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(Reckless #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  6,837 ratings  ·  661 reviews
With the fatal fairy moth on his chest giving only a few months to live, Jocob Reckless tries, the blood of a Northern Djinn, then a mythical crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But famed Goyl assassin treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first--and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Little, Brown & Co. Hachette (first published September 6th 2012)
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Charlotte May
“Love was lost so terrifyingly easily.”

This was so good! Maybe even better than book 1!!!
I loved returning to the Mirrorworld with all its magical, dangerous and fantastical creatures and secrets.
Jacob managed to save his brother during book 1, but at a very high cost. This cost is now demanding to be paid and Jacob’s life is on the line.
He and his best friend Fox, the shape shifting girl are on a race against time to find the head, hand and heart of a warlock who hides a hidden crossbow, wh
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second volume in the fantastic series that invites readers into the world behind the mirrors has Will back in our world with Clara and Jacob racing to find a cure against the Dark Fae‘s curse.

Jacob saved his little brother - and traded his own life in return. The price to be paid for saying the Dark One‘s name. The Red Fae knew it when she told him how to defeat her sister, it being her cruel revenge for Jacob leaving her all those years ago.
Fox doesn‘t know yet but she will soon.
The proble
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second volume about Jacob Reckless, the boy who found another world behind a black mirror and fox, his shape shifting friend (well, more than just a friend if both are honest).

When I opened the book, I was very disappointed because where the first book was filled with the author's illustrations, this only had little ones at the beginning of each chapter. It felt lifeless in comparison to the first volume.
When asking Cornelia Funke here on Goodreads, she told me that she had wanted to includ
Simona B
"Nothing lasted for ever, even behind the mirror."

EDIT 19/12/15 - added review in English - recensione in italiano a fondo pagina/Italian review at the bottom of the page.

Lately, the attention I pay to new book releases is even lower than usual, and it is at its worst even in my 'normal' periods, so just imagine. Anyway, I was in this bookshop in Edinburgh all on my own, when at some point, having already browsed through all the other sections, I find myself in the middle grade section. I lower
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-shelf, fantasy, ya
Still going really strong. In some ways, I liked the first better for his trying to save his brother from the curse, but after that bit was concluded and all that was left was a desperate quest to save himself from his own curse, I find myself thinking that book 2 might be even stronger.

Treasure hunting, ya know. Tons of treasure hunting. And between the rivalry, the interesting magics, the Osirus-kind of mythology flooding the pages, I found myself simply loving everything here.

Let me be clear:
Richard Derus

My Review
: I am convinced that this series is cruelly aimed at obsessive completist readers. The cliffhanger at the end of book one makes this book a MUST-READ NOW and, through the magic of Kindle, I was able to read the books back-to-back. I warn all who come after me: To sign up for this voyage into Mirrorworld is to commit to the whole cycle.

I am in.

What happens during the course of this book is that Jacob comes to understand somet
Ashley Daviau
This book was a chore to read quite honestly and there is only reason I kept reading and gave it 3 stars and not a lower rating. And that reason is Fox. I just love her character SO much that the pages she graced made it worth suffering through the juvenile nonsense the rest of this book was! I’m actually very disappointed by this turn of events because normally I absolutely love Funke’s writing. But I just couldn’t get into this one, it felt like the story was sprouting a new and confusing head ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's been a rather long time since I last ventured into Funke's Mirrorworld (although I did only do it the once), even longer since I last re-read Dragon Rider, my all-time Funke favorite, and probably eons since the Inkworld happened. My memories of Funke's books are distant but strong: I recall being bemused and enchanted by her dark and wonderful tales, and I owe her a young reader's deep-seated loyalty.

But it's not an eleven-year old Daria that read Reckless and Fearless. I wonder if the el
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday (May 1) was a legal holiday in Germany and with nothing else to do, I decided to declutter my entire room whilst listening to the audiobook of the second instalment in the Reckless series. Mind you, the audiobook is 10 hours long and I listened to 9 hours yesterday. I did zone out a bit towards the end (CAN YOU BLAME ME THO?) but at least got a shit ton of cleaning done and managed to get rid of six bags full of shit I don't need anymore.

Since this is a reread for me, I was still able
Apr 27, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shocked that people weren't expecting bk 2... Did they not read the ending?? ...more
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*

Loved it!
rachel ☾
I know that I am a mood reader - scheduling what books to read when just doesn’t work for me. I know that, obviously. But for some reason I pushed myself through this book even though I knew that I just wasn’t in the right mood for such a ‘heavy’ and wordy fantasy. Don’t get me wrong though, this book was fantastic. I cannot deny that. Fearless was the continuation of Jacob Reckless' journey in the Mirrorworld, and the story was engrossing as always.

The plot, somehow, manages to be a constant s
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a few days since I finished reading this book, but I've had no time to actually sit and write down this review. And this is due to study and exams, and not because I've nothing to say about this book (because, you know, I gave it 5 stars so obviously I've a lot of things to say about this one).

What can I say? I read Reckless a long time ago, and I didn't know there would have been a sequel to it. I found out about this book just a couple of months ago, and when I finally found it at m
Tyree Singleton
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since the end of the Reckless I have been waiting for this sequel to come out. I'm sure it won't disappoint. Also, I can't understand why Reckless got a lot of low ratings, i thought it was a really good book. ...more
Deutsche Rezension folgt weiter unten

I loved Cornelia Funke's Inkheart books and was a bit disappointed by the first Reckless book. I liked it but something seemed missing. I just finished the second book and liked it much more. The story continues where the first book left off. Jacob tries to find a way to counter the fairy curse that will kill him if he doesn't succeed. He is accompanied by the shapeshifter Fox. After every other measure Jacob knows of and tries fails to help a
Jan 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before you read my entire review I would like you to know that I have nothing against Cornelia Funke personally and my review is based solely on literary opinion.

