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Twilight was gathering, and Orpheus still wasn’t here.
Farid’s heart beat faster, as it always did when day left him alone with the darkness. Curse that Cheeseface! Where could he be? The birds were falling silent in the trees, as if the approach of night had stifled their voices, and the nearby mountains were turning black. You might have thought the setting sun had singed them. Soon the whole world would be black as pitch, even the grass beneath Farid’s bare feet, and the ghosts would begin to whisper. Farid knew only one place where he felt safe from them: right behind Dustfinger, so close that he could feel his warmth. Dustfinger wasn’t afraid of the night. He liked it.
‘Hearing them again, are you?’ he asked, as Farid pressed close to him. ‘How many times do I have to tell you?

About the book

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of the extraordinary events of Inkheart, and the story whose characters strode out of the pages and changed her life for ever.

But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater torn from his world of words, the need to return has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, he sets in motion a dangerous reversal that sees the characters of Inkheart transported to a charmed Inkworld, about to be fought over by rival rebels and princes.

But can Meggie, Farid and Fenoglio ‘write’ the wrongs of the Inkworld in time to avert disaster?

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Press reviews

“... This is a really good book. It is filled with awe and mystery. You can feel the Inkworld!”


“ … a rollicking good tale that pulls you swiftly through its pages.”


“… unflagging in both quality and volume … ”


“A magical world of ghosts, fire and fairies … her best work to date.”


Author notes

‘When I had finished Inkheart, I suddenly found myself staring at the last page thinking, “but … what will happen now?” I missed my characters. I missed all of them. And I had the feeling that there was more to tell, much more. I was right: the words for Inkspell came so easily that I sometimes couldn’t type fast enough. In fact, this second part was my greatest writing adventure so far …’

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