Inkheart tells the story of Meggie and her father Mo. One dark and stormy night their lives are turned upside down with the arrival of a stranger. He calls Mo âSilvertongue' and is there to warn them that someone named Capricorn was on his way. So begins the story of how Meggie's dad could read characters out of books, and how one day he accidentally read Meggie's mother into a book. Now one of the characters he read out of a book, a sadistic killer, wants to keep Mo a prisoner to do his bidding and make him the most powerful man on earth.
A book lover's delight, Inkheart has opening epigraphs to each chapter that call to mind many beloved children's books. There are a number of familiar characters read out of books too. This is a children's book, however like Harry Potter many adults will enjoy it also. The adventures of Mo, Meggie, Aunt Elinor, and two characters from books, Dustfinger and Farid, who want to go âhome', will linger long after the last page is turned.
If you ever have the wonderful chance to read this out loud with your whole family I guarantee you're ALL going to "fall into" the story! This is part one of a perfectly plotted trilogy written, supposedly, for kids. It really does appeal to all ages though!
Growing up with a Father who would not read out loud to her and a Mother who she thinks is dead made Meggy mature beyond her years. The adventures she falls into with her Father lead to places only found in our imaginations. A really fine place!
I found this on a friend's bookshelf a few years ago, when I was 16. The description on the back was less than promising - of course, I always think the book descriptions sound stupid, even if I love the book - but she told me it was good, so I borrowed it. She was right - it was amazing.
Even though it's marketed towards younger kids, I thought it was a great story for anyone to read - much like the Harry Potter series. I find that fantasy books written for younger kids sometimes have the best stories...
I tend to love characters that I pity, and this book gave me one of my favorite characters of all time: Dustfinger. He has all the characteristic I love in a character: mysterious, sad, and introverted. His story was very tragic, and I adored him... even though he tended to betray the other characters every once in a while.
The story itself was interesting and exciting. It is told through the points of view of several different characters, which I always like. (Naturally, I looked forward to the chapters centering on Dustfinger more than any others.)
I really felt that this book started out slow and took more than 100 pages to finally start getting good. I remember having tried once to read it before and gave up after a couple of chapters because I figured I just wasn't "in the mood" for this type of story and had set it aside for later. This time I kept going because the movie finally came out and I still hadn't gotten around to reading the book, even though I've had it for several years now.
I did feel, that after getting good, the book slowed down and I tended to find myself more interested in picking at my cuticles than in reading it. But it roller-coastered again and I'd find myself glued to the pages.
The big plus of this book, is that it has something every reader can be enchanted by, and that's the possibility of characters coming right out of their books. The plot and idea of the story is wonderful, but sometimes the author's storytelling skills are a little bland.
My daughter actually suggested this and I'm glad she did. Definitely a good read and not childish in writing even though its recommended for kids. Definite 5 star!