I’m feeling massively behind here – so the recent request to start doing a real journal will have to wait, as will reviews of the other books I’ve recently read. But here’s a good book to tide everyone over. I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for a new book recommendation.
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke This is the sequel to Inkheart, which loyal readers may recall I adored. I hopped happily into my car every morning to find out what would happen to Meggie, Mo and Dustfinger. The sequel is bigger, better, more grown-up and darker. A year after the last book’s events, Dustfinger is desperate to get back into the Inkworld, even though he knows that the author intended him to die. He finds a shady character who can read him back into the book. His apprentice Farid, whom Mo read out of the Arabian Nights, expected to follow him – but rouses from the spell of reading to find that Dustfinger is gone and he is still in our world, with Dustfinger’s nemesis holding a knife to his throat and threatening to follow Dustfinger into the book and kill him. Barely escaping, Farid runs to find Meggie, and Meggie is able to read both of them into the story. But things are not going as the author planned in the book. It will take everything that Meggie and Farid can do to protect Dustfinger and Meggie’s parents. As in the previous book, perspective shifts between many of the major characters, so that we experience Dustfinger’s awkward reunion with the wife he hasn’t seen in ten years, as well as Mo and Resa’s panic over their daughter’s disappearance. It’s high adventure with some pretty deep thoughts. Unfortunately, they got a celebrity narrator for the book this time, whose reading I didn’t enjoy nearly so much. I ended up finishing the book on paper, where I could also enjoy the illustrations by the author.