There are those books that draw you into a wonderful world of words and language that you can taste and savour. And all three books of the Inkworld trilogy most definitely do that. Translated from the German books by Cornelia Funke, this a book for book lovers and people who enjoy the art of story-telling, writing or wordsmithing.
Placed in the young-adult genre, this is a book for people of any age. No one can be too old for magic and fantastic stories.
How I came across a book seems as much a part of my experience with the book. This is in part because I rarely read a book because it is a bestseller or an award winner. (That will explain why I finished reading this series only recently). I hear about from a trusted friend, read the first few pages, love the artwork… My 14 year old cousin was reading Inkheart and I couldn’t help but pick it up to find out more. Loved the title and the cover art. I ended up buying all three parts one after the other. I have since then started asking my cousin what he’s reading!
With umpteen character and multiple realities, it’s not really easy to put down a few thoughts on the whole story. Only highlights…
The first of the series and my favourite for the language and description. Even in terms of the storyline, this is the lightest and happiest of the trilogy.
Synopsis: Meggie’s father Mo (Silvertongue) has a strange gift – when he reads aloud from a book, characters from it come out! And people from around here disappear into it. He can’t control who goes in and who comes out. This leads Meggie, Mo, Elinor and others on a journey to another world where magical creatures and cruel leaders make life more than interesting. Dustfinger who came out of the book is desperate to get back to his world.
The story had turned a little more serious at the end of Inkheart and this continues and in the second book. It’s no longer a children’s book (if it ever was) with pain, guilt, longing and death coming into the story.
Synposis: Meggie and Mo have been reunited with Resa (Meggie’s mother) after over 10 years. Both Meggie and Resa can’t stop talking about and thinking about the Inkworld. They all end up in the Inkworld at odds with the cruel Adderhead. The words weave their magic again and Mo takes on the role of saviour in this world – a Robin Hood-like character called Bluejay.
The most ominous of the three (and my least liked of the three), it took me some time to warm up to the plot and the characters.
Synopsis: The dangerous adventures in the magical land continue. Mo is still the Bluejay and is enjoying his role as Bluejay too much and does not want to go back. The Adderhead wants to destroy him and all of Mo’s friends are in increasing danger. I guess in all of us there is a part that wants to go back to a time where survival is more earthy and consequences dire, if it means there is also magic and beauty and adventure. There is the underlying theme of fate and destiny and how much of our life we control.
One of the best things about these books are the quotes from other books at the beginning of each chapter. Some are old comfortable favourites, whereas others are by authors I haven’t heard of before. Almost this entire list has now been added to my already long to-read list.
Image courtesy: http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/28194.Inkheart