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Content Review: The Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke

by: Cornelia Funke                                                                           Review by: Amy
Intended age range: 10-up                               

Main Characters age: 12- Meggie gets older as the series goes on.
Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie, 12, has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. Things change after a visit from a scarred man who calls himself Dustfinger and who refers to Mo as Silvertongue. Meggie learns that her father has been keeping secrets. He can "read" characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released Dustfinger and other characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie's mother disappeared into the story. Mo also released Capricorn, a sadistic villain who takes great pleasure in murdering people. He has sent his black-coated henchmen to track down Mo and intends to force him to read an immortal monster out of the story to get rid of his enemies. Meggie, Mo, Dustfinger, and Meggie's great-aunt Elinor are pursued, repeatedly captured, but manage to escape from Capricorn's henchmen as they attempt to find the author of Inkheart in the hope that he can write a new ending to the story.
Sexual Content: 

  • Moderate amount of kissing from the main character Meggie and Farid also between her parents.  

  • Several h***, d***, a** and "Oh, my God" 

  • Sword fighting
  • poisoning 
Other Notables:
  • Some tattoos and body piercings
  • Some alcohol drinking between minor characters
Did I like this book?
This "story within a story" will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters. It was an exciting read from start to finish. The entire series was very good. The author wrote very well, very descriptive. 
Rating: I would give this book a 6.5 out of 10