Ever since I saw the movie last year, I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of the book Inkheart. I was recently given the entire series by some friends of mine, and have been working my way through them.
The story of Inkheart, which is the first in the so-called Inkheart Trilogy, is very simple. Mortimer “Mo” has no idea that he is a silvertongue, a person with the ability to bring books to life, until he reads some villians out of an old fantasty novel called Inkheart. Unfortunately for him, his wife Resa disappears into the fantast world as well. For ten years he tries to find a way of getting her back, while the villains will do anything to stop him from reading the book again, liking the new life they have created for themselves in our world. It is a beautiful story, and has some wonderfully rounded characters.
So why do I like it so much? Because it is a book written for people who love books. Mo is a book-binder, and has taught his daughter Meggie a love for books that goes beyond the normal. Every page talks about writing or stories, or about books and how they are made. Each chapter begins with a quote from a book, including well known, and obscure. I loved finding passages from The Princess Bride next to Lord of the Rings.
As a reader, I enjoyed this book. As a writer, I loved it.