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Inkheart Trilogy Boxset Paperback – July 1, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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Praise for Inkheart Series:

"Beguiling... skillful... the story seems to be sprinkled with some magical fairy dust." —The New York Times Book Review

"Suspenseful, darkly comic... " —Time

"Marvelous stuff for dreaming adventurers of any age." —Clive Barker

About the Author

Cornelia Funke is one of today's most gifted and beloved writers of magical stories for children. She is the author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, and The Ghosthunters series. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, in a house full of books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Box edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545265371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545265379
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 4.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TTucker on December 13, 2010
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This is a nice set of satisfyingly thick books. Though I bought this for a young reader (5th grade)who has already read the series, she will love having the whole set of paperbacks contained in the attractive cardboard box. My 5th grader devoured these books - she found them very exciting and involving. She was quite pleased that she read books of this thickness (500-600 pages). Looking at the material, I think I would enjoy reading them, too - and I just might borrow them from her! Having seen the movie "Inkheart," I know it's a good storyline with good versus evil and good winning. I'm a big Tolkien fan and think others who enjoy Tolkien would also like the Inkheart series. Good reading for precocious middle schoolers through adult.
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I fell in love with the first book, Inkheart, at the age of 12. This book weaves magic, cunning, mystery, love, and great storytelling together and is a great read for tweens and teens alike. Don't be discouraged by the weight and size of this book, although it's large its very easy to get through. Once you read Inkheart, you will be compelled to read its sequels.
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Bought this for my 11 yr old. she totally loved the first book, and is working on the second. My other daughter is 22 and has almost finished Inkheart. They enjoy talking about the story line.
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Although this set is recommended for 9 yrs. old and up, I purchased it anyway, for my 6 yr. old granddaughter. Unfortunately, the wording is way above her head. But since she's seen and loves the Inkheart movie and characters I thought I'd give it a try. She stops me when I say a word she doesn't understand so that I can explain the meaning or when she doesn't understand exactly what's happening, so it is slow going. Surprisingly she is not only anxious to keep going but is also increasing her vocabulary! When she's not visiting, I, too, are enjoying these books! Highly recommend!!
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This book series is one of the best fantasy series I've ever read. I could not put these books down. They put the movie to shame in entirety. The series follows the story of a father and daughter who are searching for their wife and mother, while fighting off an evil villain, whose story they've found themselves stuck in. These books have well written plots, realistic characters, a perfect mixture of magical and real -- and an outstanding portrayal of the battle between good and evil, even within ourselves.

Warning: Book three is intense and likely to prompt sadness in the reader. The calm after the storm is well worth the journey though. You'll find yourself rooting for the characters as they travel through, even as you bite your nails in suspense. ;)
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I flew through these in a matter of days, having missed them the first time around as a kid. They're great, a lot of Funke's empathy for her characters shines through, and the way her characters speak is so definite and precise it makes many other things I have read seem droll in comparison.

The only reason I am giving 4 stars instead of 5 is because actually extracting the books from the box is a trial, and after only one read the spines of the books are well-lined, but I guess that's normal for paperbacks.
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The 3-star rating is intended as a review for the series, and not for any one book alone. I would individually rate the books as follows:

Inkheart: 4.5 stars
Inkspell: 3 stars
Inkdeath: 2.5 stars

The series starts out in a fascinating way. In general, there are people in the world who, by reading aloud, can bring people and items out of the book they are reading and into the "real world." As an unfortunate side-effect, people and items from the "real world" can also be transported into the book. Although this is possible with any book, the story focuses on one in particular, "Inkheart." The author of Inkheart, Fenoglio, wrote some particularly nasty and vicious antagonists, who end up in the "real world," and must be dealt with.

As shown above, the first book is very good. The introduction to this universe is fun and exciting, and the characters intriguing. However, after the first book, the characters lose their relatability. That is, they start to act on motivations that just seem completely unrealistic. The main characters transform from a loving family to selfish narcissists.

I would recommend reading the first book, then stopping there, as was done with the film portrayal. In fact, the movie seems to have a better ending to the "series" than the book, which is exceedingly rare, yet absolutely true in this instance. Read the first, then watch the movie, and be done with it.
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My niece was reading this YA series for the second or third time and she liked it so well I decided to read it. I discovered the series is exciting for adults as well as children. It's an imaginative and fun to read, though more violent then I like at times. It has a unique plot where the characters enter into the the fantasy world of a book. I don't want to say more and spoil the plot.
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