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Inkdeath is the third and final book in the Inkheart Trilogy, written by Cornelia Funke.


The Adderhead — his immortality bound in a book by Meggie's father, Mo — has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants' only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay — Mo's fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted.

But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders.

First Dustfinger, now Mo. Can anyone save this cursed story?[2]



Meggie ends up falling in love with an inventor named Doria, who asks Meggie for ideas from her world so he could make them here. Elinor, who is in the real world, persuades Darius to read them both in, and Darius successfully reads them both into the Inkworld without any injuries whatsoever. Elinor and Darius catch up with Mo, who is wanted by the Adderhead as the Book of Death is dying of mold. Orpheus sends Mo to his Death, but Death himself sends both Mo and Dustfinger back if they can kill the Adderhead. Orpheus flees to Mount Adder, claiming he brought Dustfinger back to life. Dustfinger's fire powers increase, and he becomes Mo's shadow.

Chapters 1-5[]

  • Ch. 1: Nothing But a Dog and a Sheet of Paper
    Meggie Folchart is furious that Farid won't even come see her, as Farid is too busy catering to Orpheus' needs.
  • Ch. 2: Only a Village
  • Ch. 3: Written Silver
    Orpheus becomes a rich man by creating mythical creatures and reading them out of their stories and into the Inkworld, and then sells them to Milksop, a criminal and the Adderhead's brother in-law. The Inkworld now changes even more because of this, as there are now creatures in the Inkworld who don't belong there.
  • Ch. 4: Ink-Clothes
  • Ch. 5: Fenoglio Feels Sorry for Himself

Chapters 6-10[]

  • Ch. 6: Sad Ombra
  • Ch. 7: A Dangerous Visit
  • Ch. 8: Roxane’s Pain
  • Ch. 9: A Giveaway
  • Ch. 10: As If Nothing Had Happened

Chapters 11-15[]

  • Ch. 11: Sick with Longing
  • Ch. 12: Back in the Service of Orpheus
  • Ch. 13: A Knife through the Heart
  • Ch. 14: News from Ombra
  • Ch. 15: Loud Words, Soft Words

Chapters 16-20[]

  • Ch. 16: The Piper's Offer
  • Ch. 17: The Wrong Fear
  • Ch. 18: A Dangerous Ally
  • Ch. 19: Soldiers' Hands
  • Ch. 20: A Sleepless Night

Chapters 21-25[]

  • Ch. 21: Sharp Words
  • Ch. 22: Taking the Bait
  • Ch. 23: The Graveyard of the Strolling Players
  • Ch. 24: To Blame
  • Ch. 25: The End and the Beginning

Chapters 26-30[]

  • Ch. 26: A Familiar Voice
  • Ch. 27: Lost and Back Again= AWESOME!!!
  • Ch. 28: A New Song
  • Ch. 29: A Visitor to Orpheus's Cellar
  • Ch. 30: Sootbird's Fire

Chapters 31-35[]

  • Ch. 31: The Bluejay's Answer
  • Ch. 32: At Last
  • Ch. 33: Herbs for Her Ugliness
  • Ch. 34: Burnt Words
  • Ch. 35: The Next Verse

Chapters 36-40[]

  • Ch. 36: A Surprising Visitor
  • Ch. 37: Only a Magpie
  • Ch. 38: A Greeting to the Piper
  • Ch. 39: Stolen Children
  • Ch. 40: A New Cage

Chapters 41-45[]

  • Ch. 41: Pictures from the Ashes
  • Ch. 42: An Audience with the Adderhead
  • Ch. 43: Four Berries
  • Ch. 44: The Hand of Death
  • Ch. 45: Written and Unwritten

Chapters 46-50[]

Chapters 51-55[]

  • Ch. 51: The Wrong Helpers
  • Ch. 52: The Dead Men in the Forest
  • Ch. 53: Human Nests
  • Ch. 54: The White Whispering
  • Ch. 55: The Wrong Time

Chapters 56-60[]

  • Ch. 56: Fire and Darkness
  • Ch. 57: Too Late?
  • Ch. 58: Help from Mountains Far Away
  • Ch. 59: The Bluejay's Angels
  • Ch. 60: Mother and Son

Chapters 61-65[]

  • Ch. 61: Clothed and Unclothed
  • Ch. 62: Black?
  • Ch. 63: Ah, Fenoglio!
  • Ch. 64: Light
  • Ch. 65: Made Visible

Chapters 66-70[]

  • Ch. 66: Love Disguised as Hate
  • Ch. 67: The Other Name
  • Ch. 68: Back
  • Ch. 69: The Adderhead's Bedchamber
    Jacopo gives Mo the book of Death, and Mo writes the three words and kills the Adderhead.
  • Ch. 70: Burning Words

Chapters 71-75[]

Chapters 76-81[]

Ch. 76: White Night


Ch. 77: Over


Ch. 78: Staked on the Wrong Card

Orpheus flees to the Castle in the Lake and stays there, as he becomes sick of the 'baby-ish' Inkworld he loved so much as a kid.

Ch. 79: Leaving


Ch. 80: Ombra

The Piper then attempts to take over, but those plans are thwarted by Violante. Jacopo steps down as heir and Violante becomes heir to both Argenta and Lombrica. Farid asks Meggie to come with him, but Meggie stays with Doria. Farid sets off, heart-broken, to explore the Inkworld. Dustfinger stays with Roxane, Jehan and Brianna, and Mo decides to live in the Inkworld with Elinor and Resa.

Ch. 81: Later

Resa gives birth to a son, who yearns to live in the world where his father, mother, sister, great-aunt, and Darius.


Main article: List of quotes featured in Inkdeath



Cornelia Funk's Inkworld Trilogy
Inkheart book reference quotes radio play film film soundtrack game
Inkspell book reference quotes radio play - - -
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Other written works (not all by Funke) Other canon
Inkheart Movie: Novelization Cornelia Funke - The Official Website -
Inkheart Movie: Storybook MirrorWorld by Cornelia Funke App
Inkheart Movie: Reader, Farid's Story The Color of Revenge
Cornelia Funke: Inkheart, Wild Chicks and Ghosthunters: the Fantastical Visual Worlds from the Early Children's Books to Reckless