I first became acquainted with Cornelia Funke’s writing when I read Inkheart. I quickly fell in love with her rich descriptions and quirky characters. I was disappointed when that trilogy came to an end because I had so enjoyed living in that fantasy world with Meggie and Farid… So how is it, then, that I managed not to read this book until nearly SIX years after it was published? Let’s just say that I have a terrible habit of ordering books that are sure to be popular, based on book reviews and the reading tastes of my library’s patrons, and then not getting to them when I select my own reading materials. I mean… I *know* that I ordered Reckless and Fearless when I was still a full-time librarian, but I just didn’t manage to read them myself. For the record — there are just WAY too many amazing authors out there for me to juggle these things in a way that won’t cause me distress! #LibrarianProblems
Fantasy readers who enjoy a blending of magic and the “real” world will definitely want to read this book. Jacob Reckless has a magical mirror through which he can access another world. He has always loved to go there to have adventures and to gather treasures he could bring back home, but his love for the Mirrorworld is tested when his brother, Will, sneaks through as well. Will is cursed and begins transforming into a Goyl (a creature with skin made of stone). With the help of his friend Fox — who can shapeshift between her human and fox forms, Jacob sets out to find a way to break the curse before it’s too late.