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When Dustfinger finds a crooked storyteller who can read him back to Inkscape, he leaves his apprentice Farid behind. Farid seeks out Meggie and the two follow him back into the enchanted book.
Publisher: Frome, Somerset [England] : Chicken House ; New York : Scholastic, 2005.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780439554008
Characteristics: 635 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea


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Dec 22, 2018

This is sad, just letting that be said.

Throwback Review (from me back in the day written in an old journal) (Pre-Spoiler years - so Spoiler warning):
Best Parts: I would have to say the best part of this book was when Meggie actually read herself into the story. And when they got free from Adderheads castle and start fighting. My favorite characters are Mo, Dustfinger and Meggie. She has my name!
Worst Parts: Definitely when Dustfinger died and gave up his life for Farid - I was crying so hard. Worst part of it really, really honestly and truthfully are the extremely obnoxious characters with their hearts that have no empathy - Like Orpheug [cannot read my past self handwriting] I hope he dies [younger me was violent].
Overall the book was amazing. It is written extremely well and the story just captivates you so much, it was great non-stop amazingness. But it did make me a little sad, and I hope that it ends happily in the last book. Hopefully. It really is just a great book.

sarahbru17 Nov 04, 2018

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Audio: 9/10
Though it may be impossible to top the first novel in this trilogy, the sequel is equally engaging. It takes on a heavier fantasy element than the first, which was almost more like magical realism. It continues to be fast-paced and intriguing, especially with the excellent placement of switches in PoV.
Brendan Fraser is a dynamic narrator. It was fascinating to hear him take on so many roles. My one criticism is that he gives characters accents that don't suit them (eg: why would Finoglio have a New Yorker accent?).

Feb 10, 2018

the story line was very deep but sad

Oct 16, 2017

Interesting story… One MASSIVE plot flaw, though—Fenoglio couldn't have based the Bluejay off of Mo because he didn't know Mo when he wrote Inkheart! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! (I hate plot flaws.)
I feel like Funke should've ended the series at book one. Or not even written a series at all. She is capable of writing beautifully, but the whole set up of the story is rather… shall I say it?… lame. Plus, Meggie is much too young to be falling in love and kissing a boy. She's thirteen years old. The immorality of the main personas is irritating, even though I must say Dustfinger is a creative character that brings a lot of life to the story.

Jun 22, 2017

This book is a long but good book to read over a vacation. My friend found this book had too much detail but I loved it. This book is the second book in the series and I would say that this book is not worth reading if you don't read the first book (inkheart) and as the ending is minor cliff hanger you should read the last book in the series (inkdeath). The book is full of emotion and I have felt many emotions over reading this book, even though I have not cried during this reading the book. I would recommend this book to any one with lots of time on their hands and love detailed books.

May 02, 2017

I didn't read it. Ran out of time and there are too many other books I'd rather spend my free time reading.

Apr 05, 2017

great book I loved it and so will you :)

Mar 30, 2017

My 11-year old daughter read this and loved it! It was the longest book she had ever read I think.

Mar 29, 2017

I actually didn't note that there was a second book, or a third one for that matter, until a while after I read the first. I am pretty sure there is a movie for the first one because I vaguely remember watching it, but it wasn't as good as the first book. The same can be said for this second book, which may have been interesting at parts but lacked a certain appeal to it. I kind of drifted off of it at times, but I guess overall it wasn't a Complete bore. Meg's person was simply too simplistic for me to imagine.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 20, 2016

I love this trilogy so much! Funke's words lead you to another world and has a unique storyline.

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Jul 16, 2011

This is the second book in the trilogy Inkheart. In my opinion the first book is the best but this one and Inkdeath (the third book) are great too.

lucky Oct 23, 2008

Meggie has trapped herself in the book "Inkheart", and is not sure if she will be able to get out. Was the prospect of seeing the Inkworld really that great a risk?


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Sexual Content: Kissing

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VeganGreen Aug 22, 2009

Stories never really end, Meggie, even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.

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