Title: Die Feder eines Greifs
Author: Cornelia Funke
First published September 26, 2016
400 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9783791500119 (ISBN10: 3791500112)
Get ready for a thrilling adventure as Cornelia Funke’s beloved characters return in the sequel to her most successful children’s novel, “Dragon Rider”! Two years have passed since Ben, Barnabas, and Fliegenbein defeated Nettlebrand, and now they face a new challenge: the last Pegasus’ offspring is in danger. Only the Sun Feather of a Griffin can save their kind from extinction.
Alongside a flying rat, a fjord troll, and a nervous parrot, the companions set off to Indonesia to find the most dangerous mythical creature of them all, realizing they need the help of a dragon and its kobold. “The Feather of a Griffin” is a magical and atmospheric read, full of suspense and wonder, and a fantastic addition to the acclaimed author’s work.
About the Author
Meet Cornelia Funke, a renowned German illustrator and storyteller who weaves magical tales for readers of all ages. One of her most popular works is the Inkheart trilogy, but her many titles have been published worldwide and translated into over 30 languages.
When she’s not creating captivating stories, Cornelia spends time with her two children, two feathered friends, and a loyal, elderly dog in sunny Los Angeles, California.
Die Feder eines Greifs by Cornelia Funke is a thrilling fantasy novel that takes readers on a magical adventure filled with intrigue, danger, and wonder. As one of Germany’s most beloved children’s authors, Funke has a gift for capturing the imagination and transporting readers to fantastical worlds that they will never forget.
The story takes place in a land of dragons, griffins, and other mythical creatures, where a young boy named Ben befriends a griffin named Barnabas. Together, they embark on a dangerous quest to retrieve a special feather that can heal any wound or illness.
But along the way, they must contend with dark forces that seek to use the feather for their own nefarious purposes. What sets this book apart from other fantasy novels is how it seamlessly weaves together themes of friendship, loyalty, and courage with elements of magical realism.
The characters are well-developed and relatable, and readers will find themselves cheering for Ben and Barnabas as they face impossible odds. Additionally, the book explores deep themes about the nature of good and evil, and how sometimes the line between the two can be blurred.
Funke’s writing is elegant and poetic, and her vivid descriptions of the fantastical creatures and landscapes will transport readers to a world they will never forget. While the book is primarily meant for children, adults will also find much to enjoy in this enchanting tale.
The novel communicates important values of empathy, honesty and teamwork that will resonate with readers of all ages. One of the few limitations of the novel is that it can at times feel slightly formulaic, with some of the plot points following a predictable arc.
However, this is a minor quibble in what is otherwise an incredibly engaging and heartfelt story. Overall, Die Feder eines Greifs is a captivating and beautifully written fantasy novel that young readers will treasure for years to come.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting adventure filled with captivating characters, lush world-building, and an emotionally resonant story. With Die Feder eines Greifs, Cornelia Funke proves once again why she is one of the most beloved children’s authors in the world.
I give this book a score of 4.5 out of 5 stars.