REVIEW: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

Posted in Four Stars, Review, Very Minor Romance by - April 29, 2015
REVIEW: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke

Title: Inkheart
Author: Cornelia Funke
Series: Inkworld #1
Release Date: June 1, 2005 (Translation)
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Library Audiobook
Rating:  L-0 | S-0 | V-1

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“So, Andie… what’s this book about?”

Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, is about a girl named Meggie, who discovers that her father can—and has—read characters right out of their books.  When Meggie was only three, her father, Mo, read from a book called Inkheart, and out popped three characters: fire-eater Dustfinger; Capricorn, the evilest man to ever evil; and his henchmen, Basta.  As an exchange, the book sucked in the family’s two cats—and Meggie’s mother.

Now Meggie’s 12, and Dustfinger is back, trying to convince Mo to give up his copy of Inkheart to Capricorn.  But Mo hasn’t given up hope that someday he’ll be able to read his wife back out of that book.  He doesn’t know why Capricorn wants it.  He only knows that every other copy of Inkheart in the world has been lost or stolen over the last few years.  Mo’s been on the run with Meggie for nine years, to keep that book safe, and he’s not about to slow down until Capricorn makes him.


“Sounds fun, I guess.  But would I like it?”

Absolutely!  The narrative style is easy to get follow, and the characters are interesting as hell.  The dialogue is entertaining, and the descriptions are gorgeous.  This book is a love letter to books as a whole.  Any avid reader is sure to enjoy it as much as I did.


“Aren’t you a romance blogger?  Where’s the romance?”

The romance in Inkheart is subtle.  So subtle it’s barely even a subplot.  It’s all about Mo and his missing wife, Teresa.  The romance is in the way Mo quietly pines for his wife, the way he refuses to give up the book that holds her, and the way he treasures his daughter who looks so much like his lost love.


“That sounds so sweet.  Who’s your favourite character?”

Elinor, Meggie’s great-aunt, plays a pretty significant role in the book.  She’s a hardcore bibliophile, who lives alone in a giant house filled to the brim with valuable books.  Though she’s cantankerous with Meggie at first, to say the least, it’s only out of concern for her precious books—an issue I can identify with, certainly.  Elinor is old and overweight, and, though she talks a big game, she has a huge heart.  Deep inside, she really just wants to have an adventure like she reads about in all her books.  She gets one—that’s for sure—and unlocks her inner badass on the way.


“Well, then?  Don’t be stingy, give us a quote!”

If you insist!

“So Mo began filling the silence with words. He lured them out of the pages as if they had only been waiting for his voice, words long and short, words sharp and soft, cooing, purring words. They danced through the room, painting stained glass pictures, tickling the skin. Even when Meggie nodded off she could still hear them, although Mo had closed the book long ago. Words that explained the world to her, its dark side and its light side, words that built a wall to keep out bad dreams. And not a single bad dream came over that wall for the rest of the night.”

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Andie is a 27-year-old romance aficionado who enjoys Netflix, sleeping, video games, and treating her dog like a human baby. She's a triple Aquarius and works to make the world a better place by signing many petitions.

3 Comments on "REVIEW: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke"

  • Norma

    Inkheart is such a lovely book– definitely an old favorite. It’s a pity that the sequels aren’t as good.

    • goaskandie

      Oops. Guess I won’t be reading those, then!

      • Norma

        Haha, I don’t want to discourage you from reading the sequels but the truth is that I couldn’t even finish the third book. Can’t really remember why anymore, so maybe it’s time for a reread.

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