Reviews for Inkspell
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #3
Meggie discovers that her father, Mo, has the power to turn words on a page into living flesh, a conceit that deepens the impact of this novel in audio format. Redgrave's supple voice, as magical as Mo's, gives life to this cast of characters: Dustfinger, his voice as raspy as his stubbly chin; Flatnose, whose syllables slide out like letters through a mail slot; and Capricorn, whose very lack of emotion makes him unimaginably menacing. Set against this dark counterpoint, Meggie's voice is all too human: transiting from frantic concern for her father to flashing anger at her captors, from tender wistfulness to brash courage. At fifteen and a half hours, this recording invites listeners to sink deeply into a rich, complicated world. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 September #2
Actor Brendan Fraser and author Cornelia Funke (Dragon Rider) are paired again, though this time it's not for a dragon tale. Fraser takes on Inkspell, the sequel to Inkheart. This time Dustfinger (the fire-eater/book character who came to life) returns to the pages of the Inkheart book from whence he came, and Meggie gets magically-and literally-caught inside the story, too. Fraser's subtle, suspenseful narration and full-bodied character voices charm. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2003 December #3
Tackling Funke's (The Thief Lord) meaty, intricately plotted tale of magic and books, Redgrave colors her reading with appropriately varying degrees of suspense, revelation and drama. Twelve-year-old Meggie, a self-proclaimed bookworm, finds it odd that her bookbinder father, Mo, has never read aloud to her. But when a mysterious man named Dustfinger appears in the rainy shadows of the garden one night, Meggie begins to unravel the secret her father has kept all her life: when Mo reads aloud from books, the characters come to life and appear before him. This magical power proves dangerous, as characters from a certain book-Inkheart-are on the loose and after Mo. Many twists and turns that will particularly intrigue those who love books unfold before Meggie ultimately learns that she and her father have something in common when it comes to magic. Redgrave's voice takes on growling, sometimes whispery qualities as she portrays villains; a brighter inquisitive tone prevails as Meggie makes observations and interacts with the other characters. The end result is a satisfying listen, perfect for long winter evenings by the fire. Ages 11-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.