Inkspell is the second book in the Inkheart trilogy, following on from Inkheart. It was published on October 1, 2005, in Germany, and was originally titled (in German) as Tintenblut, which is literally translated as Inkblood. The novel was originally unintended by the author, but as she states in the author's note, it was as her characters in the first book suggested: a story is never fully retained within the covers of a book, and she found herself wondering what would become of her characters after the somewhat ambiguous ending of Inkheart. Its German title, 'Tintenblut', literally translates: 'Inkblood'.
A year has passed, but not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, a book whose characters came to life. Resa is back, but she has no voice. For the fire-eater Dustfinger, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller, Orpheus, to read him back, he abandons his apprentice Farid, and plunges into the pages. Orpheus doesn't read Farid back into the book like he was supposed to, he leaves the name "boy" out. Soon Farid convinces Meggie to read him into the book so he can warn Dustfinger of Basta, and then become his apprentice once more. But this time, Meggie has figured out how to read herself and Farid into Inkheart...
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- Reading Age: 12+
- Reading Aloud Age: 10+