I know this probably isn't the nicest metaphor but this is truly how I view the book.

This book reminds me of a Hollywood starlet that rises to the top and unfortunately later becomes a train wreck. Bear with me for a moment.

Example: The actor makes their film debut in a movie that is both critically and commercially successful as was th
James Madsen
I liked "Reckless," the first novel in this trilogy, and I gave it three stars out of a possible five; but for me it was a little lacking in depth and in character development. Now, in retrospect, I see it as setting the stage for "Fearless," which is in almost every way significantly better than the introductory volume. "Fearless" starts slowly but after about a third of the book or so rapidly morphs into an exciting tale with characters about whom I really cared. The bulk of the book is a "Rai ...more
asdfghjkl I can't.
Oh my god. I love the first one of the Mirrorworld series, and it became my favourite book. But after this latest instalment...

When I say it's perfect beyond belief I'm not exaggerating. This book should be far more well-known.
Reckless Reckless was brilliant, with crime, action, romance, adventure, fantasy and all that. But Fearless, has all this, but takes everything to a completely new level.
We get to know Jacob and Fox's relationship better and I was almost in tears at sever
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funke's writing is so beautiful and Mirrorworld is stunning - I love that Funke mix folklore with reality and that the magic in the Mirrorworld is dark and cruel and... beautiful? I can't believe I am saying this, but it works out beautifully. And I love both main characters. They are so stubborn I want to shake them a bit, but they both have amazing characters and they grow on me more and more with every book! ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die deutsche Rezension findet ihr hier.

The review contains spoilers about the first book.

The Mirrorworld’s best treasure hunter’s career seems to come to an end – not because he wants it to, but because he said the Dark Fairy’s name, cursing himself with it. The moth on his breast will bite him six times, and then it’ll fly away, taking Jacob’s life with it.
Every artefact he has tried was useless, but there is a last chance: the legend says a magical cross
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacob Reckless found a mirror in his missing father's study that allows him to travel to another world, a world full of magic. In the first Mirrorworld novel, RECKLESS, Jacob's brother followed him and was nearly turned into a Goyl - a creature of stone. Jacob saved him but is now under a curse himself, one that will kill him within the year. There is one last artifact that could save his life, but it will be a struggle to find it in time - especially since there is another searching for it.

Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one better than Reckless. Maybe because Clara wasn't in it. And hence none of the awkward scenes between Jacob and her. This story focussed much more on Fox and Jacob, and that made me happy.
So Jacob is dying because of saying the Dark Fairy's name, and throughout this book he's trying to find a cure. It was beautifully written, his desperation was palpable to me, Fox had a much bigger role to play, and her feelings were also so very well portrayed. I loved it loved it. I especiall
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Cornelia Funke is one of those authors where I decided she was a favorite author because I loved the first two of her books I read, Inkheart and The Thief Lord. Further reading, however, has revealed that maybe I don’t love her books as much as I thought. I mean, I still think she’s talented, but my more recent experiences with her have very much been cases where they’re not the ideal books for me personally, being much more focused on world building and plot than on characterization.

Read the fu
Timothy Hicks
I had a hard time getting into this book. I wanna say it was partly because I read the first book in this trilogy over three years ago (which that in itself is never a good thing to do). But I think it was also because I had a hard time imagining what was going on. Events and dialogue are there, but the surroundings and details of the world are only partially described at worse and vague at best.

Not sure if it’s a familiar of my imagination or the writing itself? I mean, if I don’t know if the s
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
I just couldn’t get into this book. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with it. The plot is interesting. The characters are cool and deep. The writing is beautiful and mysterious. The world is imaginative and magical. The pacing is good. I just couldn’t get immersed in the story. I didn’t care about the characters. I wasn’t curious about the mystery. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for this book right now. I DNF’d it after 85 pages.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
We're back in Mirrorworld, based on our world but alive with all the creatures we read about in fairy tales. Jacob, in our Chicago, has bid on a magic bottle inhabited by a northern djinni - their blood is rumored to reverse curses and boy does Jacob have a curse (that moth which will eventually eat his heart, a 'gift' after his role in the Blood Wedding; confused? read the first book). Turns out, the blood doesn't work so we're on to Plan Z, a magical crossbow that will either kill thousands or ...more
I liked this book a lot more than the first one although I can't even tell you why...?? I just think the story was more intriguing to me. I especially loved the development of Fox's and Jacob's relationship (tbh I really didn't miss Will and Clara at all in this story) and I liked the dynamics of Nerron and his (involuntary) entourage. I also felt like there was a lot more action going on in this book, which is of course due to all of the different places they've been to e.g. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Really good, again. But there's nothing else to expect from Cornelia Funke, to be honest. I was very happy about all the familiar faces from the first book, I am glad that Fuchs (or fox as I assume she's called in the English version) got more back story. The hunt was amazing and very stressful (yes, for the reader, this is about life and death after all) and the competition was very likeable. I am excited to see more of him next time. The enemies were frightening and the best part about it was ...more
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have also read this at least 20 times but never marked each time as religiously as I mark all my other books . . .

Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2020, want-to-own
Great. Fox and Jacob break my heart - I just want them to be happy.

One thing that is unfortunate is that both of the two fairies, the most powerful female characters in this books, are consumed by their love for men.
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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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