Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on April 2nd 2013
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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. 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.
Funke is one of my favorite authors of all times. There really isn't a book of hers that I have not enjoyed. I read Reckless and fell in love with the world and the characters, especially the heartless fairies that curse Jacob. The second book picks up where the first left off. Jacob has to find a way to cure himself and has tried everything he could think of, until he remembers a cursed crossbow that may be able to heal him, but if it falls into the wrong hands it could kill thousands instead.
Unfortunately, another treasure hunter is on the trail and Jacob finds that he also will encounter other enemies. My favorite of which has to be the Bluebeard. If you know me well, you would know my favorite fairy tale is Bluebeard, gruesome yet so good. I love the way Funke treated the Bluebeards, making them their own species and giving them quite a few tricks that almost had Jacob on his deathbed. My favorite part of the book were the interactions with this character, who was brought to life by the audio narration I listened to.
Fox is another favorite character, the girl/fox that Jacob adventures with and it is obvious that they care about each other in a more romantic manner as well. Fox has a skin that changes her from human to vixen and I loved how she never let Jacob leave her behind and often relied on her during their travels. I loved seeing more into Fox's background, at one point in the story, she revisits her family and it explains a lot about her character in that scene.
Final Verdict: I loved the audio narration of this book and fell back in love with the characters and world that was introduced in Reckless. I cannot wait to see what Funke will write next, although it seems to be such a long time between her books.