Inkheart is the story of a man named Mo, his daughter Meggie, and her aunt Elinor. In this book, the first of 3, our trio get caught up in Mo’s wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life – literally.
Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read from the book Inkheart, and several of the book’s characters ended up on his living room floor. But that’s not all. When he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggie’s mother in.
Nine years after Meggie’s mother becomes trapped inside the book, Capricorn is on a hunt to find and destroy all copies of Inkheart and use Mo’s abilities to gain more power for himself in the real world. Meggie discovers her father’s secret and, along with the help of Dustfinger and Meggie’s aunt Elinor, fights to free her mother and destroy Capricorn.
I was drawn to this book as it is a book about books, a celebration of and a warning about books. Exciting adventures and danger around every turn. I don’t think I’ve read anything else that conveys the joys, terrors and pitfalls of just reading.
This book is aimed at children aged 8 to 12 and I felt that the author did a great job of writing to that audience. I found the book enjoyable but perhaps not as captivating as I have found other books. I will be reading the 2 following books so stay tuned for my series summary.