A mysterious mirror leads to another world. A world where fairy tales exist; but not as we know them. Jacob Reckless has enjoyed this world and its adventures alone for many years, but when his brother Will follows him through the mirror, the magic turns darker. Will is slowly being turned to stone, becoming cold and heartless, forgetting his love and his life. Jacob must save Will before it’s too late. He must turn to even the cruellest in the dangerous mirror world, to stop the curse that could destroy not just his brother, but the whole mirror world.
The characters in this book are brilliant, and as always Cornelia Funke’s imagination is wonderful. All the characters are different and memorable. She mixes modern day life with a Victorian fairy tale world. Reckless plunges readers into a magical world of fairy tales, but these tales are dark and dangerous. Reckless really is magical, and it is easy to understand Jacob’s obsession with the mirror world. This is a wonderful book filled with adventure, magic and imagination which will enthral readers.
This is quite an old review (and needed some editing!), I wrote it back in 2010 for my local bookshop when Reckless first came out. The sequel (Fearless) is out now, I can’t wait to read it!
Age Group: 12+
I am a big Cornelia Funke fan, and Inkheart is one of my favourite books. If you’ve read any of her books, which is your favourite?