This is the second book in a trilogy by Cornelia Funke. It has been translated into English from its native German.
I found the pacing of this book to be a bit more exciting than its predecessor, making it a bit easier to get through. It takes place in a different world than the first book, there's a lot more going on, and my favourite character Dustfinger gets more attention.
The length is about the same as Inkheart. They're both around 600 pages or thereabouts, so they're a bit on the longer side. If you don't mind a longer read, and you at least somewhat enjoyed the first book, I would recommend this one. It's a definite improvement on the first and worth reading at least once.
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