Review – Ghost Knight

Title : Ghost Knight
Author : Cornelia Funke
Publisher : Little, Brown and Company
Published : May 2012 (US Edition)
Page : 342 pages
My Rating : 4/5

From international phenomenon Cornelia Funke, the bestselling author of Reckless and Inkheart.

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?

Thought on this book :

Another book by Cornelia Funke I finished this week.

Ghost Knight told us story about Jon who’s despised his mother’s boyfriend and tried to get rid of him but instead in the end his mother sent him to a boarding school. Which he didn’t enjoy at all in the first place. But everything changed since he encountered a group of ghosts taunting him and wanted him to death. Our little Jon got so freaked out and that was how he met Ella, a pretty popular girl in the school, who interested in ghost and adventures.

God, I love every tiny bits of this book. Pretty book, with pretty plot and illustrations which bring me back to remembrance of how reading a book could bring you so much joy. Jon Whitcroft is a straightforward, innocent, and funny narrator. He spoken out his thought honestly alongside the story. His character was well developed, from a spoiled child to a really caring boy. He wasn’t character that all heroic or brave or possessed a great strength. He’s only ordinary boy, really, who learned so much from his experience with ghost.

Ella, on the other hand is one brave heroine I liked so much. She’s type of girl who always stole my heart away. I liked her boldness and bravery. Like how she asked Jon about the ghost in their first meeting, that was a very bold move. Ella also the one who helped Jon to figure out solution to his problem, she suggested almost all the smart acts, actually.

Aside from our two main characters, we also have Zelda, Ella’s quirky grandmother (she also loved her granddaughter very much! So sweet of Zelda :>), The Beard, Jon’s mother’s dentist boyfriend (which Jon hated so much), and also William Longspee!

Cornelia Funke’s writing style, despite told in first person point of view, still bear her elegant and beautiful way of telling a story. I cracked up so much in the certain part of this book. Of course, this book also has dark side in it. But really, what could you expect from a book about ghost? There should be enough amounts of darkness in it, right? I think this book perfect for middle schoolers ( I’m almost 19 and I enjoyed it, lol), not too dark, but not all cheesiness. Actually it did reminded me of how I felt when I read Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. Well, it didn’t have heavy plot as Harry Potter but otherwise it was a really enjoyable read, and lovely tale.

I marked my favorite quotes and scene from this book. There is one that I like the most, the scene when Jon standing before tinted glass in Hartgill’s church. His realisation about death and time made me thought of it in my own mind.

It was a strange feeling to find out I had ancestors who were pictured on lead glass and were buried under church floors. I wasn’t sure whether that was something to be proud of, and yet I was. I suddenly saw them all standing in a long line behind me, all those Hartgills who’d passed their name on to my mother. They’d all once been young as I. They’d loved their mothers, and maybe some of them even had to deal  with their own Beard. I felt them in my bones and in my blood. I heard them like a choir of voices in my heart. There’d been so many–that thought was comforting and at the same time unsettling. Those names on the flagstones made it very clear to me that one day there would be a gravestone with my name on it. — Cornelia Funke, Ghost Knight.


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