Author: Cornelia Funke
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Mirrorworld (Book #1)
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
Format: Audiobook, 391 Pages (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 031605609X (Little Brown Books)
ISBN-13: 978-0316056090 (Little Brown Books)
Reviewed by: Karson
Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies–most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.
But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl–a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.
Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell–before it’s too late.
Quick & Dirty: Fun book full of adventure, engaging characters, and an intriguing plot!
Opening Sentence: The night breathed through the apartment like a dark animal.
Jacob Reckless lives up to his name, seeking treasures and lost artifacts, and he is the best at it. At a young age his father suddenly disappeared, leaving behind two sons and his wife. Jacob, distraught over his father’s disappearance, goes to his father’s study. While in the room he finds a mirror that he touches with his hand. This transfers him into a whole new magical world, where over a decade he has learned to master the dangerous world.
Will Reckless, Jacob’s brother, has found his brother’s secret and enters this dangerous world, where a war is going on, lead by an evil fairy. With the war comes the curse to any human, who crosses the wrong path. Will Reckless has found that path, and the story starts with his brother seeking a way to stop the curse before it is too late. This has never been accomplished by anyone and if Jacob fails his brother will suffer the consequences.
But Jacob Reckless, being reckless, has learned the tricks of the trade in this world. Not just a world like ours, but a world where artifacts hold power, wealth, and wisdom. He has sought these out, and has many of these at his disposal. But time is limited, and a war rages. Will he be able to save Will?
I liked this book, and was glad to see that it is part of a series of books to come out. I found it intriguing, this different world. There is a unique combination of the idea of goyles, ogres, witches and fairies, with what we know as our classic fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, etc., and humans from our world. It is full of action-packed adventure that kept the story moving right along. There was never a lag in the pacing and I was easily drawn into the wonderful setting and engaging characters.
The characters are likeable and it is easy to be on their side. I didn’t find any of the characters annoying, especially the girls, which is a huge relief. The plot was interesting as well, and kept me intrigued throughout the entire book. I listened to the audio book and the narrator did a really good job reading the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the upcoming books to be translated into English. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun adventure set in a magical world.
But Will’s eyes belied his words. Help me, Jacob, they said. Help me.
Jacob pulled him away from the corpse.
“The fairy I am taking you to is different,” he said.
Is she Jacob? He heard a whisper inside him. But he ignored it.
He put all the hope he possessed into his voice. And all the confidence his brother wanted to hear: “She’ll help us, Will, I promise!”
It still worked. Hope still spread over Will’s face as easily as rage. Brothers. The elder and the younger. Unchanged.
FTC Advisory: Little Brown Books/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Reckless. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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