Fearless

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Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld--filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts that could only come from the mind of the master storyteller of our generation, Cornelia Funke.

Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He's tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother's--legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. ...

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Overview

Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld--filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts that could only come from the mind of the master storyteller of our generation, Cornelia Funke.

Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He's tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother's--legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father's mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox.

But there they hear of one last possibility--an item so legendary that not even Mirrorworlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first--and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
While represented as a companion to Funke's earlier fantasy, Reckless, this book is much more a sequel to the earlier Fearless. For readers who attempt to read this as a stand-alone, there is a sense of catching up to plot and characters that have clearly established their lives in the earlier book. Nonetheless, Funke does her usual masterful job of creating a fantasy world as darkly intriguing and captivating as any that were created by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. The comparison is relevant because Funke is not writing pink cloud stories, here. Her tale of the adventurous treasure hunter and portal hopper, Jacob Fearless, is woven with classic fairy tale motifs. Jacob, in an effort to save his brother's life, has been cursed with a moth embedded in his chest that is progressively destroying his heart, and now he must use his treasure hunting skills to break his own spell. A trio of found objects is needed to break the curse by leading Jacob to a crossbow with the power to kill or cure. However, a competing treasure hunter is also searching for this weapon and the two race to find the artifact. Meanwhile, Jacob's paramour, Fox, a vixen-like shape-shifter, is kidnapped by a blue beard creating a "damsel in distress" scenario. The series will be an easy sell to fans of TV's Once Upon a Time because many of the themes are similar: the portal from a contemporary world to the fantasy world and the intrinsic vileness of many of the characters. Fox and Jacob are a magical pair, and this tale of curses and reverses will captivate lovers of the retold fairy tale genre. However, do read the books in order to assure a complete appreciation for a well-told tale. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
VOYA - Katie Mitchell
Having received a death curse from the Red Fairy, Jacob Reckless returns to Mirrorworld to try to defy his fate. With the help of his friend, Fox (a shape-shifting Vixen with a mysterious past), he goes in search of a magic crossbow that is capable of killing thousands or saving one. Their quest is not without challenge, however, as another treasure hunter named Bastard is also after the bow, which would finally give him the recognition he craves and allow his section of Goyls to gain ruling status. Various other villains and trials stand in the way of both treasure hunters, including an inept, scheming prince and a person of magic who has passed through the mirror to our world. Fans of Funke's intense narratives and detailed worlds will not be disappointed. Behind the mirror lies a parallel universe that is still governed by magic and fraught with mystery. Mirrorworld is a clever combination of nightmarish fairy tales and a dark alternate reality. Readers will cheer for Jacob and Fox while willing their relationship to move further. The end of the book does not signal the end of the quest but rather sets the stage for further adventures. Although not a stand-alone, this is a satisfying second volume in the Mirrorworld series. Reviewer: Katie Mitchell
Kirkus Reviews
With time running out, aptly named treasure hunter Jacob Reckless returns to Mirrorworld, desperately seeking a way to prevent his own death in this riveting sequel to Reckless (2010). To save his brother's life, Jacob cut a deal with the Red Fairy, who cursed him by embedding a deadly moth in his chest, designed to destroy him within the year. Since then, Jacob has exhausted every remedy in Mirrorworld, including the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth and a northern Djinn's blood. As the reality of his impending death sinks in, Jacob remembers Guismond the Witch Slayer's crossbow, which, if shot into the heart, can kill many or heal one. With Fox, his devoted, shape-shifting female companion, Jacob embarks on what could be his final hunt through Mirrorworld, with Nerron, a ruthless Goyl treasure hunter in pursuit. As he tries to outmaneuver Nerron and outwit death, introspective Jacob gradually realizes he fears losing Fox more than his life, adding a poignant love note to the overall tone of despair. Adroitly building on layers of European fairy tale, Funke's original, rapid-fire narrative fearlessly transports Jacob and a bevy of ominous, multifaceted fantastical characters through a dark, decaying landscape in which death waits and honor is rare. Provocative, harrowing, engrossing. (map) (Fantasy. 12 & up)
Booklist

"Dark, enigmatic..."
Library Media Connection
"Fans of Reckless won't be disappointed in this action-packed sequel, which will leave them wanting even more from the Mirrorworld. "
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—After saving his younger brother Will's life in Reckless (Little, Brown, 2010), Jacob Reckless now has to save his own. With only months to live after being cursed, he searches for the Witch Slayer's crossbow, rumored to give life instead of death when it's used out of love. He is competing for the crossbow against ruthless fellow treasure hunter Nerron; a stone onyx, Goyl, who's saddled with a spoiled prince; and other unwelcome companions on his quest. A map helps readers track Jacob and Fox, the lovely shape-shifting human/vixen who loves him, as they desperately search all around Mirrorworld while encountering such familiar fairy-tale characters as Bluebeard. The action lags a bit when it's interrupted by descriptions of this fantasy world's unique inhabitants and history, but it reads quickly because of its many short chapters. Jacob's and Fox's personalities remain a bit flat because the plot takes precedence, although more is revealed about Fox's background than in the previous book. Jacob's continued inability to express his love for her lends poignancy to their close relationship, which is in danger of being cut short. Recognizable fairy-tale lore such as poisoning by the "Snow White method" and intriguing characters like mysterious Norebo Earlking will keep readers waiting for the next book in the series. Recommended reading for fans of Reckless and for readers who like reimagined fairy tales set in a unique world.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316056106
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: Mirrorworld Series , #1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 95,766
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is an internationally bestselling, multiple-award-winning author, best known for writing the Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, and The Thief Lord. Deeming her "a unique talent," Time magazine included Cornelia on its "Time 100," an annual list of the most influential people in the world. Cornelia currently lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, in a house full of books.

