Publisher: The Chicken House
Release Date: September 23rd, 2003
Narrated by Brendan Fraser
Summary Via GoodReads
My Rating: ★★★
Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking ofInkheart, the book whose characters came to life–and changed her life forever.First of all, let me just say how impressed I was with Brendan Fraser's performance in this audiobook. I have never really heard him do accents before, so this one was a pleasant surprise. Aside from the voice he did from Elinor, I thought all the voices he did were pretty good and distinguishable from each other. I just felt like he went too ridiculous with Elinor's old lady voice, but otherwise his reading really made the world in this book come alive.
But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the original tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval inkscape once more.
Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long both are caught inside the book, too. There they meet Inkheart's author, Fenoglio, now living within his own story. But the tale is much changed, and threatening to evolve in ways none of them would have ever imagined. Will Meggie, Farid, and Fenoglio manage to write the wrongs of a charmed world? Or is their story on the brink of a very bad ending?
While I did really enjoy this book, and I thought it was interesting to finally see the world of Fenoglio's Inkheart, I just didn't love it as much as the first book. Don't get me wrong the world building was amazing, and the themes in the novel were great, but it just didn't wow me as much as the first novel in this trilogy.
I think part of this was because I found Meggie to be really annoying in this book. She just did stupid things and made bad choices that really made me want to shake her. I think I also just wasn't sold on the love interest between her and Farid. Partly because for some reason I thought he was much older than her, but I think they were only a few years apart.
I think if you really liked the first book you will still enjoy this one, especially since we get a lot more about Dustfinger's world. For me, I just wasn't completely in awe with it. I would still recommend it, and I still plan on finishing this trilogy at some point.