Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

While I was in school, one of my classes had an assignment where we had to give a booktalk for a book from a specific genre.  One of my classmates did her booktalk on Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart, and it intrigued me.  So, when I was looking for something new for a quick read, I decided to give it a go, despite it’s length!

The premise of this book is very interesting.  The idea of having someone who can read things out of books is wonderful, and it is interesting to see the consequences of this power.  I loved the scenes where characters and items were read out of stories, and it was interesting to see how the characters from the stories got along in our world.

Something that would have made the book more magical for me was if this power had been kept inside the family, though.  The fact that Capricorn was able to find another random person who could read things out of books was a little too much of a stretch for me (unless some family linkage is revealed later in the trilogy, which I have not read).  But as it stands in the first book, I didn’t like this fact.  This is an extraordinary power, and yet, so many people seem to be able to do it!  I wasn’t too keen on that.

Another thing I didn’t like about this book was the relatively weak nature of the characters, being that they are supposed to be so strong.  They face Capricorn and Basta numerous times throughout the story, and time and time again they are forced to be prisoners.  It got a bit tiresome after awhile.  They would escape, and then be dragged back to Capricorn’s village.  I can appreciate that Basta and the other men are frightening, and that the central character of Meggie is only a girl, but I think I would have rather of seen a bit more action in this book, a bit less fear from the characters, and a bit more creativity to get them from point A to point B.

With that said, however, I did like this book.  The length was nothing once I got reading, and I absolutely loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, which has inspired me to do some additional reading!  I think it’s a great fantasy, and although I am not planning to read the other books in the trilogy at the present time, I certainly wouldn’t be against reading them in the future.  ***1/2

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