Biography

One of the most successful children's authors of our day, multi-award-winner Cornelia Funke started out as a social worker focused on the needs of disadvantaged youngsters. She enrolled in a post-graduate course at the Hamburg State College of Design, and left social work in the mid-1980s to begin a career as a children's book illustrator. However, the books she was commissioned to work on were prosaic and unimaginative, and she soon decided to try her hand at writing stories of her own.

An ardent fan of such childhood classics as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy and the tales of C. S. Lewis and J. M. Barrie, Funke was naturally drawn to the world of fantasy. She explained her attraction in a 2006 interview with the genre blog Writer Unboxed: " [T]he wonderful thing about fantasy is that it is the oldest way of story telling -- to clad what we feel and fear into disguises and make them more clear, to pass the borders of our every day life and use our imagination for travels into unknown worlds and unlimited experiences."

Although Funke was an immediate success in her native Germany, she was largely unknown outside Europe -- that is, until a young bilingual fan wrote to a British publishing firm inquiring why her favorite author's books were not available in English. The publisher hunted down what was, at the time, Funke's most recent book (The Thief Lord) and, in 2002, published it in translation. Already the recipient of several literary honors in Europe, the engaging YA fantasy went on to win the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Award.

One by one, as they are translated into English and published in America, Funke's wonderful stories have become huge bestsellers. Her ingenuity, imagination, and artistry shine in stand-alone novels like Dragon Rider and the Inkworld Trilogy -- Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005), and Inkdeath (2008). She has also produced picture books for younger readers, including The Wildest Brother, Pirate Girl, and Princess Knight. Fans who worry that this natural-born storyteller will run out of ideas can take solace in an author interview conducted in 2008 by Britain's Daily Telegraph. Asked if she had many more books in mind, Funke replied, "Oh yes, I am quite sure I won't be able to write them all down in a lifetime."

Good To Know

  • In German, Funke means "spark."

  • In 2005, Time magazine named Cornelia Funke among its "100 Most Influential Men and Women."

  • Funke claims to have written her popular Ghosthunters series "for boys who don't like to read."

  • When asked if she writes in German or English, Funke replied in a 2008 interview in The Washington Post: "I write in German. I've practiced this language for 47 years. I will never be a master in any other language. Anthea Bell, an old lady with cats, does the translation. She's amazing, and her translations are very, very true to my language."

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      1. Hometown:
        Los Angeles, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        December 10, 1958
      2. Place of Birth:
        Dorsten, Germany
      1. Education:
        University of Hamburg

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 2, 2013

      Great book!

      Cornelia Funke has written an amazing sequel to RECKLESS. It is well written and intriging. If you've never read RECKLESS or Fearless then you should.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 16, 2013

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      This is the second book in the Mirrorworld series and the stakes

      This is the second book in the Mirrorworld series and the stakes are higher than ever. Jacob Reckless has saved his brother from the harsh life as the Jade Goyl, but at a terrible cost, his life for his brother's. The Dark Fairy has released a black moth that has settled in Jacob's chest and little by little steals Jacob's life force. He is in a race against time to find the cure from the Dark Fairy's curse. As Jacob and his ever present companion Fox search for the only magical item he hasn't tried to lift the curse, the Crossbow, purported to lift a fairy curse with a bolt through his heart, he finds himself in stiff competition with  another treasure hunter, Nerron, the "Bastard" Goyl.
      The story is full of anguish, fear, heartache and love as Jacob and Fox realize how important they are to each other. Their feelings and undying support propel the story forward through one crisis after another. The magical world that Ms. Funke has created is inventive and exciting. There are so many twists and turns in the story that you'll be holding your breath to see if Jacob can find the crossbow before the Dark Fairy curse finally kills him. There is a cliff hanger at the end and I'll be eagerly awaiting the next volume to find out what happens to Jacob and Fox.
      I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 3, 2013

      Awesome book

      Great book and author!!!!!!!!!! :)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 1, 2014

      Good book

      Is a really cool book so far

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    • Anonymous

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      This was a very good book you never know what will happen next with the magical creatures. I wouldn't say this was a hard book to read but I am a very good reader so...

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 2, 2013

      A great comeback on a great book!

      Its awsome!

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      Luv ya too :)

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      Posted June 2, 2013

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      Thts really good(:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 13, 2013

      Outstanding!!!

      I absolutly loved it, my favorite book by cornelia funke. Maybe even my favorite book ive read so far

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