Age Level: 12 and up
# of Pages: 635 p.
RAC Book: Yes
In this sequel to Inkheart, Meggie is living with her aunt Elinor, her father Mo, her mother Resa, and the reader Darius. Meggie desperately wants to visit the Inkworld where her mother lived for so many years. She has heard about the magical creatures and interesting characters and landscape and desperately wants to go, but she knows her father would be upset. Mo doesn’t even like talking about that place.
Meanwhile, Dustfinger has found someone who claims to be able to read people into books. He wants to go back along with Farid, but in the end only Dustfinger goes. Farid finds out it was a trick set up by Basta, the villain who got away in the first book. Now Farid sets out to find Meggie in order for her to read him into the story to reunite with Dustfinger. When Meggie hears his proposition she decides to write herself into the story as well. This is just the beginning of an ever evolving story.
This story takes place mainly in the magical world depicted in the book Inkheart, unlike the first book that took place in the real world. Many new characters are introduced and familiar characters change and evolve. The twists and turns of the story make sense and instill a fun sense of adventure and a hint of fairy tale aspects. The book was long and despite that the ending seemed rushed. It is clearly set up for another book to follow this one. If that was the intention all along Funke should have cut off this story a little sooner. It seems like she had a hard time deciding where to end this one and begin the next one. Those who liked the first one will probably like this one even more because this new world is fun and exciting.