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Inkdeath
Cornelia Funke
Children's Fiction FUNKE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This concluding volume in Funke's bestselling trilogy picks up where Inkspell left off, but sputters for a hundred pages filling in backstory. (Even then, an addendum is needed to identify a cast of 114 characters.) The Inkworld, full of dark magic, is under siege; the savagery of the Adderhead and his minions now extends to taking all the peasants' children until somebody delivers, as ransom, the Bluejay, a Robin Hood-style character whose identity has been assumed by Mo, Meggie's father (it was Mo who started all the trouble by reading several villains right out of the book-within-a-book, Inkheart--don't even consider reading this series out of order). The Inkheart author, Fenoglio, now living in Inkworld himself, has turned to drink; the odious Orpheus, when he's not under a maid's skirt, rewrites Fenoglio's work (editors!) to benefit himself. The interesting metafictional questions--can we alter destiny? shape our own fate?--are overwhelmed by the breakneck action, yet the villains aren't fully realized. More disappointingly, the formerly feisty Meggie, barely into her teens, has little to do but choose between two suitors. Funke seems to have forgotten her original installment was published for children. Ages 9-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Meggie
Female
Age: 13
Motherless
Doesn't know about her father's powers; father owns a book whose characters become real; gets caught in the book Inkheart.

Mo
Male
Married
Meggie's father; has the ability to bring fictional characters to life by reading from a book; accidentally read his wife into a book when Meggie was three; known as "Silvertongue".
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Dustfinger
Male
Mysterious
Physically scarred; fire-eater; brought to life from the book Inkheart; transprot back to his medieval world where he came from.

Farid
Male
Dustfinger's apprentice; left behind in the real world; gets help from Meggie.



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