Friday, 30 November 2012

Review: Fearless

Fearless by Cornelia Funke
Series Information: 2nd book featuring Jacob Reckless

Original Title: Lebendige Schatten
Original Publication Date:  September 6, 2012
English Publication Date: April 2, 2013

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved Cornelia Funke's Inkheart books and was a bit disappointed by Reckless, the first book in Funke's new series. 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 against the curse, his last option is a magical crossbow. According to legend this crossbow can kill whole armies with one shot; but the legends also tell that the crossbow may save a person's life when it is used out of love. But to find the crossbow Jacob first has to find a hand, the heart and the head of an ancient sorcerer and reunite those with his body. His search is made even more difficult by the fact that another treasure-hunter wants to find the crossbow and is determined to beat Jacob.

In this book Cornelia Funke shows again how much imagination she has. The world she created behind the mirrors is loosely based on our own, but it is also a world where fairy tales are real and a part of everyday life. Although she draws from the real world and common fairy tales, this doesn't prevent Funke from creating her very own world with vivid characters. I enjoyed every sentence of this book.

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