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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornelia Funke Narrator: Elliot Hil Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mirrorworld Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This adventure-driven fantasy, the first in a series, will have readers turning pages.”


  • “Funke takes readers on a new adventure into a magical place where the dark side of fairy tales holds sway. Jacob Reckless, like his father before him, escapes into the Mirrorworld, and all is well until his younger brother, Will, follows him in and falls under the enchantment of the Dark Fairy…readers are pulled into the thrill of the story. The themes of guilt, responsibility, abandonment, and love, in the context of the many dangers in the Mirrorworld, contribute to a serious tone. Ultimately the characters keep faith with what matters most to each of them. The fact that the main characters are in their twenties will help to extend its potential readership to older students. Reckless will be enjoyed by Funke’s fans, who will be pleased that she has left the door open for a sequel.”

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens Pick

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/17/2014

    " I thought that the plot was fun and interesting but the characters could use more development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charlene | 2/1/2014

    " It was really good, Cornelia can paint a very different world in such a short amount of time whilst capturing you. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/23/2014

    " This book had some interesting twists on classic fairy tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessi Hafeman | 1/20/2014

    " I am a big fan of the author. Her books are so enchanting and richly detailed. Funke's beautiful language immediately draws you into the story. The book beings rather abruptly, but Funke's genius writing style weaves you into the world with ease. The world is deeply rooted in fairy tale stories which only gives you tid-bits here and there. I hope with the sequel (because I happily sense a sequel...), there will be some elaborated treasure hunting for fairy tale items which is mentioned throughout the book. I loved the pieces from fairy tales that Funke included, but I did want more. The Snow White story involvement needed more fleshing out as the "dark queen" is a main character in this story. The storyline takes you to so many enchanting locales! I enjoyed the journey. The adversaries in the book, Goyl, did not seem to quite fit in the realm though. I'm not sure where stone men fit into any fairy tales. I can see how Funke had the humans discriminate against beings who look so similar to themselves but are different as well paralleling skin color, etc., but it just did not feel fairy tale-ish. Overall, Funke does not disappoint with her new story. There's an array of chraracters, an evil queen, love, fantasy, poetic descriptive language, and a fascinating new world. The character of fox is the most interesting. The chapters are short but break the story up into perfect portions. Funke has created another page-turning fantasy. Its one of my favorite worlds she has created though not my favorite book she's penned. So much potential for more!!! I eagerly anticipate more! "

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