Author: Cornelia Funke
Published: 14 September 2010
Format: Finished hardback
Through a mirror is a dangerous world. For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed its secrets and treasures. Not any more. His younger brother has followed him. Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves and cause chaos to rule forever…. Unless Jacob can find a way to save them. You thought you knew about fairy tales? Think again.
I really enjoyed this book. After being thrown in quite quickly at the start (there’s not much set up here – you just have to go with it) the different world that Cornelia Funke has created becomes really believable. All those fairy stories that are so familiar are here , but they are DANGEROUS – dark and European, definitely not Disney!
The characters in this book are well described and believable. Jacob Reckless is a good hero, tough from his years through the mirror, knowledgeable and resourceful and a good man in a fight! When his younger brother Will and then Will’s girlfriend find themselves in this world Jacob finds the responsibility that he has run away from since their father disappeared.
The people of this world are at war with the Goyl, a race made of stone who live underground that have started winning the battles and expanding their territories. Jacob and the others get caught up in this struggle when Will becomes infected and starts to slowly turn into the fabled Jade Goyl, losing his humanity in the process. The book is the story of Jacob’s race to find a cure for his brother before he transforms completely.
Along the way he has help from his companions, the ever-faithful and resilient Fox, and Will’s girlfriend Clara. There are others too, such as the Dwarf Valiant and the over-powerful Fairies, whose help is only offered when it is in their own interests.
The atmosphere of the book is good – you can quite believe in the characters and settings, and the “laws” of this universe make sense. The story keeps you hooked, and you really don’t now if Will is going to make it. I’d like to know more about loyal friend Fox, who has a secret. Not a Nice Fairy Tale, but a Good Read.
Rating coming soon
Thank you very much to Chicken House for providing me with this copy!