by Cornelia Funke
Series: Inkworld Trilogy #2
656 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Little Tigress

Gripping, but with a lot of violence, a lack of morality, and some swearing.


Sequel to the book Inkheart in which the girl Meggie learns that both she and her father can make things and people come to life by simply reading them aloud. But, the process can work backwards. She, her father, mother, friend (boyfriend), and two of the baddies are sucked into this new world: the Inkworld. Fenoglio, the author of the book itself, is also there, and has created poems of the character 'The Bluejay', modeled after the girl's father, Mo. Once Mo is found in the Inkworld everyone thinks he is the Bluejay. And it turns out, he is. Meggie battles the evil of that world as well as the change coming over her father as he steps into the shoes of hero.


The attitude towards morality is not very good. Though the characters try to do the right thing, they often go about it by lying, cheating, spying, etc.

Spiritual Content

Basta, the henchman of Capricorn, shows up through part of the book. He is very superstitious and wears a rabbit's foot for luck.

When someone is close to death, or dying, Funke depicts 'White Women' coming to take the body away. God does not seem to exist in the Inkworld. A character calls the 'white women' and gives them his own life for someone who is already dead. Sweet, but not Christian at all.

One of the villains is made immortal by reading it to life. One character who is dead is recopied and read to life.

There may be other small things, but none of which come to mind.


Very much violence, and very graphic. A few chapters in which someone is shot and suffers from wounds throughout the story. Many people are killed as well as a complete army, including pretty much every man in the city. The Adderhead is extremely brutal, and even the heroes do a lot of killing.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None I can think of, unless wine is mentioned.

Sexual Content

None I recall.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Elinor, Meggie's great-aunt, swears many times. Other characters use some crude language.


Fun book to read, but it has a lot of violence and little morality. It is a book to be read with care: the reader is kept on the edge of their seat, but there is a lot of graphic content.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 3
Written for Age: 13+

Review Rating:

Average rating: 1 stars
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