A year has passed since the events in Inkheart. Meggie has become obsessed with everything from that world. She has recorded everything her mother has told her about the world. Mo is quite concerned.
Meanwhile Dustfinger is trying desperately to find someone to read him into the book. That person is Orpheus. What Dustfinger doesn’t realize is that Orpheus is working with two of the bad guys, Mortola and Basta from the first book. Orpheus has figured out many of the mysteries of reading people (who don’t belong) into stories. Unfortunately he cannot read himself into the story. Mortola and Basta intend to have Orpheus read them into the story so that they can finish off Dustfinger. Farid goes to Elinor’s house to ask Meggie to read him into the story so he can warn Dustfinger. Meggie agrees, but she reads herself into the story as well.
Meanwhile Mortola and Basta show up at Elinor’s house and have Orpheus read Mortola, Basta, and Mo into the story. Resa jumps on Mo at the last minute and ends up back in Inkworld. Elinor and Darius remain Orpheus’ prisoner.
The story jumps to Fenoglio. Ever since Mo read out the three characters everything in Inkworld has changed. Characters who were to have lived in the original book have died. Characters that Fenoglio never created in the original work exist. Fenoglio is a poet for the Laughing Prince, who is now the Sighing Prince due to the unwritten death of his son Cosimo. One of Fenoglio’s creations is the story of the Robin Hood like character the Bluejay. Unfortunately the character seems to take life of its own. There are various reports of the rich being robbed. Adderhead, anothe villian, is determined to have the Bluejay’s head.
Meggie and Farid do find Dustfinger and Fenoglio. Meggie stays with Fenoglio. Due to the celebration at the castle, he is not able to tell her that he needs her help to restore Inkworld to the way he had written it.
Soon after Resa, Mo, Mortola, and Basta arrived Mortola shoots Mo with a shotgun. Resa regains her voice scream for Mo. The husband and wife are taken in by the strolling players. Everything seems to be going well, but for some strange reason the strolling players believe that Mo is the Bluejay. Of course word gets back to Adderhead. While in the camp, Resa discovers that Dustfinger is back and sends him world to bring Meggie to them. Once Meggie and Fenoglio realize that Mo is hurt, Fenoglio writes a new section of the book and has Meggie read it. Meggie is successful in partially healing her father.
Meggie, Dustfinger, and Farid set off to find Resa and Mo. Meanwhile, Fenoglio has already written a new section for the book and has had Meggie read into existence a new Cosimo. So Fenoglio, who has now been made the court poet, is left to deal with a Prince who is determined to destroy the unjust Adderhead. This ends disasterously
Meggie, Dustfinger, and Farid aren’t able to successfully free Mo and Resa who are imprisoned in Adderhead’s prison. And they seem to be losing allies left, right, and center as Adderhead has spies everywhere. Fenoglio, who has received word of what has been going on, writes and ending to destroy Adderhead and has Roxanne, Dustfinger’s wife, take the story to Meggie. Unfortunately Meggie is unable to read the new story in its entirety before she is captured by Adderhead. According to the story she offers Adderhead immortality with a double edged sword. Mo will make a book of 500 pages. Once Adderhead writes his name in it, he will be immortal. What Adderhead does not know is that if the the three words hear, spell, and death are written in the book he will die instantaneously. In addition, he is immortal as long as the book is not destroyed (this is not part of the story). In addition, the story says that Cosimo is successful in battle. Before Meggie is able to finish reading the passage, Mortola has her searched and the papers are taken to Adderhead who now knows about the three words. In exchange for immortality Adderhead agrees to release all his prisoners. Of course there is the catch of his unmarked soldiers waiting to slaughter them outside the castle. A battle ensues, and Mo shows he is worth of being the Bluejay. Oh did I mention that Fenoglio based his character on Mo? In the battle Farid is killed. Dustfinger calls the White Women (like Valkyries) and exchanges his soul for Farid’s. Meanwhile, Cosimo is slaughtered because Meggie didn’t finish the story. This completely demoralizes Fenoglio who is unable to write. The story needs to be corrected and there is only one man to do it-Orpheus. It seems that Orpheus has discovered that the way other people are read into books is by using the words contained in the book to change the book. Meggie reads Orpheus in the book. But things are too smooth, Orpheus does not want to believe that Meggie has abilities that he does not. He’s starting to act very lordly.
The book was ok, it just seemed to drag on and on. Maybe the problem is that a new world was introduced yet again, so you had to start all over again learning what was going on in the story.