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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Reckless 2: Living Shadows
by Cornelia Funke
Age Range: 12+
Jacob Reckless has saved his brother Will from the Mirrorworld, however, he must pay a terrible price for the help he received from the red fairy - a curse is burning into his heart where a black moth sits on his breast ready to pierce the flesh with each bite taking a little more of his life. Jacob knows he has only a short time left to live so in order to try and break the spell he must embark on a perilous journey with his shape-shifting friend Fox travelling hundreds of miles by land and sea to seek out a magical crossbow located in the Dead City. But before he can find the crossbow Jacob must retrieve the head in the west, the hand in the south and the heart in the east of the Witch Slayer Guismond. The trouble is that they are not the only ones searching for the crossbow; a deadly stone-faced rival is on their tracks and Jacob keeps receiving mysterious messages of help from the sinister Norebo Johann Earlking whom he had met in his own world. This will test of Jacob’s courage as never before.
In this portal to another world master storyteller Cornelia Funke has set the ‘Reckless’ series in an industrialised world resembling our world of the 1860s, but also where fairy tales are shown as historical fact. Whilst Reckless 1: Petrified Flesh was inspired by the German fairy tales of the brothers Grimm, this second title is influenced by the tales of Charles Perrault, in particular the famous Bluebeard. There are also more magical objects, non-human creatures and a much more complex political background to the story and Funke ensures there are enough twists and turns to keep up the suspense right until the very last page.