The reason it took me so long to get through Inkdeath is not because I was not enjoying it. I was. It was a combination of being busier than usual and it being a very, very thick book.
So, Inkdeath is the third book in a trilogy, Inkheart being the first one (also the only one to be made into a reasonably good movie) and Inkspell being the middle one. By far Inkdeath has the most, well, death and general darkness as well as tackling some pretty enormous questions not just limited to Ink World but life in general. Which is awesome because kids should always be able to think about complicated things like what makes a world real and who is writing our destinies.
The third book opens a few months after – SPOILER – Dustfinger’s death. Almost all the character, except Darius and Elinor are in Ink World and it’s not through lack of trying on their part. Maggie, Mo and Resa are living with the Black Prince and the other robbers, Farid is working for Orpheus in the hopes that he’ll read Dustfinger back to life and Fenoglio is bemoaning the way his story has started telling itself.
Unfortunately for everyone it gets a whole lot worse.
This is definitely comparable to the seventh Harry Potter book – sure up until now all the characters hadn’t had easy, comfortable lives but in the last book, man, their lives go from rough to torture. The book is so genre savyy that even when each character faces their personal moments of despair there are references to how suffering is what interests readers the most and that for a story to be a good there has to be real danger to the characters. Then another layer is added as all of the characters realize they were once the readers who relished in the characters’ suffering before they became those characters. The book is also wonderfully full of literary references which is really fun if you are a huge English lit nerd like me.
The relationships between the characters and the lengths they are willing to go to in order to protect each other are very interesting. Almost everyone has at least one kind of love triangle, although very few are simple ones. Farid for example loves Maggie but his devotion to Dustfinger gets between them. Mo struggles with his love for his family and his desire to be the robber/hero called the Bluejay.
My favourite relationship was Dustfinger and Mo. When Mo tells Dustfinger to “save our daughters” it’s just… beautiful.
Oh yeah – like all good fantasy, no one stays dead for a really long time.
This series is thick, wordy and full of references. Never mind how dark and dismal they get by the end, just the reading level alone limits this book to older children (although I’m sure there are loads of really smart, capable younger kids who love it and some older children who still struggle to get through the piles of literary references because age doesn’t always/often reflect reading level).
So there you have it. A short, unfocused blog about Inkdeath – a book that presents challenging ideas worthy of children and probably a different set for adults.
Last movie I watched: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It’s been a long time. I’d forgotten how cute and little those three kids were when they started making those movies. Also, I want to be a wizard.
Last TV show I watched: The new episode of the Listener. The Listener is a Canadian show about a telepath that lives in Toronto. I rarely watch it for the plot but I do really love Toronto and his very, very blue eyes.
Plus, it’s good to support Canadian shows! True story.