Although the conflict among the different factions is well developed, I was disappointed that some of my favorite characters and their interpersonal relationships were pushed to the side. My interest dwindled as I made may way through the book. Some aspects of the plot seemed to be forced; other subplots seemed to add nothing in particular.
If you've read the first two books, you must, of course, finish out the story. I tried this book on audio, and that may have affected my enjoyment. However, I am a fan of audiobooks, and the reading by Alan Corduner was very well done. I'm not quite sure what was missing here, but I'm not sorry to see the end of the trilogy.
The unabridged audio edition (Listening Library) was read by Allan Corduner, who did a fine job. Sadly, he had to come behind Brandon Fraser, who read the previous book, and I could help but feel thrown off by the new characterizations.
I read this book to meet a number of challenges (listed below). To learn more about a challenge, click on the title above the progress bar in the left margin.
Published by Scholastic, 2008
Challenges: A-Z Author, Cornelia Funke, Young Adult, Winter Reading, 100+, Audiobooks, Support Your Library, 999