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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 3: The Golden Yarn
by Cornelia Funke
Age Range: 12+
After being saved by a bolt fired from the magic crossbow Jacob continues his adventures in the Mirrorworld. Having accepted help from a mysterious source in Reckless 2: Living Shadows Jacob knows he will have to repay his debt – a promise he made in Bluebeard’s labyrinth when he was helped to save Fox. Jacob finds himself pitted against a great force and it’s a challenge that not even he is sure he can win.
Jacob’s brother Will is also forced to undertake a very dangerous mission if he wants to save his girlfriend Clara who has fallen into a deep sleep in his own world. As well as trying to warn his brother of the terrible repercussions if he is successful in his assignment, Jacob also encounters a shock from the past and discovers he has a rival for Fox’s affection.
This journey takes them deep into the East where Russian folklore rules and danger is never far away. As his two worlds either side of the Mirrors begin to collide, Jacob is forced to learn more about himself than ever before.
Cornelia Funke’s masterful storytelling weaves the fairy tales of Ukraine and Russia to form the magical backdrop to this thrilling third instalment in the ‘Reckless’ series.