KP Book Review: Inkheart

by Cornelia Funke

Every avid reader has dreamed of being able to meet his favorite characters in the books that he’s read.  Mortimer Folchart (Mo) has always dreamed of being able to do the same.  One day, while reading aloud from one of his favorite books, he discovers that he is able to read characters out of the books and into the real world by doing so.  It would have been a magnificent discovery if it weren’t for two problems.  The first is that he makes the mistake of reading the villains out of the book along with the hero.  And the second is that when characters are read out of the book, someone else needs to go in, and so by reading these characters out of the story world, his wife is sucked into it. inkheartreview

Ten years later, the villains of the book he read are still running around the world creating chaos and his twelve-year old daughter Maggie is beginning to demand answers.  Few people in the world have the ability to read characters out of books, and the villains’ demand for him to read more characters out of books has forced Mo to be continually on the run.  He’s going to have to eventually tell Maggie the truth about what he can do and what kind of trouble he’s in.  But it’s hard to do that as the villains are closing in.

This book is founded on an imaginative premise and is a rollicking good adventure, as well as just being a fun book in general for readers who have ever wished that they could do the same.  Told from the eyes of the character of Maggie, this book is largely a process of discovery for main character and reader alike as they wade deeper into what exactly happens when characters are read out of the story.

With great characters, a fun premise, and a very intricate and twisting plot, there are few good things this book doesn’t have.  And as the first book of an excellent trilogy, there’s more where this book came from.  Both a start of a great trilogy and a fun standalone book by itself, Inkheart is one of my favorites.  So it should be one of yours as well.

Content Advisory: The book contains some mild language.

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Josiah DeGraaf is a high school English teacher and literature nerd who fell in love with stories when he was young and hasn’t fallen out of love ever since.
He writes because he’s fascinated by human motivations. What causes otherwise-good people to make really terrible decisions in their lives? Why do some people have the strength to withstand temptation when others don’t? How do people respond to periods of intense suffering? What does it mean to be a hero?
These questions drive him as a reader, and they drive him as a writer as well as he takes normal people, puts them in crazy situations (did he mention he writes fantasy?), and then forces them to make difficult choices with their lives.
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels with worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as entertaining as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. In the meantime, you can find him writing articles here or short stories at his website (link below) as he works toward achieving these goals.
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  1. I picked up this book at Goodwill awhile back, but haven’t read it yet and didn’t know much about it. Now I’ll definitely have to read it soon. 😉

  2. This sounds like a great book! I need to add this to my Summer Reading List. 😉

  3. I’ve heard of this one before. Sounds very interesting. 🙂

  4. Yes! This trilogy is one of my favorites! :]

    • One of my favorite fantasy trilogies as well! Inkdeath is probably my favorite, mostly because I really liked Orpheus as a villain (and thus, by extension, hated him ;P) Do you have a favorite in the series?

      • It’s been a little while since I read these; but I’d probably say the third is my favorite too!
        I think each book got better than the last, and I really enjoyed reading about the world “INSIDE” the book. 😉

  5. This is such a fun book, I listened to the audiobook a while back. You choose a great book to review Josiah!

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