I read Inkheart (Cornelia Funke) because it was one of the ABC Film/Book club highlights…and then rushed to buy the second and third books in the trilogy. Sold in the Young Adult section on the first floor, many Fantasy fans may miss it. But this book – a classic parallel worlds story – is fun for Fantasy lovers of any age!
The story’s lead character is 13 year-old Meggie, whose father makes his living restoring old books. But while books are the livelihood and the joy of father and daughter, he refuses to use his beautiful voice to read aloud to her. She finds out the terrible reason why – and why she is growing up without a mother – when the mysterious Dustfinger arrives, setting events in motion that will change all their lives forever.
But Meggie is only one in a colorful cast of characters, and the story is told from many points of view through the three books. By the second book, it is as much about Dustfinger and the other adults, as it is about Meggie, and we are kept on the edge of our seats about all their fates until the extremely satisfying end. Love, danger, heros and villains – sometimes all four mixed up in one character – Inkheart is a rousing tale good for fantasy lovers of all ages. Along with The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) Inkheart is some of the best fantasy I’ve read in years. My only complaint is that there isn’t (yet?) a fourth book in the series – and the the only Amsterdam screenings of the film are during work hours!