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Fearless: Mirrorworld, Book Two

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Fearless: Mirrorworld, Book Two

Brothers Jacob and Will Reckless first ventured into the Mirrorworld in Cornelia Funke’s first book, RECKLESS, and were immediately introduced to the wonderful and horrific world of fairy tales. These weren’t the happy fairy tales where a princess finds her prince or genies grant three wishes. Instead, Will Reckless nearly had his skin and heart turned to stone, and it was only the quick thinking of Jacob that saved his brother from a horrible fate. Saving his brother came with a price, though, and now Jacob is frantically searching for a legendary treasure that may be his last hope.

"The Mirrorworld is like something you could only find in, well, fairy tales, and I feel like Funke has only started to explore the possibilities. FEARLESS is the sequel you’ve been waiting for and it doesn’t disappoint."

Jacob has tried everything: an All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a Djinn. Yet nothing has been able to remove the Dark Fairy’s curse that is imprinted upon Jacob’s heart in the form of a red moth. In the remaining months of Jacob’s life, the moth will nibble at his heart bit by bit and then he will be no more. Unable to confront his brother with the truth, Jacob decides to return to the Mirrorworld for one last treasure hunt to save his life. Legend tells of a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. Jacob once again enlists the help of his companion, Fox, and together they set off one last time.

The crossbow is supposedly located in the tomb of an old warlock, but after escaping traps and death countless times from treasure hunting, Jacob and Fox know it can’t be that easy. This proves true after Jacob and Fox find the tomb and discover that if they hope to find the crossbow, they will have to recover missing body parts of the warlock --- the head in the west, the hand in the south and the heart in the east. No other clues exist, and with precious little time remaining, Jacob and Fox immediately spring into action.

As the red moth slowly eats away at Jacob’s heart, he and Fox have other issues to deal with. Nerron, a Goyl treasure hunter, has also taken interest in finding the crossbow. With more resources and the backing of the Goyl king, Nerron seems to be one step ahead of Jacob the whole time after so many years of being two steps behind. Even if Jacob and Fox do manage to recover all the body parts, there is no guarantee what awaits them when they do. All signs indicate that, once again, there will be no happily ever after.

The first book, RECKLESS, was a treat in and of itself and the good news is that FEARLESS picks up right where it left off. Readers will be drawn right back in and the action doesn’t waver for a moment. One thing I appreciate so much about Funke’s books is the world building. The Mirrorworld is like something you could only find in, well, fairy tales, and I feel like Funke has only started to explore the possibilities. FEARLESS is the sequel you’ve been waiting for and it doesn’t disappoint.

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on May 10, 2013

Fearless: Mirrorworld, Book Two
by Cornelia Funke

  • Publication Date: April 2, 2013
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316056103
  • ISBN-13: 9780316056106